Of course, he has yet to learn how to unbuckle anything, so we've taken this opportunity to teach him how to ask for help without whining. Rooster snaps the carseat/swing/highchair buckle then runs to mom or dad and signs the word "help". He can't say "help" yet (because he doesn't say anything!), but he's been pretty quick to pick up on simple sign language. We take what we can get!
As long as he signs "help" without whining, I patiently unbuckle his toy for continued amusement. I love watching him practice this new skill. I marvel at how quickly he's growing and how fast he's becoming a little boy. He's not a baby anymore!
We've also recently started practicing "room time" with Rooster. Room time is much like blanket time except that instead of being confined to a blanket, the boundaries are his bedroom. I was amazed at how quickly Rooster adjusted to the new set of rules, and how well he plays independently. Most of the time he spends the entire 30 mins sitting in his recliner looking at books and "reading" to himself. Love it!
And like all good parents, we've started working on table manners. The newest dinner time fun involves dipping anything in everything.
Rooster first discovered his love for dipping over chips and salsa at our favorite Mexican restaurant, but it has quickly escalated into a dipping obsession. I was giving him ranch, bbq sauce, or honey to dip things in, but after a few days I realized the added sugar at every meal wasn't doing us any favors. I changed it up to add more protein and vegetables, including peanut butter, homemade soup, and salsa. Hey, if it's dippable we've tried it. Right now the weirdest combination has been apples dipped in chili! So strange!
I tell ya, he's one crazy kid, but he is such a joy to be around. I love seeing him learn new things and we rejoice with him when he finally gets something right. Whether it's learning to snap a buckle or balancing toys on his head (they don't stay on there long enough for me to get a picture!), this little boy always amazes me.
I'm one proud momma.
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