Ruby is more than half way through her 10th month. We are now thinking about her first birthday.
Her latest developments: she imitates actions like clapping, hand gestures to twinkle twinkle little star, wan sui (raises her hands up), and repeatedly sticking her tongue out. She doesn’t yet wave hi or bye yet. She’s become better at self feeding, and she’s losing her tongue-pushing reflex. Unfortunately she’s regressed with the pooing in the toilet, so now we can only get her to poo in the toilet when we notice the signs and rush her to the toilet.
One of the things that amuse people most is that Ruby bear crawls. She sticks her butt up high. It’s not that she can’t crawl normally on her knees, it’s that she just prefers to bear crawl. When we put shoes on her, she crawls normally.
She’s recently started stooping from standing position, and she can stand on her own, especially when she’s not paying attention to the fact that she’s not holding onto anything. She seems to be more capable of standing and starting to walk on her own, but she doesn’t appear to be interested in learning how to do it.
Ruby has become more difficult with bathtime and diaper changes. She hates being restrained, and protests quite a bit in the bathtub, especially when I’m rinsing her hair. Sometimes she is just in a bad mood at night because of our routine. The good news is that, for over a month now, she sleeps all the way through the night, and for several weeks now, for bedtime, we have laid her in the crib awake, leave her room, and she either protests for a couple seconds or goes straight to sleep on her own.
Every weekend has been eventful, in a good way. Since the last blog post, we visited Illie’s cousin in Orange twice, and then drove to San Diego for a 1st birthday party, to see Illie’s residency friend and her baby who was born two weeks after Ruby, and then last weekend we visited Judy and her twins, and the then attended a family get-together with an uncle visiting from the UK. Next weekend will be a piano recital with my middle/high school friend and then dinner with family.
Ruby continually gets to see a lot of family every weekend. I love the fact that we can constantly expose her to family. She sees both sets of grandparents and extended family every week. We haven’t seen a quiet eventless weekend for a long time.
Ruby has chosen her favorite stuffed animal. It is a handmade hedgehog that one of Illie’s attendings gave Ruby for a baby shower. I’ve actually tested whether the hedgehog is her favorite multiple times by placing the it among a lot of other stuffed animals, and Ruby will crawl over to the group and deliberately get the hedgehog.
Also, one of my favorite pics, taken during my family get-together with my British uncle. This one is of my dad and Ruby: