Moments to Remember – 1: Ducks

TTB and his Grandma

Tiny Tin Bird is now 9 months old and he is learning and changing at an astounding rate. I’ve been genuinely fascinated by his changes and I’m really enjoying this current phase. It’s hard work as he is so much more mobile and can wreak so much more havoc but his personality is just delightful and I find happiness in making him happy and seeing him learn about the world around him. I think I put a lot of pressure on myself to record everything and I feel upset that I didn’t write an 8 or 9 month update for him (I do a monthly one that I don’t blog) as I ran out of time. And now I’ve forgotten what he did! I use my camera like a diary though so I think I can go back through my photos and find out what he did.

Each time we visit my family, he makes a giant leap in his development simply because he receives more stimulation there than I can provide here to him on my own. Take his speech for example. He has always been a very vocal little boy even as a small baby and would “wooooo” and yowl like mad. He learnt to make “B” sounds quite early on, around 17 weeks, and it’s been fun watching him babble. He has a whole range of babbling sounds but now he has gone a step further and is seeming to attach meaning to some of his sounds. There is a noticeable difference between his babbling and when he is trying to talk.

The moment that I’d like to record here for posterity and just because it’s so lovely is when we went to Stowe last Tuesday. There are barely any animals there now but they do have five big white Aylesbury ducks. On our way to the cafe we went to see the ducks. He sat on my hip and clung on with his left arm around my neck and strained as far forward as he could whilst still clinging, looking at the ducks and repeated “Burrr! Burr!” a few times. Bird! Bird! He watched the ducks for about ten minutes as they waddled about their pen, engrossed in their movement and behaviour. After that we took him to the cafe where the lovely ladies there made him a slice of toast cut into triangles which he happily enjoyed while we ate our cake and drank our drinks, interspersed with chatter to my mum (this boy truly loves his grandma) and holding his toast out to offer her. He smiled and smiled at the cafe ladies.

On the way back to the car we visited the ducks again and once more he was utterly engrossed in them and indeed called our “Burr!” happily. When the weather was nice and sunny a few weeks ago we spent a lot of time outside and each time a bird flew over his head would jerk as he tried to follow where it went. “Look at the bird!” I’d say. Other times he’d heard the word “bird” were when we’ve seen the ducks on the canal, the chickens by the castle and there is also a bird in one of his story books. There are lots of birds in his Grandma’s garden and we spent a lot of time looking out of the window saying “look at the birds! Birds!” to him. I’m proud that he’s made the connection verbally and mentally between “bird” and feathery flapping creatures and also that he is so keen and happy to learn. His natural curiosity is wonderful.

13 thoughts on “Moments to Remember – 1: Ducks

  1. Kathryn says:

    Brilliant! What a superstar! Isn’t it funny what their first words tend to be, a very dear friend of mine’s little girl’s first word was also bird! And my little brother’s was ‘tractor’. My son’s was Star :) (hmm, will have to go and look up daughters’, number 2 is always so much harder to remember!) xxxxx

  2. Jane says:

    I love reading your blog. My twin daughters are very grown up but I remember they said ‘more’ quite early on…they both liked their food :)

  3. Sweet story….and yes, I can indeed see TTB growing almost before our eyes. HE is a real sweetie Heather, and you are a fab Mama.
    I remember my Little Man being obsessed with birds around the same age, but he called them “caw-caw”

  4. Carrie says:

    it is so lovely watching your child grow, what a privilege. TTB is a beautiful little boy and is lucky to have you for a Mum x

  5. One-oh-four says:

    Aw! So cute:). One of my son’s first words was a very distinct “Titifer” which was his attempt at saying “Christopher” (his name). He used to nod his head as he said it, as if to say “yes, that’s me!”

    I remember going to Stowe as a kid / teenager – it must have been shortly after it opened as we used to live in Towcester, but we moved from there in 1988. In fact I think we even had our sixth form leavers’ meal there. Do you ever go to the “Heart of the Shires”? It’s a bit further up the A5, and is very similar.

  6. What a clever boy! Neither of my boys have been very verbal but now the littlest is 2 and a half, he is making more and more words and sentences each day. I wish I had been in the blogging habit when my eldest was little. It’s a marvellous way to keep track of life’s pleasures.

  7. melissa says:

    he’s getting SO BIG!!! Love your blog, and you’re sweet baby. I have a question though (and it’s off topic, so sorry but my curiosity gets the best of me at times), and it’s only because I see this a lot on brittish blogs and such, this is a sincere question really, I’m curious. I notice that you say “learnt”, and as I said I see it all the time in UK blogs and such. Is that how you guys were taught to spell it? In the US we spell (and say) “learned”, I’m just wondering if this is a difference in American and UK English, because I see “learnt” so much as apposed to “learned”. I follow a lot of UK blogs.

  8. I kind of wish i’d started my blog when my first was born, as it’s such a wonderful way of recording their development and pinning down things you might otherwise forget. Your boy looks delicious, 9 months is a fab age. They are old enough to interact with but still babies. x

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