Wesley likes to point at things on walks, prefers if he can then touch them. He points to things with his fist, not his finger.
|Set free on a walk|
Wesley loves the park. He loves to watch the big kids play on the playground, to swing, and to climb on the playground equipment. He loves being outside and exploring new places.
|Exploring Rocks at China Camp State Park|
Wesley loves to dance. When music comes on he dances. He bops his head and rocks up and down. Casey has caught him dancing in the room by himself. He dances when his music playing toys come on, when we turn music on, or sometimes when we sing.Wesley likes to play pat-a-cake (which I always say as "patty cake", is that just me?). When you start to sing the song, even without clapping, he will start clapping. He also does a nice "rooooll it".
Wes loves to clap. He claps when he's happy. He claps when he's upset and trying to soothe himself. He claps hoping you, too, will join in.
|clapping down the trail|
We can now read books with real pages without Wesley ripping them up. Mother Goose is the current favorite.
On the language front, Wesley now says, in association "da-da-da-da" with Casey and "ma-ma-ma" for me. "ba-ba-ba" appears to refer to diaper change &/or nursing. Sometimes he crawls after me saying "ma-ma-ma ba-ba-ba" or he nuzzles me and says it. He's mostly stopped signing his "milk" sign which he had been doing for a few months. He only signs it now when he is reeeeeaaally wants to be fed right that moment.
One of my favorite moments of the month was when Casey was getting ready for work. He was walking over toward the shoe rack and Wes intercepted him, held onto the backs of his pant legs and walked with him across the room. So tiny there walking behind his Daddy. So sweet.
Another favorite moment was when we were playing with his walker outside and he just stopped, went over, and gave a tree a big hug. He held it for maybe five seconds, then put his face to it so sweetly, then hugged it again. We don't make a habit of hugging trees, so it was such a remarkable spontaneous gesture.
This month also contained my first Mother's Day with Wesley on the outside. It was wonderful. I felt so happy all day, so appreciative of my son, of motherhood, and of Casey. And of course, of my Mom, too.
|Mom's Day 2011|