Dreamer is ten months old!
I haven't actually done one of these "how many months old she is" posts in a while.
She's crawling and zooming around in her walker. She'll even walk with me when I hold her hands, though she'd typically rather either be carried or let go of me and crawl by herself. Well, sort of by herself. Often she likes when I pace with her while she crawls.
One destination she loves to crawl to is wherever the cats are! Princess will run away from her, which is probably pretty smart of her. Vex, however, will let himself be caught. Dreamer is very enthusiastic about petting him... and crawling over him, sitting on his head and trying to bite his tail. I am trying to teach her "gentle" but have only been somewhat effective. However, Vex is exceedingly patient and loves to play with her. The other day I was feeling really bad for him and scooped him up when she was refusing to stop standing up and stepping on him (while holding on to the sides of her pack n play) so I rescued him, setting him on the couch. She started to cry and I was turning to her to tell her she needed to be nice to the kitty... when Vex jumped back in! He was perfectly content to let her stomp and grab and beat on him, he was having fun playing with his friend!
She's our little chatterbug and makes lots of enthusiastic vocalizations, but no words yet. We had thought she had a first word a couple weeks ago, she seemed to be saying 'no"... then she stopped doing it. But she's still shaking her head "no" sometimes! She's communicating with us more and more with body language like that. And she's very responsive to things we say, she obviously understands things like "Want me to pick you up?" and "No!"
She tends to try to charm her way out of correction. She'll flutter her eyelashes and tip her head to one side and grin like someone trying to flirt their way out of a traffic ticket. It's hilarious! Of course we only tell her no when it's something she really shouldn't be doing, so it doesn't work. Things like trying to stick her finger in a socket, yank on my hair, or eat a flip-flop.
She's eating a lot of solids now, though thankfully not flip-flops. She likes finger foods she can feed herself best, like bits of toast. She likes applesauce, but gets impatient being fed things like that. Hmm, what else has she had recently? Sweet potatoes, bananas, peas, peanut butter, cheese, chicken, and even oatmeal cookies. There's still a lot we want to introduce to her to, like yogurt. And some things I need to make more often, like spinach. But she's increasing her diet.
We're still going really strong with breastfeeding too though, which is good. She's additionally drinking water as well, as you're supposed to with solids but is even more important now because.. it's really hot!
Summer has arrived here in Gurgaon. Certainly not peaked, but most days by 11am I have melted into a pile of wax on the floor. Ha! We're supposed to get our air conditioner installed soon, but right now we're just using ceiling fans. And actually the past few days haven't been so bad. ?And it's nothing compared to how hot it soon will be, so I'm trying to get us outside more, since it'll be miserable later.
This past week we went to a playgroup thing by auto. This is our fun picture going...
I intended to take pictures there, but was distracted. Sadly, there were not other babies there, only children. But Dreamer liked it nonetheless and after 20 minutes was okay not being in my arms (sitting next to me, one arm on my leg) and after 45 minutes was crawling around the room... which might not sound like a big deal but that's huge for my little shy girl! She usually refuses to leave my arms for hours of being out of our house, she's just so shy and uncomfortable in strange situations. She was even crawling up to people she'd never met and offering them her hand! I was very happy about that. Aside from her grandparents, Ryan and I she has generally been very reticent to approach people unless being held by me or one of them (and generally only I will do) so this was definite progress!