8 month post. In that post I talked about the fact that she still wasn't crawling. Well not long after that she started and has not stopped moving since. In fact, the last couple of weeks has seen her progress to climbing! She loves to climb on to the treadmill (at the urging of her sister, of course!) and has even conquered the coffee table a few times!
It's a good thing Punky has discovered the joy that is dobbing. If it wasn't for her coming and telling me that "Zee is on the table Mummy!" I might not have gotten off the toilet in time to catch her as she dived head-first off it! Crawling has provided Punky with some entertainment and they often have races in the kitchen and crawl around together chasing their Zhu Zhu Pets.
Zee's crawling is quite the funny thing to watch as she doesn't crawl in the traditional sense of the word. She commando crawls. And quite honestly, she looks like a soldier who has been maimed and is dragging herself to safety! She has no interest in crawling "properly" and why would you, when you can move like lightening the way she does.
As soon as she figured out the crawling it became old hat. It's now all about pulling herself up to her knees and now her feet. She is slowly starting to cruise around the furniture and she is a much happier girl when she is standing tall. She sometimes forgets that she can't actually walk yet and that has made for many a bumped head and bruises (as you can see by the cut on her nose above).
We had a really rough couple of weeks towards the end of May, when her top two teeth decided to start making their presence known. Unlike Punky, who would have an unsettled day and night and then I'd discover a new tooth a few days later, Zee has had a real tough time of it. They start to break the surface, and then the gums get really inflamed and swell up, and basically cover the very edges of the tooth back up. It went on like this for a good two weeks, and it meant that not only was she a very cranky baby during the day, but she was waking up crying every hour or two all through the night. Not fun for anyone!
She now has 3 and a half teeth to show for the trouble and I must admit, they are kinda cute!
One thing that has been taking off in leaps and bounds and providing us with lots of giggles is her vocalising and vocabulary. She is a chatty little thing and loves nothing more than to tell you the news of the day. She mimics the words and sounds that she hears, and I can get her to say "Mum, Mum, Mum" on command now. She has also started saying "Oh, oh" when she drops something, and "Ohhhhh" when we take off in the car or she sees something interesting.
I don't know if it's that she is more vocal than Punky or I just don't remember, but she seems to be moving a lot quicker in the vocab and cognitive department. Punky was all about the physical and gross motor skills early on, whereas Zee seems to be more focused on the fine motor and cognitive stuff. She can figure out how things work very quickly and hardly ever makes the same mistake twice.
|Such a big change in a small amount of time|
Trying to to explain to a toddler that she has to wait and share is not an easy feat (easier than trying to get her to do a poo on the potty mind you!) but Zee manages to hold her own most days. I often find myself telling Punky to be gentle with Zee, and to remember that she is only little and can't be played with so roughly yet. I am pretty sure Punky is gonna get a rude shock very soon when Zee starts giving as good as she gets. It won't be long though, that's for sure!
|I think the older they get the less alike they look. Sometimes. I don't know, it changes every day!|
I have been so ridiculously blessed with these two girls and I certainly hope that they will be best friends for life.