We have teeth! Sophie has one and a half, Michael's first one made its appearance this week, and we're all pretty tired again.
We're working on finger foods, sippy cups, and spoons!
Both are fans of puffs for snacks (like Cheerios), although Sophie seems to have the hang of it a little better than Michael so far, perhaps thanks to teeth.
We're offering them chunkier pieces of fruits an veggies at meal times, but neither is loving that. They seem pretty eager to get food in their bellies, and mushing it up with their gums seems to annoy them a bit. Part of that may be due to us waiting so long to make this transition. I felt introducing cereal and purees at four months as their pediatrician recommended was jumping the gun a bit and just haven't been in a hurry to put chunks of food in their mouths. It still freaks me out a bit. The adjustment is probably going to take some time for all of us!
Other developments include Michael finding a love for (don't giggle) playing with balls, particularly a little yellow and purple pair that came with a Christmas toy. He loves clapping them together, and after they watched me toss one in the air a few times and catch it one night, my mom and I noticed Michael kept holding one out in his hand. My mom agreed that he seemed to be waiting for it to jump up out of his hand and into the air like it did out of my mine the night before! There's also a big, bumpy ball at the child care center that Michael loves so much he "yells" at the other babies who try to take it. Throwing, catching, and sharing are some things to work on, I guess!
Sophie still can't get enough of "walking." Put two hands in front of her and she immediately grabs your thumbs or index fingers, urges you to pull her up (it's all in the way she looks at you), and is on the go in a hurry. If you want to stop this game, you'd better have good alternative to offer in its place or she gets MAD.
They both cruise along furniture a bit, play together rather than just near each other, love touch-and-feel books, wave hello and good-bye sometimes, dance adorably to music (Michael added a little head movement this week -- think Axel Rose), and are really growing into mini toddlers before our eyes, amazing us with every little change.
(I hope to add a video my mom took on Thursday morning of Michael waving bye-bye to Mike followed by his new dance move once I swipe it from her.)