This past month has been a busy one for this little girl. She started crawling and what started out with ridge robotic movements soon became a quick efficient crawl. She’s a girl on a mission. She crawls up to things, pulls to standing and get’s into all sorts of stuff she shouldn’t. We have to keep out guard up constantly and are trying really hard to remember not leave anything within grasp. I haven’t yet put up baby gates on the stairs, I was able to get away with it when Bennett was a baby and I’m half hoping I can do the same this time. Although the stairs we have now are much steeper and longer…so we’ll see. For now, we have been managing by keeping the doors shut.
Reese is such a petite little thing. When Bennett was 9 months old, she was the same length but was about 3 pounds heavier and Asher was the same length and weight as Reese when he was 6 months old. She definitely doesn’t eat as much as her brother and sister did at her age, but she’s growing and is a generally happy baby.
Reese has deep soulful eyes. They make her seem wise beyond her years. You often get the impression that she really sees you. She tends to observe a lot, with a very contemplative expression on her face. When she meets someone new she often tends to just look at them as though she’s summing them up. This behavior is once again in stark contrast to Asher and Bennett who were often very bubbly and warm. Reese is SUPER wriggly. She barely stops moving and doesn’t seem to be particularly cuddly much to my disappointment.
Reesey Pea still nurses on demand and sleeps fairly well through the night. Occasionally waking up but she doesn’t need to be nursed to put back to sleep, although she definitely has a harder time sleeping than the other two. I have to keep reminding Raf and myself that we shouldn’t compare her to them. Clearly, I’m not doing a great job of that.
Raf, Reese and I went to Colorado for 4 days while A and B stayed with my parents and it was so nice to be able to spend time with just her. Although we were recovering from the stomach bug that she so generously shared with the family and wrecked havoc as it made it through each and every one of us. It was just really nice to be able to spend our time as we pleased but we did miss the older two terribly. I couldn’t shake the feeling that we left something behind. While in Colorado we drove through the Rocky Mountain National park and it was spectacular! We saw lots of elk and took pictures at the summit which was 11,000+ feet. It was pretty amazing. We also met up with some friends and they took us on a bike ride through Denver that was pretty awesome.
Reese has started signing “all done” and clapping and we’re working on waving ‘hi’ and ‘bye’. It’s also becoming very clear that she understands quite a bit, which is pretty cool. This little one definitely doesn’t like being away from me for too long and is starting to display strong signs of separation and stranger danger. What can I say? She loves her Mama and I’m not complaining!