She's officially no longer a baby! Lauren turned one January 8. I can't believe how fast the first year goes by. We had a really nice party for her on Saturday and she of course loved all the attention. Obviously from the pictures you can see she enjoyed the cake!
Lauren has continued to make some really nice progress in her therapies. She is starting to cruise around slowly. She asserts her independence, and often doesn't want help with feeding herself, standing, etc. Just today she clapped her hands a few times, unprompted. She also said "Mama" today, but I am not convinced she said it purposely with meaning, as much as I would love to think that she did! She was whining for me at the time, so maybe...
Lauren does seem to be stuck in some 9 month behaviors. She still mouths objects and toys quite a bit, and she bangs objects constantly. Yes, that was a goal we were happy to see her achieve, but it is still a 9 month skill, so I am hoping she will keep trucking along those milestone markers. One of the therapists suggested it was typical for her to be at that phase, since she hasn't been crawling that long. She hasn't had the opportunity to check everything out in her environment to be past some of the 9 month skills. Her fine motor skills are not terribly impressive. They are improving, but with all the advancements she has made with her gross motor skills, they say not to be surprised that the fine motor skills and language skills have taken a backseat. She doesn't have much precision with her hands. She overshoots and pushes with her hands instead of grasping objects, and she doesn't turn her hands over well.
Here are some developmental goals I have for Lauren: waving bye-bye, turning hands over to look at palms, dropping objects in a container, stacking objects or placing them in rows, using a spoon better, cruising, babbling, recognizing family members' names, less rocking and head-banging.
All things considered, we continue to feel fortunate with all of Lauren's strengths, but we have much to work on!
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