Gabriel has become very independent. If we don't do what he needs in his time frame, no worries. He's got The Stool. It's a step stool that we bought so I could reach the high cabinets in our kitchen in Flagstaff. Just a small folding metal step stool. Gabe has discovered he can reach high things with it.
-He can open all the doors in the house now as well. One morning he comes walking into our room and wakes me up by shoving an apple in my mouth. He had eaten half of a whole apple! He took his stool and climbed up onto the counter where the fruit bowl was.
-He wanted a drink of milk from a "big boy cup". They are a set of four cheap ceramic mugs from Walmart that he likes to drink from. I told him I would get him some, but didn't move fast enough. I came into the kitchen and he had opened the dishwasher, climbed up on the washer lid with the help of his stool, opened the top rack and got a mug and climbed down. He brought it to me saying "Milk?"
-Had a cup, scooted his stool over to our ice/water fridge and filled up a cup of water!
What a self sufficient guy. Can't wait for him to cook me meals.. :)