Friday, March 23, 2012

Nine Months!

Nine months!

She's getting more hair -- I hear on skype it looks like a mohawk -- but it still isn't enough to count as a head of hair.

Her crawling and cruising is now at expert level and includes some stair work as well. The next thing for her will be standing. She can currently stand for a few moments unscaffolded, but as soon as she realizes she's doing it ... CRASH!

I'm guessing the day she can stand and take a step is coming very soon and it may just involve outright running. She's a bit motor-driven!

She doesn't have any words yet. She says dada but not in relation to anything that is really a dada. This week she has added bababababababa to the chorus. Mostly she just shrieks. She loves to laugh and her fake laugh is hilarious, which leads me to laugh, which makes her laugh, which makes me laugh, and so on. There are many times during the day where we just sit there laughing at each other  for a few minutes.

She learned to clap a few weeks ago and that has transferred into "giving five" as well as a very excited arm wave. I've noticed she occasionally congratulates herself on something with a little clap.

Another thing she has learned to do is release. Turns out this is a major milestone for a human, because actually letting GO of something is pretty important. She's using this new idea to fling balls back to you and also to place them in a tunnel toy that makes a little song when you do it right.

Next week she starts a weekly music class -- I'm assuming just singing songs and banging around a lot -- and swimming kicks back in again. She and I have also been going to the toddler storytime at the library on Tuesdays. What a busy little kid!

On days when we don't have any activities and the weather is nice, we pop by the park to use the baby swings and try out the toddler slides. She can almost go down the slide by herself! I'll try to get video one of these days, but it's a bit difficult since I need to catch her at the bottom!

In the last few days I've been noticing a bit of separation anxiety sneaking in. She's a little more clingy. If she isn't engaged with something and you get too far away, there is some unhappiness. I'm hoping we can skip through this pretty quickly. At least we haven't hit stranger fears yet! She's still happy to give old ladies in the grocery store a big smile!

As always, you can watch videos of her at

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