"Children do not need to be made to learn about the world, or shown how. They want to, and they know how." -John Holt

Saturday, February 17, 2007

Catching up with Caden

First things first... Caden's dracula fang phase (see left- click to enlarge) is officially over with the addition of his two front teeth(see right) this past month. Thank god. (It wasn't the cutest phase.)

He's got a solid bite now with 6 teeth total, all grown in less than two months. It was rough going for a while there! You can see all his teeth here in his latest video titled "Uh-oh... almost!"

Already 9 months old now, Caden loves to be a part of everything. He is the happiest when there's lots of kids and lots of commotion going on -though I suppose those go hand in hand and aren't so difficult to come by around here anyway!

After excitedly watching the big kids playing outside and tracking in clumps of snow he was rather serious about the bowl of snow I gave him to play with.

Mostly, I spend my time rescuing him from getting stuck climbing the printer (seemed like a good idea at the time!) or from the top of stairs left ungated and fishing out everything-under-the-sun from his mouth.


Sarah, Chris, Elijah & Sadie said...

Soooo cute! I must have heard you say ma-ma and uh-oh about 100 times. Great job, Jess! :)
Love the videos.

Jamie said...

I love the face Caden made when you gave him the snow to eat! I also love the picture of him looking out the window!

"By nature people are learning animals. Birds fly; fish swim; humans think and learn. Therefore, we do not need to motivate children into learning by wheedling, bribing, or bullying. We do not need to keep picking away at their minds to make sure they are learning. What we need to do - and all we need to do - is to give children as much help and guidance as they need and ask for, listen respectfully when they feel like talking, and then get out of the way. We can trust them to do the rest."
John Holt
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George Bernard Shaw
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