Wednesday, October 5, 2011

49 weeks

Here is what is going on with Noah this week according to;

Your baby’s memory may surprise you. For months now, he’s been cataloging information. He knows that his toys are stashed in the toy box (most of the time!), that the remote makes the TV light up and that grandma gives him cookies. He may even know where grandma stashes the cookies. So don’t be surprised if he smiles and holds out his hand when you visit grandma; past experience has taught him that she usually hands him a cookie! If she’s slow on the draw, he may even make his way over to the cookie jar.  Of course, it still takes many repetitions for baby to fully understand something. He didn’t learn that grandma = cookies overnight; it took many visits before your baby realized that grandma is the Cookie Lady! That’s why you still have to tell him to stay away from the TV. He’s heard it before, but he’ll need to hear it -- and experience the consequence of being pulled away -- over and over again before he finally learns to leave the screen alone.

Physically, your baby is on the verge of walking. Don’t worry about his posture; it’s completely normal for new walkers to stick out their bellies and butts and waddle with a wide stance. Right now, your baby is still working on his balance. As he becomes more proficient, he’ll pull his feet in and walk a little straighter.  Push toys are among your baby’s favorites right now. Push carts, doll strollers, ride-on toys with high backs – even kitchen chairs that glide across the floor – allow your baby to “walk” without letting go. He might enjoy a big empty box as well. Watch him fill it up with toys and push it across the living room floor!
Your baby’s speech is beginning to sound more like real language, complete with inflections and pauses. Some babies can already say a few words (“mama” or “dada” are early favorites) but most will wait until some time after their first birthday.

First of all, the hat in all of these pictures isn't because it's so cold outside that Noah needs a hat.  It's his "helmet".  This week he got up to such a high speed walking/ running down the side walk that he fell face first, and his forehead slammed into the concrete leaving him some road rash on his head.  Jeremy and I, both being mentally scared by seeing Noah take that tumble, have started adding an extra barrier of protection just in case it happens again.  Plus, he looks so stinkin' cute in this hat anyway!

This week Noah has started saying some rendition of truck, appropriately with his toy trucks.  He has also started pointing to the door and saying walk.  And going to his high chair and saying eat.  His favorite toys right now tend to be his plastic wagon that he can push or ride in, his books, and toy cars and trucks.

I can't believe how fast this little boy is growing up, and how big he is getting.  He will be 1 year old in less than a month!!!!


Kim M. said...

He's getting so big! What a doll!

Kim Alford said...

HANDSOME!!!! Love his 'helmet'!! :)