Suddenly, one of Rose's favorite things has become walking anywhere and everywhere holding onto two things - usually a cooperative adult's right and left hands. But sometimes she'll take off unknowingly with one hand and one toy held above her head. Either way, she wants to move and she wants you to go with her. If you try to take her off course, she digs her heels in and protests with a firm staccato "dat, dat, dat, dat..." until you get back on track. After a long weekend at the beach house, all of us over the age of one needed a good back massage!
Rose had a great time at the beach house. She woke up every morning to help Grandpa with breakfast.
And then consumed the resulting masterpiece with gusto.
She had a play date with a new friend - a younger man who wasn't yet crawling. She couldn't quite figure out how to play with him, so she resorted to pointing out where his eyes were, in case he hadn't discovered them yet.
Rose enjoyed exploring the interpretive center down the street. She talked to puppets, walked and crawled over everything and listened to different bird calls.
Rose developed a new sense of her surroundings over the weekend. Doors are no longer just a part of the wall, but portals to new and exciting places. She requested over and over and over again to venture out the backdoor down to the beach to watch the birds, walk on the sand and play with rocks (another new and exciting discovery). Coming back inside again would reset her interest, and within minutes she'd be asking to go back out the door. By asking, I mean pointing at it and saying "Dat? Dat? Dat?" over and over again. And she would burst into tears if she was told that it wasn't going to happen right then. There's been a lot of that lately - bursting into tears in response to not getting her way. It's fascinating to watch her assert her developing personality. And funny and exhausting.
Here Rose is outside with Grandma, Mom and walking with Dad.
I'll leave you with a video of Rose and her first run in with string cheese. She's pretty good at animal sounds, but as you'll see in this video, the talent comes and goes.