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Saturday, June 12, 2010

I'm parenting a one year old

Schroeder is an active one year old now. If you have forgotten what that means, let me remind you. One year olds are movers. They pick up something you have just put away and carry it to another part of the house. Then, they abandon that item for another. One year olds don't really need toys because they much prefer to move items not intended for them. Schroeder's very favorite items include toothbrushes, toothpaste, batteries, crayons, pencils (really any writing object), and floaties. He also doesn't mind a small lego or a nice book.
One year olds also know more than they can communicate via words. Schroeder knows the sign for "more" and uses it in every situation. He walks over to my feet, says "MAMA!" to get my attention, and then waves his hand furiously in the air in his lazy version of "more". Then I'll try to get him to point at what it is he's looking for.
It's loads of fun to hear him say "Mama"... until it isn't. After I have fed, changed, and hugged him, I assume him saying "Mama" means, "Mama, put me to bed, please." This, I happily oblige. Luckily for him, I don't listen to Julian's advice on naps. When Schroeder touches his toys, Julian firmly announces that Schroeder is fussy and needs a nap.

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