Eleven Months


-"Two Little Kitty Cats" from Kids Music Together. Over and over and over. 

-"Mr. Rabbit" from Kids Music Together. She does rabbit ears with her fingers, although she can only figure out how to raise one. 

-Cruising around holding onto furniture

-Eating fruit of all kinds, many vegetables, and often nothing else

-Crawling over to her shoes and holding them up to her feet when she feels like going out

-Batting her eyelashes

-Trying to get inside the fridge every time it opens

-Reading her books over and over and over. Desperate to read her books at all times! 

-Making cow, dog, and sheep sounds.

-Pointing out when a drink is hot by waving her hand to cool it down and saying "hot!"

-Pointing at herself. If she sees a picture of herself, she'll point to herself, but also sometimes she points at herself when looking at a picture of someone else, or when asked where mama is, etc. 


-Going to sleep.

-Foods she loved the day or week before.

-Being patient.

-Being cooped up inside because of being sick or because of the weather.

-The nose bulb or Nose Frida.

Ten Months


-Two Little Kitty Cats from music class; she asks for it over and over using the choreography from class: rubbing a hand up and down her arm like a cat

-reading books, over and over and over. She points out the angry purple crayon in her crayon book by shaking her finger and taps her head to ask for The Snowy Day (“the snow fell down—plop!—on his head”)

-pulling up to standing on any and everything

-playing tug-of-war, making exaggerated grunts of effort  

-using baby ASL to ask for lights to be turned on or to point out lights, especially our neon sign from our wedding

-finally, swimming!  

-baby rusk crackers, strawberries, spinach, momos  

-“touching Daddy’s scratchy face” 

-following us from room to room  

-rubber duckies in all forms  

-squinting and batting her eyelashes  

-tossing her food on the floor  

-putting things inside of other things  

-sitting in the perfect spot to triangulate seeing Daddy and Mommy at the same time when they’re in different rooms  



This part is harder and harder! 

-being confined too long

-sleeping well at night (until the last few days of the month when we had to try cry it out again!) 

-being left alone  

-not being read to immediately once she decides she wants to read a book  

Nine Months


-dancing! At the very slightest hint of music, she shakes it! 

-reading. She will go to any lengths to get us to read to her, and when we finish a book, she wants to read it all over again. She empties her bookshelf many times daily and even reads to herself sometimes. 

-drinking water, from a glass or her sippy cup.  

-tossing food on the floor. Before she tries it, she tosses it. 

-the adoring attention of all her family over the holidays. When we got home she kept looking around for her audience.  

-meeting her great-Grandma at Christmas  

-making a super exaggerated amazed face, when opening gifts, when seeing something cool, just to do it!  

-plunging her hand into people’s mouths  

-gnocchi and polenta, cranberry sauce, blueberries and strawberries, chewy cheesey breads, dumplings of all kinds!  

-clenching food in her fist, then squeezing, and eating it when it shoots out the top!  

-pointing at and chatting about art (really!!!) 

-pointing in general! 

-answering any question with an emphatic “yessshshsh!” 


-sharing. She smacks kids to take her toys! Gotta work on that!  

-spoons. Absolutely will not abide. 

-teething. The poor baby has four teeth coming in on top and is in so much pain. 

-sleeping through the night. Naps got better but the traveling and teething this month really messed up nighttime sleep.  

-knocks on the head. All the pulling up on furniture has resulted in a lot of bumps and tears. 

-the car of course, but our new car seat really improved things!!!  

Eight Months


-sitting up on her own finally—every time she does it, she’s so proud! 

-crawling, finally! 

-crawling or rolling into her parents’ laps

-grown up food—she does a dance when she really likes something

-dancing to music, real or in her head, and playing her drum

-those plastic cups still! 



-peek-a-boo pulling a cloth off Daddy’s face or, self-initiated, with the shower curtain

-hissing—maybe it feels good with her new bottom teeth!  

-handing grown ups books to read her  

-waving and clapping

-greeting strangers on the street

-holding her hand out to people she loves

-putting her hand in our mouths



-being alone, even for a second

-being put into her crib 


-eating with a spoon! She used to love it but now it’s hands only! 

