Jude is about 16 months old now. It's been a while since I wrote about what Jude's doing lately. So here's a brief list:
- recently started learning to take naps in crib
- spins around in circles for fun (self-taught)
- learns and repeats words on first hearing, if he's interested
- puts on cowboy hat whenever he has the chance
- pushes little tractor around house until parents get tired of helping him turn it at every corner
- puts his head on one's shoulder when asked for a "hug"
- predicts what's happening next (says "bye" when I'm getting ready to leave for work; points at my shoes and says "off" when I come back from walking the dog)
- plays with Maggie by picking up her toys or bones and giving them to her
- likes to grab or sit on Maggie's tail (we're trying to get him to stop)
- asks people to read books to him all the time
- holds phone toy next to his ear and says "hello" (sounds like "allo")
- kicks balls around the house like a soccer player (and like Maggie)
- sits on rocking horse by himself and rocks back and forth and says "riding" (sounds like "wy-deeen, wy-deeen, wy-deeen")
- says "riding" when sitting on rocking chair or glider, etc.
- for a while was saying "good morning" ("mor-neeen") as a general greeting
- indicates that his toy whale is "in the water" by pointing at the floor and saying "water" (sounds like "wah, wah, wah...")
- does same with toy boats
- corrects Maggie, when she picks up a sock or toy, by wagging his index finger at her and saying "No! No! No!" in a baby-harsh tone while he walks toward her or chases her around the house
He also learns new signs quickly, often combining the sign with the word. I put him on an ottoman and said he was on "top" as I patted the ottoman with both hands. Later in the day, he started saying "top" and using the same hand gesture I had used -- palms down, in a downward patting motion.
You can see he's really starting to learn and explore the world at an exciting pace. And, he's as delightfully happy and nice as ever.