Friday 10 March 2006

and now, back to the baby babble

We got Jack's MMR appointment in the post yesterday, and I'm not sure what to do. Maybe I should take the day off in case he reacts badly to it, but then maybe he'll be perfectly fine. Maybe he won't react until days afterwards. Maybe I'll be the only one who cries, like the other three times I've taken him in for immunisations. Do all children react badly to the MMR shot?

So after my post about Jack not gesturing or communicating, I picked Jack up from the nursery, put him in his car seat, and he pointed out the window and made some sort of noise that may have meant "Goodness, look at that. How very interesting." He has actually been making more sounds that seem to relate to what he's looking at. For example, he'll toddle after Jasper shouting "DA!" repeatedly as Jasper runs in the opposite direction. It makes me wonder if I'm simply not recognising Jack's attempts to say words. We went out with friends for lunch last weekend and one of the girls (who's Jack's age) was playing with a mobile phone. She looked at it and made a noise that to me sounded a lot like "uh", but her mother exclaimed enthusiastically, "That's right! Hello!" Either we (parents in general) are interpreting any noise that may remotely resemble a word as an attempt to talk, or our children are in fact communicating with us. Who knows? Either way, I'm just not going to worry about it anymore.

The nursery workers were very excited when I picked Jack up on Wednesday. "He stood on his own! And then he WALKED!" they told me, genuinely pleased. I always feared that Jack would take his first steps at nursery and I would have to hear about it secondhand like this, but to my great joy, I was able to tell them that we had already witnessed it at home and yes, it was very exciting. It was the first time he'd done it at nursery but I am eternally grateful that we saw it at home first.

Nose picking seems to have stopped for the moment. He has now moved on to sticking his face in my chest, shaking his head back and forth, and going "bwahbwahbwahbwah!!" I have no idea what this means.

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