Wednesday, April 07, 2010

Gunner

Gunner has been doing some very cute new things that I don't want to forget about. Here's a small update of our almost-18-month-old.

He jumps. He can get both feet off the ground! He stops just about anywhere at any time of the day and jump, jump, jumps. He knows he's cool. And I'm pretty proud of my little athlete.

He started singing! I will say to him, "Can you sing, La La La?", and he will respond, with a curled up tongue, "daa, daa, daa", or stick his tongue way out and say "laaaa, laaa, laaaaaaaaa." And of course, he has to applaud for himself.

He nods his head when he wants something. For example, if he sees you with a cookie, he will come up to you with his head nodding, like he's saying, "Yes, you will give me some of that, please, now, thank you."

He likes to knock on doors. He likes it so much that he will start "knocking" as soon as we pull up to someone's house, while he's still in his car seat. And of course, he keeps on knocking all the way to the door.

He plays the piano with us. He sits next to us on the piano bench and adds his contemporary flavor to any piece we play. When he gets tired of me playing, he grabs my arm and hooks his around it...and holds me captive. It's so cute, but it sure makes it hard for me to get any real practicing done while he's around.

He loves balloons. We brought two helium balloons home from a party a couple weeks ago, and he loved them so much that he would not let go of the string they were attached to. We had to pry his hands open to get him dressed, which sent him into hysterics until his arm was through the sleeve and we could give the balloon right back. He even went to bed with them one night (don't worry, we took them away just after he went to sleep).

He also loves little cars. He clutches them almost as tightly as he clutched the balloons, and won't let go until he's asleep. He is also starting to play imaginatively with them. So fun!

He grabs my hand and takes me places. If he wants to go somewhere, he'll grab my hand and pull me along. He even does it when I'm holding him, although it doesn't work very well.

Some of his words:
Dad "Da"
Mom "mommy"
I Want That "mommymommymommymommy"
Car "car" (he said "car" about five times one day, but hasn't said it since.)
Usually car, truck, train, plain, helicopter, or any vehicle is "brmmm brrmmm"
Airplane and helicopter are "brmm brmm" with a flying hand motion.
Duck "duck duck duck duck" (always with a head bob)
Bird "bir"
Dog "doggie" or "dah"
Cat, a high pitched squeal
Fish "whish"
Ball "ba"
What is that? "Thisisthat"
No "nah no" (or when he's tired, it's a whiny, "Noooooooooooooo!" to everything.)
More, not a word, but a hand motion (think "milk" in baby sign)

I'm loving being his mommy. He's so cute and fun, and I love his happy personality and enthusiasm for live. He makes me happy every day.

4 comments:

Pulcheria said...

I can't believe what a big boy he is. I could see his little actions as I read your updates. I wish I had one more week in nursery just to welcome him in! He's going to love it so much! It is so much fun to watch them grow up.

Mhana said...

Well I refuse to be impressed until he writes a sonata or a novel. Maybe I'm a stickler, I but I don't like to give out vain praise.

Why don't you live closer?! WAH!

cfg said...

I tried to scan a picture of Spiff with easter egg, but my scanner doesn't work today. i love reading the updates.

Justin and JoLyn said...

I think it's great that you recorded all these things. Little "Gunner" will feel so loved when he reads his mommy's thoughts someday.