So I guess my baby sits now? Does it count as sitting if he has to be physically manhandled into the position? What if he topples over after one joyous, wobbling minute?
Lysander has always loved to ‘sit’. Even as a newborn after that initial week or so of baby curlines, he fought against being cradled in arms and was much happier when held on the lap in a sitting position. I think perhaps it’s because he was breech. It’s only recently that he’s mastered supporting himself in a sitting position though, and only in the last few days that he’s been able to remain that way for long enough to enable me to pull out the camera.
Balthazar is determined NOT to acquire the same skill. He too loves to be sat up on a lap – or better yet, held to stand – but he’s such a wriggly little guy that if we try to get him to sit, he just flings himself over.
What else have they been up to, developmentally? They now roll from back to front with ease (they’ve been able to roll from front to back for a long time now). Balthazar is a whiz at wriggling himself from one side of a room to another (Lysander still wails when he gets his arms stuck!) and his latest skill is doing it backwards! He rolls over and over to get about the room, the cheeky wee monkey!
The twins are are masters of the rattle, able to shake it without clonking themselves (high priority) or their brother (low priority) on the head! In fact, they’re pretty good at interacting with toys now and quickly figure out what to press in order to make noise or light. New toys always go down a treat but they have a few staple favourites that always elicit a laugh. They are easily delighted these days, quick to smile and to giggle; their favourite game at the moment is to be ‘fanned’ with an old piece of paper or a muslin, the more vigorously the better.
Oh, and they ‘talk’ to us, Balthazar in particular. Their range of noises has suddenly quadrupled.
Weaning is going well. We’re taking a baby-led approach mostly out of laziness and they are deeply enthused about the experience. They have tried: hummus, yoghurt, raspberries, blueberries, a lentil-tomato thing, an olive (held for them to lick) and a bit of satsuma. Balthazar was all about the sharper tastes of hummus and olive, whereas Lysander can’t get enough yoghurt. When they catch us eating they have started to shriek and cry until we share.
Recently the twins have realised that they have feet and now they cannot get enough of them! Holding them, sucking them (ew), their feet are exceedingly important to them right now. I’m hoping that they don’t realise their primary purpose (standing and walking) for a long while yet!
Six months is the very best age yet. If I could freeze them right here in time and keep them like this for a year or so, I would say a great big YES PLEASE.
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