All things Alex
The past week has been full of milestones for Alex:
1) Stefanie signed up Alex for his first library card last week, and he checked out his first books (with help, of course). He was nice enough to check out some books for Stefanie, too, who is *ahem* delinquent on some library fines.
2) Friday night was his first without Stefanie, who was in Chicago to accept her AAJA award for her amazing Beyond Barbed Wire series. He was really confused when I brought him to bed to feed him at 5 a.m. Saturday and Stefanie wasn’t there. But by Sunday morning, when he didn’t wake up until 6 a.m. and after eating he fell asleep on my stomach for another hour, he wasn’t too worried.
3) Before we left to pick up Stefanie from the airport Sunday, Alex discovered climbing (much to my chagrin). He first tried to climb up to the fireplace, and Daddy promptly grabbed and redirected him elsewhere. Soon after, he pulled one of his baskets of toys off the coffee table. When it landed upside-down, he promptly climbed on it to better reach more things on the coffee table. By Sunday night, he had figured out how to climb up to the fireplace. He was so emboldened by his new skills, that he smacked his lip on the steps at a our friend Beth’s house Monday. He still has a big, red fat lip, but it hasn’t slowed him down.
4) Just before I left for work Monday, Alex finally crawled. Not the army crawl/rowing of the past month, but real crawling. I was packing my backpack for my bike ride to work, and Stefanie was culling her library. We both jumped up and down and clapped; Alex just smiled and kept crawling. He has mostly been “real” crawling since.
5) For dinner Tuesday, Alex tried his first blackberries, courtesy of our weekly CSA box. He loved them, of course, the little berry fanatic. Add those to raspberries, strawberries, blueberries and white raspberries, all of which he has enjoyed this summer.
6) Today, Alex said his first “mama”. He has been saying “dada” for a while now — since evern before his first word (“Daddy”, bless his little heart) — but this was the first time he had said anything with an “M”. Of course, he wouldn’t do it when Mommy wanted to show his new word to Nana this afternoon, little stinker. But he had no problem showing Daddy after work tonight.
Another Alex story: Alex wasn’t paying attention when Stefanie greeted him at the airport Sunday. When she called his name, he got all shy like he does with strangers who fawn over him. After a moment, he looked up and recognition set in. Out shot his arms, hands grabbing for Mommy. If he hadn’t been in the Ergo carrier, I don’t know that I would have been able to hold on to him because he was so excited.
No new photos this week. I’ve been too busy to post, let alone take photos. More soon though. I promise.