It’s remarkable (to me at least) how suddenly Pru went from being someone for whom just sitting around being held was plenty of entertainment and for whom the entire world was a giant, undifferentiated source of stimulus to someone who enjoys specific activities and who understands, on a rudimentary level, that some things (the cat, toys) are fun whereas others aren’t.
For a long time, the only thing she liked to “do” was stand up (from about 2 months, she could mostly support her own weight for a few minutes so long as Mom or Dad balanced her). By mid-February, she started trying (not very successfully, but she’s just a baby) to wave back when Mommy waved “hello” at her. She also started being very social with her friend Ecnedurp, the mysterious reverse baby in the bathroom mirror. Now she’s trying to roll over (she’s got the leg motion down, but still hasn’t figured out that she needs to thrust her shoulder, too) and scootching (though only on her back). She actually managed to scootch all the way to the top of her crib a few nights ago.
She also figured out, at some point, that the cat is soft, and that if you open your hand and run it up and down the side of the cat, it feels nice. In a nice intuitive leap, she then figured out that it also feels nice to pet Petey the Penguin, who has the advantage of letting you cuddle with him.
Cal tries his hand at petting Petey.
Anyway, now that she’s all interactive and playful, we guess she needs toys. Since she’s so vertically oriented, we’re getting her a jumperoo, and to help with he arm strength and coordination, one of those baby arch dangly things (it’ll be clear what I mean once we have one and post pictures).
Anyway, li’l miss playful is stirring, so … away!