Asher is now 13 months, and has a few new tricks up his sleeves. A few weeks ago, I showed Asher (only once) how to go backwards down the stairs. After that, he took to it like a pro. Which is good, cause we have a split level, and the stairs are pretty much his favorite place to play. When he has a toy that he "needs" to take down with him, he will first throw the toy down to the first landing, and then follow, then repeat until it is all the way in the basement. I shut all the doors down there, so he won't get into anything, so he just plays in the hallway, and he will stay down there for a long time, coming up every once in awhile to say hi. We also keep some of our shoes by the front door, but they are not by the door anymore, as Asher has thrown them all down to the basement with his toys. What a crack up!
Another thing that Asher loves to do is crawl out the doggy door. So, I knew it was just his size, and he does play over there all the time, watching Annie go in and out, I just never thought that he would follow her. But one day, he did, and of course, ever since, we have to be careful to keep the door locked so that he can't go out there. Because once a child discovers something, there is no way to un-discover it, they become obsessed! But I have to admit, that he does look pretty cute while doing his little "stunt". Here's Asher wishing he could go out there.
Asher is also saying a few words, like cracker or "cacka" and cookie, and doggy or "gogga". Sometimes I think he is trying to copy other words or phrases that I say, but they don't quite come out the same. He is also walking now, which is pretty much the cutest thing you have ever seen. He started a few weeks ago, just taking a couple steps here and there, but now he can walk across a room, or from room to room. He is still pretty wobbly, but he can stand up in the middle of a room from sitting down or from a squat, and he is getting better at catching his balance. While he is walking, he is usually squealing or babbling or laughing about something really important as he goes, it is so cute! Now I just need to get him some shoes. Every pair of shoes I have tried to put on him, he just takes off, so he has been a barefooted child for 13 months. No longer. This is a video of him walking, and he is actually really sad, but I just wanted to demonstrate his skills. I'll have to get a video of him being happy later.
Asher is also an expert in the art of mess making. I used to be so proud that my son never seemed interested in the kitchen drawers or cupboards...well, nothing to be proud of now. The little stinker is into everything. I love it though. I love to watch him, he is so concentrated on what he is doing, and you would swear that he is planning every little move he makes, whether it is with a tupperware lid or a book that he is trying to do... well, something with. I have also spent the last few days totally reorganizing my kitchen so that only the things he is allowed to play with are within his reach. I do still need to get some sort of latch for under the sink, but he doesn't really touch anything under there anyway, he just likes to open the doors. So that's like double props for me...one for making my child's environment safe, and two for cleaning/reorganizing everything and making my life easier! I have so much more counter space now, it is a dream. It makes me want to be all domestic and bake biscuits or something. (Or that could be attributed to my latest read, Cold Mountain, fabulous book so far, I totally recommend it.)
Our little guy is getting so big, and it is so weird...and FUN, of course!! :)