The journey of Shane Eubanks and Crystal Alred
…is fantastic! Harper Cole is such a joy and I’m so proud to be his mommy. He’s such a good little baby boy. He’s just all over the place now! He’s walking in chunks of about 10 steps or more. He still crawls a good bit (it’s just faster for him right now), but walks on his own a lot too! He also squats down to pick things up, keeps his balance, and returns to standing again. He dances ALL THE TIME. Anytime he hears music, whether it be on tv, on a toy, on the radio….he either starts bobbing his head or shaking his booty. It’s quite the site! I think he’s going to be musically inclined, so I look forward to letting him learn to play some sort of instrument at a young age.
He is slowly adding a word here and there to his vocabulary, but he’s in no hurry to say very much. He says “hey” (especially when the phone rings), “bye”, “Mama”, “Dada”, and “done”…on a regular basis. Right now, I’m working on “please”, “ball”, and “amen”. We’ll see! He also nods his head yes and no, and he signs “all done”. Another milestone that he’s starting to accomplish to putting things IN, rather than always just taking them OUT! He loves to empty baskets, containers, etc…Up until now, all he wanted to to was undo and destroy, so it’s nice to see the next step starting to occur!
Right now, his favorite things are: his playroom (tons of stuff), picture books to point at, Little People, Backyardigans, Elmo, swinging, riding in his blue car inside the house, laying in his bed (yep! You read that right! He loves his bed!), goofing off with Daddy, tickling, peek-a-boo, “driving” in the car with Mommy (with a new toy he got for his birthday), dancing, Kindermusik (SO much fun), Sunday School, pushing cars and making the noise they make, and so much more!
After several days of pushing the cup away, he’s finally doing well with drinking his milk. Transitioning from warm formula in a bottle to cold milk in a cup was a bit of a doozy. The nurse at the doctor’s office just told me to be persistent though, only offering him the cold milk in a cup (and nothing else), and even though it was tough, he’s got the hang of it! I’m so proud of my little guy! He’s also eating EVERYTHING! You ‘d be so shocked at what my child can gum! (Oh yeah, he hasn’t gotten the first tooth yet…haha!) He’s eaten roast, hamburger steak, chicken, ham, turkey, tomatoes, potatoes, green beans, carrots, peas,watermelon, bananas, cantaloupe, strawberries, apples, crackers, and much more! It’s amazing!
It’s so hard to believe that he’s already a year old. He’s an awesome gift that I thank God for every single day. I still look into his crib while he sleeps and I’m just in awe of him. It’s still so exciting that I get to be his mommy. God is so good….all the time!