Crawling, Standing, and
In October and November Mom and Papa discovered the
meaning of the words "active baby."
At the beginning of October I had just started crawling, and very soon after
that I was pulling myself up. In fact, before Mom and Papa even knew
I could get to my feet, I had pulled myself up and over the side of my
crib! THAT gave them a good scare!! (I'm okay!)
love to stand [left], and I look for anything I can find that will give me a
handhold: bookshelves, door gates, chair rungs, couch seats, even big people's
pant legs. Mom and Papa are scrambling to nail everything down!
also like to kick and jump. The former gives Papa some consternation when
he carries me in the Baby Bjorn (my feet now dangle at a dangerous level).
To satisfy my desire for the latter, Mommy found Cameron's special jump
seat, which hangs from the doorway [below left]. When I'm in it, I can
kick and jump as hard and high as I want.
Now that I can move around, my curiosity
has taken over, and I want to explore everything [right].
I had some bumpy nights, especially in October. The
challenge of crawling seemed to disrupt my nighttime routine, and for a
couple weeks I was waking every night. In
addition, many of my naps were still only 1/2-hour long, so throughout October
I most often had three short (and unpredictable) naps a day. I finally
started to nap a little longer in November.
In mid-October I got two more teeth (upper front), and
in early November my upper incisors appeared, for a
total of six. I'm trying more and more kinds of solid foods, and I most like the ones
that I can feed myself, like pieces of pancake, toast, and banana. But my
absolute favorite are Cheerios; I pick them up carefully with thumb
and forefinger, and I like to bite them delicately with my front teeth.
Papa is now sorry that he doesn't have stock in General Mills.
I started having occasional play dates with two friends, Liam
Frank, who's a month younger than me, and Joseph, who is my
age exactly because we share the same birthday. We babies don't really play
but our moms sure talk a lot.
Papa and I also go out once a week together; Saturday
mornings we attend the Oranjeschool sponsored by the local chapter
of the Holland-America Club. I'm still too little to go to class, but Papa
is the volunteer librarian, so I help him hand out books and talk to the
At my 9-month doctor appointment on October 29th, I was
28 1/2 inches tall (80th percentile) and weighed 18 lbs, 9 ounces (50th
This is my first encounter with grass. Okay, so I'm not always
a happy baby. My personal philosophy is, when something's wrong, let loose
and really tell someone about it!
|For someone who doesn't know what Halloween
is and can't even eat candy, I had a really busy holiday!
On October 30th I attended a Halloween party at the
Oranjeschool. There were lots of
games I couldn't play and food I couldn't eat, but I had fun
That afternoon I went with Mom and Papa to a
neighborhood party. Still more games I couldn't play and food I couldn't
eat, but I think Mom and Papa enjoyed showing me to the neighbors.
Then on Sunday Mom, Papa, Cameron and I went to Bellevue
Square in the late afternoon. I didn't have a costume, but I dressed in my
Halloween outfit with orange socks and a "Happy Halloween" hat
and I had a special fabric candy basket with my name on it attached to my
stroller. Cameron pushed my stroller through the mall and collected candy
from the merchants "for me." (Like I would have been able
to eat choke-size candy with four teeth!) It was a mutually beneficial
experience: I had fun observing the trick-or-treat commotion, and Cameron left with a
good-sized bag of treats!
pumpkins (Cameron carved mine for me) are mysterious things:
1. Hmmm, looks interesting.
2. Whoa! His head comes apart!
3. Hey, there's something in here.
4. I wonder what this tastes like...
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