Yikes, I was five days behind on updates here! Busy times. Emily has advanced by leaps and bounds meanwhile. To catch you up on the milestones:
- She can now exchange smiles with people. Not just a little grin, but a full face open-mouth smile explosion.
- Very easily rolls on her side, both directions. For play or sleep.
- She can hold her head up amazingly well for tummy time, with a pillow under her chest. Head is still a bit wobbly when you hold her upright, tummy-to-tummy so she can look over your shoulder, but getting less wobbly by the day
- When she sits on your lap facing you, her back is ramrod straight, which makes her much easier to support in a sitting position, as she’s not all a bag of jello.
- Most exciting of all, today we had our first real back and forth conversation, where Emily tried out all the words she knows. It was truly mind-blowing! Her favorite word right now is annglongle. Definition yet to be determined.
Jeeze, talk about a developmental spurt!! Grandma Bet and David have been visiting, so that might have something to do with it (more sensory input combined with being ready for it anyway).
Mommy also hit a milestone this week too. We went on our first solo car errand today, a trip to Einstein Bros. bagels (and Starbucks!) Since I only got my driver’s license at age 33, driving with a baby in the back seat I felt like I was really adulting like a champ! The funny part was that I was more nervous about the baby wrangling (mostly because the pelvic muscles are still not quite strong enough to carry her in her car seat, so I needed to do an in-car exchange from car seat to front pack carrier) than about driving with a tiny delicate human. In fact I was definitely disappointed that the drive wasn’t longer. I’m going to do this *all the time* now! The novelty of driving (freedom!) has still not worn off after three years, so I don’t expect taking my baby around town will ever get boring either. She was especially smiley at the bagel shop, so I think she likes seeing the world with Mommy too!