Spring as sprung!

It is beautiful here now with the trees blooming, the sun shining and the temperature warming up. It was actually a pleasure to mow the lawn yesterday!

Ryan, as usual is absolutely amazing. He had been sick again, which was stressful. Apparently he had viral pneumonia with illness induced asthma on top of it, so he was struggling to breathe which hindered his ability to get well. Grandma came in town to help out, which was an absolute God-send. He healed (hopefully for good!) and is back to his fun-loving, playful, silly self, which we hadn’t seen in a while since he was feeling so lousy.

A couple of new things – he has been mobile for a while, crawling all over the place. But about 2 weeks ago he started walking behind and pushing the kitchen stool around. I didn’t set him up to do this – I was just doing the dishes one day and heard the scooting sound. I turned around and there he was – maneuvering all over the kitchen (see photo above)!! SO amazing.

So grandma and I went to this AWESOME consignment sale and she spoiled us rotten with tons of fun toys for Ryan, which included 2 walkers. One is an adorable lion that transfers into a little scooter and is more heavy duty. The other is a light-weight walker for him to walk behind. I thought for sure he wouldn’t be ready for that one for a while because it moves really fast (the kitchen stool has traction on the bottom feet so is slower). But he mastered it in 1 day! He is SO cute pushing those little walkers around; he even knows how to turn corners!

In addition to this, he also continues to eat well and express his opinion about what he likes and doesn’t like. When he doesn’t like something he will make the funniest faces! He also likes to purse his lips together and turn his head away from you. But yesterday I noticed something brand new! Several times during the day I noticed him shaking his head from side to side when he was sitting and playing alone. I thought he was trying to keep the beat with music from a toy or something but then music wasn’t always playing. Then, while I was feeding him he shook his head and wouldn’t take a bite. I waited a minute and tried again, but he ate that time! This happened several times, but then finally (and firmly) he shook his head. It dawned on me…he is saying, “NO!” So I nodded to him and said, “Yes!” and he looked at me quizzically and shook his head, “NO!” I nodded, “Yes!” and he shook, “No!” I couldn’t believe it! What an amazing revelation for your child to be able to communicate with you for the first real time! Now he has really gotten it down; while having a bottle this morning he popped it out of his mouth and rolled over. I picked it up and said, “Do you want any more?” and he shook his head, “No!”

What an amazing 8 month old child!!

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