Language skills. She can do all the vowels and b as in baby, c as in coucou, d as in dada, no f, g as in aw gon, no h though she does say i for hi, no j, k (although koukou is a possibility, I suppose), l, m as in mama, n as in no (first word, frequently used), p as in uppa (little arms stretched in the air) no q, r, s, t as in ta ta, no v, w as in wah, wah WAAH, no x, no y, no z.
Sleeping skills. And speaking of no z, I see Minkleberry is taunting me by complaining that her tiny baby woke up once the other night. Meanwhile our baby continues to wake at least twice a night with no real sign of improvement. I hold very bitter thoughts about the people who told me that a bottle of formula at bed time would have her sleep through the night. I now have to get up in the middle of the night make up a bottle and, in darkness, put a bib on the Princess, to make sure she doesn’t soak herself in her enthusiasm to gulp down the contents of the bottle and sit holding the bottle in one hand and baby in the other until she polishes it off and pushes it away. For all its disadvantages, breastfeeding is useful for those middle of the night feeds. If you have any advice to offer on this situation consider carefully whether it is possible that I may have heard it before. If yes, don’t offer same. I am a sleep deprived maniac and I refuse to be responsible for the consequences.
Motor skills. She is excellent at step climbing and has mastered slides which she loves. She still hasn’t got the hang of walking though. She can, however, stand and clap herself enthusiastically while doing so. When we were on holidays with my parents the week before last, my mother was sure that she would walk very soon after we got home. She hasn’t. She’s consolidating her standing. I had the following conversation with my mother.
M – Is she walking yet?
Me – No, still standing though.
M – Are you sure she’s not walking yet?
Me – Yes.
M – Could you have missed it?
Me – No.
M – What I mean is she might be walking and you might not have noticed.
Me – Yes, I know what you mean and no.
M – Well, I’m amazed, I was sure she’d be walking by now…
This is a girl who likes to be sure of herself before making any movements. She didn’t crawl until she was 11 and a half months. However, I can exclusively reveal that she will stumble for two steps between myself and her father. If we try to go any further apart she will just get down and crawl between us which was not the effect we were looking for. This morning while standing she fell over quite dramatically cutting the back of her head on the bedside table and giving herself a Harry Potter like scar on her forehead. She seems to have recovered from the pain and trauma but I am still a shadow of my former self. Frankly, she’s right, walking can wait.
Other skills. She eats almost anything. Well, at least, she will try anything including soap and cardboard boxes. She is very affectionate doling out hugs and blowing kisses on the slightest provocation. She is stubborn. When she doesn’t get what she wants she can work herself into a frenzy of hysterical tears. This is maybe a trait we could do without. Fortunately, her attention span is short so the tears abate rapidly. She loves being read to. She adores her doggy and is quite fond of us.
on 12 July 2004 at 16:18
I love the idea that she might be walking and you just hadn’t noticed. Maybe she is climbing out of her crib at night and strolling around the house? 😉
Yes, DX and quite fond about covers it too…
I know, Beth, my mother thinks that I have the observational abilities of a sight impaired goldfish. She is, of course, completely wrong! Well, almost completely wrong…