Thursday, April 14, 2011

Left, Left, Left, Right, Left...

At this point, Rose still hasn't bested her episode of walking that I caught on video in the last post. She continues to practice standing up without assistance and taking a few tentative steps with a huge goofy grin on her face. But mostly, she tumbles sideways after three or four steps. Or thrusts herself forward into the waiting arms of an adult or cushioned piece of furniture. Here's a typical effort. So cute, isn't it?

Rose still heavily favors her left hand. Though she does seem able to do everything equally well with the right, she definitely prefers the left. I read somewhere that babies generally switch handedness multiple times before the age of two and finally settle into a preference around two or three. I have yet to see evidence of Rose favoring her right hand ever. It will be interesting to see what her final decision is. Here are some pictures of her lefty behaviors.

Yes, this is how you eat yogurt when you're twelve months old. 

Even though the weather hasn't been particularly nice, it's supposedly spring, so Rose and I have been taking a lot of outings to the parks in the neighborhood. Rose loves to go across the street to Jamison Park where we see how many doggies we can spot, and hope to make a chance encounter with a few of them. Rose eagerly pulls my hands to walk her towards anything on four legs, woofing the entire walk. It's questionable whether we'll make it to the dog before it's on its way. If not, there are lots of birds to talk about. Rose also loves to visit the bear. She growls at it from across the street as soon as she sees it. When we arrive, she likes to point out the bears eyes, nose and ears. She touches the smooth rock, then the rough rock, then the smooth rock.

Rose has made a new friend in the building. Liam is just a few weeks older than Rose and he has a cool double seater red waggon that he lets Rose ride in sometimes. If she's really lucky, Liam lets her hold his Elmo doll. And Liam has a dog, Sophie! When Rose see Sophie walking through the park towards her, she lets out a string of emphatic woofs until they have made contact. What fun!

Rose has added a few new signs to her language repertoire. She has perfected the signs for Please, All Done, Bird, More, Book, and Hat. Other signs she uses are not perfect replications of the ASL sign, but if you spend enough time with her, you begin to understand her versions. I consistently see her attempted Bike, Flower, Shoes, Cow and Milk. Other words have a Rose created sign. For Hot or Steam she blows out of her mouth. For Eat she slaps her thighs and says "Pop" (this is because at daycare they sing a Popping Popcorn song every time before they eat). For Glasses, she pokes her eye slowly but firmly enough that it waters. For Help, she does All Done but with the pirate grimace. For Toilet Paper, Paper Towel or anything similar, she wipes her nose with her hand. For Shampoo and Soap, she rubs her hands together.

Rose's spoken vocabulary is improving, too. Though she still speaks in only one to two sounds. So both Sheep and Shoe are "Shhhh." And Bird and Ball are "Baaa." Grandpa is still something like "Bump-ba" and Bubbles are "Bub-ba." And Hi is, surprisingly, "Hiii" and Bye is "Biii."

Biii, for now.

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