Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Essence of Levi: New Skills and Talents

Levi has been developing exponentially over the last month. In the first year of his life, most of his development was marked by physical tasks he was now able to accomplish. Now, Levi's development is apparent not only in new physical abilities but also in new cognitive abilities. He has truly become a mimic, imitating just about everything Sam and I do. For example, he loves to sweep (we even had to buy him his own broom that is light enough for him to haul around), but he often insists on trying to wear my apron while he sweeps because Mom does. Another wonderful example is the other day Sam read our Dilbert-a-Day calendar, laughed, then handed it to me. I read it and laughed. Levi was not about to be left out... he demonstrated his desire for the calendar (by grunting and reaching, as usual), then he looked at it for minute and started laughing a fake laugh. It was hilarious.

Here is one of Levi's new physical abilities: climbing. A little scary, as he now tries to climb in and out of the bathtub, his high chair, the shopping cart....




Here is one of Levi's new cognitive abilities: mimicking. So Levi loves the great outdoors and would stand at our sliding door banging on the glass and pointing outside. We would take him out on the balcony so he could point at the birds and everything else he could possibly see, but one of us would have to stay out there the entire time because the railing is not up to code (a problem with living in an older building) and Levi could easily fall through the posts. Well, I got the awesome idea (thanks to Mom and Dad Clements) of buying a piece of lattice work and using wire to attach it to the balcony railing. Levi watched intently as I cut the wire and then used pliers to tightly twist it around the balcony posts. As soon as I finished and put down my tools, Levi was ready to show me he knew how to do it, too.

(Sorry... some of this video is WAY close up. I was backed into a corner.)


5 comments:

Drew and Valarie's Family Blog said...

Thanks for the suggestion on H2O,,,, I become a huge snacking person during this time! Seems simple, but never thought of drinking more water to get rid of the snackiness ;)
So Drew and I are planning on moving to West Richland!! Can you believe it? I'm way excited... But we have to sell our house first! :)

JaredRhonda said...

"I want to play with Levi and his toys. He looks like fun. That was funny when he takes the books down." - From Nate

Drew and Valarie's Family Blog said...

Yes Drew likes the Pasco idea, but I hate that idea. I would rather spend the extra $15,000 to live in West Richland then pasco. There's so much going up out there, and I want my kids in the Richland School District too. West Richland just has a nicer feel to it, but that's my opinion, Drew would love if I wanted Pasco!!!! He has lots of coworkers and friends out there... I'm holding him back! :)The house that you saw is not ours,, I think we will be selling ours for about 125000 or hopefully 130000. But it's not listed yet.

TIFFANY & CO. said...

Cute Kelsey! I like your green & daisies!

Drew and Valarie's Family Blog said...

Yes very big move!! Here's a link to our listing on Craigslist,,, we will officially put it on the market starting monday http://kpr.craigslist.org/rfs/645158880.html
We are going with a guy named Charles Laird... He's a friend of the family and we had him with our first home.... He is the BEST! He doesn't try to "sell" you every house you walk into. He just lets you in, and when you are done says to let him know if you want to put an offer on it,,, he's very laid back and always available whenever you call or want to see another house on the market. I would highly recommend him!!