A Snapshot of Toby by Words–Growth by Encouragement
While living outside of the computer this week, I’ve watched Toby as he continues to respectfully flip through books. He’s examining a cookbook right now. It’s spiral-bound with plastic–I’ve used those binding machines in an office setting– so it doesn’t matter if he flips the covers together.
He’s riffling the corners of the pages, like he’s studiously skimming for something. He’s fascinated by this because recipe books look very different than novels in format. Also, the binding makes the paper sound different when the pages are turned; the book creaks.
Now he’s whimpering every few minutes; I can hear the exhaustion in his voice. He’s getting frustrated at nothing–time for a nap.
When he’s not pulling books into a pile onto the floor or examining one for a long-for-a-baby period of time, Toby is walking. With much concentration, focusing on placing every step and making sure to place his path in the center of the room.
He’s walking through doors with objects from that room in his hand. Objects like a toilet plunger and his laundry basket, which has a handle at the top; they both hover only an inch off the ground and act as a cane if he needs more balance.
And I’m rooting for him, every step of the way. I don’t grieve about his growth because it might be too fast, but rather, I celebrate it. I would hate to have a baby Toby for my entire life. I want a child that can learn and retain. Right now, I want a baby I can play silly games with–like Exaggerated-Protest-When-Sticker-On-Forehead-Is-Removed and This-Little-Piggy-Goes To–Hey, Wait! Those both bring lots of giggle from both of us.
I also want him to be tired of those games so I can remember new ones. He enjoys This Is The Way The Lady Rides, but doesn’t find the humor in the Fall In The Gutter game. Toby is charming, in that he points and waves, but sometimes, I don’t know what he’s pointing and waving at.
And it will come with time.
Do you have any memories associated with these games, played with knees, fingers, and toes?