Sunday, April 19, 2009

14 months old

It's hard to believe Hunter is 14 months already. He is the typical toddler, in to everything and so curious about life. His vocabulary increases daily as well as the things he "understands". He is just beginning the "testing" phase, he definitely knows what he is not suppose to do. But it's pretty cute to see his "innocent" face when he his caught in the act. 

He had a pretty big growth spurt at the beginning of this past month and grew out of almost all of his Pj's! He is 25 pounds now but his height is what we have noticed such a difference in. He looks so much taller. We will find out his height next month at his pediatrician appointment. 

This month he has been toying with the idea of going down to just one nap per day. Some days just one nap is totally necessary or we can't get him in bed before 9:00 pm and other days 2 naps are a MUST, it all depends on what time he wakes up for the day and how long his first nap is. I have a feeling we will be in this transition for a few months. The poor guy also has 4 molars that are still trying to come in, one in each quadrant. We will be happy when that's over.  
Hunter's favorite place to play is still the balcony. We have noticed the past few months that he can entertain himself for quite a long time now. He plays alone really well, coming by for a quick hug, kiss or pat from mom and dad and then he is on his way again content to entertain himself, until he needs something of course :)

Safety is still the main concern because he has no fear and can move about the inside of the house at will, he can open any inside door, climb up on or into anything and get up on tables, couches and chairs all by himself. So, even though he will play alone, he must still be watched like a HAWK 24/7, as I am sure has been well documented up to this point.

Right now his world consists of pointing to various things and making kind of a grunting noise, that sounds like a question, while he waits for us to tell him what it is or let him touch it. He loves to point at birds, lights and food the most. He still puts everything in his mouth that he shouldn't, and oftentimes uses his mouth as "storage" so that his hands are free to pick up other items. 

He has figured out the play, pause and fast forward button on the T.V. remote. But his favorite button of all is the "on demand" button, probably because it's the only red button. He enjoys banging on glass, eating toilet paper, emptying out drawers and refilling them and emptying them again and refilling them again.... you get the idea. He LOVES helping me with laundry. I let him hand me the dirty clothes one by one as I load them. Then when it comes time to unload the dryer he reaches in there and takes them out one by one and dumps it in the laundry basket. The only problem is, he doesn't stop. Once I begin folding the clothes he takes the folded clothes off the couch and puts them back into the laundry basket. He hasn't quite figured out that there is a time and a place for that ;)

He likes to drink the bath water and play hide and seek or chase with mommy and daddy. He walks everywhere but when it comes time to play chase, instead of speeding up his gait or running he just opens his mouth really wide with excitement and breathes really loud and hard... like he would if he were running, except he doesn't speed up! It's pretty cute and I hope I can capture it on video before he figures out how to run.

For his 14 month birthday he decided to bless daddy with a gift of pooping in the bath this evening. And it wasn't your typical poop... it was "teething" poop (if you know what I mean). That was a blessing :)

He shares EVERYTHING! But he wants always wants it back immediately. 

Hanging out on the balcony
This is a favorite the toy I recently brought out of hiding, so it's a big hit right now. I try to rotate his toys so he doesn't get bored.
This is a perfect capture of  his"innocent" face. He KNOWS when has done something he shouldn't or if we happen to catch him in the middle of doing something he shouldn't... this is the face we get. 
Fortunately this drink was empty  before he got a hold of it. But, that's not usually the case.

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