January 5, 2007
It's hard to believe that in less than a month Lexi will be a year old.
It's also pretty impressive when you look back at all the stuff she's learned in that year:
sitting up on her own
walking (with some help)
talking (hi, mama, dada)
hugging and kissing (all though kissing has become head-butting)
laughing and laughing at her own jokes
how to feed herself
holding her own bottle
Signing "all done" and "more"
Playing with toys the "right" way - as opposed to just banging them together or on the floor
Playing by herself
and whole list of other things that I am forgetting at the moment.
November 1, 2006
Well, it's official. Lexi can say "Hi." For a week or so now she's been jabbering something that sounded like hi, but we weren't sure if she knew what she was saying. Then it moved to copying us when we said. Tonight at swim lessons Lexi greeted everyone who entered the locker room with a "Hi." I asked a friend to help me figure out if I was just being an over-excited mom or if she really was saying hi. And my friend agreed that she was actually greeting people. Then while we were waiting for swim lessons to start, 2 different strangers commented on how cute it was that Lexi was saying hi to everyone.
So I've decided that since several people, including strangers, have commented on her ability to say hi, it's official - Lexi's first word, at 9 months, is "hi."*
*By making the above statement I realize that Lexi will now refuse to say hi to anyone who wants to hear her say it.
July 12, 2006
When Lexi was about 5 weeks old I listed what she could do, now that she's 5 months old, she's added to her list of tricks.
She can now:
roll from back to front
grab and hold onto things (including my hair)
eat solid foods (if you count rice cereal as a solid)
respond to her name
make weird screechy sounds
grab her toes
watch the dogs wrestle
pull the handles on her swing the make the lights flash
sit up with little help
and hold her head and shoulders up
Okay, nobody fell out, but Madeleine did figure out how to roll over today. About a month ago she flung herself from her back to her front while throwing a fit in her crib. And she hadn't made any progress since then. Today, however, she was lying on her baby gym playing with her feet and she decided to give it another try. After several attempts and then getting stuck on her arm she managed to roll over from her back to her front. Then when I put her down for a nap, she immediately flipped over onto her stomach - although I think it scared her because she started screaming. Now that she's up from her nap she has rolled herself over three more times, so I don't think it's a fluke. I think she has it figured out.
Now she just has to figure out how to go from her front to back because once she flips to her stomach she gets mad that she's on her stomach.
June 4, 2006
Madeleine has learned how to scream. Not "I'm-so-mad-if-you-don't-get-me-out-of-this-carseat-right-now-i'll-scream" screams, but the "hey-look-how-loud-my-voice-is-now" type of screams. She'll let out a scream and then realize it was her, look around to see if anyone else noticed and then do it again. Kevin caught some of it in video, although this is when she was just figuring it out and it was quieter and cute. Now she's switched over to soundling like a velociraptor on the hunt.
March 9, 2006
Lexi has started "talking" in the last week or so. She used to make only two noises - cry or grunt. Now she's added "happy" noises like cooing to her vocabulary. We have much more indepth conversations now.
I read somewhere (or maybe someone told me) that when a baby is born they are able to make the sounds of every language. Basically, they are a blank slate and will start to miimic the sounds of the culture they are growing up in, growing stronger in their native language and losing the ability to mimic other languages. It makes me wish I knew a second language so Lexi could hear/learn more than one right from the start.
Madeleine is now 5 1/2 weeks old. Here is what she has accomplished in that amount of time:
Holding her head up
Sucking on a nuk
Sucking on her fist
Turning her head to watch her mobile
Making and holding eye contact
Grabbing Mazie's ears
Grabbing her own ears
Kicking her legs
Sticking out her tongue when she sees someone else do it
Raising her eyebrows when she sees someone else do it
Recognizing her dad's voice
Recognizing her mom's voice
What have you learned to do in the last 5 1/2 weeks?