Logan Tries to Walk – and Other News

Ok, so what’s new. Well, Logan is trying to WALK. Yippie. It won’t be long now. You don’t know how heavy a baby can be until you are trying to carry two and one of them you can never put down. It is really cute how he stands, wobbles a little until he gets his balance, and then tries one or two steps. I love it. As soon as he can walk well I’m going to buy him a ball and teach him to kick it.

He is also trying to say more words. His newest is “Ba” which means either bottle or ball or book, depending on which one he wants at the time. He said it today when looking at a picture of a ball and he said it yesterday for the bottle, so I think he is getting the idea of sounds. I am flashing the alphabet phonetically for him and he loves it. Maybe that is why he is getting more sounds down.

I’ve been giving some thought to how I will juggle two children and their needs. Logan is getting more demanding and fussy, and he is naughty. He crawls away the other way as fast as he can when I call him. If I say to not touch something he will hit it vigorously. When I tell him to lie down and sleep he will stand up as soon as I turn my back, then lie down quick when I come over. He will have a big grin on his face like it is a fun game. Meanwhile mommy is getting bothered because she is waiting to shower and Logan won’t go to sleep. I’ve tried leaving him alone but he only cries, so I have to be in the room until he falls asleep. Some nights that can take up to half an hour because he just wants to play. At least he goes to sleep on his own.

One good thing I have going for me is that he likes babies. Whenever he sees one he gets as excited as he does over seeing a dog, and that is the greatest excitement he has. He will laugh and kick his legs and make his most excited noises. I’m teaching him now to be gentle on the baby by letting him pat my tummy and “kiss” the baby. He actually will very gently pat my tummy, and if I ask him where the baby is, he will turn and look at or touch my tummy. It’s so cute.

He’s making progress on the potty. My goal is that he is trained before the baby comes so I won’t have two children in diapers at the same time. He tells me he needs to go by pulling on his diaper and saying “uhh uhh”. Many times he does go but at others he is only crying wolf and I spend a lot of time running to the potty when he doesn’t need to go. Oh well, maybe it is for the best.

But he doesn’t have it down pat yet. Today he peed on the floor when I was getting out a clean diaper. I usually put him on the potty whenever I change him, but this time I thought he had just gone so I didn’t. I was surprised to see him pee on the floor. He had fun and tried to step in in. Yuck. But that’s not the worst. If I leave him alone he will get off the potty, sit on the floor and immediately stick his hands in it. The more I shout “no” the faster he tries to grab whatever is in there. He actually grabbed a ball of doo doo and squeezed it not long ago. I was horrified while he thought it was great fun. The toddler years have begun.

Here are some new pics for you to enjoy.

Logan on a scooter at a friend’s house a few days ago.

Our latest family photo. Why oh why does the camera have to make you look fat when you don’t want to. At least I know that I will lose all that weight after the baby comes.

Logan and daddy having fun. They play a game of rough and tumble and Logan gets so excited about it. He loves it.

“Finally, I can stand.”

Early Learning – It Does Work!

Early education – this is something I’ve had in mind to post about for some time now but since it is a huge topic I’ve kept putting it off. Today I got inspired to write it because of something that happened with Logan. I won’t go into a long dissertation on the benefits of early education; there is way too much to say on the topic. I’m just going to give you the proof that it works.

When Logan was 7 months old, I decided I needed to start him on the joys of learning. I know from everything that I’ve studied on the topic (thousands of pages over the past 15 years or so) that there is no better time than babyhood for a child to learn things simply. I pulled out the flashcards, math dots, picture facts  and I went to work.

The basic idea of early learning is that you give the child input, even if you think they aren’t capable of learning it yet. Glenn Doman was a pioneer in this area of early learning, working first with brain-injured children and later with well children. You can learn more here.

Ok, we all know that a baby’s brain is the greatest computer ever built and that the more information you give it, the more space is available on that “hard drive” to store even more stuff, unlike conventional computers that have limited space, even if it is 100 or so GB. Once it’s full, that’s it, won’t hold more. But a baby’s brain will expand to hold everything you put into it. How cool is that?

