Yesterday, Aerissa discovered her hands. It was very cool for me to watch her as she did so…
She clenched her fist at arm's length, her eyes fixated on this curious thing. Her mouth is in a small “o” shape as her fist slowly floats towards her face. Her eyes widen and she kicks her legs in anticipation. Then, her fist reaches her mouth, where she happily sucks on it.
The process starts all over again.
It was seriously cute. She's been bringing her hands to her mouth and even together in front of her chest, but that was the first time I witnessed her actually watching her hands.
Being with her at home has been truly amazing. I don't just see bigger milestones, I see tiny developmental progress as well!
For example, over the past few days I've noticed that she doesn't clench her fists quite so much. She is opening and closing them more, especially as she reaches for dangly toys and mama's hair. She does usually fist them up when she's trying to fall asleep and puts them by her face.
She's grasping more at objects, really grabbing at them since the grasp reflex is basically gone now. I've been laying a teething blanket in her lap when she plays in her infant rocker chair. The corners have textured teething pieces. The top of the blanket has a soft monkey head with little silky taggies.
She's paid little attention to it up until now, unless I made the monkey head dance for her… but now her little hands are exploring and finding it on her lap – clutching at it, feeling the textures, and even occasionally trying to bring it to her mouth.
I can't wait to see what she discovers next!
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