I must be honest, I have been slack at observation recently. She naps in my carrier during the day (no judgement please! We both love it). So when she is up, I try to fit in as many chores as possible cause it’s so much faster! I hear her laugh and coo and my heart throbs as much as I want to see her and cherish this, there is laundry (never ends!), cooking, cleaning, making resources….. I do peek in every few minutes and we do enjoy an awake time session in bed with lots of cuddles, kisses and books but mom guilt you know! It never feels enough. Observation helps me plan/ set up resources for her so they are all developmentally appropriate to where she is at. This month, she seemed to have grown so much everyday. Here are a few things I have observed…
- First time she laughed..a loud laugh!
- First time she bought her hands together consciously..
- First time she started doing airplane (developing core strength and precursor to rolling over).
- First time she lifted herself on her palms during tummy time aka push-up (at week 15).
- First time she was skidding forward during tummy time, looked like a combination of flying and swimming all at once :p
- She was moving heaps on back time, she would push her feet and go up.
- She started teething! It was frustrating for her because she could grasp her teething toys for long, so we used these instead.
- First time she stared napping in the pram. That is first day nap that was not on Mum!
- First month we ventured out everyday (mostly) to our local reserve.
- She started putting my hands in her mouth.
- After week 6, new faces overwhelmed her. This settled down after week 10, where she was more welcoming of all the cuddles our extended family and friends showered on her. We respected her decisions at all times.
- She has been obsessed with her (and other’s) hands and feet this month. She makes them go slow and then fast. Her movements don’t seem very robotic anymore.
- Her highlight of the day was our daily outdoor walk. She played ‘wait for the tree’, every time we came under a tree she would burst with excitement and joy.
- She was batting her mobiles all the time and would sometimes grasp them too. We will wait for another week before introducing the ring on ribbon as her grasping reflex is still developing.
- She was not very keen on rattles this month but loved reading books. Our current favorites are the indestructible books.
- Her conversations continued and her cooes vocabulary is getting richer with more consonant sounds.
- Everyday she tells us a bit more about who she really is! Her loud exuberant laughs, her endless cooes, her big screams when in car seat! Thanks Anika, what a pleasure to have you with us :-*
Please don’t look at above as what people call ‘milestones’ cause every child is so different and have their own pace. Anika is stronger in some areas and not in others. This blog is a reminder for me to observe more and to be more present (my mind is always a step ahead or behind!) cause before I know she will be going to school!