Tidbits on a Tuesday

8 Months and 5 days old, that’s 35 ½ weeks (yes I had to physically count it on the calendar) and here are just a few thing Ladybug likes, does or is into.

Food – We eat grown up food now, no more puree muck. Its semi along the lines of baby led weaning, but we did start with the puree food. Now, I don’t even moosh her food up. Here is the list of some of the things she likes (and we are trying new foods every day):

  • Tomato Flesh, no skin – This she must get from her Pa, cant possibly be from me!
  • Baby Corn
  • French Toast
  • Scrambled Egg – Another thing from her Pa
  • Laughing Cow Cheese Triangles – but Mommy has to hold them because she doesn’t like the texture in her hands
  • Cucumber Flesh
  • Biscuits
  • Peas
  • Beans
  • Mielies
  • Mum Mum Rusks
  • Yoghurt
  • Noodles
  • Rice
  • Gemsquash
  • Butternut
  • Sweet Potato
  • Chicken Vienna
  • Strawberries – they give her tummy cramps, but she loves them
  • Pasta – Especially Grandad’s homemade pasta
  • Banana
  • Banana puffs
  • Rice cakes

Mobility – I am trying to “slow down” Madame’s mobility, because I would really like Grasshopper Granny to see her first steps, but I have a feeling this isn’t going to work. She crawls like a demon, one minute she’s there, next she’s up the stairs and halfway down the passage. She beelines for everything she can pull herself up on and then stands there, sometimes forgetting to hold on. She stands on her own, unassisted for short periods of time. You can see her mind kicking it up a gear when she has to get from point A to point B – especially if it is close. She is figuring out that there is an easier way than sitting down in between, but now for her to realise it’s just a step she needs to take. She walks with you when you hold her hands, sometimes you only need to hold the one.

Vocabulary – I would like to think its growing, and she is actually figuring out that words have a meaning. She seems to use them in context, but maybe that is just me/us trying to attach context to them. Here are some of the “words” she says:

  • Gan Gan – when referring to her grandparents (only said when with them or when she wants to go to them)
  • Gan Gan Dada – Referring to her Grandad who is the apple of her eye and the substitute centre of her universe.
  • Yum Yum Yum – Generally said when eating
  • Mum Mum – She says this then pats me, before she used to call me from her cot by calling out Meme (short e) so it’s an improvement.
  • Ta – when you give her something and you say ta to her, she repeats it, but only when she has taken it.

Physically
Weight – Madame is over 10,5kgs and is getting bigger by the minute
Length – I have no clue, but 6 – 12 month babygrows are only going to last another few weeks ( I really should see how tall she is)
Hair – VERY blonde, thick and getting longer – I can put a paint brush pony tail in it, but she objects and well so does Grandma
Eyes – They are crystal blue, someone said they were blue like the ocean.
Teeth – we have 4 that are out. 2 on the top and 2 on the bottom; we have another 2 on the top busy coming through at the moment

Illnesses – We have had our fair share of illnesses and visits to the doctor. Winter was long and tough and trying on Mommy. We have dealt with fevers when teething and projectile vomiting (even in a restaurant while out for dinner) and we have come through it all. We have had

  • Bronchitis
  • Baby Measles
  • Conjunctivitis
  • Charfalitus
  • General full-of-shitness

Injuries – No child can possibly go injury free, not their entire childhood. It’s part of growing up, discovering that they can be fixed and the hurt is only there for a little bit before Mommy kisses it and makes it all better. So far we have:

  • Fallen off the couch
  • Had a number of blood noses
  • Bleeding gums from falling onto the cot at school
  • Scraped/scratched legs and arms
  • Bruise on her forehead
  • And right now, we sporting a wonderful shiner under our left eye (from our plastic chair jump-off)

Social Skills/Interactions – Teacher Ndosi calls Madame Miss Socialite at school, she is loved by all the kids and she loves them too. We run the gauntlet when getting to school in the morning and try make it to class without being noticed, hugged, kissed, loved, waved at etc by the other kids. We haven’t ever been successful on our gauntlet run. She loves to sing and dances. She giggles and laughs with you play with her. She gives you loves and kisses, when you ask and sometimes just randomly. She will look back at you to make sure you looking and give you a cheeky smile. She is confident in who she is (she was the only one in her class who didn’t cry this weekend at her concert). She can almost clap hands. She sticks our arms up in the air when we sing Twinkle Twinkle Little Star. She realises that people who interact with her on skype should be 3 dimensional, and she looks for them at the back of the iPad/Laptop, yet doesn’t do that when we watch Disney movies.

Favourite things

  • She is besotted with animals, all animals and can’t understand why Fluffy won’t let her eat her tail.
  • She loves water. She plays for ages in her bath and she loves swimming in her shell.
  • She still is a nudist and HATES clothing, but its summer and there is less clothes so she’s happier.
  • She loves her squeaky duck that Aunty Mandi gave her, she goes ape when she sees it.
  • She eats EVERYTHING – but loves eating barcodes off things in the shops and rocks
  • She loves playgroup and can now do some of the things that we do during playgroup, like scrunch up the scarves, shake the maracas and bang play the drums.
  • She loves reading, first you read her the story, then she reads it back to you.
  • She enjoys playing on her own and can do so for ages, as long as there are balls then she’s sorted.
  • She looks for me when she’s sleeping in my bed (we seem to be failing at the own bed thing), she moves her hand to touch me during the night or she will snuggle up into me, or (lately) she crawls up onto me and puts her head on my arm or chest and goes back to sleep as if to give me those extra cuddles.

Each day, I am amazed at just how much more human Madame is becoming. She is a real mini person now, who can interact with people, things and the environment she is in. I tend to forget just how young she is because of the things she does. I hate Monday mornings because I have to take her to school and they get to see the new mile stones being reached. They get to see how she grows minute by minute. I am shattered come Sunday night, she is hard work and busy busy busy, but I wouldn’t have it any other way! I will happily trade in all the mornings I slept away and all the wasted weekends of vegging during my teens/early adulthood, if it meant I could get extra (physical) time with Ladybug.

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