Thanks Amy for this shot!
The little dude is starting to communicate beyond shrieking like a maniac. His current list of clear as day words are "ball," "up," "down," "go," "mama," "pa-pa," "dada," and "button." He also says "a!" "eight," "silly," "more," "dog," "woof," and "night-night." He'll repeat most things back in a somewhat clear fashion and says some garbled syllables consistently for certain objects so that I know what he means, but to the rest of the world? Not so much yet. He's definitely not the talker that his sisters were/are but he does most things on his own program, so... I'm not surprised.
He loves shoes. Any shoes. All shoes. I have to hide shoes. Why? Because the kid is walking. And albeit more of a walk than a toddle at this point, he's still not that sturdy. So when he's trying to walk while wearing one of Shaun's shoes? Yeah, LOTS of tumbles. You'd think I could solve that by putting him in his own shoes. But he's never satisfied with one pair. He wants as many on as he can fit on his fat little feet. The funniest/sort of saddest part? He cries like he has a broken heart when I take his shoes off. Every. Time.
One other word he's mastered is "OW!" Not only is it clear as day, but he's figured out how to yell "OW! OW! OWWWW!" at the top of his lungs when one of the girls comes by and he doesn't want them near his coveted toy of the moment. For awhile, poor C got the brunt of, "Stop trying to take your brother's things!" until I finally witnessed his little scheme. (Though she does her share of tormenting). I have Lex to thank for teaching him this through her daily yelling during her hair brushing.
He still loves his sisters and regularly doses them with slobbery hugs and kisses. But he and Caly fight. A lot. And with physical intensity. And the mere half pound of weight difference between them is no longer enough to allow Caly to emerge the victor anymore. (Translation? She tends to get her behind kicked). Poor girl... it's just going to get worse from here.
He eats most things, but balks at new foods... if I can manage to get him to open his mouth for a bite, he'll generally try more in his own. He loves fruit above all things and could eat strawberries and blueberries until he dropped. He's the first kid I've had that can take carbs or leave them. I don't know whose kid he is in those moments.
He adores his Daddy and loves his Mommy. He's huggable and sweet and snuggles easily. He's got an epic temper but doesn't often haul off and scream. He hates being told no and makes the most adorable pouty face I've ever seen. (It's really hard not to laugh at him because he works it for a minute or two before letting loose).
14 months old (almost) and on the fast track to big brotherhood. And... his hair's getting long. Shaun wants to cut it... I say no. (The CURLS! The red! The sweet baby-ness! The surfer look!)
Anyway, there you have it. Sayer's 14 month self in a little ole blog entry. Merry merry :)