I love this age! Here are some current highlights:
Zara started crawling several weeks ago and is now very fast! She follows right behind us and races to get into the fridge and pantry every time we open the doors. Good thing we are still faster than her (for now). Lexi is now getting the hang of crawling too, but is still figuring out how to stay up on her hands and knees so she is not quite as fast yet. The current routine is for them both to follow me around with Lexi trailing behind complaining because as soon as she gets to where I am, I am usually leaving to go somewhere else. The girls love to crawl under the dining room table and chairs and sit or lay there together.
Zara is into pulling herself up on people, crawling right over the top of us (Lexi gets annoyed when Z crawls on top of her), standing up on the railing of her crib and anything else she can get ahold of. So far she seems to be independent and outgoing. She loves music - her favorite toy is the music table. She starts rocking back and forth as soon as she hears music.
Lexi loves to shut the door in the nursery - this is usually the first thing she goes for when I put her down on the floor. She has already figured out how to open some drawers too. One cute thing she does is spin in circles when she is sitting on the floor and she continues to have a smile that lights up her whole face! Lexi is sweet and sensitive, but definitely holds her own against her sister.
Zara (left) and Lexi (right)
The girls continue to eat really well and are starting to learn how to drink from sippy cups too. Both are mastering self-feeding and enjoying feeding themselves all sorts of fruits, avocado, bread, cheese and their favorite, puffs. I am still pureeing baby food so most meals include some puree or yogurt and self-feeding. Lexi is especially good at self-feeding and has started to try to steal food off of Zara's tray when she is done with her own. Zara would rather be fed and will sit with her mouth open hoping that someone will pick the food up and put it in her mouth for her.
Favorite activities now are playing with their "house" (FP Laugh and Learn house), wooden activity cube, soccer ball and music table, going on outings to the store, taking walks, staring at the washing machine in action, crawling under the dining table and chairs, playing peek-a-boo, singing songs and nightly bedtime stories read by their daddy.
Other happenings this month include transitioning the girls out of infant carrier-style car seats and into convertible seats and installing more baby gates. We finally finished the nursery by hanging up blackout curtains in their room - this became more necessary with daylight lasting later than bedtime now.