Well, okay, not quite walking and talking, but it doesn’t feel like we’re far off that some days!
I last gave a proper update about Isabel in May as she turned 6 months. She had been sitting up for a while and we’d just started introducing her to solids using the “BLW” method (aka give her what you’re having). She’s now 9 months old and since then she’s been chowing down on more foods than I care to remember… from homemade chicken curry and spaghetti bolognese, to raw veggies, fruits, and stir fry. There’s not a lot she won’t eat, and the nappies will back me up on that ;)
We’re “still” breastfeeding (but not hourly any more, heh).
Her coordination and motor skills never fail to amaze me. She’s well on target with all the relevant milestones. She claps, points, has her pincer grasp etc. She did her first proper crawl while my Dad was over a while back, and nothing has stopped her since. In fact, we’ve just had to install a safety gate to stop her getting in the kitchen and stealing the cats food as, although I am always watching her, I like to make my job easier :D
Of course, this does mean that getting dressed and nappy changes are a battle each time. She just doesn’t want to keep still, so result in screeches and kicks. I’m thinking of rolling out the duct tape…
More recently she’s learned to pull herself up on furniture, and likes to push herself up onto all fours on the ground. I don’t think it’ll be long before she’s cruising along the front of the sofa, and from there… eek, walking!
She said her first word on the 8th August — “Daddy” — and I’m hoping the mamamama babbles will develop into Mummy soon too. She’s very spirited with her ‘talking’, giving us streams of doo, goo, ee, gee, shoo, etc. She has a range of funny noises that we’ve nicknamed; from “dying baby” (sharp intake of breath) to coffee machine (shh-eeee-ooo-sshhh).
As I’m back to work in November, we’re doing the rounds of the nearby nurseries (daycare). It’s incredibly difficult having to come to terms with the fact that I won’t be at home with my baby all day every day, but at the moment, and for the foreseeable future, it’s for the best (certainly financially). It will give me chance to boost my savings and for us to finally start the process of buying a house, at which point I can look more seriously about my future. Unfortunately though, the nursery we saw yesterday was a bit of a dump and certainly doesn’t make this any easier. Let’s hope the one we’re seeing on Thursday is more in tune with what I want for my daughter :)