(1) Big trucks & schoolbuses: When a noisy truck passes our house, he looks at me and smiles. Then he makes his best car noise with his cute little lips.
(2) Music: Manzo LOVES listening to music. Sometimes, when we're in the car listening to a playlist, he will cry when we get to the little 10 second pause between songs. Poor little thing! We try to tell him, "just wait! The next song is about to come on!" but he remains distressed until he hears the "moo-kah" come back on. (Moo-kah was Superboy's word for music when he was about 2. We still say that word a lot.) Manzo usually bobs his head up and down as he enjoys the music.
(3) Dogs: When a neighbor walks by our house with a dog on a leash, stop the presses. Manzo is very interested in dogs. His "word" for dog is "Buh! Buh!" I think he might be trying to say "woof woof", but I'm not sure. He eagerly points out dogs in books, magazines...you name it. He looks over at me with such a happy, surprised look as if to say, "there's ANOTHER one!!"
(4) Wrestling with daddy: This is very cute. When Hunter is down on the floor, Manzo will charge into him and climb on top of him. Hunter is such a good "baby wrestler"...he rolls around on the floor with him, and Manzo just loves every minute of it.
(5) And lastly, the beloved blanket fort: Manzo loves it when his big brother or sister puts a few chairs together and drapes a blanket over the top. For some reason this is like winning the lottery for him--it makes him so excited. He crawls in and out, in and out, in and out! Here's a quick fort that Superboy built this morning before school.
Manzo is a bit bow-legged. And his right foot turns in a bit. ("in-toeing", aka "pigeon-toed")
He is 13.5 months old and not walking yet. He doesn't stand on his own (until tonight! He stood un-assisted for about 45 seconds and we all made a big deal out of it, clapping and cheering. He looked so proud of himself.)
He does stand when holding on to something (all the time), and does like to cruise around the furniture.
He loves walking with help. He'll reach his hands up in the air so he can grab on to my fingers. He loves walking like that.
So, all in all, it sounds like he's on his way to being a walker. But every once in a while I wonder if the bow-legged-ness or the in-toeing is causing him a problem. I asked the pediatrician about it at the 12 month check-up. The doctor didn't even hesitate for one second, "It's not a problem for him. Everything will straighten out over time. He's fine. There's no problem." That put my mind at ease for a few weeks, but as the time continues to roll by, I find myself wondering if perhaps there could be an issue after all.
Let me be clear: if he's just one of those kids who wants to take his time learning to walk, I'm totally fine with that. I have no mommy agenda that dictates when he should be an independent walker. This is not about my expectations. Rather, this is about not wanting to miss something that he should be doing if there is a problem which needs to be addressed. i.e., if he's supposed to be wearing a brace or doing certain exercises, etc.---then I want to be doing those things!
My take at the moment is this: I make sure he has lots of fun "walking practice" each and every day. I make sure we don't get things for him and bring objects to him when he's curious. (..as his siblings are inclined to do simply to be helpful!) In learning to walk or crawl, curiosity is a huge motivation in getting from Point A to Point B. If I see that he'd like to get a ball (his favorite) from across the room, I let him go for it!
So anyway, I'll keep you posted on how all that develops.
And on a related note (seriously, there is a connection here. Just keep reading and you'll see)....let me get back to the Disney princesses which I mentioned yesterday......
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So here are the princesses. They live in Pumpkin's room.
The other day I was cleaning out her closet. I found the box these girls originally came in. As the box was on its way to the recycling bin, I noticed something which I think is a bit odd....
Here's the front of the box:
And here's the back of the box:
Are you seeing what I'm seeing?
So many cases of tibial torsion in Princess Land!
Ariel is the only one not suffering from this issue--and that's only because she doesn't have legs!
Maybe there's a special day at Disney Illustrator School which emphasizes the following necessary components. These items should be included in the illustration in order to make the Disney princess look REALLY CUTE:
The presence of a small animal somewhere in the vicinity
Sparkly pixie dust to indicate magic
Wide eyes & elevated eyebrows
The next time I want to look cute, I'm going to turn my toes in and shoot my eyebrows up to the sky.
I remember thinking to myself: "I'd better be careful with these boxes....better not lift anything too heavy..."
As it turns out, I was not pregnant.
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During the summer of 2011, after pursuing both biological and adoptive avenues for three years, I began to wonder if the Lord was closing the door on something that I'd always assumed would happen. (more children.)