month twelve Apr/May-2009 site home


Another sunny spring day; naturally, we didn't stay inside all day, but went out and just relaxed on the lawn.


Baby swimming, third time: Hannah is finally enjoying the water and games with the other babies, and didn't cry at all. Even in the shower, there were few complaints from her. She's still more reserved than most other babies, and likes to keep other grown-ups at a distance.


Went to the U6 check-up. Hannah still doesn't like the doctor and cried throughout the examination. Aside from her manners, body, weight and development are all fine.


Hannah woke up at 5:45, and has been sleepy the whole day long. Throughout the day, she's had three very long naps; it almost seems like she's away, no sound from her. We suspect that the teething is stressing her; she's constantly poking a finger into her mouth (sometimes even gags when she inserts the finger too far).


Hannah's grandparents visited for the weekend; they were really anxious to see the progress that Hannah has made since Xmas. Unfortunately, Hannah is very shy and treated them like total strangers. She started crying when they got too close, and just sought refuge near mommy or daddy. She even realized that it was grandma who stacked up the bricks, and actually refrained from knocking it over. That was striking to observe: At first, her instinct made Hannah reach out for the bricks, but when almost touching the bricks, she hesitated, looked at grandma, then retracted her hand.


Today, we went shopping for baby shoes, size 18. The sales clerk discouraged us from buying sandals, even though Hannah sweats in normal shoes; it is too hard to learn walking in sandals, tripping over the loose tip of the sandal. Of course, Hannah again cried in the shoe shop. We bought pink light shoes made out of cotton cloth, not leather.


Teething: Hannah has trouble sleeping, hardly eats anything, and is very sensitive and easily irritated. Last night, she awoke and started crying just as we were falling asleep. We tried to console her, but after a couple of minutes, she would start crying again, so we again took her into our bed.


A typical day in the life of young Hannah:
Getting up late (9:15), only little breakfast, then exploration in bed.

At noon, raking in the kitchen pantry. This is much more exciting that all the toys that have already been scattered around the living room!

In the afternoon, pestering daddy so much that he gives in and supplies his extra laptop for Hannah to play with. Normally, she just gets to randomly press all buttons on the nearby stereo.


When we went to Selvi and Mario today, Hannah surprisingly wasn't frightened as usual. She let Selvi help her walking, even briefly hold her, and interacted with the kids without reservation. Only Mario was eyed with some suspicion, but she didn't start crying at all.


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