my little boy who loves to play with dirt and sticks, also loves to play with my jewelry and heels. he has broken a couple bracelets and a necklace of mine, so jewelry is usually a no-no at our house. i think this is why he was so excited when he got his hands on some of the jewelry from riley's 'pretty pretty princess' game.
at first he seemed very calm and reserved as he was awaiting her reaction to him barging in on our game...
she was just so patient and kind and willing to let him interrupt us.
we started teaching hendrix some baby sign language a while back, and so far the only word we have had real success with is 'milk'. since he seems to get the concept, i thought it might be fun to help him expand his sign repertoire so i checked out this movie from the library.
he absolutely loves it. he is super fascinated with the singing and the children. i think his favorite signs right now are the ones for puppy and kitty. (though he doesn't do a very good imitation of them, he likes it when we do them).
he doesn't sit still for very long, of course, and so he usually watches the little 25 minute clip while he is standing up to the ottoman.
he actually wore out that first movie, so we had to get the next one in the series this week before mommy and daddy went insane with the repetition. ;) he flaps his arms and his little hands open and close like he is trying to do the actions, but he doesn't quite know how to put it all together yet. it will come.
it is fun to see the wheels turning in his little head, and i can't wait until he can communicate with us a little bit more effectively. :)
we spent the day at nana's house on saturday to celebrate our birthdays and hendrix always has fun playing with nana's toys. he likes picking the ones he wants out of the toy box himself these days, because he is a big boy, you know.
another one of his favorite things about nana's house is the kitty. he loves to play with turq (though I am not sure that i can say she feels the same way about him). he chases her around the house and is so excited to touch her that he forgets how to be gentle....
he likes to play the piano and is just the perfect height to pull himself up to it and pound on the keys play. he also enjoys sitting in someone else's lap to play, and just discovered this weekend that he can play with his fingers or his toes...
no trip to grinnell is complete without a trip to the dari barn (especially when you are a dessert queen like me!) lol it is a fun family walk as my folks only live a couple blocks away from this cute little ice cream shop.
mr hendrix doesn't like to be cooperative for mommy to take pictures of him anymore. he doesn't. sit. still. since he has learned how to crawl he is constantly on the move.
oh, and have i mentioned that he took his first steps over the weekend?
it was only a couple, and he hasn't done it again since even though we have been encouraging him to try. i am sure that it won't be long now and he will be a pro. he is feeling a lot more comfortable at keeping his balance as he cruises around things, and even lets go to lunge (but keeps his feet planted....silly boy).
basically i have a whole lot of pictures that look like this....
can't wait until i can catch some of him walking! ;) i am really thankful that i can adjust the shutter speed on my camera, otherwise i am certain all of the pictures of him would be nothing but a blur!
i am married to the best partner and we have two little people that we think are pretty great! the four of us have a pretty sweet life in a super old house, playing and dreaming about our next adventure.