Saturday, January 22, 2011

The Seventh Month

This is the chapter of my What to Expect the First Year I decided to read this morning. I'm not going to lie, I don't read that book a whole lot. Not because I don't think it has great information, but I don't always like to read the "Your baby should probably be able to..." and the "Your baby will probably be able to" sections. This actually kind of surprises me because I've always had a little bit of a competitive streak and I worried that I would be hung up on wanting Sylvia to be on the early end of all the developmental milestones. I'm really glad that I'm not. I think part of that is I think that Sylvia's a pretty smart baby and I feel like I don't need to worry about it. Today, though, I just wanted to take a peak and see what she "should" be doing.

By the seventh month, you baby...

...should be able to:
  • Feed self a cracker. Sylvia's never had a cracker, but she sure will try to feed herself with the spoon. That doesn't always go well.
  • razz (make a wet razzing sound). When it comes to noises, Sylvia's pretty good at them. She's in the process of making all of them right now.
  • coo or babble when happy. She does this a lot! She actually makes more happy sounds than sad.
  • smile often when interaction with you. If you've seen Sylvia lately, my bet would be that she's given you a huge grin and showed off those two cute teeth she has.
...probably be able to:
  • sit without support. This one's a little tricky. I tested it today, and Sylvia can sit without me supporting her. However, she doesn't really want to. She leans forward after a little bit, not because she's can't balance, and goes onto her stomach.
  • bear some weight on legs when held upright. She likes doing this and is starting to bounce when you hold her up.
  • object if you try to take a toy away. She doesn't really get upset about toys being taken away. She's pretty laid back. She has objected to her sippy cup and books being taken away.
  • work to get a toy that's out of reach. She is getting pretty good at this. Her content nature keeps her from trying really hard, but she will reach and/or roll to get something she wants.
  • look for dropped object. I noticed that she did this the other day when she was sitting in her Bumbo seat, I was surprised she was doing it already but it looks like she's right on track.
  • take with finger an object and pick it up in fist. She does this a lot. I think her small motor skills are developing faster than her large motor skills.
  • turn in the direction of a voice. Blake picks Sylvia up on Fridays. Last night I walked in the door and she was sitting in a chair with him, her back to me. I called to her and she spun around and gave me a huge grin and started wiggling. It was pretty awesome.
  • babble, combining vowels and consonants such as ga-ga-ga, ba-ba-ba, ma-ma-ma, and da-da-da. I have to say she prefers the da-da-da. I haven't heard ma-ma-ma yet, but I'm looking forward to it!
  • play peekaboo. I'm not sure if that means she's supposed to cover her eyes with her hands or what. She doesn't do that, but she does enjoy when I cover her with a blanket and say, "Where's Sylvia?" Then I pull the blanket away and say, "There she is!" Does that count? Who cares. She likes it.
...may possibly be able to:
  • creep or crawl. Nope. She can roll all the way across the room though. (Remember the ninja cat entry?)
  • pass a cube or other object from one hand to the other. I was just watching her do that, well, everyday for quite a while now. She's really good at passing from hand to hand in order to reach for something on one side or the other of her. Does that make sense?
  • stand holding onto someone or something. No, this is definitely not in her skill set yet. She can bounce a little if you hold onto her, but she can't seem to bear all of her weight yet. At least not for more than a brief moment.
...may even be able to:
  • pull up to standing position from sitting. Not at all. I think bearing all of her weight will have to come first :)
  • get into sitting position from stomach. Nope. I don't think she really wants to do this, she doesn't like the sitting position when she's put there. Regardless of that, I'm pretty sure she couldn't do that yet if she wanted to.
  • play patty cake (clap hands) or wave bye-bye. She's definitely not waving yet. She moves her hands kind of like that almost all the time, but not on purpose. She also doesn't clap except on accident sometimes. She loves to watch other people clap, though!
  • pick up tiny object with any part of thumb and finger. Kinda. It's still a little more of a fist, though.
  • walk holding onto furniture. No way.
  • say "mama" or "dada" indiscriminately. Not really. Like I said earlier, she says da-da-da but that's just because she likes the noise.
So there you have the basics on Sylvia. She can't do everything, but I'm definintely not worried about anything. She's healthy and happy, and I think most people agree that is most important.

