This month was the month of walking. She took her first steps at the beginning of the month, and by now is able to walk maybe 10 feet at a time. She toddles around the house, either using the wall/furniture for balance, or just freestyle, pulling stuff off tables and generally causing havoc. She just learned how to destroy books by tearing out the pages (before she just liked pulling them off the shelf), for instance.
Her other new skills include waving bye-bye (though she's not very good at this), carrying things around the house, drinking from a cup by herself, and finding hidden objects. She is really good at picking small objects up with her finger and thumb, and enjoys putting things in containers (and dumping them out again). Whenever she is given something new, she turns it every which way in her hands, studying every angle, and then sticks it in her mouth for the final test. I love watching her do this: it's darling.
When we first arrived in the US, she was nervous at the new environment and would cry if I left the room. But she got over this in a couple days, and doesn't mind being left with her grandparents at all. She still wants me and only me if she hurts herself or feels overwhelmed though.
She is still an incredibly good-tempered baby, who rarely cries or even fusses. She is almost always in a happy mood, bestowing smiles on her admirers, and easily consoled if things don't go her way.
Nicknames: Fur, ZiZi, Little Gremlin
Temperament: Happy, busy, determined
Things I Could Do Without: Diaper changing is awful. You can't stand losing your precious exploring time, and struggle against almost every diaper change unless you are really tired. (Oddly you don't mind getting dressed.) You are a champion wrestler and surprisingly strong, and this makes every diaper change incredibly inconvenient. If you cooperate, it goes faster, I promise!
Item/Toy We Love the Most: The new books I got you for Christmas.
Item/Toy You Love the Most: The elephant feely.
Things I'm Loving Most Right Now: Your walking skills, reading you stories (you will actually sit through a book sometimes), feeding you (you are the cutest little eater)
Things You're Loving Most Right Now: Walking, destroying stuff, sticking forbidden things in your mouth, exploring in general
Foods You Like: Bananas, blueberries, bread, noodles with tomato sauce, pork dumplings, cooked carrots, peas. You tried ice cream for the first time and liked it (but only when melted, the solid stuff was too cold).
Sounds/Words: Dada, Mama and a huge assortment of blablaga grrgum numnumnumnum yaahh!
(No pictures as I don't have my usual computer due to traveling)