Helping Hand

Spencer taking Clare's hand

Spencer taking Clare's hand
Spencer taking Clare's hand
Spencer has been working really hard on practicing walking lately. In this little snippet, he musters up the courage to walk over to Clare from holding onto the kitchen cabinets. He is a bit hesitant, but eventually takes Clare’s hand and walks over to her. Needless to say, we are impressed.

Cruising

Spencer cruising on the couch

Spencer cruising on the couch
Spencer cruising on the couch
Spencer has been working on cruising for a couple months now, and is getting very good at it. Cruising is the practice of walking around while hanging onto stuff, like furniture. In this video, Spencer is mastering moving one from piece of furniture to another. Also note that he turns off the radio in the middle of the video. I predict that he will be walking by Christmas. Should we set up a pool?

Last day of school

Spencer's last day of school

Spencer's last day of school
Spencer's last day of school
Today was Spencer’s last day at Kindercare. He has basically been sick for the last three months, ranging from just a little runny nose and a cough to having a fever, to having gastroenteritis (stomach flu). We finally decided that it would be better for him to be around fewer kids, and so we got a nanny, who starts tomorrow. He does seem to like the other kids at Kindercare and all the toys, but he also doesn’t nap very well there, and it doesn’t make sense to have him in Kindercare if we have to keep taking off work because he is sick. Hopefully he will do better with the nanny, and will be in great health for the upcoming holiday trips.

Baby fish mouth

Spencer showing off his fish mouth

Spencer showing off his fish mouth
Spencer showing off his fish mouth
The phrase baby fish mouth has not been sweeping the nation for the last 20 years, but we predict that Spencer is about to make it go viral. Just this past week he has begun making the fish face a lot. He especially likes to make it while eating, as in this video.

Climbing

Spencer climbing up the stairs

Spencer climbing up the stairs
Spencer climbing up the stairs
Spencer is getting pretty good at picking himself up on all sorts of things like couches, chairs and tables. He is also getting pretty good at climbing stairs. He particularly likes to pick himself up and play with a toy on whatever surface he is at. In this video he manages to get up the stairs carrying one of his new trucks. He seems to have just discovered wheels, and likes them quite a bit.

Swinging

Spencer enjoying the swing at the park near our house

Spencer enjoying the swing at the park near our house
Spencer enjoying the swing at the park near our house
This past weekend was really beautiful here in the Denver area, so we took Spencer over to the park to play on the swings. He seems to enjoy it fairly well, though sometimes it is a bit difficult to tell. I feel really fortunate to live so close to a park (and restaurants and grocery stores).

Sprinkler

Spencer playing with the sprinkler

Spencer playing with the sprinkler
Spencer playing with the sprinkler
For some reason Spencer really loves playing with the sprinkler. It is very difficult to convince him that he doesn’t want to play with it when it is squirting water, and it is only 65 degrees out. I’m sure next summer he will have lots of fun playing in the sprinkler. For now, we just let him play with it while it is not squirting water.

Pizza!

Spencer attacking some pizza crust

Spencer attacking some pizza crust
Spencer attacking some pizza crust
Spencer likes pizza crust
Spencer likes pizza crust
Spencer seems to be a big fan of pizza crust. He will work on a piece for a good 10-15 minutes, and get most of it down. It is a bit surprising that he doesn’t choke on it, since he often chokes on his spoon, or sometimes on fairly small pieces of food. I guess he is still figuring out how things work.

More!

Spencer asks for more food

Spencer asks for more food
Spencer asks for more food
Sometimes Spencer gets pretty excited when we are feeding him. We keep trying to teach him sign language, but he seems to be inventing his own. Banging on his tray means he wants more, or so we think. I am not sure what we were feeding him here, but I think it was creamy red lentil chowder, which he really seems to like.

Tunnel

Spencer likes crawling through the tunnel

Spencer likes crawling through the tunnel
Spencer likes crawling through the tunnel
They have a little tunnel at Kindercare which Spencer discovered a few weeks ago, so I made him one out of a cardboard box. It is just as much fun I think.