Oh, and there will be more pictures soon. I promise.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Blogging without pictures

So I still haven't gotten us a new camera, which is why the posts are still few and far between. What I have to say doesn't feel interesting enough to me so I feel I need to bribe you with the eye candy that is my baby. She is pretty darn cute.

But I feel I need to let you know what is going on in her life. Her second tooth is officially here and she loves to use them! She bit me a few times and, I'm embarrassed to say it, I scolded her harshly enough that she did her sad cry. The kind she saves for doctor's visits when she gets shots and gives a look that says, "What is going on? Why would you let something like this happen to me?" I felt like a real jerk even though I know I didn't do anything wrong. She laughed for a second and then the laughter turned into genuine sadness. I hate that! This parenting thing is much better when we're all happy and Mom gets to play games and laugh.

Sylvia is getting so much better with coordination. She is passing things from hand to hand like a pro and has learned that hitting her toy drum will make it show pretty colors. It's so awesome to see her do something that just last week was outside her ability.

We're not quite close to crawling yet, but there are signs it may be getting close. Or maybe she will just continue to roll across the room until she decides to walk. It's kind of hilarious except that she's some kind of ninja. She never moves when you're looking but you can look away for a second and look back, she's moved five feet. Have you ever seen that ninja/stalking cat video? That's kind of what she does. You should watch it. I've provided it here for your enjoyment.

She has started rocking forward and back when she's laying on her stomach, so I think she wants to move but just doesn't quite get it yet. And that's ok with me! I haven't baby-proofed the house yet, so she can take her sweet time with the crawling.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Six Month Pictures

I thought I would share some of Sylvia's pictures and some cute tid bits about my favorite girl.

Sylvia got her first tooth last week! It's adorable and she's already got another coming in. I didn't even notice at first except for the fact that she bit me. Ouch! Also, Mommy needs to stop putting high water pants on her :)

She is really close to sitting up on her own! She still falls over a lot of the time, but more and she's staying up a little longer every time. She likes to lean against Blake and play with her toy drum from Christmas. It's super cute.

Sylvia learned that she loves grabbing my glasses and trying to eat my hair. She cleans my glasses almost every night! Luckily she hasn't broken them yet, but I'm sure that's coming up.

Sylvia is kind of saying words! Not that she means to, but it's definitely cute. Da da da da da is definitely a favorite. Sometimes on the way home she makes noises like she's singing to the radio. I love it!

Sylvia is eating cereal! We took some really cute videos, I'll post them soon!

There are so many cute pictures. I posted quite a few on Facebook if you want to see more. The photographer took almost 90 pictures, we had a hell of a time narrowing it down to just a few!

Monday, January 3, 2011

Camera Issues

Alright, I know I haven't really posted much... or at all during the holiday season. The main reason for that is I'm really bummed because I think we lost our new camera. The one that had the only pictures of Sylvia at Christmas. I'm still holding out hope that it will show up, but I think we might need to buy (another) new camera. Boo.

Things are going really well at the Pauls household. Sylvia is the greatest baby ever, just in case you were wondering. She's so happy all the time! I just spent a four day weekend with her and had to tear myself away this morning when it was time to go to work. She managed to stay pretty much on her normal sleep schedule even after the hectic weekend that was Christmas. I was a little worried about that.

She got a lot of fun toys and so did we! Our parents are so generous with Christmas! Sylvia got to meet some new people and she loved everybody. She especially liked my cousin Jason's wife, Amber. She held her almost the whole night on Christmas Eve, it was pretty awesome. It was the first time they got to meet her, so I was glad that Sylvia wanted to hang out with them.

New Years Eve was a pretty laid back night. Blake and I were going to drink some wine, watch some movies, play some games, and just hang out at home. We drank a bottle of wine, played a game of Phase 10, and Blake was asleep in the chair by 11:00. I crocheted until midnight. We're pretty wild and crazy that way. I woke Blake up to let him know it was midnight and instead of the usual kiss, I got a thumbs up. I guess that's just as good? Either way, it was funny. It was nice to have a long weekend at home. I was going to clean a lot, but that only lasted a couple hours. I spent a lot of time crocheting, actually. I'll have to post pictures some day when we have a camera again.