Back in what seems like the mists of time, James coined a phrase to refer to the time he and Miles would spend together in the morning while I got a bit of extra sleep. Way back when, Miles would lie in James’s lap and rest his eyes while James did some work.

As Miles got older, he started staying awake for that morning time, and soon he and James were finding ways to crack each other up. Awesomefest was born.

These days, awesomefest tends to be a family affair. Miles is sleeping through the night fairly consistently (some teeth are causing grief at the moment, but it’s the first time in a while that we haven’t been able to almost count on him sleeping from 7:30-6:30), so the extra sleep isn’t as critical as it used to be. The master bedroom at our new place is also right under the dining room, making it a bit hard to doze off while Miles eats breakfast unless you are seriously sleep deprived.

Enough background, and on with today’s story. Miles has been really into singing recently, joining in on “The wheels on the bus” and “Baa baa black sheep”. The other morning we decided to mix things up, and James and I sang “Row, row, row your boat” as a round. Miles thought it was the greatest thing ever, and asked for more, more, more! So we obliged and sang it again. And again. And again. Finally, having grown tired of that song, we decided to switch to “Old Macdonald”, which Miles did not appreciate one bit. He furrowed his brow, emphatically shook his head no and made his no-noise (which might be best transcribed as “hmmmmgh”). So we tried Frere Jacques. Same response.  Wheels on the bus? No dice. Back to row, row, and hoo boy! Giant grin, giggles and happy feet suddenly appeared! It was a super-awesome awesomefest!

In other exciting news, Miles has started signing to us! We signed quite consistently with him when he was small, but by the time he was about a year and wasn’t signing back, we stopped. We didn’t stop intentionally, but life gets busy and Miles started understanding so many words that it was hard for us to keep up with learning the signs. Nonetheless, yesterday and today he has definitely been doing the sign for “more”, and it is so neat to see! He says it while chanting “mo, mo, mo”, so there is no doubt about his meaning. It really helps us know that he does indeed want more of whatever he’s eating/drinking/playing with/doing, and is not asking for Mum or milk (all of which kind of sound the same). We’ve dusted off the sign book and are going to work on signs for all of the things that get called “ba” (books, balloons, balls, bears). Stay tuned for more signs.

And the last update for today is that we can breathe a small sigh of relief. Miles has (at long last) decided to stand up on his own. This kid was walking confidently on his own by 11 months, but somehow the art of getting up to standing by himself eluded him until this past Thursday, when he just did it. No fuss, no bother, no pulling himself up on furniture, he just stood up. Now it’s a game – he’ll be standing or walking, and I’ll say “Hey Miles, can you sit?” and he’ll plunk down. Then I’ll say “Hey Miles, can you stand?” and he’ll pop right up. Maybe we can join some friends at gymnastics this spring after all! 🙂

(You may notice there are no pictures to go with the stories from this past week. Photo ops seem to be decreasing as Miles gets busier. I’ll try to remedy that soonish.)

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