He had his well-baby check up with Dr. Jen this week and passed with flying colors! He's right on schedule or just a little ahead for everything developmentally and just at 50th percentile or slightly above for size. I thought for sure he and Koa would be very different as far as hitting their milestone for motor skills and such, but they are basically on the exact same schedule. In fact, Koa took his first steps about three days before he turned 10 months old and so did Caspian. Weird! Caz is getting more and more confident in his new form of perambulation and is quite pleased with himself. Lately he has been practicing going up and down the stairs, but he will either stay on the bottom step and hold on to the bannister while he does it, or he will sit at the top and wait for me to come up and then hold on to me as he tries to come down. It's really fascinating how confident he is and yet how careful he is, too.
His four teeth are just about to become six! And with more teeth comes more variety in the diet! He loves that. He got his mother's ability to eat! He loves all the fresh fruit and veggies we've been having. His favorite is strawberries. He will eat them frozen, fresh, dried, any way he can get them! We've also had a plethora of peaches lately and he and Koa both have been really enjoying eating them fresh and Caspian likes them in his oatmeal! We tried Salmon for the first time this week and so far he is not a big fan of that.
One of my favorite parts of development is language and Caspian is just like the rest of the family in that he is a verbal child! I love watching him figure out how to communicate with us. He's starting to learn a few signs and clapping. He dances to pretty much any song--especially if Koa is singing! He has two words he uses consistently and they are "Dada" and "tickle-tickle-tickle". He has a little horse named "Bacon" who has a very fuzzy tail. When we ask him, "Where's Bacon?" Sometimes he will say, "Tickle-tickle-tickle" with his little toothy grin. It's adorable!
Koa's vocabulary also continues to flourish, as well. He now likes to try to give instructions for things in lecture form. They don't always make a lot of sense, but he loves to "be in charge"! The other day Zak and I went out in the yard to play baseball with him and he launched into a monologue about the rules of baseball and told us exactly how to play until we were both ready to come back inside!
Apparently Koa knows it is "back to school time" because his little mind has really been working on learning lots of new concepts. He is starting to understand the use of a calendar and will often ask us what day of the week we are going to do something, then he will go look at the week we have printed out and hung on the wall to see if he can figure out which day it is. He is starting to actually count items instead of just recite numbers. So, now he likes to count everything! He also surprised us a couple of days ago by drawing a few letters. I was especially shocked by that just because he generally shows so little interest in drawing, but he sat down at the table with us to "do homework" while we were working on our Greek and he said, "Look, a T" and he proceeded to draw a "T". He also drew an "O" and an "H" and tried to draw an "A", but couldn't quite get his lines to touch at the top.
Today I was trying to study vocabulary for our Greek quiz and he insisted on helping me. So, he took my flash cards and would say any word in English that came to his mind and I would do my best to give him the Greek counterpart. Each time he would say something and I would respond he would look a little more surprised. On about the fifth card he said with a bit of shock in his voice, "I can do it! I'm really reading!" I think he was convinced that he was.
On the days that Zak and I go to Greek Koa gets to go hang out with one of the other seminary families. They have a little girl in kindergarten and a little boy just a couple of months younger than Koa named Zeke. Koa loves to be able to go over there! I can never tell him too early in the day that it is Monday or else he just asks me constantly if it is time to go to the babysitter's yet! It's tricky getting everyone fed, the kids to the babysitter's and me to Greek when class starts at 12:30 and Caspian usually wakes up from his nap at 12, but I am grateful to have someone close by who is able to watch them during that time.