13 Months Old This Week!

10 Sep
© Photo by Ardith Ibañez Nishii

"Look, Mama! I'm going to put the car in reverse so I can back out of the carport all by myself!" (Los Angeles, CA // 07 September 2011)

I just had my 1 year check-up since we were out of town on my birthday.  Here are the latest fun facts about me.

  • I weigh 23 pounds.
  • I am 29.75 inches tall.
  • My head circumference is 19 inches.
  • I can walk several steps now, but I still prefer crawling or cruising.
  • In addition to my usual obsessions like drumming and dancing, I am obsessed with buses, cars, trains, steering wheels, sand, birds, dogs and water.
  • I enjoy trying to feed myself and trying to feed other people.
  • I know how to hand something to someone when my mom or dad asks me to do it.
  • I am a very social kid.  When I see other kids, I want to try to talk to them or grab them or hug them or kiss them.  (Somehow my kisses are still open-mouthed bites.  But I can kiss toys and magazine or book covers with closed lips.)  Today, I shook another boy’s hand for the first time without anyone showing me how.
  • While I only grunt and point, I love to say “Ga Ga Goo Goo” to my cousins.  It cracks me up when they repeat that back to me!
  • I have very strong opinions about what I want and don’t want and I manage to get my point across with my pointing and cave-boy talk.  I can shake my head when I don’t want something and point to what I want instead.  I even point out all the different locks on the door to Lola and Lolo’s yard so they can take me out to my playground.  When I don’t get want I want, I’m pretty emotional.  I tend to arch my back and moan like it’s the end of the world.  Luckily, my tantrums are short-lived and I can be distracted easily.
  • I understand a lot of different words and understand the names of my close relatives.  I also know “Baby Jesus” and “angel” thanks to Lola and Lolo.
  • New signs that I can do: “cracker,” “eat,” “dog,” and my parents are realizing that I’m using the “more” sign for a general sign that I want something.
  • I get very delirious before bedtime at night.  I get a serious case of the giggles and I like to drop backwards on my parents’ bed and roll around at every angle and sit up and repeat that over and over.
  • So far, I haven’t tried to escape from my full-size crib at home.  I think I’m enjoying all the room compared to a pack-n-play!

I am loving being back in LA surrounded by Tita Ging, Uncle Danny, Tita Lisa, Funkle Ray, Ate Nuna and Kuya Issei and my old friends!  It’s great to have perfect weather and be able to go to the park at any time of day, too! I am trying to make the most of this time in California.  We’re heading back to NYC soon so my Papa can work on Broadway!  Hooray!

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