So, back to the game. We arrived at FedEx Forum just in time to watch the Tigers introduction. I love the grandeur of it all – a pitch-black FedEx Forum, the unreasonably loud PA, the player’s brief intros on the BIG screen, screaming fans, etc. Charlie was also in a state of wonder, soaking it all in. It is so adorable to watch him watch everything that is going on around him. In the excitement of it all, the boy displayed two new developmental landmarks – he clapped and waved. He clapped while we clapped (such a conformist!) and waved at the ladies in front of us and behind us who could not resist waving and making silly faces at him. We were so proud! Charlie even managed to stay awake for most of the game and was happy the entire time. I guess he wanted to get out of the house, too!
Since the game, these two skills are progressing nicely. The waving has gotten even more adorable because he just looks so proud of himself whenever he decides to flop his hand and fingers around in an attempt at a wave. He gets that gleam in his eye and a slight smile that says, “Wow! Look at me!” It couldn’t be any cuter.
Another skill that Charlie continues to practice is speaking. He continues to babble and mutter, “mmmaammmaa” and “daaadaa” throughout the day, in addition to other unrecognizable sounds. We try to encourage him to speak by responding to his utterances, but I’ve been told that we also need to relish this somewhat mute phase because once they really begin to talk, it never stops.
I’m guessing his next skill will be walking or crawling. He’s seems to be as close to one as he is the other. When we put him on his stomach and try to motivate him to crawl, it seems as if the upper part of his body is disjointed from the lower half. He’ll push up on his arms OR push up on his knees with his cute little butt in the air – but not both. One day, the connection will happen and I’m sure he’ll be off in a proud moment of mobility. He is also happy to stand up on his own while holding onto a table, chair, or person. He’ll even take a couple of assisted steps when prodded. I am nervously looking forward to the day when he can move on his own. I just hope I’ll be able to keep up with him (and keep him from putting dog hair/dog ears/dog tails, etc. into his mouth).