Lyra is over thirteen months old now. Her first birthday came and went so quickly, I barely had time to think about what it really meant. And then She got sick, and Adam got sick, and I got sick, and we all got better, then all got sick again. Many weeks passed with varying degrees of sickness in the house, and I was too tired or sick to really think about anything.
We’re finally all better now, which is nice. It won’t last, but it’s nice. Daycare is full of babysick germs that apparently attack us grown-ups worse than the babies.
So Lyra turned one, and within a few weeks so many developmental changes started kicking in that I could barely keep track anymore. She started cruising around furniture with a vengeance. She began standing up unassisted from the floor – although every time she noticed she was doing so she would sit back down because she’s pretty sure she can’t actually do that. She started eating regular foods in earnest and with great joy – especially fruit like blueberries, bananas, and cut up grapes. Just last night she discovered that the tube-shaped wooden block fits into the hole of the donut-shaped wooden block perfectly, and apparently spent two hours just doing that over and over with a huge grin on her face.
The best part of it has probably been the emergence of preferences. Not just ‘she likes food A more than food B’ but actual choices. She will pull every book off the shelf until she finds the one she wants you to read her, then bring it over to you and crawl into your lap. Right now her favourite books are Oh the thinks you can think by Dr. Seuss and The Awesome Book by Dallas Clayton. She also now points at foods she specifically wants, and even sort of says Banana if that’s what she’s looking for. It comes out as ‘ba’ – which is the same word she uses for baby, ball, and book – but accompanied by energetic pointing and a certain inflection that I can’t describe in words, you know which one it is she means each time.
She also made Adam watch So you think you can dance Canada last week. He was flipping through channels and flipped past it, and she got excited and pointed at the tv until he turned it back. She then sat down and watched it for a while. The girl definitely knows what she likes, and is not at all afraid to tell you in any way she can communicate it.
In addition to saying ba, she also says something that could be ‘hi’ – it comes out as “I!” and is usually to get your attention. It makes sense, since we say hi to her to get her attention.
Some of her new favourite games (and old ones that never get tired) are piano playing (on someone’s lap or from the floor), dancing to music, pulling disks out of the ps3, knocking stacked blocks over, assisted walking (either by holding hands or by pushing her walker thing around), and flinging herself between people who catch her – it’s nearly like trying to walk, but she doesn’t take steps so much as throw her entire body at you and expect you to catch her. Naturally, she’s either grinning or laughing the entire time.
She has favourite songs & music videos too. She loves Twinkle Twinkle little star, and Daft Punk’s Around the World. She will dance and smile to anything she likes, and ignore whatever she doesn’t like.
She’s also enjoying daycare more every day, which is nice. The interaction with other babies has been great – she hasn’t had that much time to play with other babies her own age, so I’m really happy with the amount of socialization she’s getting.
Last night I dreamed she was starting to repeat words we said to her. She’s not quite there yet, but I don’t think it’s that far off. The thought of her being able to say things to us is a little mind-blowing at times, and also very exciting. Then again, every single thing that I get to see her figure out is just amazing.
Babies are little geniuses. I wish I could learn at that rate now.