It still astonishes me what I've forgotten in just 16 months. I've forgotten how newborns gurgle and coo a gleeful greeting when meeting you face to face. I've forgotten the way they unfurl their tiny hands to seize fistfuls of hair. I 've forgotten the steady stream of drool. It seems that each of Scarlett's new tricks conjurs up a memory from Aveline's era, and invites me to marvel at both the vast differences in my daughters and yet the incredible similarities of their (or any baby's) development.
After consulting the baby books, I have concluded that Scarlett is doing great. Some highlights from this month:
- She loathes tummy time, but can raise her head and her torso, like a cobra. Not very far yet, but it is developing.
- She has begun to drool. A lot.
- She recognizes her bottle and gets very excited. She loves to eat (a chip off not only both blocks, but the whole subdivision!)
- She holds rattles and toys in her hands in front of her.
- She is starting to swipe at toys. Moslty she swipes at the bottle and seemingly wants to hold it.
- She sleeps through the night everynight now. Most nights she snoozes for at least nine hours. Sometimes she only lasts for six, other nights eleven.
- She has a very quick temper and seems to be a high maintenance baby, especially compared with Aveline. She also is more wiggly than Aveline ever was. We are sort of scared by this, as Aveline is a busy kid.
- Scarlett is happiest in our arms and laps, mostly sitting straight up so she can see what is happening around her.
- She loves to watch Aveline and does not mind the thousands of kisses the toddler plants on her daily.
- She still hates to be naked and wet. Bathtime is no fun.