These last few months with Jack have been a lot of fun. He’s finally walking all over the place, he’s picking up new words every day, and his little personality is just sparkling.
His physical therapist comes every week and he loves her. She helps him do fun things that will also make him stronger, like climbing steps, carrying things around, and walking over the old sidewalks in our neighborhood–they’re riddled with tree roots and the extra challenge is good for him.
He is so sweet these days. He says please and thank you and still loves to be held. He wants to read books and play outside all day.
He’s really into opening and closing doors of all kinds. He loves walking out to the sidewalk and closing the gate to our picket fence behind him, then continuing on his mission to make it to the neighbors’ yard before I reach him.
He’s also still a big fan of his swing. His PT told me that this kind of stuff–swinging around and even going upside down–is actually really good for developing his sense of balance. Something about fluid in the inner ear. And those bucket swings in the park are even better because they work the core muscles. I’m really enjoying getting to pick her brain every week while she works with him.
I’ve got to say, I am loving the toddler stage. My personality is much better suited to chasing after a toddler than tending to a demanding infant. I can see little bits of both Nick and myself in his personality–he’s stubborn and bookish like me, cuddly and sports-loving like Nick. And of course every kid has that certain je ne sais quoi that is theirs alone.