Monday, June 16, 2014

1.5 years of B

On May 19, B reached the mature old age of one and a half, officially qualifying him to enter our church's nursery program.  Hypothetically, this frees me up to attend my Sunday school without him, but the reality is that I have been spending a lot of time in nursery with him.  His proximity sensor alerts him whenever I exceed my 15 foot allowance, and he immediately starts to cry.  Eloise being in his nursery class with him doesn't seem to comfort him in the slightest.  
 B has his parents mixed up.  Todd spoke in church last week, and B spent much of the talk standing up on my lap screaming, "Mommy! Mommy! Hi!" to get his attention.  He walks around the house calling "Daddy! Where are you!" when he can't find me.  He occasionally seems to get our titles right, but I think those are the odd occasions when he doesn't care which parent comes to his aid.

We went to the temple on May 21 to get some updated portraits of the kids, and take some pictures of the Christensens to give to Rebecca for her birthday.  Here is a typical shot of B, tagging along just behind the older kids,
 and trying to do what they do.
 This spotted "dog" goes with Eloise everywhere.  If anyone (meaning B- no one else would dare) touches it, she jumps to its defense, and I have discovered that putting the dog in time out is more effective discipline than putting Eloise herself in time out.
 B calls his siblings "Jare" and "El-yee."  When he sees letters or numbers, he points to them and starts "reading." He says, "A, E, M, L. . ." or "3, 2, 1, Go!"
At his 18 months checkup, B weighed 25 lbs. 2 oz., and was  32 and 3/4 inches tall.  He is going through a biting phase, but it seems to be ending.  Biting is obviously a more effective way to get a too close sibling to back off than speaking.  The siblings are learning to give him his space, and he is learning that biting leads to time out in his crib, which he hates.  His vocabulary is growing every day, and he is acting older and older.  A neighbor told me that he isn't a baby anymore, and that made me sad.  I'm sorry to lose my sweet, snuggly little B baby, but it is so much fun to watch him grow and learn new skills.

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