For weeks now Demi has been getting on all fours and rocking forward and backward and stretching out to reach things. We knew crawling was near.
Then on Sunday, I had my phone out and I took at least a dozen videos as I was watching for her to start dragging her knees forward into a real crawl. I began to give up for the day and I left the house for an errand. Not 15 minutes later I got a text from Joe: “She’s crawling.” Seriously lady!?
Since then, she has crawled a few feet many times over. She is officially mobile! And dang she’s cute.
Look at her grow!
There have been so many changes over the past month. She’s getting more coordinated, more vocal, more mobile. No crawling yet, but she reaches and sits, reaches and sits and is suddenly on the other side of the room. It’s officially time to tuck away all the small objects from Cam’s toys because she’s curious and explores most things with her mouth.
- Eating eggs, rice crackers, more veggies and fruits. When she sees us pull out a cracker or a puree pouch she immediately starts squealing. When she sees you eat something she moves her mouth in a chewing motion and sometimes starts clicking. Basically, we need to make eating a social occasion where we all eat at the same time or she’ll feel left out.
- Blows bubbles with her mouth
- Can wheel around the house in her walker and loves the independence of it
- In addition to her first word “hi”, she now says dada, mama, uh-oh, and a rough “what’s that?”
- As with all kids, she’s interested in things she shouldn’t be playing with. She pulls up the edge of the rug, tugs on the blinds, rubs her hands all over the trashcan, gets dangerously close to the fireplace any chance she gets. Crawling should be an interesting stage.
- She shrieks like I’ve never heard before. If she’s done eating and doesn’t want to be strapped into her high chair, she lets all the neighbors know.
- She went to the snow for the first time–our family trip to Lake Tahoe with the Stadlers!
- She went on her first real road trip. 8.5 hours of driving EACH DIRECTION! She did as good as you can hope for on the way up. We got to stop and sleep at great grandma “Melon’s”. The way home was a little tough, but we all survived.
- She had her first Halloween as baby bear from Goldilocks and the Three Bears. Both times we dressed her up, she was ready for bed and could not muster a smile.
- She claps
- She got her first dolls from great aunt Jill (Demi is the one in the back)
If you want evidence of how different 2 kids can be, check out this photo of Morgan wearing this adorable cowl-neck shirt and Demi wearing the same exact one. HA! Morgan is practically a teenager and it fits loosely, while Dems is only 8 months and, well… she fills it up.
And to finish up, here’s a video of Demi accidentally making a pop sound with her finger and her mouth.
I might be in “way-too-excited” mom mode, but I am sooooooo excited about Cam’s first real free-hand drawing. I am practically tearing up. I’m pretty much ready to send out a press release about my son being the next Picasso.
For the most part, Cam is coloring blobs, starting to stay inside the lines with crayons, and writing just a couple very simple letters. Beyond that Joe and I will see a scribble and blurt what it looks like just to spark imagination. But today is a different story.
I left Cam in my office while I went inside to get Demi dressed. Joe went out to get him and he was busy drawing on my note paper. Joe asked what it was, and Cam said, “a five-legged armadillo.” Unprompted… no suggestions from dad.
First of all, it kind of looks like a 5-legged armadillo. Secondly, how did he think of that? Aren’t the first basic animals a kid draws more along the lines of cats and dogs and cows and whatnot? And finally, I just love that it has 5 legs.
I was reading an article about things you can do to promote creativity with your kids and one thing was to have the supplies/utensils always available to them. I think the benefits of this outweigh the negatives (walls can be painted, carpets can be replaced, sisters can be washed), so I’m going to set up the station in his room a little better.
Lastly, this is SO going in a frame. I remember when my mom framed my wolf painting. Even though I could only see the faults in it, she loved it so much she wanted it prominently displayed in her office. I get it now. It’s exciting to see your kid create!