She’s mobile!

Ya’ll. The tiny human I made now is mobile! As of December 27, 2012, she can look at something, decide she wants it, then, go get it! I’m thrilled/terrified.

It went like this:

Dave: “I bet she’ll crawl if I put the book down over here.”

Me: {eye roll}.

Suzianne: {Laser-focused six foot crawl like she’s been crawling her whole life.}

Georgia: “Things just got real.”

Check it:

This moment was shocking for two reasons: 1) she’s never crawled more than six inches before (on Dec 23), and 2) she was crawling in order to get to the The World’s Most Annoying Toy that you all must go buy right now, because it makes your child–and your skin–crawl, obviously.

Here’s a close up of your soon to be most-loathed possession:

Crawl-maker.

 

I know I’m prone to exaggeration, but you just wait until you’ve heard “Listen to the sheep sing! Beh, Beh, Beh, Beh, Behhhhh, Behhhhhhhhhh” 28,000 times. It’s awful. Clearly, Mary had a little genetically modified lamb. Suzianne can’t get enough.

For those of you playing developmental bingo, this means Suzianne crawled for the first time at 9.5 months. That’s a good month or so after “most” babies crawl. So, sister, don’t get all freaked out if your baby is a little behind; they all learn to get around eventually!

Not a baby, not yet a toddler

Ya’ll. My baby is not a baby anymore. Not only does she now understand how to communicate “no,” she shares! For real.

This tiny human who has only been on the earth 9 months knows how to hand something over to someone else for no apparent reason other than she just wanted you to have it. See:

Want some?

Would you like a felt cucumber?

For me, this is the coolest milestone yet because it signals that she thinks of us as people worthy of handing over her toys to. I’m no longer just the milk lady, or the lady who forces her to wear pants. I’m a pal!

Meanwhile, I think Georgia feels a little neglected; she now is constantly being consoled by the stuffed hippo Dave got Suzianne at the San Diego Zoo:

Are you my momma?

Are you my momma?

Sorry Porge. We still love ya.

Things I thought would never happen: bottle holding

I’m not one to get all hung up on the exact timing of developmental milestones, but there are some things I swear I thought Suzianne would just never do. For instance, there was a six week period where I was convinced I’d be holding my daughter’s bottle at her first prom.

When most other babies are at least attempting to hold their own bottles, our girl was doing this:

A few weeks later, it was more like “Momma, I guess I could hold my own bottle, but feeding me is pretty much your only job, amiright? I respect you too much to take that from you.”

Thanks, baby.

Seriously? You will grab and hold a milk-free foot up to your mouth, but you won’t hold a bottle when you are hungry? SMH.

And then, one morning just before she turned 7 months old, she snatched it from me. Almost as if to say, “Geez, woman, just give it to me already so I can show you how this is supposed to be done.” Of course, I ran and grabbed my phone to document the miracle, in case it never happened again:

One month later:

Now, at nine months, she’s straight-up multitasking. This is how I found her this morning: jamming out to Pandora Toddler Tunes Radio with her rattle, making scream noises at the dog, while downing six ounces of Similac.

So, don’t worry, new momma. Your baby refusing to do X,Y or Z might not have anything to do with proper development. She may just be stubborn.

Nine months!

 

Suzianne’s ninth month brought with it several firsts that gave Dave and me pause:

1. The little girl giggle. Dave was playing with her the other day and this little girl laugh came out. Not a baby one, a little girl one. It was crazy.

2. The peek around. She very aware of her surroundings these days. She’s learning that something interesting is always happening and she’s gonna peep it out, no matter what you’re trying to get her to focus on:

3. The red-headed temper. Ours is an extremely happy baby, who rarely cries. But lately, she’s not a fan of us taking things from her that she’s deemed fit to gnaw on. Apparently, iPhones are TASTY, and mommas who take them from you are EVIL.

4. Mobility. She’s not yet crawling forward, but this week she has become a speed demon backwards and sideways. It’s fun to watch, because she’s like a whole new baby when she’s backing up all over the place. So cool to watch her set her sights on something and then work to reach it.

5. Standing. It’s also odd to see her standing up. Not on her own, of course; but to see her lean-standing is still crazy.

It occurs to me that, in my mind, she’s still a little baby. In reality, she’s well on her way to becoming a little girl.

Watch her grow! Take a scroll through the Month-by-Month archives.

Backwards and sideways

My child will be nine months old tomorrow and does not crawl. Increasingly, folks are asking, “Are you worried?”

Nope.

Suzianne is mobile, she’s just not forwardly mobile. She will be at some point, but for now, she’s getting where she’s going in her own way: backwards and sideways.

It’s all good until she gets stuck.

But I’m not worried. Every child develops at their own pace; she’ll figure it out one day. At that point, expect a panicked blog post about how I have given only about five minutes’ thought to baby-proofing. That, friends, is something to worry about.