Tuesday, February 07, 2012

Audrey, 9 months: Predictions and Observations

I'm going to go out on a limb here and say that my nine-month old baby has her own personality. She is nothing like her brother and sister.

Let me elaborate.

I have made the observation already that Audrey is mischeivous and stubborn. At five months old, she figured out how to twist her way out of the baby swing and climb out of the bumbo. And at 8 months old, she flipped herself out of the excersaucer. If left alone too long, she will twist out of her buckles in the high chair and stroller. Neither of the other kids did that. Does this mean she will be climbing out of her crib at eighteen months?

Her latest trick is pushing her legs against the kitchen table during mealtime. This means that she either tips her chair back, or pushes the table away. It is only a matter of time before she tips her chair all the way over!

Audrey is opinionated and outspoken. If she doesn't want to do something, then doggone it, she will simply not do it. She went on strike last month while cutting her first two teeth, in which she refused to nurse, take a bottle, take a binky, or take a nap. There was a lot of tears involved in this, and not just from her. Sleeping at church is out of the question. She cries instantly when I put her in the playpen, or (heaven forbid!) leave the room. She is very social and does not like to be alone. I'm sure this has something to do with being the third and never having been alone to begin with!

Don't get me wrong, she is a very sweet baby, and generally eats and naps very well. She is (finally!) sleeping 10 hours at night. When her needs are met she is a charm and full of smiles! But if she is not feeling well, and if the circumstances are not perfect for sleeping (like, being in her own bed...) she will make sure everyone knows about it.

Developmentally she is right on track. Yesterday she weighed in at nearly 17 pounds. She is a very fast crawler and is pulling herself up. She uses the pincher grasp for picking things up, she can wave and clap (so cute!) and she reaches for mom and dad. She knows the signs for milk and more. She says MaMa, NaNa, LaLa, BaBa, and Ga, but her favorite is DaDa. Another favorite noise to make is a throaty two-tone growl, which she employs constantly. (I'm trying to get this on video...) Audrey loves taking a bath in the big tub. She loves to crawl around, and spashes like there's no tomorrow! She loves peek-a-boo, and is starting to pull the blanket on and off her face by herself during the game.

She has very delicate features. Her face is round and smooth and her eyes are wide and full of life. She has dainty features, with her long curly lashes, and a sweet, contaigious smile. While her hair doesn't stick straight up anymore, it is still quite long and reaches all the way to her eyes. It is still soft like feathers. She smiles when I blow my breath on her forehead.

Oh, how I adore this little girl!


Anonymous said...

So if Samuel will be a gymnast on the horse and rings, Audrey will do floor exercises where she can do all of the aerial twists. And Leah will go to their gymnastic meets and sing the national anthem. You can sit in the seats and be proud.


Rebecca said...

Maybe instead of saying "mischievous" and "stubborn" we could change it to determined, creative, strong-willed, and interested. She's an engineer willing to figure out how to get to where she wants to be! What great personality traits for her future!

I just say that because if you call your kids negative things (even if that's how you feel about them) then that's what they grow up hearing. For example, I grew up hearing that I was the shy one and you were the outgoing one and so I always thought I was shy. Self-fulfilling prophecy. I'm really not all that shy. And I also heard time and again I had 'red-headed temper." So I thought I had a temper because I had red-hair. Again, something I could have changed as a kid had I been taught other than that it was my hair colors' fault.

Although it certainly does sound like Audrey has a distinct and wonderful personality all her own, it sure doesn't sound like a bad thing! She's going to be quite the independent child (hmm except the part where she doesn't want to be left alone! lol)! And quite intelligent to figure out how to escape :)

ellen Sorenson said...

Amazingly bright eyes! She looks like such a big girl sitting up there. Give her a hug for me! Gramma

Jenny said...

Rebecca--Good point about using more positive adjectives. However, I think that the connotation, positive or negative, comes from the way you use it. For example, if I labeled a kid as a tomboy, who's to say that is a positive or negative observation? I think it depends on who says it and how it is said.

I remember being labeled as social, and you as less social, but I don't remember hearing you labeled as shy. Perhaps the danger comes in comparing children to each other, as opposed to simply pointing out differences.

I guess my point in writing this post is to simply point out that my children are different and that even at 9 months I can already see a bold and unique personality developing.