A few other things about Todd that I either forgot, or which have just occurred this weekend.
He sometimes says “oof” (woof) when he sees doggies and they always get his attention, just as kitties do.
He makes a little kissing sound like we make to call the kitties.
When we were holding hands, he clearly said “Row” and was happy when I started “Row, row, row your boat…”
He was playing with some little cars and doing his own version of “vroom, vroom” noises while driving them around.
He can squat and he is standing without holding on for longer and longer periods. Last night at dinner he stood for a good five minutes.
Of course, I can’t think of an example at the moment, but it is clear that his receptive language is getting better. Now that we have some confidence that he is understanding us (I’m sure he has for a while, it is just clear now that he is), the process of teaching him to hand my unwanted food instead of throwing it on the floor begins along with all of those other “fun” toddler testing habits.
Aaaaaaand, I saw a couple of very brief steps this weekend. Just a couple of shuffle steps when he was more focused on what he wanted than how he was getting there. But if he really thinks about going somewhere he crawls because he can get there faster and more easily. It is just a matter of time, I’m sure.
On an unrelated note, the nice thing I can say about the cats right now is that they are letting the kids get closer. Nora will let Heather come right up to her and pet her quite often, and will sometimes stick around for Todd, too. Stewart is less interested in being approached, but he doesn’t run away as quickly or avoid the kids as much as he used to. And occasionally, Heather can come up to him and pet him. Sadly, this doesn’t make up for the messes they’ve been making around the house, but it at least balances out some of my resentment.