She’s turning pages and pointing (more like stabbing/jabbing), and still occasionally tasting, especially those delicious touch-and-feel elements like fur and feathers. She has definite favorites that she wants to read over and over again: BabyLit versions of Jabberwocky and The Secret Garden, Pat the Zoo, That’s Not My…, Rhymoceros, Shh! We Have A Plan!, Are You A Cow?, and Wow! Said the Owl.
Turning the pages of Wow! Said the Owl by Tim Hopgood
She will also pull several books off the shelves and use them to stand on to reach more books on higher shelves. We’re working on teaching her to read one book at a time and not pull down all the books at once (as much as her librarian mama loves re-shelving…). Do they make climbing harnesses and belay ropes for babies? Or should we just get her a helmet…
Punk Farm, Boy + Bot, The Adventures of Beekle, Wolfie the Bunny, Horrible Bear!, Edgar Gets Ready for Bed
Little Ladybug Finger Puppet Book, Baby Beluga, a stack of Sandra Boynton books, and I Am the Wolf…And Here I Come!
Funny story: my mom was reading one of the Boynton books – I think it was But Not the Hippopotamus – and remarked, “These illustrations aren’t very good.” Not realizing she was speaking about the board book queen! (Really though…all the animals do look rather lumpishly alike.)
I’ve got speed
That’s how fast I am moving
I’ve got velocity
That’s my speed and direction…
Motion, direction, acceleration…
–They Might Be Giants, “Speed and Velocity,” Here Comes Science
She’s ten months old today! Two babies in our local friend group have their first birthdays today and tomorrow; I can’t believe it’s been nearly a year. She’s crawling, “cruising,” and has taken a first step. She eats real people food (she is going to loooooove birthday cake…she might’ve inherited her mama’s sweet tooth) and makes all kinds of sounds. She stands and claps her hands, and every now and then, if the mood strikes, she’ll blow raspberries on us.
Here are some photos from the last few months.
A rare snuggly moment in Maine. She’s always on the go, but will pause for a favorite book.
At book club in June. (The rest of us read Jo Walton’s excellent My Real Children.)
A little air-drying after splashing around in the kiddie pool on a hot summer day.
Enjoying the swings at Menotomy Rocks Park. Photo by Abby T.
Visiting a friend for indoor picnic lunch at her office.
Browsing the picture books at the Belmont Public Library.
Visiting Walden Pond with friends. Photo by Mae K.