It has been a good month for Hallie, but a busy one for dad so sorry that the blog posts have been a bit sparse. She continues to develop in her big 3 activities: talking (and singing), eating, and crawling. She's like a little jungle cat crawling all around the house - it's amazing how fast she's gotten. It's great to see her chase Will around, they are really starting to be able to play together.
She's also quite stealthy in her crawling when she wants to be, and there are a number of things she constantly tries to get into when we're not watching. When she's upstairs, she likes to creep into Will's room and pull all the books off the shelf, only sometimes settling on a book to read. Her favorite is "Baby Colors" - every few mornings I'll leave her on the floor in my room to go downstairs and prepare breakfast, then come back to find her sitting amongst a pile of books intently reading that one and maybe learning about colors. The other thing she is constantly trying to get into is the cat food in the kitchen. If she has her mind set on it, she will repeatedly crawl directly to the cat food and try to get some into her mouth before a parent stops her, tells her "NO" and puts her down somewhere far away (only to have her immediately resume her quest).
She has also been cruising around the infant room at daycare, which has been fun for her teachers. She tends to go for exactly what she wants to play with, and usually gets to do what she wants - even if she has to bully the other babies a bit.
She has been teething over the past month, and actually has 2 teeth just poking through on the bottom - you might even be able to see them in the pictures below if you zoom in. All the teething has led to a pretty constant flow of snot (and she HATES getting her nose wiped). Probably related to the teething, she has begun exercising a lot more control over what she eats. She can eat almost all foods but clearly has her favorites - like the rice puffs we give her which she can feed to herself, I think she could be happy subsisting solely on those. We started blending many of the entrees for our family dinners to give her, and she'll eat that...sometimes. It's really cute when she tells you she doesn't want to eat something - she makes an elephant noise with her lips, does it over and over very frantically so you can't get any food near her mouth. We have a video of this, I'll post it soon.
Another very recent development: Hallie has started standing up on her own. She pulls herself up on various pieces of furniture, then bounces and yaps to show how proud of herself she is. In fact, she can do a bit of "walking" by supporting herself on various objects that can slide or roll - I have a video of that coming soon as well.
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