Archive for October, 2012

The age of reason

October 22, 2012 4:21 pm

Though Trevor can’t quite yet crawl around the room (check back in a couple days for that), he can somehow successfully reach his arms out to grab anything in a 6-foot radius if you turn your back on him. He also has now given a demonstration that he knows that there are things that he is not supposed to do, and that he will do them anyway.

The other day I left Trevor in the living room. As I was leaving, he was babbling and grunting like a baby gorilla the way he usually does. I expected him to either continue with the animal noises or scream loudly in protest at me leaving the room, but instead it got very quiet. After being gone just long enough to go to the bathroom, I came back to find that he had obtained and dismantled the kleenex box, and was working his way through the tissues, grabbing and ripping big handfuls of them.

He looked at me.
I looked at him.
His forehead wrinkled up and his eyes got wider.
I smiled at him and said “hi” like I normally might do.
He got the most guilty expression I have ever seen on a baby, and clamped his mouth shut, refusing to talk, and refusing to let me see that he had been busy chewing on a large glob of tissue.

The Trevor has clearly graduated to personhood.

Look out World – Danger Coming

October 18, 2012 9:07 am

This last week has been a big one for Trevor. He started out moving horizontally by pulling himself across the kitchen floor with his arms in an army style crawl. It only works when the coefficient of friction is at the optimal level so if placed on a blanket or rug he is stuck to it much to his chagrin. Next he worked on vertical movement. We had an empty cardboard box in our living room so I sat Trevor in it to see what he thought (because kids always prefer cardboard boxes and paper to their expensive toys you know!). Next thing I know he was standing up holding on to the sides. Figuring it was a fluke, I sat him down again and watched carefully as he immediately pulled himself to standing by grabbing on to the top of the box on two sides.  The box wasn’t very stable so I held onto it while he experimented with moving around and holding on to the edges. Eventually he flopped over and got stuck in the bottom of the box but it was fun while it lasted.

Watch out world, it won’t be long before Trevor learns how to put horizontal and vertical together and we have real forward movement!

Puffs Addict

October 11, 2012 8:57 am

Is there a “Puffs Anonymous” meeting around here that I can send Trevor too? He needs it.

A couple of weeks ago I mentioned to Miss Cristina at Trevor’s daycare that he had figured out how to eat puffs if they were place in his mouth but he was struggling on how to pick them up. Daycare providers love puffs (and cheerios) as they are great for working on fine motor control. Within a week, Trevor had learned how to pick them up and eat them and was estatic. The kid couldn’t get enough puffs!

He doesn’t pick them up one by one using his pincer grasp. No, that would be too hard and wouldn’t result in nearly as many puffs consumed. He grabs them by the handful then stuffs most of his hand in his mouth to get at the puffs. It’s messy but effective. Now he is a full puff addict. Spoon feeding baby food can only be done in between handfuls of puffs. In an effort to treat his addiction we have moved onto rice cake pieces for variety. I have also tried to sneak in well cooked carrots and green beans which worked to some level but he grew tired of them long before the puffs. Gotta work on more baby friendly finger foods and find Trevor that meeting to cope with his addiction.

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