Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Going on to 1 Year

So, apart from the manipulative cry, Christopher thinks that a cry will work in all other circumstances too.

When he starts to crawl to the kitchen and I block his way - left (laugh a little), right (still can smile), right a little but more than left, than middle....BAAAWWWWLLLLL !!!!

When he wants to play with his blocks and the lid does not come off...BAAAWWWWLLLL !!!!

And of late he has been sucking on his thumb until he has developed a blister. So, we have to either stop him from habitually putting his thumb in to suck. Or put a mitten on his hand. Or what my babysitter cleverly does is play with him and then drug him with milk to never never land. But whenever we take his hand out from his mouth.....BAAAWWWWLLLLL !!!

The worse BAWL being the 3rd one. Coz you know nothing comforts him like a thumb. And now I am scolding myself for not nipping the bad habit in the bud when it first started!

Sigh...I was a thumb sucker too. Is it genetic?

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On another note, it is indeed my greatest joy to see him understanding things better now.

  • He loves to cock his little head to the left/right to see as much of you as possible before you are out of sight.
  • He loves to peep at you behind covers or in between his cot/table legs/sofa.
  • He loves to see photos and videos of himself and actually points and laughs at himself or shows concern when he sees himself crying.
  • He can wave byebye most of the time and lift both his hands at the sound of a "hurray!"
  • He is analysing things now and you can really see that he is thinking about why this thing happens and how that sound is made.
  • He loves making the "ssssss" sound like that of a snake and laughs histerically when you make it back at him. (thanks to Cecilia)
  • He bounces up and down everytime we sing the "Hop Little Bunny song". (thanks to Cecilia)
  • He utterly loves 'noise' and if you don't make any, he will make it for you.
  • Stands by himself very often now and very steadily. Squats down more often. Not much of the weird sit-to-stand-positions now.

I love that his mind is opening up.
That means I need more ways and ideas to fill his mind up with all things good,
and to let him see, feel and listen to things that are all constructive.
Also I reckon time for a little more disciplining.

10 comments:

Jaanvi said...

very cute... :) he is a sweetheart.. I know kids cry so much and that happens with everybody so don't worry (I am also sailing in the same boat)
and I must say you are a very concerned and thoughful mom :)
hey,can we exchange links?

Julie said...

You are indeed a proud mommy and I feel proud of Christopher too. Seeing them grow and perform new act all the time.

I just love to see the curiosity in them. They will cock their head, open their eyes wider and make a sound.

I can't help you with the BAWL. Jonathan does that especially when we are out of his sight and when he wanted something which are out of his reach. We should have a BAWL contest someday. :P

Baby Darren said...

so cute the way you described him when you tried to block his way..hahahaha...

he is really growing very fast..

andrewjune said...

ohh rachael is also having the same problem with her thumb...but *touch wood* no blister yet :-) it's hard to wean her off from her thumb cos actually it's a good sigh telling us she's sleepy hehehe...

well, babies can be smart too at this age...they know if they started crying then we will come looking for them :-)

you must be excited planning for his 1 yr old parties!

Moomykin said...

OO oo... I can just imagine how well this cutie is growing and all the wonderful milestones and discoveries!

Hooray, Christopher!
Congrats, Mommy!!

On a more serious tone, Quick, stop that thumb sucking. I know it's a tough one - like I don't know how to wean Max off nursing.

My sister's girl sucks on her index finger so much that there is now a huge bump on it. At one time or another she had blisters, and then it was infected and there were also occasions it bled and was very painful for the little girl. She is still on her finger, now 3 years old.

All the best on this.

Ann said...

Jaanvi - sure we can exchange links! That would just mean putting your blog link in my blog right? :)

Julie - I can imagine the BAWL from your Jonathan!!! They really know how to exercise their lungs!! But yes, it is such joy indeed watching them achieve milestones and they are proud of themself too when they do!!!

BabyDarren - hahaha....it was cute at first but when the bawling starts, I just roll my eyes and sigh....

June - yeah, I allowed him to go on with his thumb sucking for the same reason as you. But now that he has more and more teeth, the wounds are starting to show on his thumb!

Kin - omigosh!!! Can't think of when it is infected and little fella here still wants to suck. Best to deal with all the wailing now rahter than medication and wailing later! Thanks for the headsup.

Ann said...

Jaanvi - sure we can exchange links! That would just mean putting your blog link in my blog right? :)

Julie - I can imagine the BAWL from your Jonathan!!! They really know how to exercise their lungs!! But yes, it is such joy indeed watching them achieve milestones and they are proud of themself too when they do!!!

BabyDarren - hahaha....it was cute at first but when the bawling starts, I just roll my eyes and sigh....

June - yeah, I allowed him to go on with his thumb sucking for the same reason as you. But now that he has more and more teeth, the wounds are starting to show on his thumb!

Kin - omigosh!!! Can't think of when it is infected and little fella here still wants to suck. Best to deal with all the wailing now rahter than medication and wailing later! Thanks for the headsup.

Andrea said...

It's so fun when they start learning stuff like this, isn't it? And the bawl...yes, we have that here from time to time too. :)

KM said...

LOL! I love the point where you said that he loves 'noise' and will make it for you if you don't make any..

Reminds me of Dot when he's one...

Swimming is fun for one year old too..

Take care Ann, and have a great weekend ahead with your little Christopher and hubby..

cc said...

Clever little boy, sure knows how to work it! :)