Didn’t I just post their 13 month update?

It hasn’t been a particularly busy month, event wise, aside from my declaration of reasons why I’ll never win mother of the year. That and my parents coming down to visit for the 4th of July. They swear they are actually going to move into the house they bought one of these days. (swear, I tell you).

Gross Motor – They love to “downward baby”, Abby does this weird crawl on all fours,  and they both happily cruise the furniture, but still no independent walking yet. Miles has kinda taken “step flop” which basically means he wobbles one quarter or half step forward and then promptly flops himself onto the couch or floor. Its been suggested that I try standing them up with their backs against the couch and using food bribery. When I do that, Miles stands there for a bit, squats down and crawls over. Abby cries. In fact, when I attempt to help her in any way (except walking while holding my fingers) she cries. Only recently has she started pushing the push toys around, but this is only after SHE initiates and and only if it is HER idea. Miles loves climbing the stairs so I let him navigate them before naps and bedtime (and at the top of the stairs he closes the gate, which is hilarious). If I put Abby near the stairs to try to climb, well, I’ll give you three guesses as to what happens, and the first two don’t count.

Fine Motor – Abby has gotten quite good at feeding herself with a spoon. She can get a fork into her mouth as long as there is food already on it. Miles, on the other hand – well, I’ll just let you see for yourself.

On the other hand, Miles is actually getting pretty good at stacking cups and he gets a puzzle piece in the activity puzzle about half the time. Abby is a bit better at getting a ball out of the cup than Miles is but he fairs pretty well.

Speech/Language – I feel like they’ve gained a lot of understanding this month, but not as much in the way of new spoken words. Miles does say “mum mum mum” to eat, but not all of the time. He does, however, know how to “high 5” and Abby will lean in when I say “kiss” and pucker my lips. I’ve started doing some object identification with them. Miles imitated “pa” for pop, but only once. I’ve gotten them to “give me their feet” to tickle a couple times but I’m not sure if they actually know their feet or if they just know I’ll tickle them. Same with things like “go get the ball” or “roll the ball”. Of course I’m going to say that know what I mean, because they are obviously geniuses like me (ha). Abby has figured out how to say some /k/ /g/ and throaty sounds and so when she babbles (which is like, constantly), she sounds like she is speaking German, or maybe Russian.

They are starting to look more and more like kids and less like babies. We’ve had a few mini tantrums but nothing major (yet). We’ve managed to ditch both bottles AND pacifiers (so far – 3 days no huge problems). They take 1 nap most days – a few days here and there they need two. I’ve started putting shoes on them periodically – poor Miles has really fat feet. Favorites this month: swimming, rolling the ball, peaches, bubbles, ice cream (*cough cough*), “throw the baby”, climbing stairs (Miles) and “talking” (Abby).

  • Abby has her first popsicle

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  • Miles sports red, white, and cute (yes, I just said that)
Born in the USA
Born in the USA
  • Daddy falls asleep and so mommy paints his toes
Pretty pretty
That’s the risk you take when you nap
  • Miles shows off his “downward baby”
Downward facing baby
Downward facing baby
  • Abby reaches for the stars
I. WILL. GET. THE. BUBBLE
I. WILL. GET. THE. BUBBLE
  • They interact in the tub

(Insert cute video here – unfortunately it shows my son’s doodle so I can’t actually post it on the internet)

  • They swim
just call us ducks
just call us ducks
  • Then Abby relaxes after a long days work
SUCH a hard day
SUCH a hard day
  • Miles is a monster
rrrawwwrrr
rrrawwwrrr
  • We break out the water table
splish splash
splish splash
  • I’ll let the pic explain this one…
Hi, I'm a letter board
Hi, I’m a letter board
  • Miles plays peek a boo
peek a boo!
peek a boo!
  • And takes his first video selfie

 

Oh, and I’ve just discovered that we’ve reached the age where I’m going to have to start eating candy in the bathroom……

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