Thursday, May 26, 2011

Little Things: Ada, Thirteen Months

Happy Thirteen Months to Ada!  Here is the one great photo that we've taken in the past couple of weeks.

Our little girl never stops moving these days.  The best way to capture Ada is on video, so I've included a few in this post.  Here is Ada's peekaboo trick.

Ada's favorite "toy" these days is a random article of clothing (or several).  She'll pick them up, wave them around, wrap them around her neck, make a pillow and take a nap, and generally just delight in them.  I wonder if this is a harbinger of things to come.  Is Ada going to be very different from her Mom in terms of interest in clothing?

Ada loves to walk and to dance.  The day I took this video, she went back and forth between making the music start and then dancing to the music at least a dozen times.

I think the biggest change in Ada during the past month is her obsession with walking.  She started the month taking a few tentative steps, and now she just wants to be on her feet all day long.  She has also begun to be a bit more daring when it comes to speed and balance.  She's doing more of the "drunken sailor" walking and falling, rather than only taking steps when she feels completely secure.  We do a lot of walking around the house and up and down the street in front of our house while holding one hand.  She likes the little bit of extra help to keep her balance.  Every day she becomes so much more stable on her feet.

Ada is such a joyful child.  She is almost always happy and smiling.  She loves to interact with people, especially other kids.  She laughs all the time and rarely seems to be in a bad mood.  Ada does get a bit frustrated when she wants something and can't have it for some reason.  She'll complain a bit by arching her back and making some noise, but she gives up pretty quickly and finds something else to do.  We haven't seen a true tantrum from her yet, although I am sure we will at some point.

Ada continues to eat and sleep well.  She eats anything and everything, but particularly likes whatever I'm eating.  When she was little, I used to bite her food into small pieces before giving it to her, and she likes to recreate that now, even though she can handle bigger pieces.  Sometimes she'll hand me a piece of her food, and she wants me to take a little bite then hand it back.  Once this has happened, she'll happily eat it.  Ada is down to one afternoon nap a day pretty consistently.  She sleeps well at night and I can't even remember the last time we had to go to her room after she was asleep for the night.  Oh, how I wish I had known she would become such a good nighttime sleeper about six months ago!  It would have made it a lot easier to get through those challenging months.

1 comment:

Alex, Andrea, Lucia, Magdalena Jones said...

I feel like you are enjoying Ada's babyhood/toddlerhood more than you did Jude - true? We should talk. Maybe it's just that you know more what to expect and that it doesn't last forever? Anyway, it's fun to read about how much joy she is bringing you!