Littler is turning into such an 'older' baby these days, and we really love it. While she is still very needy baby, she also does lots of really cute things and interacts with us in ways that give us a little glimpse of light at the end of the tunnel. One of our favorite things that she does these days is DANCE! It's so cute! All we have to do is sing a nice upbeat song or even give her a nice percussion beat, and she'll put her head down, look up with her eyes, put a veeeeery serious
expression on her face, and bob her head and body up and down. Even just writing it now gives me the cutesies!
Another thing she does, which is not always cute, is to say "mamamamamamamama" when I walk out of sight into another room, or past her when she is feeling sad or wants to be held (which is nearly AAAALLLLLLL the time). Am I a bad mom to think that is not always cute? It's just that I'm not so sure she's actually saying 'mama', even though the syllables are only used pertaining to me...
Littler is fascinated with music, and Daddy's one tried and true method of making her happy is to pull out the guitar and sit her on the floor in front of him and play it for her, and often sing at the same time. She especially loved recently when Daddy let her sit on his lap and help him play. You know if the guitar doesn't make her happy (or at least not sad), that she either needs to eat or sleep REALLY BADLY!
Littler also popped out her first tooth a couple weeks ago, wakes often at night, and doesn't seem to be anywhere near crawling. And she's getting really darned annoyed at her big sister for pushing her over and stealing her toys. Little seems to have taken it upon herself to make Littler's life miserable, to the point that she takes away whatever Littler is playing with and replaces it with something much more boring, if she replaces it at all... sometimes Little pushes Littler over, then goes to timeout, and when she comes back later to apologize, Littler cries when Little comes close to give her a kiss or hug, because she's afraid she's going to do something mean again. Little also wants to have whatever Littler has [nursing, a diaper change, sleeping in the crib, the same outfit, baby food, binkies...]. Littler is probably going to grow up to be a tough kid.
*Note: We adjusted the brightness of these pictures to look right on our laptop, but it looks different on our other computer. Please let us know if these pictures look dark to you (to the point of obscuring what you can see in the picture)!