Last week was hectic at our house. Petra ate a gazillion times a day and gave up on sleep. By the weekend, Travis and I were a bit beat up.
We think Petra was going through a big developmental shift because after she mellowed out at the weekend, she started doing all kinds of new things, as abruptly as if someone had flipped a switch in her head. She's suddenly very chatty and much louder, making all kinds of new sounds. In fact, she's just generally more interactive. She's newly ticklish – something I discovered when I tried to wash her the other day. Lots of squirming and giggling took place, and not such a lot of washing. She's responding to sights and sounds that she used to ignore. Story time has gotten more active as a result. She settles in to listen and look and talks back to the book.
She's found her hands as well. I wiggled a soft block in front of her on Sunday, which she stared at vaguely for a while. Then her face sharpened into focus and she put both hands out to hold it and move it around. The block is now extremely amusing for her. It has pictures of a sheep, a kiwi and another native bird that I can't identify on it, and the sheep is just the funniest thing ever. Her laugh comes all the way from her belly. We're captivated by it, laughing along with her every time.
And she has a new tummy time skill. She lifts her head and shoulders and pushes herself up with her forearms. One day she couldn't do it; the next day she just pushed up as if she'd been doing it forever.
She's fascinating – we can see her learning and developing, making connections and working things out.