Fox update

Sep. 15th, 2017 02:30 am
rushthatspeaks: (parenting)
[personal profile] rushthatspeaks
At one day shy of eleven months, Fox is definitely both walking and talking.

Over the last few weeks, the walking has gone from very determined cruising to one or two steps without falling down to chains of three or four steps connected by moments of serious arm waving, or squatting and standing back up again. They don't really fall down at all, and never have, but they would sometimes cease forward motion. Now we've just gotten to walking across a room, and I haven't seen them crawl in several days. They also climb much better-- can get onto the back rail of the futon, or actively pull themself up onto my shoulder when I'm sitting on the futon. They don't seem to distinguish yet between standing on/climbing on somebody and standing on/climbing on inanimate objects. We need to give them a real shot at stairs sometime here, as there aren't any in our house and they could probably use the practice.

The talking... I guess many people's first words are... more readily distinguishable? I mean, either Fox has been talking for like a week, or Fox has been talking since about April, and I legitimately do not know. They've been saying 'Hiiiiii' to people all along, literally since birth, and they've been saying 'Ma! Ma!' to Ruth and 'Da! Da!' to me and 'At! At!' to the cats for some months, but they also said those syllables to things that aren't me or Ruth or the cats. I just wasn't able to tell babble from intentional speech, and I don't really think there was a way to.

However, what we're getting now is Fox saying 'Ma! Ma!' at Ruth in the morning when they want Ruth to get out of bed and feed them, which is pretty clearly intentional, and they say 'At!' when they see a picture of a cat in any of their books. (I haven't seen them hold a book upside down in a couple of weeks, either. Something about pictures has clicked.) Also today they hugged me and then put the final d on 'Dad' for the first time, which was just as heart-melting as I could possibly have imagined. We've also had 'Es' for a while, which means general agreement, though, and this fascinates me, we have nothing even vaguely resembling no as a word, just yelling. And 'Ba' means ball or book, but 'Ba' in a different tone means bottle; I can't really duplicate this but can hear the difference clearly.

I haven't heard them babble any of the phonemes yet that would allow them to use the names of various grandparents or their third parent, and we're all actually pretty sure they consider their third parent's name too hard right now, given the timing of various looks of frustration.

Their favorite toy right now is the photo album Ruth got them with pictures of extended family, friends, and various significant occasions in their own life, which they will pore over with devoted concentration for long stretches of time. They haven't liked an object so much since they first noticed their mobile at five months. Sometimes we'll go through and say again who various people are and what the event was, though I have no idea if they remotely have or can have the idea yet of a picture of themself.

They do have the idea now of doorknobs, but not the reach. I have seen them try to follow somebody out the door by going over and batting at the knob from below. So far they are about as good at this as our smarter cat, and I devoutly hope those two never team up. I will also be shocked if Fox doesn't start climbing over baby gates rather sooner than us parent-types would like, although at least we have one more level to lower their mattress inside its enclosure if they start getting out of their bed anytime soon.

Solid food clicked some while back, and while they're still having four or five large bottles a day, they also eat two or three solid meals, things like mango puree, applesauce, avocado, yogurt, Cheerios, and/or semisolid oat cereal. Sometimes we mix some of those together. We also give them bits of what we're eating, though we're trying to avoid large quantities of sugar and salt till they're past a year old. They have two and a half teeth, the bottom front two and one I think I see lurking partially emerged in the back bottom left. They can drink through a straw, and they can drink from a sippy cup and, actually, from a regular cup, though I don't let them very often because after they drink from it they'll just toss it down like they do the bottle.

We have never cut their hair, because that's a decision they'll be able to make for themself in not all that long, so they strongly resemble a Beatle, or possibly an emo rocker circa 2004. Putting a barrette across the bangs works until they take it out and try to eat it. Pigtails actually work but are not remotely my aesthetic preference. Fortunately they don't seem to mind hair in their face-- I've never seen them push at it or get frustrated with it.

Ruth took them to a baby swimming class over at MIT for a while, so we now have some notion of how to work with a swim diaper and how to interact with an infant in the water, which is great because we're going to the beach next month.

And their first birthday approaches apace, though milestone-wise-- toddler. I'd say we have a toddler.

Date: 2017-09-15 07:08 am (UTC)
kaberett: Overlaid Mars & Venus symbols, with Swiss Army knife tools at other positions around the central circle. (Default)
From: [personal profile] kaberett
Hello small human. <3

Date: 2017-09-15 08:14 am (UTC)
rosefox: An extremely delighted white toddler with messy hair beams at the camera. (kit)
From: [personal profile] rosefox
That is awesome! Hello toddler!

