Friday, September 21, 2007

Chris updates

Chris is walking well now. Yesterday he was running in circles around the house holding a piece of cheese. Joey was chasing him. I was getting tired just watching them. He's definitely starting to get more fun. He spent some time with his Grampa and Grammy Lin this weekend and they taught him all sorts of new tricks. Now he sticks his arms straight out in front of him (as he was taught to do toward the Yankees and say "Evil Empire" - no words yet, though). Every time you say "no" to him, he shakes his head. Of course he doesn't stop doing it or anything. But then I crack up laughing, which isn't so helpful. It's really adorable. He's also starting to follow simple commands. You can tell him to "Get Brown Bear" and he'll get the book and throw it at you. Of course there's not really any need to give that instruction as he wants you to read it all day long anyway. I spent 15 minutes straight this morning reading the Dr. Seuss Foot Book (it can't have more than 30 words total in the whole book). But how can we say no to reading? I finally hid the book I hate the most - it's a dog counting book. It drives me and Joey crazy.

It's definitely a lot more fun to spend time with Chris now that he interacts some. He's trying to say words - "brr" means anything that fits in his toy birdhouse, "ba" is bear (like Brown bear), "da" is dog... or anything else. This morning we're working on "pa" to mean "please" - we'll see how that works out. He also has the "more" sign down... sort of. He definitely know it means "more" - but I'm not sure he knows what "more" means. I guess we still have some work to do.

Friday, September 7, 2007

Swimming Lessons

Chris had his first swimming lesson today. He loved it. He was laughing out loud at least half the time. At one point he arched his back and threw himself underwater, and he still didn't get upset. He wasn't a big fan of the pull yourself out of the pool game because he wanted to stay in the water. He certainly couldn't keep up with the big kids in terms of following directions, but he really enjoyed himself.

Saturday, September 1, 2007

Edaville Railroad

We took Chris to Edaville Railroad today. We all had a great time. lots of kiddie rides that he could ride on - one you had to be under 36" tall. He had a lot of fun. By the end of the day he was smiling so much I didn't even think it was possible.

I'm starting to write about teaching. Felicia keeps telling me I should write a book about my experiences teaching in Oakland. I don't know what I'll do with what I write, but it gives me something to do with my free time that feels more productive than searching the internet for jobs that are perfect for me and I won't apply for.