I thought this might be a good way of periodically summarizing new developments in Tonji-kun‘s ever-changing repertoire and physical state.

  • Teeth – 7 out, and 8th (a lower incisor) just showing. Beautifully white and straight. He looks after them with his little toothbrush. He can do a fair bit of damage to a whole apple (skin on), but becomes full or bored before it is finished.
  • Handedness – showing some preference for his left hand.
  • Mobility – YES, and then some. His walking is steady, fast … and determined if he sees something of interest. He has learned to get down stairs on his bum. His reach has increased, such that last week I had to install the doorknob protectors we bought some time ago.
  • Speech – none, but some consistent sounds:
    • “Ma-ma” – any food item (specified by pointing)
    • “Wan-wan” – dog (“Wan-wan” is how a dog barks in Japanese)
    • “Ba-ba” – bus (in Japanese, “basu“)
    • “To-to” – bird (in Japanese, “tori“)
    • “Bu-bu” – pig (in Japanese, “buta“)
    • “Ahhh-ah” – after dropping or breaking something
    • Shrieking for no apparent reason – this we’d like him to stop, please
  • Signs – yesterday he just started doing the sign for “bath” (scrubbing chest with both hands)
  • Diet – Eats everything we give him (he loves rice and tofu!). Can drink from a sippy cup, and from a regular cup with a straw. Eats lemons without wincing. Still breastfeeds at bedtime and when tired during the day.
  • Social – recognizes faces, claps when pleased (or when others clapping), laughs when amused (or when others laughing).
  • Understanding – he follows (some) commands, e.g. Ask “Buta-san wa doko desu ka (Where is Mr. Pig)?” and he searches for and brings a pair of my boxer shorts with a motif of dancing pigs (BTW something I would never buy myself, but thanks again, Sybil and Dave).
  • Play
    • Constructive (Starting to be): about two weeks ago, began putting Duplo together instead of tearing it apart, stacking rings instead of (or after) taking them off the stand, putting toys back in their place.
    • Soccer? Keeps the ball with him like a natural.
    • Music? Often humming to himself.
    • Brave – enjoys going down the slide solo (but supervised, of course).
    • Helpful – wants to participate in things others are doing shovelling, sweeping, lawn mowing. Dorami-chan got him a toy mower so he can feel involved from a safe distance without endangering his digits and limbs.
  • Memory – gets very quiet when we tell him “Goron-goron ga kuru (Thunder is coming).” He was frightened by his first prairie thunderstorm earlier this summer.
  • Sleep – wakes up crying at least once in the middle of the night.
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