Time flies when you have the most precocious baby in the big blue-green planet. After a week at home, Grace started to crawl...backwards. After two weeks home, she mastered the forward progression, though it was not really a crawl but more of a lunge/drag/swivel/pitch forward/repeat motion. After three weeks, she took off like a shot in a straight line and we ran around installing baby gates and putting locks on cabinets. No more leaving her on the kitchen floor while preparing the bottle!
Shiny pretties (thanks to Sarah for that cute phrase) caught her focus in China; now she has moved on to anything made of a silvery grey plastic, needing a power source and sporting buttons. Baby wants cell phone, blackberry, remote control, laptop, portable phone, microwave (okay, it's white, but the noises make it really interesting), and more... And if my glasses survive the year, it will only be because she tired of the game.
And food -- still the omnivore, Grace has mastered the grasp (in September, actually) and can lock on to morsels of food with left or right pincers, and manage to get it into her mouth. She is clearly right-hand dominant, though, and so we expect her to major in engineering in a few years. Here she is with couscous (thanks, Tasha!), which actually doesn't get too close to the alimentary canal. Must be because this is not a chopstick-ready food.
We've had lots of great visitors -- grandmothers, aunties (related and unrelated), neighbors and more. Grace welcomes them all with her drooly grin. She grew a tooth upon our return from China and is working on a companion -- both lower jaw, center. More to come.
What else? Sleeping was great -- 10-11 hours at a stretch, mostly uninterrupted. But after all the company and the return of mommy to full-time employment, Grace decided to try waking up every hour all night long. This is not as fun.
Oh yeah, there's more but I'll save that for another post...coming soon -- the Potty Diaries!