I woke up on the wrong side of the bed today, that’s all. My hair is tangled and I can’t find a thing to fasten the end of my braid, so I can’t braid it and it is just going to keep getting tangled. And I started my work day by talking to my LEAST FAVORITE customer. On chat not on the phone, but still bad. And Albie Dog’s Adopt-a-versary gifts are delayed in shipping, so he won’t have any presents on the day itself. Oh, and worst of all, last night’s Columbo episode wasn’t very good. So, time to talk about babies and be happy!
My nephew! At age 19 months, he has a very distinctive personality complete with likes and dislikes.
Favorite thing to do: stand in the driveway and wave at cars. Or, as he calls them, “Guck!” My sister claims he is saying “caaa”, but I have heard him, and it still sounds like “guck” to me. But consistently “guck”, so he does understand the concept of words, he just likes to make up his own.
Least favorite thing to do: Eat ANYTHING. His dinner tends to be a single triscuit, and a bottle of milk. His breakfast is often air (plus a bottle of milk). He really likes milk. He does not like food. Although, he enjoys utensils. You give him a bowl of food and a spoon and he is very happy doing everything with them (playing music, throwing things on the floor, mushing it around on his tray) except, of course, eating.
Hobbies: He still is very fond of putting things into other things. The spice drawer for instance, he likes very slowly taking every spice bottle out and then very slowly putting them back and then very slowly taking each one out again.
Entertainment: The electric tea kettle is his favorite show. You go to the sink and put water in it, and then you put it on the holder and you press a button and it lights up, and then it beeps when it is done and you press another button and you pour out hot water. My sister has started just making cups of hot water for the pure activity when she doesn’t even want tea.
Music: His bedtime sleepy song is “He’s got the whole world in his hands” which is nice and happy and endlessly expandable (you just keep adding on people He has in his hands). But his naptime sleepy song is “Shenandoah”. Question: does he know the difference? Why is there a difference? Why does there need to be a different naptime sleepy song than a bedtime sleepy song?
Physical activity: He can now go down stairs on his bottom and climb up stairs by crawling. Most impressive, he has conquered the couch! In the classic “get one leg up and roll yourself the rest of the way” configuration. He has also figured out where the release button is located on the baby gate at the top of the stairs, but has not yet worked out the manual dexterity to release it. There is a lot of just pushing really hard on that spot and complaining.
Love: He loooooooooooooooooooooooves the cuckoo cooker. He wakes up in the morning saying “cuckoo cuckoo!”, you bring him down to the kitchen first thing so he can touch it and greet it of the morning. At this point, his parents have started spelling out “c-u-c-k-o-o” because he gets too excited if he hears the word and then cries if he can’t go visit his beloved cuckoo. Meanwhile, he occasionally remembers to miss his father when his father is out of sight. His mother seems to be considered a sort of multi-utility tool who can lift him on counters, read him books, and change diapers but has no purpose beyond that. He has a word for “father” and “uncle” and “dog”. His word for mother is “crying face and lifted arms”. It works well, she always answers to it.
So, that’s my nephew. Pretty much your standard issue toddler at this point. I think he’s gonna be a musician because of all the music he makes with eating utensils. There is a minority opinion that he will be an engineer because of the car fascination.