Andrew hit a skill explosion a couple of weekends ago. Between Friday and Sunday the kid started crawling, pulling to a stand, using consonant sounds, controlling the walker extremely well, and switching between crawling and sitting positions with ease. He's the only crawler at this point so he's rather enjoying terrorizing the others. By terrorizing I mean stealing toys, crawling over them, and trying to pull up on them or me or any other random object that may or may not be good to pull up on. He doesn't seem to mind toppling over though. If the fridge or pantry is open he makes a beeline for them. He is quite intrigued by the dog bowls and the dish towels hanging on the oven. This has led to the beginnings of disciplining Andrew. So far my firm "No Andrew!" (and I do mean firm- I've made kids cry with my "No!") gets a slight pause and a belly laugh. Could he be my troublemaker? Wondering how we're going to handle all of them moving about at the same time? Me too.
|How we found Andrew after his morning nap- so proud of himself!|
This worked for a week or so. Then we decided to take it up a notch and just make a big baby corral so we'd have a safe place for all of them to play together with their toys. This is in addition to our old dining room, which is now blocked off as a play area.
|The new living room arrangement|
Ben has finally decided to roll!! Well, maybe just from his tummy to his back, but that's a start. Since he loves being on his back and hates being on his tummy, I'm not sure if he'll ever be motivated to go from his back to his tummy. Here's how Benny Boo feels about his new skill:
Remember Allison? The difficult one to feed? Who we papoosed and spent hours trying to make her take a bottle? Well, now she's one of the easiest to deal with! She is the best with finger foods- pincer grasp and all. A few weeks ago she figured out how to hold her own bottle and sippy cup and that's all it took. Hand it to her and she does the rest. However, when she's done, she's done. Little Miss Independent. I predict a lot of "Mommy I do it" out of her.
|Yes I am saving that blueberry for later.|
Leah has also made many changes in the last month. The girl went from gaining 3-4 oz/month to 14oz in one month! Hoping to keep this trend going. Although she still spits up a lot, it's much improved and she's slowly improving on the solids as well. She is also smiling intentionally now. She especially loves when we sing to her. Her favorite song (as well as her siblings') is "Itsy Bitsy Spider". Seeing her sweet smile just makes my heart happy. She has also started spending time in "the office" (exersaucer) and balancing herself in a sitting position.
|First day in the office|
|Listening to her favorite songs|
|Enjoying an afternoon in the backyard|
Did I mention they'll be 1 next month?