Some of you will read this and roll their eyes. For those of you who do, please understand: I HAVE AN ANXIETY DISORDER. I worry unnecessarily about things. I’m working on it, really, I am.
Babby is ten and a half months old now.
I haven’t done a full update, because besides the biting, nothing really amazing has happened since the nine month mark. He was still pointing at everything, pulling himself up, signing for milk constantly, handing me objects, making me bleed and so on.
He is pointing at pictures in books now, and if possible is even more obsessed with them. As soon as I put the book down he is practically throwing it at me with impatient “Ah! Buh!” noises.
So really, I shouldn’t be at all concerned about anything.
But I’m me, so I am.
Here’s the thing: Babby has learned how to wave, which is fun.
But the sign for milk disappeared.
This baby was signing for milk CONSTANTLY. It wasn’t always to get milk. I think he knew it would get my attention.
While we think that to him “milk” and “mommy” were the same thing (since I am just a big booba to him, clearly), he did know what it meant because if I said “milk?” he’d start signing away, and if I signed it back he’d get all excited and start pulling at my shirt.
Then he picked up waving, and now he doesn’t sign for milk at all.
He doesn’t react if I say the word, he doesn’t react if I sign it at him. If I try to withhold the breast until he signs it (which he was doing with alacrity a week ago) he just stares at me. He is getting very frustrated and starting to scream a lot, because I no longer know what he wants when he gets thirsty.
PH says that regressions happen and the sign will come back. But of course I’m catastrophizing all over the place.
Especially since both signs, the milk and the waving, were captured behaviours. I mean that he happened to make them on his own, and we made a big fuss over it, so he did it again.
They weren’t imitated behaviours.
He doesn’t imitate us if we wave at him, or do other hand motions. He likes the waving thing, but it’s hard to get him to initiate it, because he does it randomly, not when we demonstrate waving or tell him to “say hi!” or “say bye!”
Should he be imitating us by now? He doesn’t imitate facial expressions, or try to mimic the words that we say, either. Meanwhile, an acquaintance on facebook has posted an adorable video of her three month old girl imitating sounds.
He enjoys watching itsy bitsy spider, but he doesn’t try make the motions himself.
He does SOME imitations. Sometimes, if I clap, he’ll clap too. He also watches how we interact with objects and then tries to do it himself.
We just had a fun little session today where I was showing him how to put his block IN a cup, and he was trying to do it too.
He also enjoys the “it’s on Babby’s head!” game, invented by PH which involves (cleverly enough) putting stuff on Babby’s head. When it falls off, he’ll try to put it back on.
So that in itself tells me that I’m being a little crazy.
But seriously. Where did “milk” go??