just like I initially did when he started building wood blocks, I still get all proud of Caleb when he makes various towers with his toys. he loves to build his mega blocks, and he made a tower of 14 of them this morning. he’s even learned to straighten it up when it starts leaning.
he also likes stacking his “peek-a-blocks.” these blocks are pretty cool, but they’re not particularly good for building. even so, he stacks them up one by one, and he got 7 or 8 of them in a tower tonight. of course I think this is pretty cool, and he picks up on that, so he gets quite proud of himself.
but the amazing thing to me is how quickly he learns just by observing. he’d stack 3 or 4, and it would be a little precarious, so I’d (rhetorically) ask him if I could straighten them out a little before he put the next one on. so I would, and he’d build it up higher. after doing this a couple times, he figured out what I was doing and started doing it for himself. if one was hanging over, he’d poke it until it was on a little better. of course this may be completely normal behavior, but it’s cool to see him pick up on stuff like that. when I ask him a question (like “point to the baby” in one of his books) or when he’s working on a task like building blocks, I love that I can see his little wheels turning.
and there are a few more pictures here, including one of mama at 9 months.