Health: Jona got his first ear infection this week, and in fact he had a burst ear drum. The crazy part is he didn't even seem that sick. He had a cold for a couple of weeks, and I noticed him tugging at his ear. I took him to the doctor on Monday, and when she told me about his ear drum I couldn't believe it. She said he must be pretty tough--most babies scream and cry nonstop when that happens. He sure wailed when she examined his ear, but otherwise he had been his usual, happy self. I was certain that I was being paranoid for bringing him in; I'm glad I did. Mother's intuition...it ain't no joke people.
Eating: Hands down one of Jona's favorite activities. Unless he's tired or not feeling well, he usually enthusiastically attacks what's on his tray. He eats whatever we're eating, and seems to like/dislike things just depending on his mood. Some of his favorite things: cooked carrots, Grandma Gail's homemade applesauce, meatballs, macaroni and cheese, beans, pulled pork. His favorite meal of the day is breakfast, and he can devour some scrambled eggs, peanut butter toast, and yogurt, all or any of these. He's also drinking whole milk (in a sippy cup) with every meal, we ditched the bottles after his first birthday. That process went much better than I thought it would.
Mobility: Jona crawls or scoots around, pretty quickly too. He usually crawls for long distances, then scoots once he's closer to whatever it is he wants. He's not walking, nor does he seem very close to walking. I'm not going to let myself worry about that just yet.
Talking: Second to eating, this is Jona's favorite thing. He babbles constantly; he'll say things that I have no idea what he's trying to say, but he looks and sounds quite certain that he's trying to make a point. He'll increase the volume and repeat it to drive his point home. Actual words he says, or almost says, are: Dada, Papa, doggie, uh-oh, thank you, "E-I-E-I-O" (from Old McDonald), yeah, and hi.
Playtime: Jona loves any toy that involves music, and he also loves being sung to. He will stop what he's doing to listen to music if it comes on. He has a toy xylophone and a drum/percussion instrument set and these are some of his favorite toys. His favorite songs are: Obladi Oblada by the Beatles, Zaccheus (the Bible story song), The Itsy Bitsy Spider, and Old McDonald. He's also a big fan of throwing blocks and other toys onto the hard-wood floor and then chasing after them. I also randomly discovered that he thinks it's hilarious when I throw paper in the air, or jump up and down.
That's my (much overdue) Jona update for now! I'll try to post some highlights on a more regular basis from now on.