We had a lovely little week. Besides the fact that it was cloudy and rainy almost every day, which really put a damper on my spirits, it was a lot of fun watching Aria develop her knew skill of pulling to stand.
All week she has been pulling to stand on just about everything. Gone are the days where she mostly played on her stomach, and pivoting around or getting up on her hands and knees to crawl to a new destination to play on her stomach again.
Late last week, she started pulling herself up to a kneeling position. Then she started pulling herself up to stand in a very bent over way.
By the end of the week she had gotten to the point where she was almost completely upright. It’s her preferred position lately. It seems like she just crawls around to find a new place to pull up on. It’s so incredible what a week can do!
She most certainly, definitely does not use her crawling track to crawl in anymore. Last week she would sit in it and play. Now she is just so obsessed with standing all she will do in it is stand. She hasn’t managed to climb out of it yet. But I suspect that is likely only days away.
One of her favorite places is the window. I think that may have been one of her main motivations to learn to pull to stand – so she could see out the window. (And lick it. She really enjoys the feeling of her lips and tongue smearing across the cold window.)
Her crawling is getting to the point where she only crawls because she wants to find something new to pull to stand on.
Also, she has no fear of heights. She has multiple times went to crawl straight off the bed. I’m trying to let her learn, a little? I will let her crawl and “fall” into the crawling track. But it doesn’t bother her at all, so I’m not sure she is leaning anything.
Aria has been eating a lot of finger food lately. We started with Gerber Puffs, Cheerios, and Rice Crispies. She just started solids less than a month ago and has no teeth, but she really does great with them. She pretty much just puts the food in her mouth and it dissolves.
Starting finger foods early has the additional benefit of being a great tool for practicing the pincer grasp! It’s a great daily fine motor workout for her.
Our picture cards this week were low altitude clouds & types of triangles. For math we did progressions of 7 (skip counting by 7) with randomized subitization quantity cards. And for written language immersion we had two sets of fruit words & pictures!
Our classical music piece this week was The Barber of Seville: Overture by Gioachino Rossini.
It rained a lot this week, but we did manage to sneak in a photo session at the beach Saturday afternoon, before the storm hit. Aria was loving the sensory sensation of the sand, as usual.
Sunday we had another break from rain for a period in the afternoon, so we took the chance to go swimming.
The last few swim sessions we have done, we had just been getting accustomed to the water. She is quite comfortable and happy in the pool now.
So I started teaching her to submerge in water and hold her breath, the first step in independent swimming. The technique I used is to hold her horizontal, rather than vertical. When you hold a baby vertically and dunk them under, water rushes into their mouth and nose simply by the force of gravity. But when a baby is horizontal and you dip their face in, they will only inhale water if they gasp once they’re under water.
So, hold baby horizontal, say the prompt (I use: “One, two, three, under!”), then blow in baby’s face so they will close their eyes and mouth and hopefully not gasp. Then dip baby’s face into the water as quickly as possible – honestly I was only doing it for a half second at a time.
We did this quite a few times and she was happy each time. A little surprised. And a once or twice she did slightly gasp and so she coughed very briefly (I am estimating she only swallowed drops of water, considering how briefly she was underwater and the position she went under).
But that is ok, because it is part of the learning process. The baby has to learn what not to do – what will happen if they don’t hold their breath.
However, I do keep it down to three times per session. If baby has swallowed or inhaled water more than three times that day, I stop doing submersions. Even though it is only possible for her to swallow / inhale the most minuscule amount because of my technique. It is just not healthy to inhale or swallow lots of water so I always err on the side of caution.
Looking forward to the rest of the summer and her learning how to swim! Hopefully next week’s weather will be kinder to our swimming habits.
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