Our littlest lady has definitely taken off in the developmental area of things.
The biggest milestone? Well, that would be walking. She isn’t quite to the point of just taking off all the time, but she’ll walk a few steps here an there to get where she wants to go. The max at this point is about 4 steps. It’s so funny. She could go way farther, but just lacks the confidence. Most of the time, she gets to those 4 steps, then lowers herself to the ground (completely vertically, she has great balance and her legs are super strong) and then just takes off crawling. She’s SO fast! Our pediatrician commented at her last well-check that we should look out for her speed. She told us that tiny babies are often much faster. She wasn’t kidding.
Emma is also getting much better in the speech department. We decided before she was born that we would be teaching her sign language. I have a 2-year-old nephew that was born deaf so it really was important to us that we could communicate with him and wanted Emma to learn quickly as well. So far she can sign, “more”, “eat”, and “all done/finished” clearly, with about 2 or 3 more signs that we understand but need some clarification before others can. She also says “Mama” and “Dada” on a regular basis, and occasionally “done”, “yeah”, and “huh?”. The latter is my favorite (other than “Mama”, of course!). She is so cute when she does it. We’ll ask her something and she will turn towards us, raise her eyebrows, put her hands up and say, “huh?” and then waits for us to ask again. It always makes me laugh.
Right now I’m kind of at a crossroads when it comes to feeding Emma. She is really starting to pull away from eating pureed foods, and sometimes even refuses to eat things that are more textured. She will always eat foods that I cut up and put on her tray, but she can’t always eat what we’re eating. She only has the front 2 bottom teeth, so I’m a bit leary of giving her foods that require more chewing. This last week we went on a family camping trip for Evan’s family reunion. Because I didn’t have access to a freezer, I bought commercially prepared baby food for Emma. Bad idea. She would AT MOST eat 3 bites before refusing it. I ended up driving into town to buy Greek yogurt (a staple in Emma’s diet), frozen peas/carrots that could just chill in the cooler, and packaged oatmeal for her to eat. We filled in the holes by just giving her whatever we were eating. Even now that we are home, she doesn’t want to eat the remainder of the baby food I bought. She’ll still eat the baby food I make, but only about 1/2 of what she used to take. She’s not picky at the types of food I give her, just as long as it’s “big people” food.
Now if only she’d get a few more teeth!
She is still super small, but is she ever mighty! At her 9 month well-check (that was actually at 10 months due to the Dr.’s schedule) she was 15 lbs. 3 oz. and 28″ tall. Her pediatrician has been really happy with her growth because she has actually been sticking to a trend. Over the winter months she was so sick with so many viruses that it actually kept her from growing. Now that she’s been healthy, she’s growing at the correct rate – meaning, she’s gaining the correct amount of weight between checkups. It’s likely that she’ll stay tiny for a while, but I think she’ll catch up eventually.
Luckily I’ve been able to continue nursing. I was worried for a bit because it seemed like she wasn’t getting as much as I’d have liked. Of course, the Dr. wasn’t worried seeing as her growth as been steady, and the lactation consultants all assured me that she probably just had an efficient tongue that drained the breast quickly. I’ve been trying to relax, but I still don’t feel quite right about it. There’s always something to worry about.
So, there you have it. Emma in a nutshell. Life is good.