She’s a mover and a (head) shaker.  The past month was full of developmental milestones and fun times.

  • On the move.  In very quick succession this month, Hazel learned to go from sitting, to hands and knees, to crawling, and up on her knees pulling up on the coffee table.  She’s everywhere already!
  • Look out, Miles.  Remember how you were always taking the toys from her hands?  Back at ya, big bro.
  • Bath time fun time.  I took the infant insert out of the bath tub and viola! Bath time is now super fun.  She sits and splashes, plays with toys and tries to pull up on the side of the tub.  She usually gets a bath in the morning, after eating an epic breakfast.  I usually have to hose her down first, so she doesn’t get the bath too dirty.
  • Speaking of breakfast…Hazel is loving food.  We are doing 90% BLW (aka Feed Yo Self), and I am amazed how little she drops (unless it’s intentional.  ahem, broccoli) and how much goes down.  We’ve moved on from tropical fruits, and she has sampled rice and oatmeal, plus several from the nightshade family, including potatoes and eggplant.
  • Fine motor.  All the feeding herself has developed Hazel’s hands and she is good at picking stuff up.  I think it’s time to get going on the sign language too; the other day she woke up from her nap, stared at her hand for a minute then watched it open and close, open and close.  I remember this from Miles, it’s waving!  So sweet.  She is also into shaking her head, back and forth.  Not sure if its interpretation of “no” (maybe not, she does it while smiling), but it’s pretty funny.  She claps by smacking her hands on the table or floor, but not together yet.
  • Sleeping is going well.  She sleeps about 11 hours at a stretch at night, getting her to 5am (yes, she still goes to bed at 6).  I get up to feed her and she goes back down for a couple hours.  There were a few nights where she went right through to 6:30am, as a teaser.  Typically she takes 2 naps a day, morning and afternoon.  Trying not to be too regimental and relax a bit on the sleep stuff.
  • Favorite things…all the things she’s not supposed to have: plastic bags, leaves, sticks and rocks.  Older boys, the car, being out after bedtime (just kidding on those last three, thankfully.)
  • We’ve started reading to her (just to her, not letting her overhear Miles’ stories), and she loves to look at the pages and try to eat the book.  Sandra Boynton’s Moo, Baa, LaLaLa is a current favorite.
  • Still has a bit of separation anxiety, but we’re working around it.  I am working on not feeling bad about it, which helps the whole situation.  She’s a chubby thing, and wears 12 month clothes already!  More sickness this last month, snot and a barking cough, poor thing.  Baby talk is developing: Bla-bla-bla, mamama.  Her smiles are few and far between, but pure gold when she finally delivers them, proving the best things are worth waiting for.