Claire is 11 months (time sure does fly!) and she is doing so many fun things these days that I just had to share.
Claire is getting her first tooth! I noticed it on Saturday when she opened her mouth for a bite. It looked like a spot on her gums, but today, just few days later, you can definitely feel that it is there. And, other than producing gallons of drool when she chews on her teethers, it doesn't seem to be fazing her at all.
In gross motor, Claire is making amazing progress! A month ago she wouldn't (not couldn't, but wouldn't!) bear any weight on her legs. As soon as you tried to stand her up, she would pull her legs up just as fast as she could. She started bearing weight on her legs in PT last month, and today, while her posture isn't good, she can pull to stand from sitting on a bench! That is huge in one month! And what could be better motivation than a cell phone? :)
Claire isn't crawling quite yet, but know that she isn't far away either. She makes very purposeful and impressive lunges while on the carpet, and was pulling herself one scootch forward on the hardwood floor last night.
We started with the Talk Tools program a few months ago, and while I love our ST, I've been slacking quite a bit with Claire's exercises. The only thing we use consistently is the Honey Bear cup, and a couple of weeks ago, Claire started drinking from the straw. She doesn't do it consistently, but this is a great first step in transitioning off the bottle. And she loves the Bear. She reaches for him whenever she sees him.
But my favorite new things she's doing are great big hugs! She reaches her arms around your neck and just squeezes. And then she finds hair and pulls, which takes a little away from the hugs, but they are still awesome!