Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Regarding Marta

Our little one had her 9-month checkup today, and it was good timing, because this morning she woke up with a full-blown cold, so we got to find out that no, she didn't have an ear infection and no, no teeth were coming in. Just runny nose misery. Poor baby Marta, who hates taking Tylenol. 

She was in great spirits at her doctor visit today, and showed off her pointing, clapping and kissing, making me look like an A-#1 mom. Until doc said, "Just a little concerned that she's not crawling yet, although obviously her motor skills are fine and she's doing almost everything else that she should be. HOWEVER, most babies her age are pulling up, moving around and crawling by now."

(Note: Berit didn't crawl until 10 months, and walked at 11 months, and somehow she's managing just fine at her current age of 2 1/2.)

I wanted to say, "Uh, didn't you just hear her recite the Preamble? And I'm pretty sure she has the entire American Sign Language alphabet memorized." Because she's clever, and funny, and maybe I'm just a bit more busy than I should be with a baby and I carry her everywhere because it's convenient. 

Anyway, for those of you relatives who hang on every milestone, here's what's happening with her little body: 
21 pounds, 2 ounces. 90th percentile.
27 3/4 inches, 60th percentile.
Head, 18 inches, 85th percentile.
NO HEART MURMUR heard, but doctor said Marta was moving around a lot and she wasn't 100 percent sure it was gone.

Tomorrow we start crawling lessons. Or, maybe we'll just plop her in the stroller with some Cheerios and go for a walk. Whichever's easiest.

Update to this post, for posterity's sake:
These days, Marta is taking 3-4 naps per day, but this seems to be reducing little by little. 
She eats everything we eat, but is really only interested in things she can feed herself.
She loves, loves, loves ice cream. Duh.
She loves to be in the water more than anywhere else. 
She loves animals, especially dogs, and freaks out anytime she sees one because she wants to bury her face in it. No fear with this one.
She's wearing 12-18 months or 18-24 months sized clothing.

1 comment:

Liza said...

Glad to hear you have a 'mostly healthy outside of the cold' babe! She sure is adorable! As for the theory as a mother of more than one....don't encourage it. Because the sooner they're mobile the harder it all becomes. Carter crawled and walked WAY too early (91/2months) it seemed like he was never a baby. So now when Christian is beginning to get up on all fours and rock back and forth, I simply flip the little bugger back over and find some toy to dangle over his head. I can't believe I'm thinking it but, someday I might look back and say that these first 6 months were the easy ones with Christian laying on the blanket.

As for the three reasons you think you're a bad mom, you are NOT! You aren't even a normal mom. Even the average moms do so much worse. You are great! and your girls are great for it! Enjoy the stages they go so fast!