3.20.2006

Gabby's 14 month update

Well, it's hard to believe it, but Gabby will be 14 months this Thursday! Wow, how time flies! Since Gabby is blessing me with an out-of-the-ordinary second nap today, I thought I'd take this opportunity to update her fans on what she's been up to lately. (See also three other posts I added today...sorry they all came at once...we've been a little delinquent with the updates lately).

So...since her first birthday, we've realized just how much of what we say, Gabby understands. It started with, "can you bring Mommy/Daddy the ball/book/doll, etc." And she would do exactly what we ask...we were completely taken aback at first, but now we're getting used to it. This weekend, I said "it's time to go" and Gabby started to wave bye-bye, and we hadn't even put on coats or got keys yet.

Gabby has become quite a pro at running (or maybe more like speed walking) all over the place. She's always on the move, and loves it. She also loves climbing things. We have to watch what we leave out, because I've found Gabby in laundry boxes and storage bins and on top of diaper boxes, upside-down storage bins, etc. She's quite a pro at crawling up the stairs, and this weekend, started holding onto the ballisters and walking up the stairs. (We really need to teach her how to get down safely, but she prefers going up)! She love to show off her strength by picking up and/or pushing/pulling big things. Yesterday, she kept moving all the furniture we were using to baby-proof at Babci & Papa's house...(we're now going to need to come up with a new Gabby-proofed method) and today she decided to pick up and carry both her Little People train set and her Weeble tree-house (both are about as big as she is)!

She feeding herself more and more, but with only 6 teeth, she's still gumming most things. Ironically she prefers hard foods (apples, barely tender veggies) and refuses to eat any finger food that will squish in her pincer grasp! I can't wait until she gets more teeth so she can actually chew that stuff.

The most fun development has been all her Baby Signs. She now consistently uses the following signs: Milk (drink), eat, sleep, cereal, all done, no, hi/bye-bye, dog, cat, frog, bunny, flower, light, and her new favorite sign, telephone, (and Joe saw her do "diaper change" this weekend). Joe and I consistently do another 20 or so, and she seems to understand many of them, too.

We are constantly amazed with how much she can communicate. In the morning she can tell us when she's ready to eat, or if she wants a drink. This morning, I was doing something in the kitchen, and when I turned around, she was lying on the floor with her pacifer and lovey (both of which she got out of her crib on her own). I laughed when I saw her, but she did her "sleep" sign, and I put her right down for a nap, even though it was two hours before her normal nap time! (Which is why she's taking a second nap right now)!

I'm sure will have more to add once he reads this, but those are some updates for you all!

And here, are three pictures from yesterday afternoon in the park. Unfortunately, it's back in the 30's, but at least it was sunny!



Bundled for adventure!


This is awesome!!!


Dada...I wanna go on the slide!

1 comment:

Svoboda Family said...

Wow, I'm very impressed with G's extensive baby signs vocabulary. I love the story of her telling you she was sleepy and wanted a nap. That is amazing!

Jen