The Weekly Peanut, Issue 15
I suppose if we had to name a "theme" for the past week it would be "NO NO NO, LET ME DO IT!" My fiercely independent peanut has definitely reached a new leap in her mental development. My baby is no longer an infant, she is a toddler.
Exhibit A: After months of indifference toward the sippy cup, Daphne has suddenly embraced it. She INSISTS on having water with every meal now (Duh, Mommy, gotta wash down all that avocado). So far she (and we) prefer the munchkin click sippy cups. The handle-free ones are a great size for cup-holders, fit in all the stroller pockets, and don't seem to leak no matter how hard I shake them. This is helpful, since she's very fond of throwing them.
Exhibit B: Although we probably could have put it off a little longer, I decided to go ahead and put in the "big girl" convertible car seats. No more baby car seat/carrier.
Exhibit C: She is talking. I may not understand it, but she is definitely carrying on conversation with anyone/thing that will "listen" to her. She babbles to her toys, she babbles to us. She DEFINITELY has extensive tete-a-tete's with her new BFF, Jackson. Seriously, these two are ridiculous. She tosses his toys for him (sort of) and gives him endless belly rubs.
Exhibit D: Walking. So recently a tentative and new activity, it is now what she does ALL THE TIME. On Saturday we went to Universal with some family, and my fearless peanut was tottering around wherever we'd let her. She's also wearing shoes.
Exhibit E: New activities. Less than a month ago, we took Daphne to our friends' house to try out swimming. DI-SAS-TER. She screamed the whole time. We decided to try again on Memorial Day. This was the result.
Exhibit F: Understanding. Daphne has started watching us much more intently and interacting more. Last night she was trying to gum Ian's cell phone. I told her, "No, D, that's not what we do with phones. This is what we do with phones." I showed her how to hold the phone and talk on it. She stared at me really hard. So I called the phone she was playing with and answered it for her. I talked into the phone. She stared at it, then me, phone, me, phone, me... and then... she took the phone and lifted it to her ear. BRILLIANT CHILD IS BRILLIANT!! She also (for the first time) managed to put a ring onto her ring stacker. In her new car seat, after slurping on her sippy cup, she placed it back in the cup holder. There was an amazing span of a good 5-10 minutes at Universal when we were eating lunch when Daphne was sitting on Ian's lap and her 2-year-old cousin, Aria, was sitting on their cousin David's lap. The two of them kept going back and forth tickling each other and shrieking. I. DIE.