Baby's First Year: Week 24 (Babbling & Rolling Over)

Michele Zipp
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Meet first-time mom starburst1680. She's sharing the roller coaster ride of her first year of motherhood. Check back every week for all the emotion and exhaustion -- right up to Kathryn Grace's first birthday.

Week 24:

Kathryn's teething has gotten a lot better these past few days. I guess her teeth were just going through a growth spurt or something. She still doesn't have any teeth that have popped up through her gums, so we're not done with teething yet. I just feel so bad for her when her gums are hurting. She tries to be in a good mood, but sometimes they just hurt so much and I wish she didn't have to be in pain like that.

New on the menu this week was squash and peaches. She really likes squash; it's probably third on her favorites list behind bananas and sweet potatoes.

Peaches aren't one of her favorites. She'll eat them but she doesn't get as excited about them as some others. We also re-tried green beans this week. The first time we gave them to her, I was pretty sure she hated them. However, when we tried them again this week, she didn't seem to mind them. They're still not one of her favorites, but I'd say they're about a 5 on a scale of 1 to 10 for her. I'm glad she doesn't mind them because they're one of the vegetables we have most frequently.

I think Kathryn might be someone who likes to focus on one thing at a time and do that one thing well before moving on. Two examples that have led me to this conclusion are her talking/babbling and rolling over. Kathryn figured out how to talk and roll from her tummy to her back about two or three months ago. She did each for a while and then stopped doing both. I was sure she could still hear and her vocal cords definitely worked so I wasn't worried that there was some physical reason for her not talking anymore, and she still communicated her needs/opinions pretty clearly with her facial expressions and body language. While she wasn't talking or rolling tummy-to-back, she mastered rolling back-to-tummy and got a lot better at sitting up.

The past week or so she's started babbling again, especially the past two days. I love hearing her little voice! And a few days ago, she finally rolled tummy-to-back again. It's nice that she remembered how to do that because when she'd roll onto her tummy, she'd be happy for a few minutes and then get mad because she was stuck on her tummy. I kept trying to tell her that she already knew how to roll back onto her back but that didn't seem to matter to her :-).

Either way, she's back to doing everything plus sitting up and rolling both directions. She's still kind of wobbly when sitting without support but she's getting better.

(We're celebrating starburst168's first year with baby, so thanks for keeping your judgments about parenting choices to yourself.)

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