Jona Update: Walk Like a Man

Last month I didn't get around to writing a Jona-update post, but I couldn't neglect it this month. As you can probably tell from the title, January was the month for a pretty big milestone. We've got a walker on our hands! I can finally answer YES!! to all those "Is he walking yet?" inquiries. He took his sweet time (he began walking just shy of 17 months) but now there's no stopping him. It was pretty funny how he started too; he was sitting in the middle of a room and just stood up and took a few steps. He wasn't holding on to anything, which made it look so hilarious. It's like he just thought, "Hey, I think I'll walk now." Just as quickly as he decided to walk, he made the decision to not walk for a few days. It's like he saw how excited we got and didn't want to be performing on command. Have I mentioned that I have a stubborn, stubborn child? Luckily, that only lasted for a few days and now he's all about it.



Playtime: Thanks to grandparents and friends who spoiled him rotten this Christmas, Jona has a multitude of new toys to play with. Some of his favorites are a mini basketball goal (he loves throwing the ball and saying "Ball!"), big lego-like blocks, and a set of plastic safari animals (his favorite part--the little gray rocks that came with the set...so funny).



Chit-chat: He's still talking constantly, mostly gibberish with "real" words mixed in. He loves singing "Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes" so he'll say "head" (kind of) and point to his head. He loves to say "Hi" and "Bye". At night, when I tell him to say goodnight to Dada, he says "Bye!" His favorite word used to be "yeah" but he's gotten oh-so-sophisticated and now he says "yes" all the time. He's also still saying "thank you" when he gets or gives anything. When I put his shoes on, he says "shoesh". They do a lot of counting at daycare, so he'll say "two" after I say one, and he'll say "fie!" after four. He'll also say "pizza" (one of his favorites" but it also sounds a lot like "bee-dah" which is zebra. Also, if you ask him what color something is, he'll say "booo" (blue) no matter what color it is.



Teeth: Jona is now the proud owner of four big molars! (As well as 6 front teeth, four top, two bottom.) He did not enjoy the arrival process.



Jona Funnies: a few memorable things from the last couple of months
  • We taught Jona to "cheers" with his milk which he loves to do constantly now at dinner time. 
  • When he wants more of something (usually fruit) he points to the empty space on his plate and says "I want dis". (That's a bit of a stretch...it sounds a little like that, but it's not very clear, except the "dis" part.) 
  • His babysitter taught him to "blow" his nose. If you give him a tissue, he'll blow a raspberry with his mouth. 
  • He's learning animal sounds, and when you ask him what a sheep says, he says "baahhhh" very similar to a dinosaur roar. 
  • When he falls down and then stands back up, he says "Yay!" (which rhymes with pie) and claps for himself. 
  • During the not-walking phase, he would lie down on the floor, put his head down, and fake cry, when we asked him to walk. Stinker. 
  • He has a little stuffed dog that talks and plays music, Scout, and he'll sometimes sing along to the songs. There's a song that says "I'd like a dog, please..." and Jona will always chime in with "Peeeze". 
Clearly, I could write a novel about this kid. Thanks, as always, for reading!

20 comments:

  1. Yay for walking! It makes me feel better to know that it took Jona until 17 months because Ollie is just not taking steps on his own at all right now at 13 months. He'll walk holding just one of our hands, but that's it! I love all the other things Jona is doing, I love that he will cheers with his milk, that is so cute!

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  2. THANK YOU for this update on the walking... I'm getting so sick of having to say no to that question, so this makes me feel better. We still have 2 months to make this happen :) He's looking so grown up! Can't get over the plaid and gingham cuteness. And his little funnies are adorable. "Cheers" with milk is a hoot!

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  3. Hendrik's still not walking at 15 months, so this is nice we can all make each other feel better :) I hear things like this are just slower with boys, which was definitely the case with rolling, sitting up, and crawling around here. Though to be fair to poor Hendrik, he has a huge head, and that top-heaviness did not help! Tipped right over for a while...

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  4. Yes it took Jona forever--he didn't even want to walk holding on to our hands for the longest time. He pushed his little push-toy, but that was it (and even that didn't happen until close to 15 months). I think it made it even better though when he did finally walk, since he waited so long :)


    Thanks Beth!

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  5. There's not much cuter than a toddler blowing raspberries! And yay for walking!! I love how he did it. And coming from experience, stubborn, stubborn children are difficult to deal with, but it's sucha good trait to hone in on because they will use it wisely as adults!

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  6. How cute! It's so exciting that he is walking now! :) I think dinosaurs and sheep are pretty similar... :) hehe XO -Alexandra

    Simply Alexandra: My Favorite Things

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  7. Thanks Alexandra, I'm pretty excited! And you're right, SO similar right? Haha :)

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  8. I love these pictures!

    Melanie @ meandmr.com

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  9. Thanks Melanie! I love taking them--he's my favorite subject :)

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  10. Aww, he's so cute. He looks like a little man walking around in his little pants and button up shirts.

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  11. Thanks Megan! I'm the biggest sucker for little man clothes...I just can't resist those mini-button-ups and mini jeans :)

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  12. ahhhh! he is adorable! it is always fun when kids hit these fun milestones!

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  13. My mom has said the same thing about crawling :) And I'm choosing to also believe in the big head/big brain... when we went in for the 15 month appt last week we saw a pediatrician for the first time who just joined our practice, and she gave me grief about him not walking and said that if he isn't by 16 months then it will be cause for concern. (I know tons of pediatricians through Peter's work, and when I complained about that after, NONE of them were concerned, so I was kind of annoyed - won't be scheduling with that dr. again!) I was extra annoyed because when she asked if he could stack 2 blocks and I said "he can do 7!", and when she asked if he had 5-6 words, and I said "at least 20!" she didn't seem impressed at all.

    Totally think you're right that these boys just aren't in a hurry about certain things, and that's fine because they're smart and cute and sweet. And yet again would be fast friends on another level :)

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  14. I'm choosing to believe yes on all of the above :) And I keep saying THANK GOODNESS his head was at about 30th percentile at birth, because by now Hendrik's is at 80-something...

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  15. What!? I would be mad too--plenty of kids don't walk at 15 months, and some don't walk until 18. My mom said I walked at about 17 months, and Aaron was a late walker too--so we knew Jona would likely take his sweet time as well. My doctor said that we should only be concerned if he's not at least trying to take some steps by 18 months, but not to worry at all (when I took him in for 15 months and he wasn't even close to walking). Clearly Hendrik is a smart little cookie and he's developing fine... woo hoo for 20 words! Don't go back to Dr. Judgy, that's for sure :) And totally agree, these boys would be buds for sure.

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  16. Stopping by from the coffee date! It's always fun when kiddos meet their milestones - I nannied a little one who didn't even crawl until he was 13 months old, then within 2 weeks of crawling he was running! Crazy how each kid develops on their own time! Btw Jona is precious :) have a great weekend

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  17. Thanks for stopping by Kelly! I know, it's so true how they really do just do things on their own time. I think that's hard to remember sometimes, we get in a hurry for them to do each thing :)
    Thank you!! You have a great weekend too!

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