Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Funny Faces


Rose is obsessed with her new tooth. It is barely there, just a ridge of jagged white peeping out from her pink gum. But the feeling of the bone is such a contrast to the slippery, soft skin that used to be there, she can't help touching it, over and over and over again. I wouldn't have such an issue with this, if she was touching it with her fingers. Her preferred method of exploration, though, happens to be with her tongue. She hangs her mouth open and runs her tongue in and out over her lower tooth. This leads to a very doltish looking child. Don't get me wrong, I love to watch Rose explore and discover. When I see her do this, it makes me laugh every time, knowing that she is probably trying to understand and accept this new change. It's so much fun to see the world through her eyes. But when we're in the coffee shop and the woman next to us coos "What an adorable baby" and Rose turns to look at her with her tongue hanging out, I feel compelled to explain that she has just discovered her first tooth. And no she is not missing a few marbles.

While I'm on the topic of odd behavior and new discoveries, I had another good laugh while giving Rose a bath last night. Rose has recently moved out of the infant tub and is now taking baths in the adult tub since she has mastered sitting up. I only fill the water up high enough to barely cover her thighs. It seems easier to manage a slippery baby this way. She loves baths, loves to play with a bath toy while I sponge her down. Last night, she was sitting completely bent over holding her toy keys under the water in front of her. No matter what I did, I couldn't get her to sit upright so I could wash her belly. She was intent on bending forward. Thinking she was just tired, I moved on to washing other parts of her body. Suddenly, in one motion, she dunked her face under the water and then shot straight up. She turned to look at me with shock and awe as she blinked back the water dripping down her face. Like Chase's head in the video I posted last week, I think Rose was trying to explore the water with her mouth. All that effort just to get her face into the bath water. Funny little lady.

Rose had a PT appointment this morning. She managed to walk out without a TOT collar. The report was similar to last time. She is making good progress, but her neck is still tight. Her social skills and motor skills are right on track, but we need to keep working on the neck and shoulder strength. Here are some pictures from the session (check out all that hair!).





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