Just lately Rose’s vocalisations have become a lot more complex. She makes noises that sound very similar to speech. In fact, they’re so similar that sometimes I swear she’s saying, “Blah, blah, blah,” to which Chris and I often respond, “Yes, Rose, I couldn’t agree more.” Sometimes it sounds like she wants to join in on the conversation so we stop and look at her when she’s talking, and then wait for her to stop before we start saying something in reply.
She’s become very dexterous with her hands. She can now pass an object from one hand to the next. She can also turn objects around in her hand. She loves this little yellow ball we have with a smiling face on it and a jingle object inside. She turns it around and around, possibly looking for where the sound comes from, possibly just marveling at it. We bought a couple of cool toys in San Francisco; one is a set of stacking cups which you can either use as cups, or clip together as a ball with objects inside, or stack them in a tower. I’ve been putting small objects in the cups and she loves taking them out, and then picking up two cups and banging them together. The other toy is a fishbowl with small soft fishes that squeak and jingle. We play at taking them out of the fishbowl and putting them back in. Dave and Laura gave Rose this awesome gadget called a “Mozart cube”. It plays different mozart tunes, and you can turn on and off different instruments to hear different parts of the song. You can also play all the instruments together. One day it will teach Rose about how instruments combine to create music, but for now she loves the flashing lights and the songs.
She isn’t crawling yet, but she’s definitely mobile. She gets up onto her hands and knees and rocks back and forth, but can’t quite work out how to use her hands and legs in combination to move forward. She also loves sitting up and playing with toys upright. You still have to monitor her quite closely, however, as she sometimes ambitiously grabs for something and overbalances, and topples over.
Books are still her favorite activity. She loves Poppy Cat, Busy Airport, and a new book “Baby Talk” which has pictures of baby faces, and flaps you can open. I find it a bit odd, to be honest, but she loves looking at the pictures of other babies.
She has temper tantrums, but not very often. One memorable day she wanted a breastfeed right after I’d pumped some milk, so there wasn’t much milk left in my breasts. She was clearly annoyed by how hard it was to get a decent feed, so she started pulling off, grunting angrily, and swinging at me with her little fists. She was annoyed!
At the moment our favorite nick-names for her are Rosie Roo, Figgy Pudding, Carrot-y Peas, Fartacus, and Pretty Girl.