I’ve taught many children from young ages, but somehow it is different when you have your own child. As much as I wanted to pour so much into him, I was being held back by, “I need to do one more thing, wash one more load of laundry, clean one more thing” so that by the time I was ready to give him attention, he was ready to sleep and the opportunity was missed.

About one month ago I was discouraged with my lack of being able to give him the input I know I am capable of giving him, so I made a plan for how to go about it. I typed out exactly what I want to do with him, made sure the materials were all together in one place, and then committed to giving him at least ½ hr. of focused time every day.

I would sit with him and show him all the flashcards, math dots and picture facts, plus things like reading a baby book together or watching a video.

Then the magic began to take place.

Today we were going over the words he has been doing for the past week. I decided for fun to see if he knew them by holding up two and asking him to pick the right one. Guess what? HE GOT THEM ALL RIGHT! I’m not joking. After doing this week’s words, I took last week’s words which he hasn’t reviewed all week and checked him on them and he also got those right. He can read about 20 words now.
Then I checked him on the math dots using the same method. He can identify any number up to 60 (that’s as far as he’s done) and HE CAN ADD! I’ve been doing addition with him for the past two weeks and he gets right every problem I ask him. He just grabs the card with the correct answer every time.

He also has a great time when I show him the alphabet and phonics flashcards. He has just begun those, but I feel that these will help him with learning to read faster.

He likes to see picture facts on a variety of topics, will watch a Baby Einstein or Kiddie Viddie video all the way through, and is now watching videos in Spanish, Portuguese, French, German, and Hindi in order to be ground in the basics of these languages.

Seeing him learn these things has me so excited. He is just too smart for only being 9 months, but then again, any baby can be as smart if they receive the same input. On the physical side, he can now clap his hands on his own. When he gets excited he waves his arms around and makes all the noise he can. He is the most adorable person around and I can’t get enough of him.

Mr. Smartypants

Watching a spanish Baby Einstein on food.

This is from our trip that I talked about in my last post. He fell asleep on daddy’s shoulder while waiting for the bus.

Logan and his best friend, Eric.

Gaining Inteligence

It’s been awhile since I posted something so I will begin by updating you on Logan. His two teeth that popped out a while ago are almost all the way through, and boy are they sharp. He doesn’t always realize when he bites me while nursing but it sure wakes me up if I am not paying attention. I tell him each time “Don’t bite” and tap his cheek with my finger to reinforce my words, but he looks at me like, “You don’t mean that, do you?” and then laughs. I try so hard to be stern as it does hurt but I can’t help but laugh when he does that, though I try to turn my head away so he doesn’t see. Otherwise when he gets older and knows when he is being naughty he will think I like it.

He is getting very smart. When he wants me he will call “ma” or “mmm”, something to that effect. And for daddy he will clearly say “dadada”. He never mixes the two up. He will also cry when I go out of sight when he wants me. He stretches his arms to be picked up. He also loves to play in his toy basket. I give it to him full and he empties it, tasting each toy in the process.

He has begun “school”. This month I started him on flashcards, picture facts and math dots. He likes reading books with me and will sit and listen when I read him poems. When I make animal noises for him, he looks at me like, “What happened to you?” and smiles real big like it is the funniest thing.

He also likes to watch videos. I don’t let him watch a lot but I think once a day is ok. He only watches 15 to 30 minutes at the most, depending on how interested he is that day. He really likes the Kiddie Viddie series as well as the Baby Einstein series. It is so cute to watch him as he watches a video. The other day I showed him something new, a Winnie the Pooh show and he was all ears for the 10 minutes that it lasted, though he didn’t like it as much as the other videos. I think he likes the other ones better since they are all live as opposed to animation or cartoons. If there are children or animals doing something, so much the better. He will pay attention to that much more.

He is getting cuter by the day. Here he is exploring the balcony. It is very tiny so he can’t go far, but he has fun watching the people and cars go by.

It is monsoon now so it has been cold lately, so when we go out I have to dress him warm. Sounds funny but it does get quite cold here in Bangalore during the monsoon. It was very windy on this particular day so I had him all bundled up. He looks so cute dressed in winter clothes.

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