We went to Bounce-o-rama yesterday and Tristan thoroughly enjoyed the toddler bouncer.. for about twenty minutes. I’d paid for an hour (because that’s how it works). They told me that you get two hours when you pay for one with some sort of mumbled goodness about a sale going on. No matter, he did have a lot of fun for the twenty minutes he was in there.
* Tristan’s walking now looks pretty proficient and I don’t worry about him hitting his head when he falls, like I used to. I have confidence in his fall-breaking skills. That being said, he’s also been climbing things and standing in his little armchair. I am not sure where my confidence lies with regards to that yet.
* Eating has been evolving somewhat. First of all, as of last Thursday, he’s no longer completely on strike as far as being spoon-fed. While we were over at a playgroup with his friend Bryan and his mom was feeding him, we gave some to Tristan for S&G, because playgroups are for complaining about the little things about children and the refusing to be fed thing came up. So, he allows a spoon in his mouth again sometimes. That being said, we’ve started doing two things instead of trying to resume spoon-feeding him. Once a day, I aim for some self spoon-feeding practice, where I load up a spoon and hand it to him, whereby it’s his responsibility to get more of it in his mouth than in his hair, and he does fairly well at that. The second thing is that baby food puree now comes in little squeezable or suckable pouches that he can (and so far will) manage on his own with absolutely none in the hair. Aside from that, he enjoys pea crisps and isn’t too much a fan of the sweet that is not fruit – which works just fine, considering. Also, he’s getting a little more adventurous with the food he will pick up and eat by himself – I gave him rice on Saturday and for the first time, he shoveled it in and gobbled it up. Yay!
*The babbling! He says ‘up’ very frequently, and he’s been trying very hard to talk in general. I have no idea what else he is saying because it seems to have little context. But it sounds so cute.
*Airplanes. One of his first “must see” items whenever one passes overhead. He still won’t point, but he does indicate what he is looking at. I think he tries to say a word for airplane, but it doesn’t at all sound like the word airplane.
*He can kick a ball around a field as if he were trying out for a soccer team. Perhaps we should look into tot-soccer at 18 months. :p