|Vivian at 9 months
||[Jul. 8th, 2016|12:35 pm]
I missed an update for 8 months, so here's how she's changed in the last two months.
Vivian went from scooting around on her belly, to being able to lift up her torso and crawl around fluently during month 8. As soon as she could move around, she took to grabbing any convenient surface and standing. At first, she didn't know what to do from there, and would often stumble, but now she can walk around a bit as long as she has something to hold onto. Her balance is improving, and she can often lower herself back down without falling.
She loves to eat table food, especially bread, eggs, meat, blueberries, rice, and bits of orange. She has trouble feeding herself, but with a big enough piece of soft bread, she can reliably get it to her mouth. Small things get stuck in her fist or she drops them. Her two bottom incisors erupted just a little bit in the last week or so, making her by far the earliest of the four girls to develop teeth. I think all the others took over a year. She still nurses, for food and comfort. If she wants to nurse during the night she will tend to pull hair or poke mom in the face to get her attention, which we discourage.
She babbles a lot, with a few consistent sounds I count as words. "Nai-Nai" (milk) is used for food in general, and is used constantly when she is hungry. "Ma-Ma" is also used for food, especially when she wants to nurse or is frustrated. She can say "Da-Da" around me, but mostly just as babble rather than a specific request. She's most talkative after a long nap, and generally her best moods are in the morning if she is well rested. She can shake her head side-to-side to mean "no," such as if you give her a pacifier when she wants to nurse. She also shakes her head for entertainment or sometimes for no apparent reason. She can say "Uh-oh," which is the one word she will occasionally say when prompted. Not sure what it means to her, though. Sometimes she will say "uh-oh" when woken up from a nap, between cries.
She is very nervous if she is not next to a familiar adult constantly, preferring Mom most of all, then Dad. She loves her sisters (especially Michelle, who entertains her the most), but is upset if left with them away from a parent for a few moments. She is friendly to most strangers, and will sometimes wave "hi" spontaneously. But she's scared of being held by other people, even if dad is right there. She will also cry if she can't see me in the same room, and will crawl off to try to find me. She gets into everything, and likes to destroy books, papers, and stationary supplies. Our house is partially baby-proofed, but she keeps getting ahead of us as she becomes more mobile.