So, the girl is walking now. She decided that it would be okay for her to walk before her 9 months birthday. So, she's been walking for weeks, and has been consistently gaining speed. Not running yet, but nearly so. Must keep up with so siblings, you know.
I've been meaning to record for myself and the internet a cute Adelle move. She's been doing it for several months, and it could disappear at any time. It actually started as a "bump bump": When lying on her back, she would
lift her bottom from the floor, and then drop it back down. Bump, bump,
you know? Wiggly girl.
Verbal description: Kicking her legs straight down from her hips. She pulls up her knees, and kicks down, as if she were jumping. She does this when she is lying down. She does this when she is being held. She does this probably when standing, but it looks like jumping. Or squatting several times in a row.
When used: in frustration or anger. If we're holding her, and she want down she kicks. If she's lying down, and she's impatiently waiting for her diaper change. If we laid her down because she's super sleepy, but she doesn't want to go to sleep. Any of those times, she brings out this move. If she simply doesn't like what we're doing, or how long it's taking, the legs start moving.
She's very smiley now - she laughs at many things. She claps. She "yells" at me when I'm not paying enough attention to her.
She dances, too, but I can never get it on camera. Every time I get the camera out, she hurries over so she can get it.
She's trying out some sounds - she says "uh-oh," but she doesn't use it for uh-oh moments. Just any time, whenever she likes. I think she likes that when she says it, we parrot it back to her. Still waiting on the "first word."
Adelle is 10 months old. At her last measure, she was 18.5 pounds, and 28.5 inches. If she
follows the pattern of my other kids, she'll stay at about 18 or 19 pounds
for the next year, and very slowly add on some weight. She still
nursing quite regularly, but she does enjoy snacking on solids. She
likes to have her own, and she'll steal food from other people's
plates. Watch out, is all I'm saying.
Her name is apparently on the list of fastest-rising baby girl names. FAN-tastic. That means we'll encounter a bunch of little Adel(l)es running around the playground over the next several years. I haven't yet encountered another baby Adel(l)e though. I suppose rising in the ranks quickly doesn't mean a lot - I think the last time I looked, it was ranked about 627, so even jumping up to 200 wouldn't put it in the same league as Elizabeth (hello top 20!)
Eventually, I'll need to figure out my photos and this new mac. I haven't uploaded any photos in months - they're all sitting on the camera card, waiting for me to get my act together. I think I'm almost there.
So, until then, imagine a sweet brown-haired, blue-eyed baby, toddling around, and looking remarkably cute (and clever).