Archive for September, 2010

Little Advancements

Monday, September 20th, 2010

The last big milestone we hit with Mads was back in May when he turned one and, shortly after, started walking. And I suppose our next big milestone will be when he really starts talking (though he’s using more and more new words recently).

In the meantime, we’re still experiencing lots of small new things that are just as exciting. Such as working on improving his dance moves

walking down steps (this one is always a little nerve wracking – he approaches the step very carefully and seems to think it through, and then just throws himself forward)

strolling down the sidewalk in Newburyport

and chasing (and barking) after monstrously large dogs at the playground

Night night, Mama

Wednesday, September 15th, 2010

Maddox usually goes to bed around 7:30, and he’s pretty good about it.  If you ask him if he’s ready for night night, he’ll walk down the hall to his room on his own, and get ready for story time.  Tonight, we were watching old Sesame Street videos on the couch and Maddox surprised us both.

“Night night!” He announced, then walked off to his bedroom.  Jon and I followed him, since when your baby says it’s bedtime, who are you to disagree?!

Lately, I’ve been more and more amazed at how frequently Maddox has an opinion and wants to have a say in what’s going on.  He understands a lot of what we’re saying (probably more than we realize, which should provide some interesting surprises later on) and wants to communicate back.

He asks for snacks when he’s hungry and to stay longer in his bath, and he’ll take off running down the hall to practice opening the bathroom door – a new achievement that is interesting to explain to guests.

He especially wants to use electronics.  He’s very good about giving Daddy his remote whenever Jon leaves it out, despite the fact that in this picture it looks like he’s just clocked Daddy over the head and made off with the goods.

It is wonderful and perspective-altering to have to adjust to the recognition of Maddox as a person in his own right, instead of a baby to be carried from pillar to post.  Maddox continues to be the best part of our lives, from his first “Dada!” in the morning to his new “Night night, Mama” just before bed.

A Minute of Maddox

Thursday, September 9th, 2010