Gracie turned 8 months old yesterday. Robyn says that, by this age, our kids should be able to wave bye-bye, say “mama” or “dada,” crawl, stand, pull up onto their feet, and play patty cake. Uh, okay. The list doesn't say anything about standing backwards in the rocking chair and making it fly around. I made a list of what Gracie Anna is (and is not) doing. Please keep in mind that she is just like her mother, stubborn as can be. Thus, she only does these things when she wants to. (Oh, so frustrating!)
- Wave bye-bye and greet people she knows with enthusiasm
- Say dada consistently, when referring to her dad (no mama, of course!)
- Imitate noises others make – “hey” is the most frequent
- Get from one place to another – I can't, in good faith, call what she does crawling. It's more like a cross between crawling on her hands and knees and scooting on her bottom. She only moves one arm/leg combination, and she sort of drags the rest of her body along. (Fear not, I do not worry about her having trouble physically. She walks normally, with both legs.)
- Pull up to standing and let go without falling over (she can stand alone for less than ten seconds though – it doesn't last long)
- Walk around when holding onto something (like dad's hand or the couch or chair) – she's so good at this that it scares me.
- Push her toys around the floor, including the walk and her rocking chair
- Clap, especially when singing “If you're happy and you know it” or when she's excited about something
- Dance and wiggle to music
- Feed herself large pieces of food, like Club crackers (but only until it becomes a small food, then she loses it in her palm or on the floor – no pincer here yet)
- Communicate effectively using giggles, grunts, smiles, and the booboo face
- Shakes her head consistently signaling yes and no
- Trick her dad into making the airplane noise before every bite of food
- Drink from a sippy cup and regular cup without spilling much
- Press buttons, on the telephone, the remote control, or the camera, over and over again
- Bang things together to make noise
- Empty any container promptly by dumping or pulling the contents out one by one
- Look on the floor for an object she's dropped and expects me to pick up
- Plays “where's the baby?” (our own version of peek-a-boo) by removing the blanket hiding her without help – this is great fun
- Smile, chuckle, and laugh a hearty belly laugh
- Shred paper with the effectiveness of a paper shredder – I swear, this kid has made it her mission to tear up every square inch of paper in our house.
- Refuse the hugs and kisses of her mother and father
- Spit out food she dislikes, with force
- Remove her own diaper, if laying on her back
This isn't so much a skill, but she has two teeth in and a third ready to pop through any day now. She's nearly 24 pounds, and I'm not sure of her length. She's growing and developing entirely too fast, in my opinion. If you have the formula for a “newborn forever” pill, please contact me immediately.
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