So, little girl, you’re officially 7 1/2 months old and as usual I’m late with your little update. The last month has been one of the busiest since you were born and I feel like we’re only just starting to slow back down after the madness of Christmas & New Year. Combined with a total lack of routine and spending a lot of time in the midst of leap 6 it’s been as challenging as it has been wonderful.
Now that we are out the other side though, you’ve become so much more independent. You will happily sit and play without the need to be touching me ALL THE TIME and can finally get around on your own now that you’ve mastered the art of crawling. That’s right, you did it! You finally cracked it on New Years Eve and crawled your way all the way into 2018. Now that you can, you do it at speed! I’m not sure Alfie is entirely thrilled, as he is your main target at the moment and he waits for you to get to him before quickly jumping up and running away. You don’t seem to mind too much though as you just turn yourself around and seek him out again. You now have no problem in pulling yourself up on the side of the sofa and are an expert climber… if you see something you want, you get it and nothing stands in your way. Unless of course Mama or Daddy pick you up and place you right back where you started. That must be SO annoying. Sorry kid.
You also seem to be able to communicate your needs all of a sudden. Especially when you’re ready for bed. You come up to us and pretty much face plant our laps or cuddle in to our chests all of your own accord. I find it amazing how quickly you are learning this stuff. That doesn’t mean to say you then fall asleep soundly, you fight us to the very moment you fall asleep – Mama’s face is full of scratches where we’ve battled at nap time! In your own little way you tell me when you are hungry, whether you do or don’t want your milk.
Da da da da is still a main feature of your vocabulary, and you’ve started a new sound of ‘uuuuuummmmmm’ which we can’t work out if it’s the beginnings of Mum or not. It’s cute never the less. You’ve also started this really funny thing where you shout ‘Ha?’ over and over again to call one of us. When we get up in the morning the first thing you do is look around for Daddy and if yu can’t see him or if he’s already left for work you will call him until you either get a response or realise he’s not here. It’s very cute. You Roar too! We have your Uncle Dean to thank for that after you spent an entire evening roaring at each other.
You’ve been spending the odd afternoon here and there at Nanny’s house with her and Aunty Libby while I get some work done or blitz the house. You’re absolutely not phased one bit by it either which suprises me because the moment I step out of the room at home sometimes you cry and cry until I come along and give you a cuddle. You love seeing them and playing there.
Speaking of playing, it seems as though you have grown so much over the last few weeks, as you discover different ways to play. You received so many lovely toys for Christmas and it’s been so wonderful to watch you suss them out and work out how they work and what you need to do. You love anything that makes a noise, and while it took you a couple of weeks you are now a pro at paying the xylophone and the maraca. In fact, anything that makes a noise when it shakes is a winner for you. All I have to say is ‘Shake! Shake! Shake!’ and you go for it with such gusto you lose your balance. You love to impress and give the biggest smile when we clap after your musical masterpiece finishes. You also love boxes, baskets and toys that you can empty and fill back up. We store your toys in little storage boxes in the unit Daddy made and you confidently crawl over to them, pull them out and tip them over to see what’s inside. You’re just so clever! It amazes me every day.
You’re being a bit of a monkey when it coes to night time, only happy in Mama’s bed but that’s something we have to work on this month… Mama needs sleep!
But, my darling girl, as always you bring such joy and love into each and every day and I truly am loving every moment of being your Mummy. Until next month, love you x