T is making leaps and bounds with his vocabulary and abilities. I can't even keep up with writing down all he is saying these days. He'll say something that at first sounds like babbling and all of a sudden I'll realize he is repeating a word. Like this morning, he grabbed one of the cereal boxes Bill had on the coffee table for his breakfast. T said, "bo-cth," I said, "big box," and quick as a wink T repeated, "bi bo-cth." His babling is getting more varied again as he tries out different sounds and rolls them around in his mouth. One he likes to make is a kkkthhkkggkkggg sound not so dissimilar from shallow gargling. It appears as if soon he is going to have little conversations whether or not anyone is around.
T is climbing on things. He has been able to get down from our beds for awhile now, but in the last two weeks (or less) has been climbing up onto his footstool, the futon, and this morning into the laundry basket of laundry. He likes to go lean against stuff too and play a bit of hide and seek or boo! where we go around a corner from each other and then jump out. With me (he and B play slightly differently) he runs into my arms, gets his hug, then turns around and hides again, before we pop out at each other and repeat the hug. He thinks this is quite fun. If you wait too long before popping out he makes a little squeak. Several of his favorite places to do this are on the far side of both the master and guest bedroom beds (see photo in the Words and animal sounds post), though any corner or door will do. He also really likes to get behind the small green cat tower and next to the beige cat perch tower under the window in B's office. He then likes to push over the green tower. I think this is a very T-sized space.
At school they are working on (as part of the curriculum!) riding push toys. T is starting to get the hang of going forward, and for the last two days has been trying to use the heirloom step-stool/chair* as a push vehicle when it is in the step position. Yesterday, for the first time since I have been trying it with him, he was able to make the wooden truck go forward.
*This step-stool/chair is a great little piece Uncle J and Aunt B gave us when they came through town in June. It had been N's and mine, then was used by our cousins, UJ&AB's kids, then their kids/grandkids. UJ stripped, sanded, and refinished it before passing it on to T. It is a neat little piece. We currently keep it in T's room next to the books, table, chair. In the last month T started sitting in it, and I have pulled it over to the footstool that then becomes a little desk or table on which to read books.