Friday, July 30th, 2010
Ruby seems to be having a growth spurt in the learning department. A few days ago, she figured out how to move her hand into range of her mouth and keep it there long enough to enjoy some sucking. Her coordination still isn’t great, so she gets frustrated with it after a few minutes, but we often hear the telltale smacking sound coming from her car seat or hammock, and she’ll be there sucking on her fist or even – for a few moments – on her thumb.
And as we speak, Ruby is sitting in her vibrating seat, talking loudly to the animals on the toy bar. Just yesterday morning, she learned that kicking her legs hard against the edge of the seat would make the animals move, and she has spent many minutes entertaining herself in this manner since.
It was fascinating watching such a realization dawn on her face, so fascinating that I wanted more. I laid her in her baby gym with her foot near an upright bar, hoping she’d figure out that if she kicked it, all the toys above would shake. And within moments, she did. She kicked, and a rattle on the bar shook, and so she kicked again and again and again, harder and faster, clearly loving the noise and the movement. She smiled and cooed and semi-squealed at the toys above and herself in the mirror, until the mirror fell over from the jostling and landed on her because bad mommy didn’t think about the fact that she could wiggle herself close enough to it to get hit if it fell, and she cried and bad mommy picked her up and bounced her and singsonged “I’m sorry, angel” into her ear until she was okay again.
Another thing she is learning is that Mom and Dad = Yay! She’s becoming so much more social with her smiling. For example, last night I brought her into the kitchen with me, and she stayed focused and content playing in her vibrating seat the entire time I mixed and baked a batch of oatmeal chocolate cookies, but whenever I would step closer into her line of sight, her face would light up with a smile. Last night, D went to get her out of her hammock when we realized she was not planning to fall back to sleep, and as soon as he lifted her out, he was rewarded with a grin.
I have to tell you, as much as I adored her the first minute I saw her, the first week, the first month, I adore her so much more now at two months. Every day, she is getting sweeter, smarter, prettier, funnier. I can’t imagine what fun the next year, 10 years, forever is going to bring.