My Little Wonder Woman

It's been a while since I made an update about Lillian's milestones.  We celebrate each one like she's winning an Olympic gold medal, but by the time I come here to post she's already doing something else!  So I'm mainly writing this so that one day I can look back and be like "remember that time..." 

Lillian can officially -

Roll back to belly and belly to back.  She likes to do this over and over and over. Yesterday she did it in a circle so she could get a wee bit closer to Phil, who was on the couch cheering her on.  She was laying on the floor with me and it was so obvious she wanted to get to him some how.  I helped her army crawl to him (and by help I mean I pretty much moved her arms and legs so she could get the feeling of it) and he rewarded her with lots of hugs and blowing raspberries on her, her favorite... which brings me to the next milestone...

She giggles.  She's stubborn with her giggles, but she does it when we blow on her neck, her belly, when I tickle her face with my hair, and when I bounce all around like a bobble head doll while she sits on my lap singing "Who's that Baby?!" (think "Who's that Lady") over and over and over.

She is starting to SIT UP!  This hasn't been mastered from laying flat on her back, but when I hold her in the cradle position to give her a bottle she sits up!  It makes it difficult to hold her and feed her, but I'm loving it - so I don't discourage it at all.  She can also sit up from laying at a 45% angle on a wedge.

She can finish a bottle.  Lillian came home from the hospital on an NG tube.  Around 4 months she got a G-tube.  I wasn't very persistent with bottle feeding until 6 months when we started her on purees.  Now she can finish at least 2 bottles a day.  I only offer her a bottle about 4 times a day, and the rest of her formula goes in a tube.  The reason for this is she's just not hungry.  I don't want to force her to eat EVER.  She can get oral motor skills by doing other things - and I'm just not going to ever push her to eat something.  I don't care if she never masters the bottle... do you see many 10 year olds with bottles?  nope.  We'll work harder with the sippy cup once it's introduced.  For now I'm happy with what she can do.

She tripod sits.  This one started about 2 weeks ago, but she mastered it this week.  I can set her up, and leave the room to make a bottle/my morning coffee/breakfast/let the dog out and she's still sitting up!!!  Sometimes she topples over, but the girl is really learning to balance herself.  This has made play time a LOT more fun. She can *kind of* tripod sit and reach for a toy, but she's getting better at it each day.

She says Aaaaaaa Eeeeeee Oooooo Uuuuuu.  Not babbling yet, but that's ok.

She transfers toys from one hand to the other.  She LOVES to do this.  Lately her favorite thing to transfer and investigate is a pacifier, a small wooden block, a rattle, pretty much anything she can palm with one hand and look at closely, then from afar, and then promptly shove in her mouth and chew on.  I love watching her :)

She bangs and shakes.  Bang bang bang.  Everything.  Especially rattles. 

She "waves" back at us.  Well - really she just flails her arms, but it's in response to being waved at... so I count it.

She can push up!!  She did two push ups today off the side of the wedge.  The wedge was under her hips and her hands were on the ground, with her head resting between them... and she pushed up!! She did it twice.  I was so proud.

Today she held herself in the crawling position for the first time during OT.  She held it for a few seconds, but I was so excited for her.  She did it more than once.  Her arms eventually gave out, but I was SO surprised when the OT let go and she stayed up!  We'll be doing that a LOT more from now on. 

I think that's pretty much the run down.  I'm so proud of her and so happy to get to celebrate these milestones with her.  She amazes me every single day and makes every detail of life a cause for celebration.  It doesn't get much better than that.

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