As far as motor skills they are doing well. Mitch and Nate walking and climbing. Eli isn't far behind! He is taking as many as 10-12 steps at a time and it will only be a matter of days before he is walking as well as his brothers. He is one determined little dude! He sees them walking and getting praise and he wants it too! Due to his Sandifer's Syndrome his core muscles just aren't as strong as the other two so activities like crawling and walking become a little more challenging for him. But I am so proud of his progress thus far!
All the boys are saying words and have quite the vocabulary already! Nate was the first to say a clear word that he associated with the correct object. The word? DUCK! :) The boys also say mama and dada of course as well as bye-bye, all done, hi, cheese, apple, ba-ba, go, ball, book, fish and something that sounds a lot like thank-you! They also know a few signs to go with their words like Mommy and Daddy, more, and all done.
They really love music and Elmo. They will sing E-I-E-I-O with Old MacDonald, they will roll their hands to The Wheels on the Bus, they will clap to Happy and You Know It and they really love the Jewel song Sammy the Spider. Elmo videos play often in our house as it will catch their attention and give mama a break for 30 minutes to do things like laundry, dishes, and blog! :)
We go for walks once or twice a day and the boys really love being outside. Unfortunately, at the moment we do not have a yard for them to play in but I will sometimes let them crawl around in the field across the street where we walk around the pond. They are so cute they way they are fascinated by the grass and they way it feels. We are in the process of buying a house and pretty soon the boys will have a nice fenced in yard to play in every day! I can't wait!
Sleep is still a challenge though naptimes have gotten better! We have gone down to just one nap a day and they will sleep from 11a-1p (give or take 30min). They wake up happy and refreshed and it.is.AWESOME. However during this transition time it is still tough for them to stay awake late in the afternoon so I am often trying to find ways to entertain them during that 5pm-7pm hour where they want to nap. If I let them sleep at ALL during that time they will nap for 15-45 minutes and then be up until midnight. However, even when I don't let them sleep during that time bedtime is still a challenge. These boys just don't like to sleep!! Its usually 9 or 10pm before I can get all three to sleep. And its a rare night where they sleep thru the night. They never sleep more than 9hours. We are usually up for the day by 530 (Although since the time change its been more like 6-7). I keep hoping and praying they will grow out of this and give us some reprieve!
Our goals for the months to come:
- No more bottles
- Drink from a straw
- No more mushy baby food - all finger foods and what the rest of the family eats
- Expanded vocabulary