|Vivian at 10 months
||[Aug. 16th, 2016|08:57 pm]
Now that Vivian is 10 months (I almost called her Michelle again), it's time for an update on her development. Vivian is very active these days. She crawls around at good speed, and takes every opportunity to grab something and stand up. She can stand unaided for a few seconds, then carefully lowers herself onto her butt and crawls off. She can open drawers, doors and cabinets, and will merrily disperse the contents. Most everything goes in her mouth for at least a taste. She likes to eat paper, which we discourage.
She is fine crawling off on her own at home, but if she has been left without mom or dad for a bit, she becomes extremely clingy when we return. She still nurses, but enjoys a variety of solid foods, including meat, bread, berries, baby biscuits, eggs, and much else. She becomes irate watching adults eat if we do not give her "tribute" by letting her try things.
She babbles constantly, but only has a few true words. "Nai" (milk) is used when she is hungry, wants milk, wants Mom, or wants to talk about her love of milk. "Da Da" is used in babble when I'm around, but not consistently. "Uh oh" is one of her favorite words, but she uses it in contexts when it doesn't obviously apply. "Ma" was used she was hungry and irate, but seems to be replaced by "Nai" these days. She probably has other words, but they are mixed in with babble and not well developed yet.
She takes 2-3 naps a day, and sleeps at night on average from 11 to 7 or so. She likes to rotate in bed to be sideways or with her head towards the foot of the bed. Sometimes she falls off, but she prefers the bed to a crib. She will wake up often if she's on her own and not calm down until a parent is next to her. She likes a pacifier for comfort, but not if it's used to try to shut her up or make her go to sleep. She has a sense of humor, and enjoys ridiculous things, such as an adult pretending to act like a baby.
She's getting longer, but not much heavier as she moves around a lot more. Her eyes are still grey-blue, but are starting to show hints of brown at the center. She likes going out on walks and drives to see new things, unless she is tired. She hates shoes and socks, and is usually barefooted around the house or in her stroller. They wind up on the floor or in her mouth (or worse, both).