It's been a long time since I've posted. We've all had many colds this winter (people with kids tell me this is normal and we should accept and expect it) and we've been tired and busy with learning how to parent a toddler. Now it actually feels normal to have a little kid underfoot all the time. We're starting to get the hang of it.
Alex loves to talk on the phone and listen to music. Both the phone and the stereo have buttons to push!
In January Alex's English vocabulary consisted of Mama, Daddy, Baby, Kitty, Hi, Down, Bye, Um (I'm hungry or give me another bite), and No. Down was spoken in a sharp voice and accompanied by a sharp clap, just like when Mama scolds the cat for getting on the table. He loves to scold the cat whether she's on the table or the floor. Slowly and gradually he and the cat are getting closer. They've touched noses on occasion and Alex now knows how to pet her gently on the back of her neck.
At the end of January Alex and Mama started Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) classes together. Alex loves to play with all the toys they have there. I love the opportunity to get out of the house and interact with other people on a regular basis. It's added more routine to our lives and I'm finding that routines make life much easier for all of us.
Life is so much easier than it was two months ago. Alex understands me now when I speak to him. I can give him directions and he loves to do what is asked of him so that he can get praised for it. In December he really didn't know what I was saying or what I wanted from him most of the time. He was exploring and getting into everything and I could do very little to control him other than physically intervene.
In February Alex's vocabulary has been expanding rapidly. Down now means he wants to go down instead of just scolding the cat. He really understands how to use No rather than just saying it because it's a fun word to say. Other recent favorite words are Bubble, Clock, and Peekaboo. He uses sign language for Milk, Water, More, and All Done. Recently he says All Done along with signing it. Hung & I are delighted with each new communication that he gets across to us without crying. He usually still cries when he wakes up and wants someone to come get him out of his crib, but this morning he yelled "Hello!" :)