January 8th, 2011

planet

baby update

Josie's turning seven months this weekend, so we figured we'd start her driving!


She actually got a HUGE kick out of this. Really gets me wishing we could throw her the keys so she could get her own diapers and stuff. I mean yeah she's only two feet tall so it's hard to reach the pedals, but could she really be much worse than the average Kansas driver?

"Every two weeks, you have a different baby"... that's something I read in some development guide, explaining that if you try something and your baby doesn't like it you should keep trying every month or so. This applies to food, swings, toys, books, etc. I totally see it with Jo. In fact this week, I feel like she's a totally different baby than she was last weekend.

Two big things: first, she crawls for real now! I mean her legs and arms aren't perfectly in synch but she alternates hands, alternates knees, gets places quickly. I'd post a video of it but really, it's just your basic crawling. Sadly I noticed it's being combined with improved dexterity, she can pick up smaller and smaller things now, like threads and scraps of tissue. And it all goes into her mouth. Ewe.

Second, I've noticed an obvious difference in how she plays with her toys. I remember when she was learning to grab things I said I felt like I was watching a perpetual arcade claw game... stuff gets batted around, dropped, missed, etc. Overall success rate was pretty low. Then she got good at grabbing things and putting them in her mouth. Now she grabs things and seems to come up with plans. She's very deliberate... pick up a block, put it down someplace else. Or picks it up and pats it with the other hand. She bangs toys together now, then puts one down and picks up another one and bangs those together. This all just happened in the last few days.

I'm really excited about Josie being a toddler. I'm happy that soon I'll have a kid who discovers things, who has likes and dislikes, a more and more distinct personality. 2011 is going to be really fun for us.