This week our little scientist has discovered gravity. She loves to drop spoons, sippy cups, toys, or really anything she gets her hands on, down to the floor. She’ll then look over the side of her high chair to ensure the items landed where she expected them to be. Her favorite activity lately is bouncing on our knees to the Lone Ranger theme song and being tossed into the air at the top of the crescendos. Unless something is truly awry, it’s 3 minutes and 36 seconds of a very happy baby.
Motivated primarily by Cheerios, Gloria has seriously refined her pincer grasp. She now routinely succeeds when attempting to put Cheerios or pieces of string cheese into her mouth, much to her delight. As a result, she has been very engaged (and messy!) at mealtimes. She’s also been sitting up great; we no longer need to sit behind her to act as a spotter (though we often hedge our bets by propping a pillow behind her).
My paternity leave ended this week, and we tried our best to get Gloria on a regular bottle schedule in preparation for her time with Megan. Unfortunately I had very limited success; mostly just a succession of frustrating battles with Baby G. Megan had a similar experience when she was with Gloria for a half day on Friday. There may be a ray of hope though; yesterday she was very cooperative – and drank a whole 4 ounces! – when given a pre-warmed bottle with a Dr. Brown’s level 2 nipple. We’ll see if we can discern/establish a reliable pattern over the next week or two.
Naps are settling back into a normal routine. Gloria still seems to be experiencing some teething pain, and occasionally needs to be rocked at bedtime, but is mostly self-soothing to sleep again (whew). We’ve hit some fussy spells in the afternoons, especially on Thursday when during a trip to SAM we discovered that our little munchkin isn’t a Gaugin fan. I was surprised, as usually she loves being toured around in her Gemini carrier. I’m sure it didn’t help that she had a measly 2 oz bottle feed that afternoon.
Gloria’s week concluded with a trip to Miller Park this afternoon, where she discovered grass! She was fascinated looking at it, touching it, and of course grabbing and putting it in her mouth.