Enzo has shown great interest in our tablets, especially SWIPING. He enjoys moving around the menu screens more than playing the actual games. We have some of the same games on each of our android tablets (“babytoy”,”Temple Run”) and he will keep swiping left & right to find the icons for these 2 games.
On my niece’s Ipad 3 he enjoys playing a “cat” game. On my Nexus 10, he occasionally plays “Angry Birds”. The really strange thing is he almost always insists upon using an adult finger as a sort of stylus instead of touching the tablet directly. The only time he will touch it directly is when swiping through menus. He has tried playing “Angry Birds” once or twice with his own finger & ends up shooting the birds backwards.
Enzo now knows a few new expressions.
…means to run as fast as possible the other direction, RIGHT NOW. I’ve found that when he doesn’t want to put his “clothes in the basket” , that if I append “gogogogogo” to it, he’ll then run over to the basket & slam dunk whatever I’ve put in his hand.
He knew about clapping before but didn’t always respond to it. He also often clapped at strange times (when angry/crying). He’s figured out you clap when you are happy (or when mommy/daddy tell you too – most of the time). Sometimes when his favorite shows come on after bath-time (“Scuba Dots”, “Wonder Box”, “The Notekins”) he’ll look at me (dad) to see if I’m excited, and if I say “yay!” and clap, he’ll start smiling & clapping as well.
Mama & mamae
Enzo has finally figured out that Mama refers to Ana Paula. He will ask for her when it’s her turn to dress him, and (for the first time today) when he’s hurt. After he fell down today & got a nasty lump on his head and was crying for several minutes, he said “mhmamammamama…mamamamam”. Sometimes he will say “mamae” as well.
“Manda beijo” (blow a kiss)
My niece has taught him “manda beijo” which means “blow me a kiss” and he does this by smacking his lips. We then cheer & he sometimes claps as well.
Reaching for things above head level
Enzo has also now started to reach for things on top of the table/countertop/kitchen island because is now CAN reach things there. So far he’s pulled an (empty) coffee cup off the table to look at it, Ana Paula’s bread on her plate, as well as anything else within reach.
Sometimes he will step back and tilt his head up to try to see what is on a shelf/platform that he couldn’t otherwise see (if he was closer to it). Then he’ll run up & attempt to grab whatever he was looking at.
Taking off his diaper
Enzo, for the first time (when out of view) took off his own diaper! We had come home from Lake Geneva and it was hot inside the house, so we let him run around in his diaper. He has figured out that it’s fun to get people to chase him around the house. Somtimes I feel like pac-man chasing a ghost as we circle the coffee table or island in the kitchen.
When my niece was playing with him, he was running from room to room in a pattern. My niece would lag behind and “find” him which he thought was hilarious. At one point, as my niece entered the room, she found a diaper on the floor! She then went to his normal hiding spot (next to a central AC vent) and found him peeing into it! We about died laughing.
Another funny thing he does is wave both his hands & arms when he gets excited. We’ve taken him out in front of the house (he LOVES going outside & HATES coming inside, no matter what the temperature/weather is) to play before, and when a car drives by he gets excited and waves both his arms. If the driver/passenger see him, they wave back!
Sitting in front of dad for story time.
I’ve always liked to read to Enzo with one leg crossed in front of me. I then place Enzo’s butt close to me with his knees raised over my leg. We’ve done this so many times that he now will walk over and butt drop into the right position and adjust his legs accordingly.
becoming the chased.
Enzo has always played hide and seek as the chaser. Just recently he realized it was fun to have someone chase him as well. We need to take breaks from time to time as he always wants to run full speed. He always runs in a particular pattern as well.
Enzo has been trying to take big steps “down” instead of up. At the park he tried to step down from the Astroturf by the swings to the grass and ended up falling over and rolling. More recently he has been trying to step down by squatting with one leg and stretching the other leg towards the grass. He still needs a hand however due to his size.
running between the field and park
Enzo no longer likes just staying at the park but prefers to walk back and forth between the field and park over and over again.
During one meal enzo noticed that there were some corn cobs in plastic packaging on the table next to him. He reached over to touch them and apparently liked the texture so began to feel the entire length of the corn cob.
Toilet flushing and handle rattling has always been one of Enzo’s favorite pass times. Then he discovered toilet paper…
New things we are teaching him…
“Pega seus Sapatos” (get your shoes. While he knows putting on shoes means going outside, he doesn’t understand our command to go fetch them)
“Put daddy’s (motorcycle) boots in the closet”
“Put the book on the shelf” (still trying…no success yet)