Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Noticing when things aren't "right"

Matthew has started to notice when things aren't quite right, are out of place, or missing something. He's taken to saying "Uh ohhhh!" and pointing to whatever he feels isn't right.

On Saturday it was when we were at a community center, coming down the stairs and he looked up and went "UH oh!" and I looked at where he was pointing - it was the ceiling, where the paint was peeling.

Then on Sunday we were shopping for shoes and he was sitting on the padded bench and said "Uh ohhhh!" and I look and it's a rip in the padding and you could see the foam underneath.

He notices all kinds of things like this. He also does this when there's only one thing left of something - a Cheerio, a block that hasn't been added to the tower, a toy left in the tub. I find it both cute and amazing that he notices these things and knows they aren't quite right! :D

Oh and last night it was when he was in the living room playing, and I heard, "Uh ohhh!". He came around the corner with the TV remote in one hand and the battery case backing in the other. Um, yeah uh oh is right!! I guess he won't be playing with that anymore. At least he brought it to me right?

Monday, November 10, 2008


Matthew has switched from calling Sean "Dada" to "Dadeeeee!" - we aren't sure where he got this as we don't refer to Sean as "Daddy" ever, but it's the cutest thing!

He's also started saying a few two-word sentences. Just in the past week we've heard:
- "Cat, hiiii!"
- "Daddy non" (gone)
- "Cat non"
- "Mama off" (when I got him undressed for the bath, he pointed to my shirt and said this... as if to say I'm not going to be the only one to has to take off their clothes! hahaha)

Yes - observing when things are gone is also a new thing, and he holds out his hands as if to say "Where'd they go anyway?"

Another cute thing he's doing now is saying "Ummmm.", like when we're playing the 'what does it say?' game and I'm in between naming animals for him, or when he's trying to think of an answer, or sometimes just randomly we'll hear, "ummmmm" as though the cogs are really turning in there.

Monday, November 03, 2008

A little yardwork to build character :)

We had some cleaning up to do outside this weekend, so we enlisted Matthew's help. He did a great job actually! Well, except for the part where we'd rake a pile and he'd come blowing through kicking the leaves everywhere, haha. But he had a great time - we certainly weren't about to stop him. Could you? Look at that face! :)

What am I, your dog?

Matthew has somehow discovered the art of the "command", and he seems to get a real kick out of having Sean or I "fetch" things or do things for him. He will throw a ball across the room, and the point to it and say "Dada!", and then wait for Dada to fetch. Or, he'll come over and hand me a puzzle piece, and then run over to his puzzle and point to where the piece goes, and say "Mama!".

When I tell him he can get the ball (or whatever) himself, as in, "You can do it," he insists that no, he can't do it, it must be Mama or Dada. I am starting to wonder who is in charge around here...

Saturday, November 01, 2008