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