Sunday, October 29, 2006

Skills and Dexterity

Amelia's been doing two things today: First she's starting swapping hands when I'm changing her; if I am getting her dressed/undressed and she's holding something in one hand, she'll swap it into her other hand in order to let me put her arm into/out of clothes.

The other thing she was doing this afternoon was clapping. She and I sat on the sofa today and she was clapping away (with a pretty good sense of rhythm too).

According to the book, "What to Expect the First Year", by the end of nine months, Amelia should be able to:

work to get to a toy out of reach (yes)
look for a dropped object (yes)

...will probably be able to:
pull up to standing from sitting (yes)
get into a sitting positiojn from stomach (yes)
object if you take a toy away (yes)
stand holding on to someone or something (yes)
pick up a tiny object with any part of thumb and finger (yes)
say mama or dada indiscriminately (yes)
play peekaboo (not sure - must try)

...may possibly be ably to:
play patty-cake, clap hands or wave bye-bye (yes - see above)
walk holding on to furniture ("cruise") (yes, as of last week)
understand the word "no" (not sure)

...may even be able to:
"play ball" (roll ball back to you) (not tried)
drink from a cup independently (yes!)
pick up a tiny object neatly with tips of thumb and forefinger (yes)
stand alone momentarily (almost)

Ah yes - the cup drinking. On Thursday I was in John Lewis and I'd forgotten her sippy cup, so the restaurant gave me a beaker. She loved it and and so I bought her a "Doidy cup" - it's like a regualr handled-cup but sloped so you don't need to tip it as much to pour and she is getting on really well with it.

She's also trying to stack bricks (from her walker trolley) although she's not very good at it. She has the right idea though.


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