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I'm a Perl coder living in Bethlehem, PA and working Philadelphia. I'm a philosopher and theologan by training, but I was shocked to learn upon my graduation that these skills don't have many associated careers. Now I write code.

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Tuesday December 18, 2007
06:02 PM

nine months in, nine months out

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Well, Martha has now been out in the atmosphere for a bit longer than half her life. She's got four teeth out, and I'm pretty sure she's working on two more. She's back in a "I'm not really very interested in standing" phase, but I still think she's going to start walking pretty soon. It's hard to say whether she means anything specific when she says "dadadadda" or "mamamamama," but it can still be cute -- it's certainly cuter than when she's saying, "WAAAAAAUGH!"

I'm looking forward to at least a few key words, like "hungry" and "potty" and maybe, "actually, I think I'd prefer the chicken dinner tonight, please." I also would not mind if she developed the urge and ability to give hugs on her own.

She's eating chunkier foods, now, and we're working on giving her a bit of grown-up food, now and then. It's a lot of fun to watch her very nervously try to eat a piece of toast or blueberry pancake, for no reason I can clearly identify. I'm hoping that she gives eggs another try, and likes them, soon.

A few weeks ago she figured out stair-climbing, and now she loves to climb up the stairs. She shows only minimal interest in climbing down the stairs, and I haven't tried to encourage it. She likes to sit on the sofa with Gloria and me, but she hasn't quite grasped the fact that crawling off of its edge always leads to screaming and crying.

She's also recently figured out that it's fun to stick our her tongue. We'll make a tongue-stuck-out face at her, and she will reciprocate, and then giggle. She's also immensely amused by her own sneezes, although our sneezes still tend to frighten her a little bit.

In just a week, she'll be celebrating her first Christmas, and she'll get to unwrap some presents. I'm sure she'll enjoy that, even if she's just in it for the tearing up of paper. I'll post some sure-to-be adorable pictures after the event.

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  • Have you tired to sign with her?

    It worked well with our first born. It took about 4 months before he started signing back.

    We are slacking a little bit with our newest one (a few months younger than yours I'm guessing).
    • We sign some things to her: hungry, food, mother, father, potty. So far, no useful results.
      • We got the Baby Signing Time [] videos for Ella and she LOVES them. Be warned: some of the songs are incredibly catchy.

        She surprises us with what she picks up and what she doesn't -- 'cracker' is in the video but we'd never tried it with her until actually giving her crackers yesterday. Today she made the sign, out of the blue. But then there are others that we do all the time that she doesn't sign back, so...