Lucan definitely understands more than he can communicate. He has a grand total of maybe 6-7 signs:
- All done
His verbal skills aren't much more impressive. I was hard pressed to list a half dozen words that he consistently uses.
- Eee (eat)
- Nigh (night-night)
- Dare (there)
- Yay! (Both arms must be raised above the head when saying this word.)
But the kid understands quite well what's happening around him! When I tell him it's time for a diaper change, he trots to our "spot" and assumes the position. When he hears it's bath time, he trots into the bathroom and begins stripping down. And oh, the boy knows when it's time to eat! Guess we just need to prod him a little to make him work harder for what he wants.
Mommy, Mommy, and did I mention, Mommy?! We are definitely in the clingy stage. I remember going through this with the others around this same age. It can be very aggravating when trying to make dinner--it's not easy toting around a large object on one's leg or working with a small person's head stuck between one's knees. All I can say about this is, thank God for hips. And nap time. And when I read about the Proverbs 31 woman having arms that are strong for her tasks, I think..."She ain't got nothin' on my left bicep! This baby-hauling mama HAS to have strong arms in order to survive!" (I just sometimes wish there were more than two of 'em!)
Other favorites include:
- Listening to Daddy make raspberry noises.
- Light switches--turning them off and on.
- The phone. (We never lose it anymore...he certainly knows how to page it...)
- The piano, especially when Charis is trying to practice.
- Having his shoes ON. Even when wearing pajamas with feet.
- Big bouncy balls.
- Greeting Daddy when he comes home from work.
- Indiscriminate waving. Alive or not, it doesn't matter--if he can see you/it, he will wave to you/it.
- Giving high fives.
- Riding piggy back on Charis or Tobin.
Lucan is really getting into books these days, which is fun for all of us except Kenna, because it seems to be my reading time with her that he decides is the best time to horn his way onto my lap, grab the book we're looking at, push her aside (literally), and demand my full attention. But other than the Mom-stealing part of reading time, it's fun to see him really start to be engaged with what's happening on the page, pointing and exclaiming in his own little babble language.
Puzzles are another budding interest. We have quite a few of these to capture his fancy, from magnetic book puzzles to foam and wooden shapes. He definitely knows where pieces are supposed to go, even if he isn't quite coordinated to get them all in the right way.
We still like to go for walks in the wagon, but the weather is turning colder, so we no longer do this before the big kids rise and shine. So we don't go out as frequently, though I do try to send him to the back yard with an older sib to bounce on the trampoline or just putter around with a ball and some toys. I do miss the little play gyms we've had in the past...
And, as you can see below, he loves being a little ham! He always has an appreciative audience. Lucan really does light up our life ("Lucan" = Irish, "light"), and we can't imagine our lives without him. What a blessing and a treasure he is!