I mean, either Fox has been talking for like a week, or Fox has been talking since about April, and I legitimately do not know.

Kit started saying "Gah!" at the cats (and, once, at the sight of a friend's dog on a video call) months and months before there were any other spoken words. They also adopted "Da!" for yes/happy and "Muh muh muh" for no/sad very early on. They were certainly consistent spoken communication with intention and meaning, but we didn't count them as first words because they didn't seem to be part of any concerted effort to speak.

Now we're getting that concerted effort and it's in totally different directions: go, up, down, more, bath, baby, hi, Da (for J and maybe as a generic parent word). We've heard them try out "cat" with the initial k sound under their breath; "gah" hasn't been heard in months (nor "bap", which was their excessively adorable attempt to meow at the cats). And for yes and no they nod and smile or shake their head and frown.

They seem vexed that we keep insisting on communicating in words and signs when body language and parental telepathy are right there. They're social and extroverted enough that they go along with our wacky notions, but they clearly don't see much value in it.

Their favorite toy right now is the photo album Ruth got them with pictures of extended family, friends, and various significant occasions in their own life

This is a brilliant idea! Kit absolutely loves looking at photos of themself and us. I should make them an album.
Edited Date: 2017-09-15 08:15 am (UTC)

Date: 2017-09-15 08:49 am (UTC)
nineweaving: (Default)
From: [personal profile] nineweaving
Fox is an absolute joy and my dearest small friend. They have tried to catch the flitter-rainbows on the wall that the prism casts. They immerse themselves in all the possibilities of an object. They like having poetry said to them as they're falling asleep. I love them.

Nine
Edited Date: 2017-09-15 08:50 am (UTC)

Date: 2017-09-15 11:06 am (UTC)
mrissa: (Default)
From: [personal profile] mrissa
Now I want to hug Fox and Nine simultaneously.

Date: 2017-09-17 01:10 am (UTC)
nineweaving: (Default)
From: [personal profile] nineweaving
Awww. Sandwich!

Nine

Date: 2017-09-15 12:45 pm (UTC)
oracne: turtle (Default)
From: [personal profile] oracne
*enjoys virtual toddler*

Date: 2017-09-15 03:45 pm (UTC)
davidgillon: A pair of crutches, hanging from coat hooks, reflected in a mirror (Default)
From: [personal profile] davidgillon
+1 +1 :)

Date: 2017-09-15 03:20 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] larryhammer
That is indeed a toddler you've got there. Congrats!

Re: stairs -- when we met TBD at 15 months, they LOVED going up and down stairs, clearly practicing, and we had to find as many opportunities as possible.

The language switch mid learning to talk complicated the question of babble versus intentional words, but there the first clear English words were pretty obvious, coming as they did with pointing -- "moon" and "owl" (the last used for all birds).

ETA: One of the things we sent to TBD ahead of us was a small cloth photo album of pictures of us, which we used for telling their life story and adoption ("Tell me about my China Day"). It was reviewed at least daily for several months, until it was displaced by a second album, created while working on daycare dropoffs, dramatizing that Daddy goes away sometimes and comes back, Mommy goes away sometimes and comes back, and then we all come back together again as a family.
Edited (album) Date: 2017-09-15 03:25 pm (UTC)

Date: 2017-09-15 08:07 pm (UTC)
redbird: closeup of me drinking tea (Default)
From: [personal profile] redbird
Oh excellent.

Date: 2017-09-15 08:21 pm (UTC)
gwynnega: (Default)
From: [personal profile] gwynnega
Yay toddler Fox!

Date: 2017-09-15 09:15 pm (UTC)
amaebi: (Bemused)
From: [personal profile] amaebi
Awesome! Congratulations!

Also: Awwwwwwwww. :)

Date: 2017-09-16 01:59 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] thistleingrey
Greetings, toddler Fox!

Date: 2017-09-16 04:53 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] timmc
Our kiddo (now 2.5) never had a clear "first word" or "first step" -- it was all a gradual transition from incompetence to competence. Interesting that Fox has a "yes" but not a "no"; ours was the opposite for a long time, and it was a struggle to get a clear affirmative response to a question -- especially given the propensity to simply repeat the last word in a sentence. ("Do you want some bread?" "Bread!" "...")
Edited Date: 2017-09-16 04:53 pm (UTC)

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