-relinquishing her toys—she started throwing tantrums!  

-staying still!!!  

Seven Months


-her orange plastic fish friend, always clutched in her hand




-music class and story time 

-babbling and saying “mamamama” and “dadadada” and “babababa”  

-hanging out with friends in the park  

-drinking water from a glass

-shaking shakers 

-eating from a spoon and with her fingers: yogurt with fruit, sweet potato, banana, spiced pumpkin purée, broccoli, peas, especially pears  

-siting in a high chair and eating grown up food in restaurants

-dancing to music with mom and dad  




-the car

-napping for more than 35 min

-being left alone for more than one second  

-green beans  

-cold rainy days where we can’t go outside  

-barking dogs  

-having to put on a diaper after bath time  

-not being able to crawl yet when she really wants to move!  

-getting put down to go to sleep, still! The worst thing ever. Besides cars.  

Six Months


-log rolling to get where she wants to go

-sitting up (although she can’t get there herself yet) 

-35 minute naps

-her plastic cups

-sweet potato, banana, peas, carrots, peanut butter! 

-saying “babababa” and “dadadada” 

-the swing  

-waving hello

-mirrors and the cute baby she sees in them  

-reaching out to touch the faces of those she loves  

-facing out in her carrier

-Kids Music Together

-Aubergine and sometimes sitting in a high chair  

-sharing coffee cups and water glasses



-long naps

-waking up at a reasonable hour


-green beans

-car rides  

Five Months


-blowing raspberries and spit bubbles


-riding facing forward in her carrier

-tasting fruit like peaches, pears, and watermelon and eating sweet potato from a spoon

-trying to drink Mommy's coffee

-being tickled on her belly

-her plastic stacking cups

-Pat the Bunny

-finger puppet books and puppets in general

-rolling onto her belly (but not being on her belly once she gets there!) 

-playing the tambourine and the rattle (but not too much or it scares her!)  

-being well-rested a few times  

-the Nick Cave and James Turrell shows at Mass MoCA




-the stroller  

-napping for long enough (but she's getting better)

-did we mention the car?  


Four Months


-her fingers  

-her toes

-squealing and purring  

-tasting foods like broccoli, carrots, nectarines, hummus, and sweet potato  

-her bottle? She hated it and then suddenly grabbed it and stuck it in her mouth a few days before her five month birthday. 

-being close to her mom and dad

-Sophie the Giraffe

-singing the Itsy Bitsy Spider  

-story time at the library  

-fake coughing for laughs  

-reading books, especially Eric Carlie's cannon



-the "extinction method" of sleep training

-napping indoors

-napping in general

-her bottle until she loved it? 

-the elephant and hippo she previously adored on her Fisher Price bouncy seat because she can't get them into her mouth  

-being away from mom and dad  

-the car

-the stroller

-the subway  

Three Months


-the elephant from her bouncy seat

-baby paper

-her moose toy

-the owls in her gym  


-drooling. So much drooling. 

-putting things in her mouth!  

-trying to stand  

-napping in her Ergo

-sucking her thumb

-having her diaper changed outside  

-dancing with her dad

-This Must Be the Place, Talking Heads

-The Clapping Song, Shirley Ellis

-Thirteen, Big Star

-singing along  



-car rides  

-her bassinet  

-waiting. For anything. 

-getting a hair in her eye  


Two Months


-playing in her jungle chair first thing in the morning

-spinning the parts of her wooden baby gym she can reach  

-sometimes taking super long naps in her swing  

-The Zombies "She's Not There" 

-napping on long walks in her Ergo

-kicking around on her sheepskin  

-smiling and cooing  

-One Today by Richard Blanco, Radiant Child by Javaka Steptoe



-sleeping alone  

-not getting what she wants immediately   


-not napping  

-relaxing in someone's arms

Newborn-One Month


-sleeping on Daddy's chest

-sleeping on Grandpa H's chest  


-dancing with Daddy

-The Four Seasons, Bob Dylan, Stevie Wonder...

-clenched fists  

-diaper changes  

-bouncing vigorously on the birthing ball



-being put down, ever

-bath time