I don’t have photos of it, cause I was too busy watching it happen, but
Ginny took three unsupported steps on Saturday.
She stood up in the middle of her nursery, balanced, then took three slow, controlled, steps toward her toy cabinet. Then she stopped, stood still for a moment, and sat down. I was very surprised at how controlled her movements were. Never having been through this before, I had kind of expected a tottering lunge, or an out of control stagger, but she was very controlled and in charge of her body. She thinks things through and works to physically get at what she wants. This little girl is just impressing my socks off.
She may be walking on her own in time for her first birthday party this coming Saturday! And I promise I’ll get photos and video up soon.
Now that I’ve related that momentous news, here’s the rest of the Ginny update:
Ginny has proven to us that she knows what the remote control is for. She has been reaching for it for a couple of weeks now, so we took one of our old remotes, removed the batteries and let her have it to play with. She pressed the buttons, and then turned to see if she had had any effect on the TV !!!! I about fell over with shock. (yes Missy, I am bragging on my child)
She is eating almost all solid pieces of food now. Some self fed (fingers to mouth. Her pincer grasp is quite good), some spoon fed by us. She loves cheerios, and green peas, and she will just about murder anyone who tries to eat any of her serving of bing cherries. She loves mushrooms (cooked of course). She also seems to have a budding passion for watermellon.
The food item we are still behind on is milk products. She hasn’t really been introduced to cheeses yet. We’ve done yogurt and cottage cheese, but she wasn’t thrilled and it seemed to have a negative effect on her..um…system. So we stopped all milk products other than her formula and we will try it again next month.
After much repetition Ginny finally seems to be understanding that Mama and Dada/Papa (she says both) are two different people and that we each have a name. At first it seemed to be that Mama meant “the person or comfort object that I WANT” and Dada meant “random object or person” but we think she is finally getting that Dada/Papa is the fun guy with the long hair and beard, while Mama is the cuddly one who doesn’t have a scratcy face.
I never thought I would enjoy a child this young. I always thought that I wouldn’t be able to relate to a child under the age of about 4. Thank you LORD above that YOU knew better. I would not have missed this first year with Ginny for all the money in the world. She is such a cheerful, sweet, intelligent child. Total sunshine.
thank you Lord (and Mel) for Ginny.