Wednesday, February 8, 2012

11 Months!

Sweet Beatrice is knocking on the first anniversary of her birth. That's right, 11 whole months old today.

Just look at her, our little Baby Goo, and tell me you don't want to just munch her!

Bea has actually had some pretty big developmental leaps in the last month.  She's proving herself an 11th month old, although it's hard for us all to believe it.

What's new with Beatrice these days?

  • She doesn't want to be fed anything at all anymore. She will just take care of that all by herself, thank you very much.  To date her favorite foods are ravioli, rice, grilled chicken, steamed peas, crackers and kefir by the gallon.  And the little lady has never meant a soft cheese she didn't like. (So funny since she couldn't get near dairy for 8 months!)  She has 8 whole teeth now, and she's not afraid to use them!
  • She is super mobile.  She went from crawling to crawling with one foot up to move faster, to cruising furniture, to pushing anything she is strong enough to move around the house and SHE TOOK THREE STEPS OVER THE WEEKEND!  My mom, Josie and I were sitting in the living room and I said "Bea, show Grandma how you can stand up by yourself." So, I stood her up, let go and 1,2,3 she walked toward me.  I think all three of our jaws hit the floor. Bea wasn't quite sure what to think. And Josie says funny things like, "Awwww, she's getting so big." She took two more steps on her own this morning. 
  • Bea has started to sign. Her first official sign was "cat" and her other big favorites right now are "all done" and the ever-popular "milk" and "more."  She really just starting signing with intention this week so now that we know she is ready we will start signing even more.
  • She has a lot to say these days. That "doh, doh, doh" is most definitely "Jo" which is adorable.  She's got "Mama" and "Dada" down and I am thinking her "Yaya" is probably the end of "Mariah" (our nanny).  
  • Her favorite toys right now are anything that makes music, her push toys and balls. Of course she also loves all the classic favorites like opening and closing drawers and cabinets, climbing stairs, and chasing her sister around.  She's just made the leap to putting the shapes into the sorter correctly and being really deliberate about banging the balls on the pounding bench.
  • And she's getting into books more and more. (Josie's early favorite "Charlie Monkey" was a first favorite for Bea as well.)
  • All in all, she still amazes everyone with her placidness. She's one zen little being and boy do we love her so! 

Here's a little video of mobile Bea who will push around anything she is strong enough to move. She and Josie had just finished playing together with the building kit for several minutes. It's too adorable to watch Josie explaining things to her.