Rebecca has been “creeping” (which I call “scooting”) for two months now, and a few times has crossed an entire room this way. But until a few days ago, she just wouldn’t crawl. She clearly wanted to, and would get up on all fours, but then would fall to one side or the other.
Within the last few days, she’s actually been moving while in the crawling position, though very awkwardly.
Today, she suddenly began speaking in clear syllables (made-up sounds).
Sure, she’s vocalized for a while (it was back in December when she said “a da” several times, each time clearly referring to me), but never repeated the sound more than a few times and always reverted to grunting or crying.
We were eating at a lunch buffet when she started saying (loudly) “ba ba ba ba” and so on. She would only stop to breathe and then keep saying it. When we returned home, she kept going with it. She didn’t appear to be referring to anything specific, just proud that she could make the sound.
I tried to coach her into saying similar sounds like “ma ma” or “pa pa”, but she was insistent that “ba ba ba” was her word of choice.
Then, right before my wife left for work at 7:40 p.m., when she told Rebecca, “Mommy has to go to work,” both of us swear Rebecca responded “Ma ma ga ba ba!” (When said aloud, it sounds like “Mommy go bye-bye”.) But then she returned to “ba ba ba” as my wife got in her car and left.
Speaking of my wife leaving for work…
If Rebecca is awake when her Mommy leaves, I’ve gotten in the habit of carrying her out to the car so she can see Mommy leaving. It seems to have had the desired effect: if Rebecca sees her Mommy leave, she won’t spend the next hour looking around the house for her.
Similarly, when my wife calls to say she’s coming home, if Rebecca is awake, I carry her out 10 or 12 minutes later so we can be outside when Mommy gets home. Rebecca still loves to look at our grass and tree, and likes to grab the bushes in front of the house. Sometimes I stand her on the trunk of my car (which is in the shade by this time), and Rebecca watches the other cars go by. Then I point out the small red car, and she watches it pull into our driveway and starts leaning forward expectantly.
These patterns probably help my wife and I more than they do Rebecca, at least right now, but it’s obvious that Rebecca is starting to figure out what’s happening.
She is also doing well with solid foods. Some of the foods she didn’t like before are now in the “like” column. She’s eating pears, carrots, apples, bananas, yams, butternut squash, and avocado. She’s taking up to two ounces at a time, first in the morning and then in the early afternoon, and sometimes eats a frozen chunk of it in her mesh container (pictured here), for a total of five ounces a day. This is in addition to 40 or 50 ounces of human milk each day.
That’s three pounds a day (or more) this girl is consuming. Our bathroom scale is pitiful, but it’s showing Rebecca weighs just under 16 pounds right now.
Even using her corrected age of six months, she’s behind my own growth. At six months, I was 18 lbs., 14 oz. Rebecca’s actual age is 7.5 months, and I weighed over 20 pounds at that point. We don’t have a growth chart for my wife as a baby.