Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Grabby Grabbersons

Jonathan is that age where he is interested in the things that others have (now that I stop and think about it, maybe this isn't related to an age... maybe it's just the human condition). And he has the motor skills and the grabbing power to assert his little will. Elisa is constantly in terror that he will take something she is playing with. (Which is funny, considering how often she snatches things that he is playing with, all while saying politely, "Can I have that please, Jonathan?")

She often carries her stroller around as high as her little arms can reach and sets it on high places: the coffee table, the couch, her bed... just so that Jonathan won't grab it. This morning she came out of her bedroom carrying some toy and said, "He was trying to grab this. Isn't him crazy?" It cracked me up to hear her use the word "crazy" referring to her brother. She also regularly asks me, "Is him a Grabbersons?"

Last week we were at a bakery (a vegan bakery, by the way) eating some dessert. Greg was holding Jonathan on his lap and reading some pamphlet (probably about being vegan or something). Next thing we knew, Jonathan had grabbed Greg's plate, pulled it off the table, and dropped it on the floor, where it shattered into tiny pieces.

Yep, him is a Grabbersons.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

11 months

This little guy is now 11 months old! Just one more month until the big first birthday! I can't believe it. I am already grieving the fact that my baby soon won't really be a baby anymore. I figure as long as he can't walk I can still call him a baby. And of course he'll still be the baby in our family until a younger sibling comes along.

So at 11 months Jonathan is an active crawler. When we set him down downstairs his goal is to make it up the spiral staircase while we're not looking. Yikes! He loves keys, wallets, and cell phones (basically, all the things he's not allowed to have) and he screams like you've broken his little heart if you take any of the aforementioned items away from him. If we accidentally forget to put the lid down on the toilet we'll often find him happily splashing his hands in the water. He also loves crawling under chairs and through the legs of his high chair. He loves his big sister and wants to be involved in everything she does. Sometimes this causes problems, but for the most part Elisa really likes him too. He prefers to feed himself and he loves fruit: melon, peaches, pears, nectarines, bananas. I was having a hard time figuring out what I could feed him that would have protein, then this week we discovered that he loves refried beans (sometimes with avocado mixed in) and little pieces of tuna fish sandwich. He's finally consistently sleeping through the night!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Can you tell I'm excited about this one? It helps that he now has his own room (...I mean closet). So anyway, that's a little snapshot of Jonathan at 11 months. We all love him so much and are so thankful that we get to be a part of his little life!