En peu de mots (10 mois déjà!)


Plus il vieillit, plus Xavier se développe rapidement, si bien qu’il devient tentant d’abandonner l’archivage de chacune des nouvelles aptitudes qu’il acquit chaque mois. Je ne peux plus détailler son progrès, donc, mais pour se concentrer sur les généralités (!) et ce qui fût important/marquant en mai…

En mouvement
Notre petit bonhomme fait maintenant plutôt à sa guise. Il peut passer d’une position à l’autre – assis, debout, sur le ventre – avec l’agileté d’un petit singe et se déplacer où il souhaite dans la maison (disons : dans les pièces laissées accessibles par ses parents, ce qui exclus, entre autres, les escaliers). Il complète tranquillement la transition vers marcher à quatre pattes plutôt que ramper sur le ventre. Sa stabilité s’est également grandement améliorée durant le dernier mois, c’est-à-dire qu’il parvient, une fois debout, à se déplacer de meuble en meuble, redescendre au sol sans anicroche et même, de plus en plus souvent les derniers jours, à rester debout quelques moments sans s’appuyer à un meuble, ou à « marcher » derrière son jouet-marchette. Mais la meilleure partie, c’est qu’il a appris l’art de tomber avec le minimum de contusions. Vivement ses premiers pas!

En pays des rêves
Côté dodo, ça varie. Il lui arrive de faire des nuits complètes, tout comme il lui arrive parfois de se réveiller 3 à 4 fois dans une nuit. Quelques fois on suspecte les dents, le rhume, etc., d’autres fois on se dit qu’il est difficile. Ses parents vivent la situation chacun à leur façon : maman est une vieille habituée des petits levers nocturnes maintenant et survit sur la quantité de sommeil qu’elle a, et papa… dort comme une bûche. (Ça serait encore acceptable s’il ne se plaignait pas de manque de sommeil par-dessus tout!) Au moins il n’y a plus de boires la nuit, et ces interludes de pleurs ne durent pas longtemps (habituellement).

En conversation
Xavier commençait à « jaser » beaucoup durant un certain temps, des petits mots de deux syllabes (« tudaï! », « goya », « aïdaï ») mais, la dernière semaine ou deux, a été un peu moins porté sur le langage. Ça reviendra… Il a commencé à jouer avec sa langue, par contre, en la sortant pour faire des genres de grimaces loufoques.

En chaise haute
Il mange de plus en plus comme nous et partage même parfois notre nourriture. Il adore toujours manger avec ses mains – et gagne en précision – mais a recommencé à accepter que nous le nourrissions à la cuillère (ce qui peut être pratique, surtout en visite!). Il prend 4 biberons de 6oz par jour et est presque « switché » entièrement au lait 3.25%. Il est capable de tenir son propre biberon, mais a le défaut de jouer beaucoup avec et de boire peu – et envoyer du lait un peu partout – alors sa maman est un peu réticente à le lui laisser.

En charactère gras
Bien que généralement de bonne humeur, Xavier a commencé à se fâcher – lisez : crier très fort – lorsque les choses ne se déroulent pas selon sa volonté; si, exemple, nous lui enlevons un objet qu’il a réussi à attraper ou l’empêchons de se jeter en bas des escaliers. J’ai donc pris le parti d’ignorer ces petites crises tout en lui prodiguant un câlin et des explications sur pourquoi il ne peut pas faire telle ou telle chose. Il ne comprend pas encore, mais je crois que le ton calme lui sera communiqué, et j’espère qu’il réalisera éventuellement que piquer une colère ne lui ramènera pas son nouveau « jouet ». J’emploie aussi le mot « Non » fermement avec un ton dissuasif pour indiquer ce qui lui est interdit; ça ne marche pas encore parfaitement, mais il semble comprendre un peu. Le début de la discipline, donc.

En amour
Xavier aime les livres, regarder par la fenêtre et l’aquarium, se promener sur les épaules de son papa, se balancer au parc, vider des contenants remplis de petits objets (blocs, etc.) par-dessus sa tête, faire des coucous et courir après ses parents autour de l’îlot de cuisine. Oh, et notre petit génie a compris ce soir comment fonctionne son jouet-entonnoir – il s’agit d’un jouet dont le dessus est un entonnoir pour des balles-hochet qui déclenchent une musique en tombant, et le jouet redistribue les balles à sa base. [Note de l’auteure : Les jouets Tiny Love sont vraiment très bien.] Xavier était intéressé par le processus : il prenait une balle au bas, la lâchait dans l’entonnoir et tentait de voir où elle disparaissait!

En technicalités
Taille : 30.5″ (erm… pas certains : il gigotait beaucoup) – Poids : 21 lbs

Hum. Je me dis toujours que je ferai ça court et j’irai droit au but, pour ces archives… je fais un effort, juré. :}
Transl. « In a few words (10 months already!) »

The older he gets, the faster Xavier develops, so much so that it is becoming tempting to abandon archiving each one of the new aptitudes he acquires each month. I can’t detail his progress anymore, then, but to concentrate on generalities (!) and what was important/striking in May…

In movement
Our little man is now doing pretty much as he pleases. He can alternate from a position to the other – sitting, standing, on his belly – with the agility of a little monkey and move to where he would like in the house (let’s say : in rooms his parents let him access, which excludes, among others, the stairs). He’s completing slowly his transition to crawling on all fours as opposed to on his tummy. His stability has also greatly improved during the last month, which means he’s able to, once standing up, move from a piece of furniture to the next, lower down to the floor without problem and even, more and more often in the last few days, stay standing for a couple of moments without leaning on furniture, or « walk » behind his toy-walker. But the best part is that he has learned the art of falling with the least amount of contusions. First steps forthcoming!

