Isaac has been getting to be such a big boy this fall! Ever since he
learned to crawl, he has taken off. He is curious about everything from
what is inside Mom's ear to what happens when he pulls on the appendages
of the furry things running around his house. He loves mechanical toys:
cars, cranks, doors, locks, springs, handles (he has been named the chief
toilet flusher of the house), etc.
Isaac never stops from morning until night. He is constantly crawling
around and investigating. When he gets tired, he throws himself prostrate
on the ground and cries into his folded arms (we'll try to get a picture
of it, it looks so tragic). But will he just go to sleep? Never.
Here are some milestones in the past few months:
1) Isaac can drink very well out of a sippy cup, although he primarily
enjoys sprinkling water all over himself then crying because he is wet.
2) Tooth 1 (bottom right) came in with many tears on Erev Rosh Hashanah
and tooth 2 came in with little fan-fare at some point the next week.
Tooth 3 came in on Halloween and tooth 4 a few weeks later.
3) Isaac's first word officially was "Uh-oh" (though if you ask Grandma
Ankrom he can also say all sorts of things like banana, mama, quantum
physics, etc)--initially he used it for all sorts of things including,
"hello", "book is finished", "hey, you took away my bottle", "I just
dumped crap all over the floor"--now he primarily uses it for only the
second and final definitions.
4) Isaac can clap and wave bye-bye. He has also been known to give a
high five (once), play peek-a-boo, and initiate the hippo game. The hippo
game involves Mom holding a stuffed hippo in her mouth and shaking her
head and growling like a dog with a bone. When she drops the hippo, Isaac
squeals and puts it back in her mouth. The hippo game is so much fun that
Isaac tries to get anyone to play it with him with objects ranging from
pacifiers to large balls.
5) Isaac's coordination became good enough to play with most of his
toys including his basketball hoop. The "hoop" actually shoots balls down
a ramp so they come out at the bottom of the hoop post. Isaac likes to
experiment. Down the shoot have gone: a taxi cab (it got stuck), the
letter M (it came out), toy bolts, balls, balls that are about twice the
size of the hoop, and a string of pop beads. Up the bottom of the shoot
have gone: aleph bet blocks, balls, hands, and Isaac's shoes.
can make several signs: more (means: "more", "I'm tired of waiting for
dinner", "I don't like what you served me, try something else"), all done,
and milk (means: "milk from breast", "milk from cup", and "Mom"). Isaac
also seems to be saying cat to refer to the cats and other small animals.
7) Isaac plays patta-cake (Grandma Ankrom taught him this). He patta-cakes,
rolls it, and sometimes puts it in the oven.
Isaac continues to enjoy food immensely. He eats only finger foods and
can feed himself all sorts of things. He has also gotten so good at
chewing, that he doesn't need to have things cut up into bite size pieces
anymore. Some of his favorites: roasted bell pepper with white fish and
cilantro, pasta with any sort of sauce, any cheese, ice cream, chocolate,
brussel sprouts, cauliflower, broccoli, cherries, pizza, and bread
pudding. Isaac has recently started putting a few pieces of whatever we
give him into his cup holder. When he has eaten everything on his tray, he
then eats what is in his cup holder.
Here is Isaac with his favorite cabinet made by his great-great
grandfather Steele. He has figured out how to unlock the doors and enjoys
opening the drawers and hiding things in them.
Isaac likes to go out on the playground when it isn't raining (about a 1/2
day this fall). Climbing up the slide and swinging are his favorite
Dad's guitar makes such fun sounds. It is both a drum and a
stringed-instrument when Isaac plays it. The guitar stand is also quite
Isaac can crawl pretty fast even with things in his hands. He loves to
chase balls around the house. He had an accident at day care chasing a
ball--he slipped and got rug burn on the nose.
Isaac loves to play in the dishwasher. Sometimes it is a water table, the
soap door is fun to close and try to hide things in, the drawers slide in
and out, and most recently, it was fun to climb inside!
Isaac with his basketball hoop.
The music table makes an endless assortment of strange noises and the
coffee table to Isaac's right is the perfect height for looking at books
and knocking books onto the floor.
Isaac loves to climb the stairs (he is only allowed to do this with adult
supervision). He can climb pretty efficiently clear to the second floor.
More recently he has begun to master going downstairs.
There isn't much TV in the poor kid's life since we don't get any
programming on our set. We recently showed him a video that he didn't know
what to make of. He spent the entire time trying to kiss things on the
screen and going around to the side to look for objects that went off
Isaac also discovered how fun it is to drop things through the second
floor banister. This photograph is looking down from our second floor. On
the third step is a faint green object dropped by Isaac. Below is a photo
from the first floor level of where the green object landed. Isaac is a
pretty good shot!
Isaac and Daddy throw blocks down the steps.
Isaac loves to pose for the camera. As soon as he sees
it, he grins. The camera made him temporarily forget the
horrid green thing we'd put on his head!
Isaac survived the first half of the trip and was even
happy enough to show-off his clapping skills.
Isaac and Dad go on a practice spin around the parking
lot. Our first trip was to try out the new sidewalk near
our house that goes all the way to the grocery and video
store. Our second trip was on Memorial Day to the bike
path in the park.
Isaac chows down on his picnic lunch.
On a walk to the video store one day, a neighbor gave Isaac a pumpkin
out of his garden. We waited until Halloween to carve it. Isaac posed with
the pumpkin and a smile for about 10 seconds.
Then the pumpkin became Isaac's enemy. Mom had to finish--carving tears
and a wide open mouth with two teeth. As it turns out, she should have
carved THREE teeth. No wonder the little guy was so sad! He cut his upper
right front tooth later that night.