Good evening and happy Tuesday! =) Paul Raffaele Noojin is 10 months old; and wow, he is so much fun to be with. He has made every second of every day happy; and every moment worth living. I love love love this boy and his awesome sense of humor. His favorite things to do right now are look out the window, point to everything, go on walks, play, and try new foods (especially foods that mommy and daddy are eating).
Cognitive. This little monkey is now pointing at everything that he wants to touch or see. He also looks at things that we point at. This entire month, he would point at us, but it was not until 11/30/16 that he began pointing at everything and looking at objects that we were pointing at. If we ask him, “where is the window?” he will turn to look for and then point at the window; if we say, “where is the kitty cat?” he will look for and point at the cat. He is able to identify things that we always talk about and it is so apparent how much language he understands.
Paulie imitates everything Matt and I do. If we give him a spoon and bowl, he will eat. If we spin a wheel fast, he will spin it fast. If we spin it slow, he will spin it slow. If we spin it with our whole hand, he will spin it with his whole hand. If we spin it with our pointer finger, he will spin it with his pointer finger. If we say “bah!'” he will say “bah!” If we blow a rasperry, he will blow a rasberry. It is amazing.
Emerging skills: clapping, waving, and sticking tongue out.
Language/Communication. Matt and I use an extensive vocabulary with him and he is able to connect words and phrases with their meaning. He loves to look out the window, he loves to look at trees, and he loves to go on walks; and whenever any phrases containing these words are mentioned to him, he looks and points at the window. He is able to identify people that he knows. He knows what it means when we say any of the following phrases: “it is time for breakfast/lunch/dinner” or “it is time to eat” or “do you want to eat food?” or “do you want to drink milk?” He loves to eat and drink and he always responds to us when we say these phrases to him. He knows what cat means and he is able to identify our three cats. He understands “no” and even whines when we say it. It is amazing how quickly he is gaining an understanding of the english language.
Paul is able to mimic our tones when we speak. Sometimes it sounds like he is repeating what we say. He definitely loves to have conversations with us.
When he is interested in something or is learning about something, he loves to say “oh” =D
Paulie loves to read. Whenever I ask him to pick out a book before bedtime, he picks the same three from his bookshelf: Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, Llama Llama Red Pajama, and Brown Bear Brown Bear What Do You See?
When he points to objects, we always tell him what the object is and the function of it.
We are teaching Paul American Sign Language and Italian.
Gross Motor/Fine Motor. This monkey is so close to walking. He always lets go of support while standing and is able to balance himself for at least 1 minute before falling. He also climbs everything. He has very good hand and eye coordination. He has also mastered picking up food and objects with the pincer grip.
Here are some pictures:
Month 9 was an amazing month. I am so excited for Month 10 especially because he wants to learn about and manipulate everything; he wants to talk; and he loves social interactions. He is just so much fun =D Thank you for reading! I hope that you have a happy Tuesday!