It was bound to happen at some point, i suppose. A has been working hard on standing on her own, and she’s able to maintain it for a dozen seconds or so now. Sometimes she gets so excited that she starts to bounce up and down, which usually ends up with her sitting unexpectedly.
A few days ago she stood up next to the coffee table, a common place for her to stand and play with her toys. She lost her balance and fell down. Unfortunately, on her way down she bumped her head & bit her lip. I panicked – her lip was bloody and I couldn’t tell right away how bad it was. She was upset and crying, understandably. After a cold wash cloth, i could see the two tiny scrapes on her lip matching her two upper teeth. The cold cloth seemed to help soothe the pain, and within a few minutes she was back to puttering around as if nothing had happened.
Over the weekend her bottom lip looked particularly rosy due to the scrapes, but they’re completely gone, the whole thing forgotten now. I felt a flash of guilt when it happened, that I should have been able to keep her from falling, but of course that’s ridiculous. Kids get bumps and bruises, it’s a part of life, and it wasn’t at all serious. She’s quite resilient and forgets about these things quickly, which seems like a good character trait. I suppose we can’t learn to dust ourselves off and move on unless we take a few tumbles first.
The holidays were lovely and long, since I had a whopping 3 weeks off work. I felt a bit spoiled by the break, and loved being back home with A. It’s good to get out and be with adults during the day, but part of me wants to be home to see each and every thing A does and be present for all her milestones.
Now that she’s a year old, A has been working hard to earn the title of toddler. Over the past couple weeks, she’s been trying to stand all by herself. The process usually involves her rocking herself into a crouch. From there, she’ll rock herself forward, trying to use momentum to get her upright. She doesn’t last long, and can sit herself down, reversing the movement she used to get to standing. Falls and bumps are thankfully infrequent.
A’s freestanding record so far is a whopping 11 seconds. She’s trying to stand throughout the day and it’s so exciting to see her trying! Less awesome is the fact that her favourite locations to practice are the change table & the bathtub. My little girl is growing up! I’m excited at the prospect of her learning to walk, and I’m already eyeing the parts of the house that need advanced babyproofing. That will be this weekend’s plan I suspect.
In other milestone news, A’s also said her first word: dog. She loves pointing at our two dogs & saying “Gog! Gogogogogog.” Between our home & her grandparents’ house she regularly sees 3 different dogs so I’m not surprised. One of our dogs gives her a wide berth but the other loves showering A with kisses (which make her giggle) and loves getting pats in return (A’s learning to be gentle with the dogs, and loves handing them their toys).
I’m looking forward to seeing what new words she latches onto next. She’s using baby sign language a little bit, and understands even more, so I wonder whether she’d be inclined to speak words that she can sign, or at least recognize, or whether she’d work to learn words that she can’t already communicate. This is a fascinating time in her life, for sure.
We went out to visit friends this past Monday and had a great time. Dinner was great, we exchanged a few presents, and A even let herself be held by someone other than her parents.
Trish, our hostess, makes fabulous cakes and cupcakes. (You can find her work here). She passed along a few mini cupcakes to us so we could celebrate A’s birthday with some yummy homemade goodies.
After lunch, I decided to see what A thought of her cupcakes, and put one out for her. She considered it for a moment, and then started crying. I immediately removed it (What else could I do? I ate it.) and she calmed down. Kids have weird things that set them off, and cupcakes are apparently one of A’s.
A and the offending cupcake