Fine Motor: Leopleuradon continues to be a fine motor genius. He can remove wooden puzzle pieces, drop tiny baby spoons into the mouth of a water bottle, and hit the keys on his piano-thing one at a time. He removes tiny nails from a peg board, and can stack these weird block things we got for Christmas. He also spin things between his fingers.
Gross Motor: Dinobaby is sometimes so coordinated that I can't really believe that he is a product of my athletically challenged body. Like he can climb out of his high chair and stand on the seat (which btw incited sheer terror). He cruises around the house holding on to things with one hand.
He can totally walk by himself, he's taken up to a dozen independent steps. However, he still pretends that he needs to hold my hand. Sometimes he compromises with himself and crawls on two hands, a knee, and a foot. This is hilarious.
I'm sure this would make a great meme.
His latest development is moving while hoarding. Like he likes to hold on to his tiny toy cars, so he'll army crawl around the living room on his elbows. Also hilarious. He can also hold things over his head without falling over (I bet you never thought about how difficult that is until just now). And can throw things on purpose.
He has a hard time coordinating with himself still, which is perfectly normal. So putting legos together with two hands is much harder for him than stacking one on top of a lego on the floor. And he really wants to use utensils but.... this happens.
Language: "Uh Leee-oh" this is how dinobaby says his name. He consistently signs more, all done, and bird unprompted (there are a lot of birds around our yard). He responds to his name, plays peek-a-boo when you say the word peek-a-boo, and waves when you say goodbye. Most adorably, he waves at his books when the characters say goodbye. "Bye, bye dragons." He also waved back from his carseat at a truck driver at a stoplight.
He can blow raspberries and click his tongue in response to raspberries and tongue clicking. And he'll mimic other normal sounds.
Social: He loves playing next to other children and babies. Usually he pats their hair, which is a foreign concept to dinobaby. He also steals paci's to investigate them for a second and then he'll pop them back in (like I said, super coordinated). He'll point things out to me that are interesting to him. And he's forever telling me about the birds (or squirrels that he calls birds, or even just the fact that a bird is singing somewhere).
Little dude, also really loves music. He even waves his arms in time. I don't even think that's possible, yet I've seen it, so I guess it is. Innate rhythm. Sometimes he does a happy squeal too. Usually at church where there's the greatest number of people to impress with his singing abilities, and it's nice and quiet so they can hear him.
I'm sorry I missed last month. It's been exciting around here, and I just kept forgetting to post anything. I'm 15,000 words in on the crappiest SF/Fantasy book ever (p.s. if you write novels in secret/or in the open, I want a writing group--comment below if you're interested).
I also started writing a blog with my sister. More of my random thoughts will go on the joint blog, so if you liked those sorts of posts, you should subscribe there.
And if you're wondering what "these weird block things" are: