One morning I woke up and Adelaide had mastered all these new skills! Or at least that’s how it felt. She has been surprising us left and right with new hand-eye-coordination, new independence, and new words! Here are some of her new abilities (the ones I can remember!!):
- She helps in the dressing and undressing process. She offers me a leg or an arm when it’s time to put on her pants or shirts. It may not seem like much but it is VERY cool that she understands the process of getting dressed and wants to help in the process. It is slowly making that part of our day easier, and I am ALL FOR easier!
- She has mastered the art of putting on sunglasses—both the right way and upside down. This is one of my sure-fire mommy tools for distraction when we’re out and about. Just pull out a pair of sunglasses and BAM! Instantly amused. Works every time!
- Now that her first four molars are in, the variety of foods she is able to eat has expanded ten-fold. SO GREAT! And along with all the new foods, she is also using a spoon! She’s not so great in the scooping department, but she’s and old pro at getting that spoon into her mouth. It was a pretty messy road getting to this point, but the reward is a more self-sufficient baby. Glorious!
- Adelaide walks herself places. Not out in public, mind you. I’m still WAY to paranoid to let that happen. But slowly and gradually I am letting her show off her new independence by not being carried everywhere. For example, at nap-time and bedtime she walks herself to her room and I follow. Or, recently, I let her walk herself from the house to the car, which is parked in the garage. This was a BIG deal for me, because I don’t know about you, but our garage is not baby-proofed! And my 15-month-old still puts everything she finds in her mouth. She could pick up a bug or a rusty nail or a yucky ball of dust/leaves/God-knows-what and eat it. UGH! Luckily, none of these horrors occurred and she survived the 10 foot walk to the car. Best of all, she was so proud of herself! Now, I just need to figure out how to make getting into the car appealing. Any suggestions??
- She is getting very good at following commands. For example, if we ask her to “close the door” (aka baby gate) she will turn around and pull the baby gate closed. She’ll even pull down the handle which locks the gate in place! She can’t get it all the way to the locked position because she’s still too small, but seriously impressive huh? And if she is asked to “go get bear/bunny” she can recall where she saw them last, go find them, and bring them to us! I’m sure all 15-month-olds do this, but I’m impressed! Just three months ago she could barely walk, and now she’s cruising around this place like she owns it, carrying toys and closing doors. Next thing you know she’ll be borrowing my heels for a night out!
- And of course, new words! Some how we accumulated a collection of counting books, which Adelaide loves. And the repetitive reading must be rubbing off on her because she is starting to say numbers. Specifically, two, three and four. She hasn’t connected any meaning to them yet—I think numbers are still too abstract of a concept for her, but it’s neat to hear her making the words! One of her new words that she has absolutely mastered the word-meaning connection is “fix it” or as she says it, “fissit”. We’ve been asking her for a while now, when things break or go wrong, if she “needs Mama/Dada to fix it?”. And now she will bring us the broken/wrong thing and say “fissit!” to which we will fix the broken/wrong thing and she will go back to her activity. Great, huh!? It is really wonderful when little pieces of communication like this fall into place.
- Adelaide’s hand-eye coordination must have recently taken a big jump forward because it seems like all of her toys have been given new life! The Rock-a-Stack, Busy-Poppin-Pals, and Baby’s First Blocks toys are just a few that she can now use properly. It’s nice to know that even though the toys say “6 months+” actual mental and physical capacity for playing with the toys as intended doesn’t kick in until they are 12 months+.
I’m sure there are more new things that I’m forgetting, but that just means I’ll have content for another post! She is growing so quickly, it’s getting hard to keep up. Just when I feel comfortable with the activities/food I have for her she goes and surprises me with something new. Oh well, such is the life of a mom!