This, what I’m doing right now? This is stealing. Straight up thievery. I am leaving Bram on me for a nap (an EARLY nap to compensate for how EARLY he woke up today) so that he’ll actually sleep for awhile, but instead of writing (which I should absolutely be doing, which I HAVE been doing whenever I’m not on with him for weeks), I am blogging. Robbing my work and not even caring! :) This won’t be a long post, though, so: no update about my almost-here deadline, or Love Child, or the date J and I are taking tomorrow night (!). Instead, I have just enough time for an update on what has to be the world’s weirdest, sweetest, most earnest kid.
So, Bram at fourteen months. In no particular order.
- This morning, right before J left for work, I said: “Bram. Can you say pomo?” And clear as day he looked at his pomo and said: “pomo.” Then he smiled.
- He also regularly and appropriately says “mama,” “cat,” “dog,” “uh-oh,” and “truck,” and occasionally “goat” and “cow.” He still signs “please,” “milk,” “water,” “more,” “all done,” and sometimes “thank you,” and he shakes his head vigorously “yes” or “no.” Especially no. The boy knows what he does not want.
- Often (though not every morning), Bram wakes up, rolls over to my side of the bed, pulls himself up onto me, and smooches me straight on the lips to wake me up. Then he sits up, pats the bed (pat, pat, pat), and calls: “CAT!” About half the time, a cat comes. These are the most delightful days.
- He can correctly identify his head, hair, nose, mouth (usually), ears, eyes, belly, belly-button, hands, feet, toes, and badonkadonk. Well, he thinks his badonkadonk is his upper right thigh, but sort of around the back. And if you ask him to shake it, he shakes his right leg. We have to get video of that soon. Oh, and he can point to identify pomo, mama, Bubbie, Aunt Kippie, Hades, Nemesis, trucks, cars, almost all barnyard animals (in books), squirrels, rabbits, specific Lego pieces (the goat, the farmer, the horse)… just about anything we’ve defined for him once.
- The child is obsessed with books. He has very definite opinions about what he wants to read, and how many times he wants to read it. So far, his favorites have been Barnyard Dance, Caps for Sale, Jamberry, Good Night Farm, The Wizard of Oz, Hug, and Hug Time. (My apologies for not including authors… I sense this nap is coming to a close…) Who knows what tomorrow’s favorite will be, though. His loyalty is fierce but shifting.
- He is walking-fast-all-the-time now. It matters not a bit to him how many times a day he bites it. He just gets right back up (which he can now do without any support!) and takes off again.
- His favorite foods this month: anything with curry in it, carrots, (ethically sourced) chicken, (wild caught) fish, broccoli, peas, mango, bananas, Mexican stir-fry, the gluten-free bread J makes us, oranges, blueberries, pomegranate seeds (when my mom brings them), spinach smoothies, potatoes, egg yolks, lentils… He still eats incredibly well at most meals.
- He also LOVES the broom. [Does anyone know of an affordable, real, kid’s sized broom for sale? The child likes to sweep, which I would like to encourage.]
- At the end of bath time, J now gets Bram to pull the drain himself and say goodbye to and thank the bath water. It is sweet sweet sweet. She then asks if he’s ready to get out, but he never is. So she patiently waits while the water drains, asking every few minutes if he’s ready (to which he shakes his head “no”). Eventually, though, he gets cold and consents. I love that she gets his buy in this way. It would be jarring to just be pulled out of the bath at random times, no matter how much you were enjoying yourself!
- Finally (not because I’m out of things to write, but because I’m almost out of time and I want to include some photos!), I am on the precipice of being home with him alone thirty-seven hours a week with NO DISSERTATION TO WRITE. I’m wondering how those of you who are home full time approach a schedule. For example, how many times a week do you do play dates? Other activities? Do you have days where it’s just you all day with no outside interaction? Do you find that a routine helps? Lay it on me, whatever you got. Even though I’ve been home with him full time, I’ve scheduled some much of these fourteen months around writing that I’m not sure how to approach the openendedness!
- Bram usually helps me make lunch from my back. Here, he adds paprika to paella.
- An old photo, but a beloved one: one of my favorites of my boy with his Grandpa Jack.
- With an eggplant. Like normal.
- Bram adores all of these things.
- Morning smiles.
- I finally got J in a ruck! For all your babywearers out there: this is PHI v2, and J and I both LOVE it. I think it’s her first favorite wrap.
- In the letter jacket that a close friend of the family passed down from her son. The last little boy to wear this is now twenty-two years old.
- First spring day.
- Fourteen-month Bram Grows! shot!