In dreamland
As for sleep, it varies. He can sometimes sleep the night through, or he can sometimes wake up 3 to 4 times a night. We’ll suspect teeth, cold, indigestion, etc., and other times we’ll tell ourselves he’s being difficult. His parents live the situation in different fashions: mom is now an old friend of little nocturnal escapades down the corridor and survives on what sleep she gets, and dad… sleeps like a log. (It would still be tolerable if he wouldn’t complain of sleep loss on top of things!) At least there are no night feedings anymore, and these crying interludes are quick (usually).

In conversation
Xavier had started to « chatter » a lot for a while, short two syllables words (« tudaï! », « goya », « aïdaï ») but, for the last week or two, has been less communicative. It will come back… He started playing with his tongue, however, taking it out to make funny sort of faces.

In the high chair
He is starting to eat more and more like us and sometimes even shares our food. He still loves to eat with his hands – and is gaining precision – but restarted to let us feed him with a spoon (which can be useful, especially when eating at other people’s place!). He takes 4 bottles of 6oz per day and has almost switched completely to 3.25% milk. He’s able to hold his own bottle, but is in the habit of playing with it a lot and not drink a lot – and send milk flying everywhere – so his mommy is a little reluctant to let him have it.

In character
Usually in good spirits, still Xavier started displaying some character and will get upset – read: scream really loud – when things are not going according to his will; if, by example, we take back an object he was able to snatch or prevent him from crawling down the stairs. I have then adopted to ignoring these little tantrums while administering a hug and explanations about why he cannot do this or that thing. He does not understand yet, but I think he can perceive the quiet tone and hope he will realise eventually that getting angry will not get him back his new « toy ». I’m also using the word « No » firmly with a dissuading tone to indicate forbidden items; it doesn’t work perfectly yet, but he seems to understand a little, somewhat. The beginning of disciplin, then.

In love
Xavier loves books, watching out the window and the fishtank, ride on his daddy’s shoulders, try the swings at the park, empty containers full of small objects (blocks, etc.) over his head, play peek-a-boo and chase his parents around the kitchen island. Oh, and our little genius understood tonight how his funnel-toy works – it’s a toy he has where the top part is a funnel for rattle-balls which start a tune when they fall, and the toy redistributes the balls at its base. [Author note: Tiny Love toys are great.] Xavier was interested by the process: he was taking a ball from the base, dropping it in the funnel and trying to see where it disappeared to!

In technicalities
Height: 30.5″ (erm… not sure: he was wriggling a lot) – Weight: 21 lbs

Hum. I’m always telling myself I’ll make these archives posts as short as possible… I’m making an effort, I swear. :}

5 commentaires sur “En peu de mots (10 mois déjà!)”

  1. Good idea to keep him away from the stairs. We’ve gotten out of the habit of keeping the baby gate up by the back landing and our Tavish took a dive down those three stairs last week. Quite the black eye he garnered from that! (Then the backyard swing hit him on the same side of the head and he fell into the window sill… but we won’t get into those details.)

    We also have come to enjoy the Tiny Love toys. We don’t have a lot of them, but they are some of the best we’ve received or purchased.

  2. We have no Tiny Love toys…never even heard of them but they look great. Xavier is learning som much so quickly. It’s such a cool age. Norh has yet to figure out the details of feeding herself a bottle, the tipping it back aspect gives her fits. But she’s running around the house with a zombie-like toddle that’s just adorable. The speed with which she can dash for forbidden objects is terrifying 😉

  3. Don’t keep them short, it seems as if with the speed of his absorbtion, they should only get longer, no? Besides, they’re fun to read!

  4. Si : Been lucky so far with the baby gate. When Xavier started crawling around, there were 3 or 4 times in the beginning when I forgot to put it up, and left him alone in the living room while I went to the bathroom, but he didn’t go for the stairs (usually just wanting to follow where I’d gone). Phew. Now that he’s climbing everywhere, I’m reluctant to leave him on his own at all (you should see the scabs he’s sporting on his upper lip from his last fall… ouch).

    Moksha : Romane (Xavier’s friend) is a month younger than he his. She’s been handling her own bottle for about a month I think, and now apparently she has switched entirely to sippy cup for her milk. Xavier, however, is not so much of a « thirsty » child and would rather play with his bottle than drink it, even when I wait until he’s really thirsty before I take it out. So it’s either half the milk inside the child and half on the floor over the course of 30 minutes, or all the milk inside in 5-8 minutes. *shrug*

    As for the Tiny Love toys, we have the « Musical Stack & Play » (multi-activities) and « Ring-O » (elaborate rattle), both great and well appreciated. I’d love to get more, but Xavier is getting old for most of their toys. I will definitely get one of their gyms when I have another baby, most likely the Tropic Isle; a bit pricey, but oh-so-cute and fun looking!

    Tal : Always trying for concise, but yes, he’s fastly becoming a more and more complex individual. 🙂

  5. When it comes to stairs, our second is just like our first in that once he discovered he can go up, he wants to do it at every opportunity. And it’s so much easier going up than down. Easier in terms of the baby’s effort — gravity is always willing to assist in any descent. That’s the tricky part for the wee one to figure out.

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