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Leaps and Bounds

The irony of having a very sweet, affectionate and active 9-1/2-month-old in the house is that, while he constantly inspires me, I rarely have time to get those thoughts down. I've got audio files accumulating on my Sony Digital Voice Recorder, with little opportunity to transcribe them or, indeed, write them in his baby book, where I've also got to have nice hand writing! So before I forget his latest developments and habits, I'll do a simple bullet list.

  • Our Kung Fu Panda continues to cruise around on the furniture, a skill he acquired at about 8-1/2 months. Lately, we've witnessed several instances where he's stood for a second or two with no support, usually while distracted by holding a toy. Like Wile E. Coyote running off a cliff, he doesn't fall until he notices gravity.
  • In addition to cruising on furniture, he can "walk" by holding onto my hands. I walk with him and say, "Left, right, left, right," while he pops his little feet ahead of him. He always looks so proud and happy.
  • At Water Babies class, he's begun paddling/splashing his arms and occasionally kicks his legs (though usually not on command). He's also been putting his face in the water but hasn't figured out yet how to blow bubbles.
  • When music plays, he likes to get his groove on. Depending on his mood, he'll either wiggle his butt, rock his whole body from side to side (sitting or standing), or hold one or two hands in the air like he just don't care. He did that to this video featuring Wayne Brady, Mike Tyson and Bobby Brown, and I couldn't stop laughing.
  • While he's still nursing (and I intend to keep breast-feeding him until he's at least a year old), he's been sampling a variety of solids. Lately, he's developed a fondness for getting involved in the feeding. He'll either grab the spoon and suck on it, or he'll happily munch on finger foods like Cheerios or banana slices. Gone are the days of relatively clean faces and hands while eating!
  • He tried a sippy cup for the first time a week ago and was delighted when we tipped it up for him so that he got some diluted apple juice. However, he was just as happy sucking on the handles or mouthing the bottom of the cup and banging it against his tray.
  • Slowly but surely, I'm converting his habit of painfully grabbing my hair to a habit of "patting" my hair instead. For several weeks now, when he grabs my hair, I tell him, "Pat the hair." I loosen his grasp and then run his outstretched fingers over my hair instead. This makes him giggle. For almost a week now, he's only grabbed my hair when he's really tired but instead "pats" my hair, face, or clothing. This is one habit I'm happy to see changing!
  • We missed the way he used to hold one arm up above his head when he was just learning to control his arms. "He has a question," we'd tell each other." Lately, he's resumed this habit, with purpose. After a particularly yummy spoonful, he'll raise his spoon above his head, as if in triumph. And of course, to get our attention so that we'll give him more.
I'm sure I could come up with more bullet points, but I've got to get ready for my Zumba class! My life is constantly on the move.

ETA: A couple more things I thought of while I was out:

  • He claps his hands now! First he only did it for his daddy, but now he does it for me and any time he's in a clapping mood.
  • We've been trying to teach him a few signs to make our life together easier until he can talk. Lately, he's begun using "more" to mean that he wants to eat, probably because when he's eating, if we ask him if he wants "more" and he makes an excited noise, he gets food! He also sometimes signals "milk" by putting his hand up with the fingers touching, but without making the squeezing motion (like milking a cow). And he says "mamamama" when he wants milk, presumably trying to say "milk." Either that or he simply associates "mama" with "milk." So far he has only picked up on signs for eating!

Take time to appreciate your baby's small steps forward.

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Mar. 28th, 2011 03:20 pm (UTC)
KFP is doing great. Great job on teaching him to not pull hair. Oy, lots of kids seem to go through that for some reason.
Mar. 28th, 2011 03:51 pm (UTC)
It's a process. He has good days and bad days. I was just getting frustrated, so I had to come up with something. Since I figured he was doing it because he enjoyed the sensation of touching my hair, I tried to figure out how to get him to do it without hurting me!
Mar. 29th, 2011 12:07 am (UTC)
SO CUTE!!!! *squeees*

The food signs going quickly is probably like with training puppies or kitties. Food=good training tools. ^^

Give him a hug for me, and my best to you and the Gryphon and Luke!
Mar. 29th, 2011 01:29 am (UTC)
They're also, I have to admit, the signs we've been using with him most consistently, partly because it's harder to identify hunger than, say, a wet diaper.

Will give out hugs and pets all around!
Mar. 29th, 2011 03:07 am (UTC)
He'll either grab the spoon and suck on it, or he'll happily munch on finger foods like Cheerios or banana slices.

Leo has been doing this since we first introduced him to food. He LOVES food. Last night I gave him some rice to feed himself, which he loved, but it was very sticky rice and got EVERYWHERE. We were at a restaurant, too, so I fully expect them to never want us back again.
Mar. 29th, 2011 03:33 am (UTC)
That's awesome! I love watching babies eat, and the mess doesn't bother me. We take a washcloth and some handy wipes to the restaurant when we eat out so that we can clean up after he eats. Except, of course, the stuff on the floor.

Don't worry about that restaurant not wanting you back. Any restaurant that bills itself as "family friendly" should realize that a patron in a high chair is going to make a mess!
Mar. 29th, 2011 03:36 am (UTC)
There's always stuff on the floor. ;) The rice stuck to Leo's clothes so I had to change him when we got home.

I'd actually taken a bottle of baby food for Leo, but he was still hungry after he had that, which is why he had the rice, too. That was the first time he'd tried it. It really is adorable watching him feed himself though because you can tell how much he loves it.
Mar. 29th, 2011 04:03 am (UTC)
Once, when we were eating in a restaurant, KFP got so much food on his pants he looked like he'd been painting. Fortunately, I had a pair of "emergency pants" in the diaper bag!

It's fun to imagine what they must be thinking as they take a taste of something they've never sampled before. I can understand why they get so excited.
Mar. 29th, 2011 04:18 am (UTC)
I always forget to take emergency clothes with me. You'd think by now, with two kids, I'd have learned that lesson!

Enjoy it while it lasts! They get picky with their choices eventually!
Mar. 29th, 2011 06:24 am (UTC)
Usually, I just stick some pants, a shirt, and some socks in a bag for emergency changes. Of course, if I don't use them, I have to remember to update the sizes. The last time he went up a size, he ended up wearing some "floods" because I had to change him into short pants!

I'm definitely enjoying watching him grow, though.
Mar. 29th, 2011 04:42 am (UTC)
I use the phrase "pet nice" with bestbaby -- it works equally well for humans and puppydogs, as none of us like having our hair or ears pulled. And Cocoa has those silky cocker ears...so very tempting!
Mar. 29th, 2011 06:22 am (UTC)
Exactly. He's been "patting" the kitty lately, which makes the kitty much happier. Luke likes to be around us, and he's tired of having his fur pulled. Cocker spaniel ears ARE soft.
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