You are a certified walker. You don't
crawl at ALL anymore. This all happened about a week after your
11 month birthday. It was a very fast progression once you got the
hang of what you were doing. Now you're working on your speed and
form. You're just about ready to run, but you still look kind of
Your favorite thing in the world is music.
You are addicted to it. If we are in the living room or library,
you insist on having the CD Player on. You walk over to where it
sits on the mantel, stand below it and point with both hands, legs
slightly spread, ready to dance. If we don't respond quickly, you
Once the music starts, you are a dancing
fool. You bounce up and down, bob your head, and move your hands
back and forth (jazz hands). You also like shaking your Michigan
pom poms or your maracas. You got some new instruments from Moppy
for your birthday, and you love those too. Your favorite is this
cool wooden percussion instrument called a Rothromel. I think you
are probably the only 1 year old that plays the Rothromel.
We go to music class every Friday morning.
You ignore me completely. You stand with the other families or just
go off on your own and stand in front of the mirror dancing. You
are very independent.
You are still a great eater. Now that
you are one, you can pretty much eat anything. You love junk food
like cheesecake and doughnuts, but you get just as excited about
sauteed spinach or peas.
You are talking a little bit more, but
a lot of the words sound the same (da da). However, you have one
new exciting word that sounds different than anything else; apple.
You have also learned the sign for "shoes" though you
do it a little differently than the standard way. It's supposed
to be knocking your two fists together, but instead you take one
of your pointer fingers and poke it into the palm of your opposite
hand. You seem to enjoy making up your own signs for things. Your
famous jazz hands mean music, dancing and happy.
You enjoy being read to, but you also
love looking through your books on your own. Your favorite is "That's
Not My Kitten". You like to kiss the kittens. You love all
books with things to feel or do, like fuzzy animals, or flaps that
You have no favorite stuffed animal, but
you are becoming rather attached to your little pillow. You sleep
holding it every night, and usually when we come in your room in
the morning, you are standing up holding it.
Your sleep is still erratic. You've slept
the whole night through a few times, but also have nights when you
wake up one or two times.
You still have just four teeth, but I
think you are cutting another one or two, as you have been a bit
cranky in the evenings, which is not like you at all.
You love people. When we are in a restaurant,
you wave and say "hi" to everyone that walks past or is
sitting nearby. If they ignore you, you yell or make funny noises
until you are acknowledged.