So before Zi turns 11 months, I just wanted to update on her 10 month milestones. She eats rice and solid veggies now, ground up, still drinks from the bottle and nurses. At night, I nurse her up until morning. She wakes up a little here and there, maybe 2-3 times but lately, she’s been fussy and wakes more frequently because she’s teething. She’s growing in her 4 top teeth at the same time, so she’s clingy, cranky, but still adorable- adorably exhausting. To think she still has so much more teeth to go! She’s so much faster with walking and now only walks instead of crawls. She’s such a pro at getting herself to standing position without any props, or grunting for that matter. She also knows how to get down a step or from a higher to lower height. She’s mastered that before learning how to get all the way to the top of the stairs. It’s become a challenge leaving her alone next to stairs because she’ll take the physical challenge. She also knows how to point to something she wants to eat or play with. She can point to her nose and locate it when you […]
Zienne is 10 months, almost 11. Things have been quite busy, with all the whirlwind preparations for the upcoming move, my little ring selling…thing…and of course, the responsibilities at church, and a very clingy teething baby with her almost-five-year-old-sister, who is preparing to attend kindergarten this year. With all the busyness, Zi has mastered getting up from sitting position to standing and then walking. She has this cute grunting sound, like a muffled war cry of determination. And once she’s up, she’ll smile, knowing that she’s accomplished something ‘big-girl-ish’. She’s on her way to becoming like everyone else she sees around her, mobile on two feet. She can take more than 15 steps at a time then fall down on her bum, or squat down to reach for something, then get back up again. She is also VERY good with climbing things. She uses everything as a stool to attain a new height, and can even climb to the top of the sofa. With getting down, she realizes this is a bit tricky, but she has also figured out a way how to get one step down. She’ll near the edge, then swing one leg to dangle down, then turn […]
At 8 months, Zi’s gotten the courage to test her own leg strength and balance standing up independently. She uses props to get up then lets go, looks around for a willing crowd, then smiles because she knows she’s done something new, and probably to her, something amazing, a completely new feeling of steps to being a big girl like her Ate. When she does this, I can imagine her glee, knowing her stark difference compared to everyone else walking vertically while she is limited to mobility by crawling. Today, she decided to multitask and clap along with us, because mind you, it is somewhat of a miracle when one learns to stand up. That, like in life, deserves an applause. So, with the help of her very supportive and encouraging sister (who by the way really deserves a lot of credit for getting Zi to practice standing), our adorable subject is captured on video: She stood up much longer but I decided to clip the video because for a good few seconds, I’m in the front and you can’t see Zi standing.
Mobility So, as Zi’s 5th month was devoted to independently sitting, her 6th month was an obvious project to kick start her crawling. The week she turned six months, she started getting on all fours, lifting her tummy off the floor, and trying to rock back and forth. She tries so hard to reach objects this way, but ends up inching little by little somehow until she obtains her desired destination. Sometimes, she falls then gets back up again, and sometimes she can lift one arm and pivot/turn. But her first two weeks of 6 months, she’s ditched sitting activity so she can try to crawl. With huge smiles of achievement and fascination of her newest feat, she’ll look at us with pride. Here’s footage, the 1st week she turned 6 months: Solids We started feeding her solids at five months, so we’re continuing with that. The doctor says to delay giving her too much food too soon because when they grow up, they end up more constipated. I want to hold off from giving her juice, like we did with emma because it might be full of sugar and they don’t really need it yet. Also, drinking juice deters […]
Zi sits up a lot now @ 5 months. Pictured, she’s wearing her Lola Nene’s gift that was passed down from Ate Emma. She was very happy this morning, so I decided to take some pictures before she turns 18. hahah. It goes by soooo fast 🙁 …
Solids Last Sunday, Zi had her first taste of solids. Her Lolo Bio lovingly made her some lugaw (porridge), very very bland watered down rice. Recently, she’s been so curious about foods, staring intently at what people are eating and reproducing similar mandibular movements. Yay, another milestone. The picture on the left is Zienne, after she was fed the lugaw, with some leftover pieces of rice still in her mouth. It was taken right before church that morning. What a great way to start a Sunday! It’s funny because on Sundays, I’m so busy with choir, playing piano, or praise & worship…so I tend to leave Zi with her Lola or Perze, the youth who adore her, or the older moms who miss carrying an infant. They end up sometimes playing with food and giving her a little taste of fruit…I think she’s ready. Sitting She’s getting so much better with sitting independently. I make sure play time is mostly sitting up, although sometimes it’s on her tummy, so she can learn how to crawl. Even now, she tucks her legs in to get into crawling position but it’s still way too early for her muscles to support the rest […]
Zi is turning five months soon, so I’ll update you on her 4th month. Babble: She says so many sounds. Her favorite in ng-geh. She has a lot of kitty-like sounds, hence the given name to her, “hello kitty.” She sometimes says, ma-mam, although I know it’s not until much later on when they’ll be able to fully understand what it means. But she does voice out when she doesn’t like something or when she’s frustrated at a toy. She’s very garrulous, and loves to chat. Sitting: When left sitting without any help or pillows, she can stay sitting for a very small period of time, but she’ll eventually fall over. But I can tell she’s getting stronger, and hopefully by next month, she’ll be able to fully sit up on her own. We’ll see. Food: Nope, not eating yet. But she is SO interested with food. She stares at us when she sees us chewing on something. She intently is curious when we eat, and even tries to copy the act of chewing when she sees us eat. Reaching: She reaches for objects now, bats at things in front of her, and grabs on to things with the propensity […]