Tuesday, April 18, 2006


Since April 10th, the night E did our taxes, Harper has been scooting around. She pushes forward with one arm kinda tucked under her, reaching for whatever motivated her with the other arm. She inches around, like she's an infantryman dodging enemy fire. We've found that she'll go the greatest distance for cell phones, remote controls, monitor receivers, and anything else she doesn't normally get to play with. The novelty does it every time.

Sitting Up

Harper's been sitting unassisted for months now, but a new development has occured. She can now go from lying on her back to sitting up almost completely on her own! She's been doing crunches for months working toward this, and Easter morning, she and Dad worked on it. She apparently used her tummy strength to get part way up, and then pulled herself the rest of the way by grabbing onto her crib. When the crib's not around, either E or I will help her out by holding her feet down so that she can tummy muscle her way all the way up. Strong gal!

Thursday, April 6, 2006

Harper is pointing to everything these days. The "where's...?" game has evolved from just looking at the object/person in question to now pointing as well. Our favorite is "Where's Mama's/Dada's nose?" She touches it in response.

It looks like this is going to be her third word. She says it when she's holding a book or reaching for one. It sounds like the word but without the ending 'k' sound. Super cute.

Rolling all over the place
For the past, say, five days or so, Harper acts like she actually enjoys rolling around on the ground and playing with toys. In the past, that was only fun if Mom or Dad was on the ground with her. She's gotten so much better with her rolling around that it is now enjoyable, and she can cover a lot of ground that way. I'll look at her and she'll be in one spot, mouthing a ball or something, and then less than a minute later, she will have rolled 5 or 6 feet away and is reaching for a new toy. (This mobility makes me want to finish the unpacking and put up a gate on the stairs ASAP!) I think her enjoyment will make crawling come faster now. She's starting to push with her feet occasionally and tuck her knees under herself at times, too. It's fun to watch her figure it out.

Harper has a toy that attaches to the side of her crib. Callie gave it to her a month or so ago, and everytime she woke from a nap, I'd hit the little button on the front and Harper liked watching the birdies go round & round to the tune of "Ode to Joy". It gave her a couple minutes to adjust to the waking world before being jostled or talked to. Recently, when Harper wakes up from a nap, she has started to roll over and lift her top half up to that toy, push the button, and entertain herself while she waits for me to come get her. Rather than call me (through the monitor) with a cry or grunt, she's pushing that button and smiling/cooing/reaching for the toy when I come in the room. Pretty sweet!