Bouncing to sitting (almost)

Bouncing has been your no. 1 favourite activity for several months now. Whose ever lap you happen to be on you’re most happy standing up on their thighs and bouncing up and down while smiling and giggling uncontrollably. We try to stop you from doing it immediately after drinking your milk but that appears to be a favourite time too. And the person whose lap you’re on generally wears out long before you’re done – Sabba had you on his lap yesterday and he lasted about a minute before complaining his arms were tired from holding you upright while you bounced up and down, up and down.

The bath has also been a favourite destination for bouncing, especially when accompanied by the ‘splish splash’ song. But in the last couple of weeks you’ve been discovering how to sit up. You’re still a few weeks away from being able to do it on your own but boy are you trying hard! It started in the bath where up until now you’ve always lain completely flat and floated happily on your back while we supported your head. But then you started lifting you knees towards your chest which of course makes your bottom sink and your body rock from side to side. And then came the straining to lift your head and shoulders off the ground. You had always done it a little when we were taking your top off over your head but this is a full on stomach crunch, I can almost see your little core muscles working and they’re the ones which will support you when you finally get it. Gnunu, Savtal and Sabba watched you for ages lying on the floor lifting your head, shoulders, legs and knees.

And although your back isn’t quite strong enough to hold you upright just yet, you’re very keen on seeing the world from this new view point so I’ve been propping you up – in the rubber ring on the floor, on your play mat, in bed and with most spectacular results in the bath! Tonight you sat and splashed your hands on the surface of the water for so long and with so much gusto that you soaked me. And the joy you get out of it is fabulous. I couldn’t figure out why you’d suddenly started doing it until your aba told me he’s been teaching you!

You’ve also started reaching out and holding things with both hands – although your hands still aren’t co-ordinated so you can’t keep a firm grip on things for long. The plastic duck in the bath is a favourite as is Octopus Prime but although you’re now expert at getting your hands into your mouth, you’re still struggling with getting the thing you’re holding into your mouth. Saying that the octopus’ legs make it there quite often and it’s wonderful (if not a little frustrating) watching you practice – getting a grip, moving it towards your mouth (overcoming the tendency for your hands to move in different directions), just reaching your lips and then losing your grip and ending up slobbering on your hand instead. Saying all that, it’s just the small handheld teethers and rattles that applies to – big toys like Rabaroo and Monkey are regularly slobbered over as you maul their ears and bodies!

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