A month of Wesley-initiated play. A month of warmer weather with fun on the balcony and in the garden.
Teeth: Wesley's two top teeth came in! Teething has taken up a lot of energy, especially in the first half of the month. When he's teething, Wesley is a little more fussy and generally takes it a little easy (this is very relative). I can see the strain of teething in his face in some of his pictures this month, even when he's having a good time. But by the end of the month, he is a very toothy looking boy, and much more at ease.
|Watching people below|
Waving ByeBye and Hi: He does this by putting one arm out straight with a fist at the end and waving it up and down. Apparently this is not how other people teach their babies to wave, but rather, they use only their fingers or hand to wave. I didn't know, so this is how he does it. He waves to his grandparents on Skype, which I love.
Peek-a-boo: One morning after waking up, I set Wes down on the ground so he could investigate something. Then up popped a little head over the end of the bed. I said "oh, hello". Then he crouched down out of sight, and popped back up with a smile on his face. I could not contain my laughter. He continued to play this game 20 or so more times with varying lengths of time in crouched hiding position. We were laughing so hard, I couldn't get over how fun it was to see that tiny head popping back up over the end of the bed. I kept laughing all morning thinking about it. Now it is our morning routine. What a wonderful way to start the day. He also plays peekaboo by turning away from people or buring his head in our shoulder and then turning around quickly to flash a smile before hiding again.
|Playing Peeakaboo behind the doorframe|
Take things Out/Off, putting things in: He opens our kitchen drawers and one by one takes things out and throws them on the floor. He takes things out of his toy basket one at a time, he takes things off of tables, one at a time. At the very end of the month he has started playing putting things "in". He puts his little ball in cups, or in his favorite trashcan.
Solo time (supervised): Wesley is now content to go to a part of the room away from where we are, pull up on a piece of furniture, and play by himself for longer periods of time. He talks his talk (ba-ba-ba or da-da-da, depending on the week) as he works, engrossed in whatever he's doing.
Separation Worries: He still gets upset and cries loudly often when Casey leaves the room. Now he has started howling when Casey leaves for work. He's increasingly getting upset if I leave the room and go anywhere with a closed door, even momentarily. Also, he cries when dogs walk away from him.
|I want that teacup|
Adventuring and Play: Wesley is a little adventurer. He explores, he crawls fast, he pulls up effortlessly, and he works on climbing whenever possible. He is less focused on every tiny crevice of the house than last month, and is more interested in initiating interactive play this month. But he is still everywhere. Also, he is getting to be a good little wrestler.