Friday, February 09, 2007

little e, Big E

It’s been amazing watching E become a little boy. He’s gotten taller and his face is lengthening, losing some of that baby roundness. We're starting to hear little 2 word sentences now and then.

We’re starting to see preferences for music and for tv shows. He asks for Elmo now and just loves the Bob the Builder theme song. We could rewind and watch the opening for Bob all afternoon if he had the powers. America’s Funniest Home Videos is another one he likes. I think it’s the falling and the animals that hold his attention. It’s basically slapstick if you think about it. The pediatrician recommended against any tv but to be honest I couldn’t do it. I’m home alone with him more than L and I need a little background noise now and then. I try to discourage him from watching and limit the amount that he does watch.

He’s also really digging these Sara Hickman cd’s that I bought. I’ve been a fan of hers for a long time and when I discovered her kid’s music I ordered all of them. E’s favorite right now is the Toddler disc: http://www.sarahickman.com/music/toddler/ especially the Walking, Walking song and the I Like My Boots song. If anyone else has any favorite kids’ albums let me know. I can also put the seal of approval on the For the Kids compilations: http://www.amazon.com/Kids/dp/B00006L7QX (not sure if that link will work or not) and Lisa Loeb’s Catch the Moon book and cd
http://www.amazon.com/Catch-Moon-Book-Lisa-Loeb/dp/B0001DMVM6/sr=1-1/qid=1171051363/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1/102-0419800-2706559?ie=UTF8&s=music


His reach is getting quite well lengthy. The little hand is up on the kitchen counter and the island of objects is getting smaller and smaller on the dining room table. Thankfully he hasn’t yet figured out doorknobs but every other latch or lever is fair game. We went through 3 different cabinet locks before we had to use good old rubber bands to secure them.

Two weeks ago we had quite the shocker in our house. I was laying E down to change him into his pajamas, interrupting his play and as I put him down he says to me “No, no, Daddy!” I did a cartoon double-take and was like “Wha?” You did not just tell me no. So I went “Yes, yes, yes” and he “No, no, no’d” and it became quite a little game.

Sigh

So the No’s have started already. Ah well the Era of Yes was a glorious and golden time.

8 comments:

Steve said...

Ahhh.. welcome to a new world of parenting.

Terri said...

Soo cute...
he sounds adorable... such a fun age....
Matthew has learned to open doors (we have the lever type door handles) and flush toilets.
Fun!

We have every single Baby Einstein DVD thanks to his grandma ... our favs are the Old McDonald, Baby Neptune, Baby Noah. The rest are cute too... but he gets real excited over these.

Dan said...

"no" will last till he's, well... It'll last ;)

And once that reach has passed a certain point, nothing is safe. And just WAIT for the "Climbing-To-Reach" and my personal favourite, "Moving-Things-To-Climb-And-Reach!"

Terri said...

OH NO...
Dan.. that is my biggest fear of the moving things to climb and get!

Mark said...

Brian,

Reaching back into my memory bank, I remember no. It was often no even when they wanted yes.....no is so powerful, they learn that it's their one control over you. It will pass (will not completely) but this is why they are called the "terrible twos".

I do remember one trick I was taught early on. Never, ever ask them a question who's answer you don't want. i.e. "would you like to go to bed" Instead give them a choice. i.e. Would you like me to carry you to bed, or would you like to walk by yourself. It's a choice, admitedly probably not one they want, but still a choice.

Keep giving us "E" mail.

Mark

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The Brian said...

Steve, thanks!

Mark, I love that idea of giving fake choices. I'll definitely use that.

Terri, I'm worried that I've created an Elmo addict. I'd heard that those Einstein videos were like baby crack. One thing I haven't turned on are those boobahs, those things creep me out.

Dan, yeah he's already close. He's discovered that he can move toys to use as a stool to climb up. Last week he made it onto the dining room table chairs. hurray! At this point I'm grateful that he hasn't figured out the pulling himself up. The crib is starting to scare me. I still haven't figured out the when to switch to a bed point.

Terri said...

The thing that's great about Baby Eintstein is they just play soothing nice music....
not a bunch of talking...
it is mezmorizing...

LOVE ELMO!! LOVE HIM!