He communicates so well with us now, and I just love hearing all the words that come out of him. He's been talking full sentences for months now, but occasionally the words get a little scrambled. I asked him what a fish says once, and he said, "No fish say nuffing." Another time Tim told him he was a big baby, and Timmy replied indignantly, "No me big baby." I realized not long ago that I hadn't been taking any videos of the adorable way he talks right now. This morning I had him all to myself while Tim was at a parade with the girls. I took video after video of him talking as he did different things. I know I will always be glad I did. I will share one here for any grandparents or aunts who want to watch.:)
Lest you think Tim is immune to his charms, a few days ago I watched the most precious scene unfold between the two of them. They were watching snowboarding on TV, and Tim told Timmy to ask me if he could go snowboarding. Timmy said to me, "Timmy go no-bird?" Having not heard the preceding conversation, I was like, "What?" I made him repeat it a couple more times, and Tim finally told me, "Snowboard." I snickered, like "Sure, you want to go snowboarding." Then for some reason Timmy beckoned his dad to come down to his level so he could tell him a "secret." Tim hunkered down next to Timmy, who then took his dad's ear in one hand and chin in the other to pull him closer so he could whisper in his ear. I could see on Tim's face that he was completely melting inside, and who wouldn't be, with those tiny hands on your face and that little voice whispering in your ear?
He is still in a crib, and it's looking like he will be until we move this summer. I am happy with him in the crib, and I think it's funny that, climber that he is, he has not thought to try to climb out yet. I think he likes being there, in that cozy enclosed space. Right now the plan is just to move to the next house and when we set up his bed, set it up as a toddler bed. But then again, maybe we should convert the bed in the next couple months so he doesn't have quite so much change to deal with at once..? I just hate to mess with anything that's working well, and I don't want him roaming his room during naps and at night. I like him contained. I will just procrastinate that decision a while longer. I'll put toddler bed up on the shelf next to potty-training, because I can't decide when to try that either. Those two things might have to happen around the same time because he'll need to be able to get out of bed to use the potty.
His sisters love him so much when he's not clobbering them with toys. When Annie goes in to see him when he's up for his nap, he'll keep asking her for things and she'll keep bringing them. They love hearing the funny things he says in his cute little voice, and he delights in the nonsensical potty humor that sends them into peals of giggles. He can be pesky at times when he comes bumbling into the midst of their little games, but then there are the magical times when they include him and they have fun together. It makes me smile to see how smitten they are by him.
He is a hardheaded boy and he constantly tests his limits. Sometimes I think he wakes up in the morning and says to himself, "Today is the day I wear Mama down." And we do everything the hard way, all day long. But he is my little buddy and I do love him so. It makes me so happy to just look at him.