Contrary to what some developmental specialists (ahem) might say, Maddie is really moving along. She’s nine and a half months old (seven months adjusted) and we see changes in her every day. Physical changes. She rolls across the floor now. I was doing laundry today, and laid her in the middle of some blankets in the middle of our living room. I glanced over at her as I sorted the laundry – I could see her the whole time – and she’d already rolled to the edge of the room. Off the blankets, off the rug, onto the hardwood floor, and she probably would have kept going if I hadn’t picked her up and put her in her swing. And when I picked her up? She laughed and squealed as if rolling across the hard floor was great, great fun. I need to get a video of her rolling.
Maddie has gotten a lot better at holding her own bottle. Even with her allegedly messed-up thumbs! Way to overcome adversity, Maddie! See, check it out:
We started teaching her to feed herself by handing her the small, two ounce bottles we got from the NICU. It’s the perfect size for her hands. She grabs it and eagerly pulls it into her mouth. Sometimes she is so good at feeding herself she pops out her pinky like she’s all proper and dignified.
And other times? She doesn’t quite get it.
I said she was better. Not an expert.
The most helpful thing she does is hold her own breathing treatment. She puts it IN her MOUTH (which isn’t at all necessary) and she keeps it there during the whole ten minute treatment. But, the funniest part about her treatment is that she talks during the entire thing. This morning I got a video of her sitting on my mom’s lap while Maddie gave herself a treatment. The hum is the air compressor that’s making the mist. The rest of the noise is all Maddie.
It’s like she’s playing a Didgeridoo! Or she’s pulling from her Scottish and New Zealand heritage and is playing the bagpipes. OR OR OR she is using the treatment kit like a microphone! I totally caught her reading all the awesome Karaoke suggestions. Now it all makes sense.
Fiesty Charlie says:
Priceless that little one, completely adorable, and just….. ooohhhh I just want to squeeze her!
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It’s a huge step when they can finally hold their own bottle. Now you can do so much more while they’re feeding! Also, love the Paul Frank onesie.
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She totally looks like she’s saying, “What? Nobody told me there would be cameras! I need my stylist!”
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Heather at Domestic Extraordinaire says:
so adorable. I think that is rocks that she sits there for the entire 10 mins and holds the tube. Do you think that she can instruct my kids that when they need their breathing treatments they need to sit there for the entire time and its really not “that bad”
Punk Rock Dad says:
The pinky shot is the best and those thumbs….its like she is saying “Hey NICU Docs…you guys are quacks look at these here bitches!”
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She is just way too CUTE!!
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that bottle holding right there…is a big ole “eff you” to her specialists. she’s awesome.
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moosh in indy. says:
Expert shecksmert is all I have to say about that.
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Is it not AWESOME when they can hold their own bottle?! And Zach LOVES to find a tube of some sort and “talk” into it. It’ll keep him busy for MINUTES. Which is a long time for a 1 year old.
I can’t wait to see the two of them together! They’re going to be ridiculously cute.
So freaking cute! I love her little eyebrows going up and down. I don’t know, it looks like she can use her thumbs to me. Docs are weird.
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Aww she is just to cute !! I remember those bottles. My oldest was born 8 weeks early. Hes now turning 8 in Nov.
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She is so stinkin’ adorable! She’s just fine. My non-preemie kids never held their own bottles until they were around 9 months. And my preemie didn’t hold hers ever. We switched to a sippy at a year and that’s when she finally started holding it. Don’t worry!
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Those thumbs look like they are working perfectly to me. The pinky thing is adorable.
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Alex has asked that you prepare a dowry for her. Sorry.
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cindy w says:
The mist sort of looks like she’s smoking a hookah. But the talking/singing noises are great.
And maybe she wanted to gnaw on the side of that bottle. Cold, hard plastic feels nice on little teething gums.
Those are some damn fine lookin’ thumbs if you ask me. My twins are 7 months (6 adjusted) and aren’t holding their own bottle, so I am JEALOUS. I just hope they don’t have the pinky flip–cute on Maddie, not so cute on boys.
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She is so freakin’ cute! I loved her singing, by the way, she is definitely a natural for karaoke!
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I’m not sure which photo I like best…1) chugging it frat party style, 2) little miss prim and proper, 3) wasted and can’t even get it in her mouth. Well, i just can’t decide. She’ll be all of those things throughout the years…and I’ll always think she’s adorable! Love you guys. Xoxo.
Now my son must be backward! He’s almost seven months and can’t hold his bottle. I’ll be having words with him in the morning.
YAY! Erin’s still not holding her own bottle…no one’s concerned though *shrug*
I am madly in love with Maddie! She’s TOTALLY singing in that video, no question. I can hear you chuckling in the background, which sounds like ALL the home videos I take of my kids. So funny!
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I have a love/hate relationship with holding their own bottle, I am all “yeah, hands are free” but then, “ooohh so sad, nobody needs me”
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That’s fine. Seriously. I’m not jealous at all. But I will say this, as of this morning’s weigh in, we’ve broken the 12 pound barrier. Oh yeah baby, 12.2
Sadie’s coming for you Maddie!
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Well, it’s quite obvious that she is already running her own little karaoke parlor and is just subbing the breathing tube for the microphone. Get that girl to a bar and plug in some Cheap Trick. She would rock the house.
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laurie of the seven stories says:
What can I say ? She had me at hello. This kid is too cute!
creative-type dad says:
I remember my daughter use to chug her milk and then throw the bottle like she was a drunk at a bar parking lot.
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Anna Marie says:
Your child is brilliant-positively brilliant! And adorable, not that anyone has told you THAT already. =)
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