Hello! Back from our trip East to see family. We had a lovely time swimming in lakes and having barbeques. Oren had just started to crawl when we left, and while we were gone he got FAST, and started pulling up (though he's still at the wobbly, fall-down-and-bash-his-head-on-our-concrete-floors stage) so as soon as we got home, we were in emergency babyproofing mode. DH was supposed to install gates on all three of our sets of stairs and do other babyproofing while he was home without us, but of course he didn't.
Today will be interesting.
Oren got 4 teeth at once while we were gone, so now he has 6. He is in a huge biting mode, and back to the pinching as well. He finds all reaction to it funny, so I think this is motivating him to continue. I have to work on not reacting.
He's really into communicating these days. He waves and says "Haaaaai!" he reliably does high-fives, he'll do open-mouthed kisses, he says "Muh, mummm." or "Mama" when he wants milk OR wants me (just like DD, Mama and milk are interchangeable. Mama is milk.) He says dada, but I think it means something else. Something more like "This is really cool, what I am doing right now." He signs more and all done, but still gets them mixed up. He's also big into cause and effect games, and if some kind of action gets a reaction he likes he'll do it over and over and over again and it becomes a game. Like beeping my nose, peek-a-boo, leaning way back so he's upside down and upon coming up I say "WOO!"
He's a real explorer - he gets into everything because he wants to see how it works. He very methodically tests everything he plays with, turning it around to see all angles, banging it, tasting it, then using both hands to try move parts and take it apart. He has done some fine-motor manipulation that DD couldn't do until almost 2.
He is so far from cruising, which I am glad about. He hasn't really figured out how to take steps with his feet. Considering he wouldn't even put weight on his feet 6 weeks ago, I think that's OK.