Baby Isaac has been replaced by toddler Isaac. Although it took him a
while to start walking, Isaac quickly mastered the art. He soon could run,
walk backwards, stand up without assistance, and most recently dance in
As soon as he learned to walk, Isaac devoted his energy to communication.
He now knows about a dozen words--the diction could use a little work--and
has even made one sentence: "Mama, cheese." This, incidentally, is very
close to his first signed sentence, "Give me cheese." His words include
cat, cheese, tv (yes, he refuses to ride in the car without watching
Sesame Street--no tv at home, though), clock, shoe, cereal, book, ball
(one of his favorite things), Aba, and Ee-ii-ee-ii-oh. This last word he
learned from a farm animal puzzle that plays Old Macdonald. If you ask
Isaac what the sheep or the cow says, he replies, "Ee-ii-ee-ii-oh" very
proudly. Isaac has also become a very proficient signer with some 30 signs
in his vocabulary. Most recently he has added please and thank you when
prompted. The most useful sign, "More" has turned into "Give me" and
"Again." Isaac uses it to indicate he wants a book read again and again
Isaac also likes to help out around the house--emptying the dishwasher (so
far one china plate has been a casualty) and making the bed (puts the
pillows on the bed). Isaac's favorite activities include throwing balls
(while yelling "ball"), tossing the ball in the mini-basketball hoop, and
throwing anything (including balls) down the stairs. He also likes
playing on slides, chasing cats, eating, and reading.
thing about Isaac is that he doesn't like to get messy--unless it involves
food like chocolate pudding. His teachers discovered that he will finger
paint if they put his hands in plastic bags. He may have gotten most of
his personality from Dad, but it looks like he got a dose of OCD from Mom.
Tu B'Shevat time again. Isaac got to try the fruit this year. And Isaac's
favorite beverage remains milk. Wendy taught him to sign please after only
three attempts by requiring the sign before Isaac was allowed to nurse.
Here we are at Craig's advisor's Christmas party. That is his advisor on
the far right.
One of the gifts at the gift exchange were Chinese meditation balls.
Isaac immediately confiscated them from the recipient and slobbered all
over them. We were permitted to take them home.
Nursing is still the primary comforting activity for distressed Isaac
In mid-January, Wendy's cousin Josh got married in Columbus, OH. The three
of us stayed at a hotel with Grandma and Grandpa Ankrom. Isaac decided to
do a little climbing on the luggage cart. The day after the wedding we all
went to COSI (the huge science center in Columbus).
enjoyed playing with the toddler exhibits.
guitar at the day-care for the children. Isaac took the opportunity
to claim the guitar by pounding on the strings (his favorite guitar
not so much interested in any other instruments aba was showing, unlike
all the other children.