I See

Saturday, February 19, 2011 0 comments
Luke might have made an advancement in his development. I say might because I'm not really sure he said what I thought he said.

This morning Mom was getting Luke a cup of juice. While she was doing this Luke was going crazy because he was wanting said cup of juice. Rather than crying out for juice Luke i think said "I see I see" over and over again.

If he did in fact say "I see" it would be a milestone for him. To date he has never referred to himself. By him saying I it shows that he acknowledges himself as a separate person.

Way to go Luke!

New Words

Tuesday, February 15, 2011 0 comments
As mentioned earlier Luke is taking an interest in talking.  Mom has been keeping a list of his words and it is getting rather large.  A lot of them he uses when he see the object.  Other words he says he parrots what we say or what he hears.  He hasn't used two words together or any other complex speech.  I figure that is coming soon.

I guess in a way he does use two words together but in his world I think he uses them as one.  Luke has two sayings that Mom and I just adore.  They are "oh man" and "oh no".  "Oh man" is definitely is our favorite.  Whenever he says that phrase he does it with a southern accent and cracks Mom and I up.

Luke can also ask for things he doesn't see.  This almost exclusively applied to food.  When he gets up in the morning or after his nap he will walk over to the refrigerator, grasp the handle, and say milk or juice over and over again.  If we don't get him any right away he kicks vocabulary to the curb and goes back to screaming.

When it comes to screaming Luke was much worse than his sister.  A lot of times he squeals or screams to hear his own voice or because he is excited.  Other times he does it to show his displeasure or for attention.  We don't cave into his demands and try to redirect him when possible, but so many decibels close to your ears can make you lose patience quickly.  Luckily his screaming is on the decline as he is better able to handle his emotions and use words to describe how he feels.

In closing here's a list of Luke's words.  I don't think it is complete but it does show the breadth of his vocabulary.  Also, he isn't speaking the King's English when saying these words.  Most of them only Mom, Alyce, and I can understand.

Mickey Mouse
Oh no
Oh man
Choo choo
Hot dog
All gone
All done
Ice Cream

Fun at the Mall

Sunday, February 13, 2011 0 comments
Tonight the family took a trip to the mall. I'm happy to say it was an enjoyable experience. Both kids ate their dinner without protest. The only tears came when it was time to leave. Those tears were because Alyce and Luke were having so much fun they didn't want to leave.

As a reward for eating dinner I watched the kids at the playground while Mom went shopping. What we were really doing was keeping them occupied so Mon could pick up Alyce's Valentines Day gift. She didn't have a clue.

Both kids did great at the playground. There was no shoving and for the most part they waited their turn. Luke was enjoying his newly found physical abilities. He was able to use just about all the equipment. The only help he needed was to get his first leg up on a slide.

There was one scare though. While I was helping Alyce Luke took the opportunity to make a break for it. I think he was intrigued by the balloon strapped to another stroller. I was Lucky that I had my eye on him when he went for it.

When it was time to go both kids weren't happy about it. I couldn't say that I'd blame them.

Home Depot

Tuesday, February 8, 2011 0 comments
One day, last month, during my lunch hour Mom, the kids, and I took a trip to Home Depot.  We were on a mission to pick up some ceiling fans for the new house.  While in the store the kids got to ride in a Home Depot race car themed shopping cart.  On the way back to the car Luke seemed to be enjoying himself and I had to take some pictures.