And, now I will proceed to brag, um, document, all about my precious little baby girl:
1. She began walking at 10 months and now full-force walks and is getting very fast. I anticipate running by her birthday.
2. She signs "dog" properly and has her own signing version of "more", "all done", "water" and "cat". She also waves bye-bye.
3. At 7 months, she said "ca(t)" all day long but her obsession has switched to all things dogs. She now says "do(g)" and I'm pretty sure she says "a(ll) go(ne)" but I need somebody else to make that one official. She also says "Dada" and "Mama" but not super consistently and sadly, the mama is only when she is crying and devastated.
4. Which brings me to the fact that the baby cries all.day.long. Her little world falls apart on a regular basis. Head in her hands, drop to the ground, sobbing hysterically. It's pretty dramatic and she is not easily convinced that everything is a-ok.
5. She is a climber. She hikes up that little right leg a million times a day and is beyond excited when it actually catches on something for her to climb on to.
6. She jumps on command.
7. She is a peek-a-boo pro and has taken the game to a new level never before seen in this house.
8. Henry brings her the most joy in her life but also causes the most pain. It's heartbreaking.
9. Liza gets off the couch all by her big girl self.
10. She has a 6th sense that alerts her when I am in bed and comfortably reading a back issue of National Geographic. Be it 11 or 8, she knows and she takes her cue to wake up and need her mama.
11. She nurses every 2 hours during the day.
12. Two words. Crap napper.
13. She nurses quite a bit during the night but seems to be sleeping longer stretches on her own.
14. We still get comments about how beautiful she is every time we are in public. I've gotten better about gracious thank-yous rather than vigorously nodding my head in agreement and saying, "I know! Isn't she beautiful?".
15. She "plays" at the park now. The stairs are her best friend and she is so bold as to walk up holding onto the low rail them rather than climbing like a baby.
16. At home, her favorite things are: the fridge, the dishwasher, the trash can and the recycling bin. Obviously, it's pretty hard to be productive in the kitchen with her underfoot.
17. She is starting to really like books. She likes getting the board books out of the bins, turn the pages and point to the pictures. I think she is a genius.
18. She is highly opinionated and it is a sad sad scene if you want her to do something she doesn't want to do.
19. Walks are still mostly with her in the baby carrier. She tolerates the stroller for a while but once she is done, she is done. I tell myself this is a good thing because it gets my heart rate up while walking fast but secretly, I would much prefer her little butt to be happy in the stroller.
20. I love the way her dresses can double as shirts as she grows. She wears a range of sizes from 0-3 months to 12-18 months. Little girl clothes are cute and I really like putting her in cute outfits every day. It's almost ridiculous.
I am pretty sure she is the sweetest, most loving, most brilliant little baby girl that has ever walked this earth. Love her.