Thursday, October 22, 2009

greetings, earthling

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How does a baby say hello? By touching your face with his hand, then leaning toward you until you touch foreheads. Those are two of Nathanael's standard greetings. First thing in the morning when he wakes up, when we go to church and see people. It doesn't matter if he knows them or not. He'll reach his arms out to whomever he wants to see, and greets them in his own fashion.

He has quickly progressed in his mobility. He started crawling a few weeks ago, and now he's pulling himself up on things. He's trying to cruise around a bit, but he's not very good at moving his feet without falling over yet. He's brave, and lets go with a hand to stand there for a few seconds. I've even caught him standing on the second step, playing with toys his sister has left behind.

His "language skills" are also developing - he's making "ma-ma" sounds, "ba" noises, and a new mouth sound that is occupying him. It's a light "pop" sound made with his lips, that you can barely hear. He goes about his business standing and playing with whatever, all the while "popping."

Oh, what a particular boy! He's like his dad - he doesn't like to eat first thing in the morning. It'll be an hour or two before he's ready to eat and nap. He likes his sister, but mostly from a distance. He's friendly to people, but not so much to cameras. He enjoys playing on the floor while lying on his back, thumping his heels on the floor. But, don't take the toy away. That would be an unapproved activity, and he will scream loudly.

(Ignore Jude looking at me like I'm nuts. Also, note Randy and Danielle sitting with Elizabeth on the next trailer on this hay ride)

Oh, what a wonderful boy he is!


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