12.5 months now. Just want to write down what’s happening because it all goes by so fast.
Baby E is really fond of saying bye bye to everything right now. I think it means both hello and bye bye. Sometimes she will say hi too, but usually it’s bye bye everything with the corresponding open/shut hand “wave”. She’s even replaced her “all done” sign with “bye bye” + hand wave…it must be more efficient. She says/waves bye when she reaches the end of a book, throws away her diaper in the garbage, sees daddy leave the room, closes the fridge or the dishwasher, puts away toys…
She loves babies. Any small child or doll or animal or picture of one is currently a “baby” or “beebee” and gets a point (see pointing below). Will enthusiastically hug stuffed animals and dolls (we have a couple of androgynous soft dolls from ikea…one asian one that looks like mummy and a blond one that looks like daddy). She has even replaced her “buh” words for “bear” and “bird” with “baby”. Why not lump them all together for now?! And they all get the overgeneralized bye bye hand motion, which I’m sure originated as a merge between “bye bye” and the approximation for the “bird” sign.
Also, one funny story about perception…We bought those meatballs from Ikea, and I had Baby E on my lap, eating dinner, and she kept pointing to my meatballs and saying “baby”, over and over again. I kept saying “meatball, not baby”. She finally grabs this small portrait picture of a cute smiling black kid (she loves this picture) that came as the filler pic in one of our “baby’s first christmas” ornaments from last year (that I haven’t gotten around to replacing) that was still on the dining room table, and emphatically places it in my bowl of meatballs. I don’t know if I’m connecting too many dots here, but then I saw it. Smiling black baby’s head was approximately the same size, shape, and colour as the meatballs in my bowl. And then I just howled with laughter, because maybe all that time, she had seen something I hadn’t. Yes, baby. Baby baby baby!
Today, she actually said “da da” to the right person. Granted, she was primed, because Steve was just wandering from the bedroom to the shower, and I told baby E to “go say hi to daddy”. As Steve walked by, she said “da da”. And both of us reacted with excited praise, because she hasn’t really done that before today.
She repeats this (quietly) after any words I say that contain the “sh” sound. Like “fish”. Just “shhhhhhh shh shhhh”. no “fi” yet, but with context you can definitely tell she’s trying.
- the point & the emphatic point.
She now points at my chest (actually, will poke my chest quite emphatically if I’m holding her) if she wants milk. Then when I say, “do you want milk?” she will sign for milk. Which is again, a repeat of that same open/close multipurpose hand sign, but with context, most definitely means milk, and not bye bye, or bird, hah!
She points at where ever she wants to go, or what she wants to play with (if it’s out of reach). If she wants it a lot, she will point, arm fully extended, retract that arm, and point again (and repeat). It’s quite funny. I call it the emphatic point.
This, of course, means no. The yes nod has been attempted a couple times, mostly mimicking adults who have tried to teach her. She sort of throws her head back in a gigantic roar. So she doesn’t nod yes yet. It’s just no. NONONONONONONONONO.
She also just learned to walk. She took 2 steps the day before her first birthday, almost by accident, and then we went away to Mexico, where she took several more steps (maximum 5 at a time), but explored quite confidently if I was holding her hand(s). Then we got back to YVR, and Steve took her out of the Baby Bjorn while we were waiting for our bags at the carousel. He plopped her on the floor, and she just took off! For real! Then fell, then got up and kept on walking! (then fell, then got up and walked some more). She now can walk, slowly, and carefully, but she does do it, unless she needs to get somewhere quickly, then speed crawling to the destination is employed.