Here is my darling 13 month old..
Okay, sorry, back to 13 months!
-Ben is now officially a walker! He took his first steps before his 1st birthday but still mainly crawled until just before 13 months.
-He has 7 teeth with one on the way!
-He does seem to be trying hard to talk and is starting to try to imitate some of the sounds when you say words for him - especially (I think) when it seems like sounds he is familier with - for example yesterday he saw a picture of an owl and I said "that's an owl" and he repeated "ow". He does say moo, meow, and roars. Not always at the appropriate time - he roared a pig the other day at the farm, haha. But usually if he sees a cat, cow, or lion then he usually imitates the appropriate sound. He is starting to say "d" and some version of "woof" more often when we see dogs. The other cute thing he does is inside one of his animal books there is a picture of a gorilla and when I was naming that one for him I pounded my chest with one fist and said "gorilla" so now he whacks the picture of the gorilla whenever he sees it.
-He has said mama a few times which seemed intentional but it has been few and far between and hasn't been repeated for a few weeks. One was when I was having a really stressful day, so I said, I'll take it! *Although, I just had to pause this post because he was in his crib going "MA!MA!MA!MAAAA!MA!" because he had thrown his binkies and blankets out and I am assuming wanted me to come in and rescue them. So it does seem like he knows "mama" it just only gets used when he is really desperate apparently, haha.
-He understands lots of words even if he doesn't say them - he knows breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and if I ask "are you hungry for/ready for, etc. _______ (insert meal name here)?" he walks over to the doors of our family room (which are usually shut) and whines for me to open them to get him into his highchair. He for the most part dances and claps on cue. He knows how to sign "more" and "all done" but is just now starting to do it more often.
-He is starting to share, especially food, even when it has been partially chewed - yum.
-He is definitely much more aware of all of his and our body parts and for the most part points to my nose when I say "where's mommy's nose?"
-His favorite food is blueberries. He could eat a whole container by himself in one sitting if I let him. He also loves chicken apple sausage from Trader Joes (that is one of his staples) and cheese. He seems to like most foods we give him, but those are definite favorites. Some new foods that he is enjoying are mango, hummus, and cream cheese.
-Our house feels a bit like a toy shop after his birthday but it has been fun to watch him explore all of his toys and see his new abilities of being able to push buttons and maneuver things that mommy and daddy used to have to do for him. He also knows for the most part which pieces and toys belong together and is in the beginning stages of helping to put things away (they just don't always stay in their container for long once he puts them there).
-Even with all of the new toys he still loves his books! He will sit and listen to me read them for a little while, but mainly he wants to turn the pages and explore it himself.
-He is now definitely fascinated with airplanes and knows their sound. He points to the sky and does his new Ben-ism of pointing and saying "oooooh!" whenever he hears one. We can hear them pretty loudly from inside as well so even if we are in the house he points up. Actually, he is pretty familiar with a lot of sounds now. He knows the front door opening means Daddy's home and knows the garbage truck that we frequently run out to watch drive down the street.
I'm sure there are things I am forgetting but that's a glimpse of some of the new stuff that has been going on!
|He is getting faster and faster each day so it gets harder for mommy to get pictures in focus or with all body parts - but I still love this shot.|