Wednesday, November 12, 2008


This was suppose to go with the 10 month pictures but Blogger wouldn't let me write anything on that post. Who knows why. I still wanted to post it so here it is.

I have gotten really bad at getting stuff posted when it is actually current. Monday, November 3rd Ziva turned 10 months. She is all that a 10 month can be. She is everywhere and trying to do everything. She has really changed this past month. I wanted to post a detailed list of stuff she is doing but I never got around to it. So here it is at 10 months. (See Below) The picture below is from the actual 10 month day. I think she has actually grown since these pictures.

I don’t know if any of you told us that Ziva going from 6 months to 9 months (let alone 10 months) would bring a lot of changes. If you did we didn’t listen. It is truly over whelming what those four short months does for a “baby.” It is really had for me to even call Ziva that. She is so far from the little tiny baby she was. There have been so many changes. Good changes. Necessary changes. And not so good changes or also know as bad changes (She has her Daddy’s temperament).

  • Ziva has been crawling for over a month now.Yes I do regret encouraging this.Really only because both Jason and I were totally unprepared.Now every night I fall into bed exhausted.On a side note: I may have prayed for an active baby.This may have not been the wised of things.I thought it would have helped fight the genetic “squishiness” that becomes Jason and me oh so well.I also thought it would proactively help Jason and me get off the sofa.Lastly, I thought it wouldn’t start till about 2 or 3.Oh, my sweet heavenly Father what you chose to give us verbatim is humorous.I asked for an active baby and you gave me an active baby.Next child we have I am to give Jason a list of what I am praying for so he can mark off the “stupid” things to ask for.That pretty much leads me to the next one.
  • Ziva is very active (remember my prayer). She is up and down and all around everywhere. She is cruising at a speed that makes my heart drop. I have become a human jungle gym. This I thought came later too. We believe that she may be working on a career in Extreme Sports. I fault her father with this since he daily works on descenthsing her fear response. No matter what she is doing she doing it at a hundred miles a min. She can pull on anything and anyone. She uses her little friends at play dates to pull up then she pushes them down. Not on purpose but still!! I have that kid!!! She learned to fall pretty early and pretty easy. I thought this was a good thing. Now I am not so sure. She can fall in any direction from any position and “hop” right up. She may have to roll over to her feet but she keeps going. She has a high pain tolerance. So when she does get hurt it is for real and it is drama!
  • She hasn’t started walking yet but does stand on her own…until she realizes she is standing. Kind of like the Looney Toons. She does walk with one of those walkers. The ones they hold in front of them. She thinks it is funny to run and then slam into things. This fun turns into frustration because she hasn’t figured out how to turn around. My mom said I started walking at 9 months. Other than using the walker, I’m not encouraging her to walk. Remember the active prayer?
  • She is pointing and “asking” what things are. It is too cute.
  • She waves good bye at the appropriate time. You can even ask her if she wants to go bye bye and she will wave.
  • She can sign: milk, more, cereal, food/eat, and mine. For those of you who aren’t so familiar with the sign for mine it goes as follows: You are on the floor and you pick up one of baby’s toys. Baby crawls over, takes toy and puts it on floor. Crawls away. Baby will repeat “sign” until parent stops messing with her toys. This baby is full of nice habits to break. We are working on the signs: please, thank you, moon, cat, dog and a few others. When she is lazy she will just point at the sign you are making and squeal. She has also started punctuating her requests with a hard slap on the high chair tray. Fun times.
  • We get to shop in the toddler sections of stores. I realized this when we were at Target the other day. This made me excited at all the options and sad because no more “baby” clothes. She has been in a 12M since she was 9 months. Only because she’s so long.
  • She loves “big people” food. She hates baby food. This has made feeding time a bit difficult.
  • She is still so sweet and a joy to be around. People flock to her and she loves it. She loves Sunday school and always sets the best example. We never worry about her when she is there. Until the flying breadstick incident, she has been perfect at restaurants.
  • Ziva hasn’t really said anything yet. She has “mocked” us a few times but no real words. She understands a lot of words. With that and her signing, it has gotten easier to communicate with her. I can even ask her where some things are and she will point at them. I just don’t believe she feels the need to talk yet. Which you know what, I am thankful for.
  • She does make all these weird sounds with her mouth. She can click her tongue, blow raspberries and so many other strange things. She can twist her tongue. She is a bit weird…I am so proud.
  • She is still terrified of that monkey screeching sound.
  • She can take things apart that in my opinion she shouldn’t be able to. For example the remote. She removed the batteries the other day and proceeded to try to eat them. Needless to say that was the last time she played with a real remote. She knows where her car seat unbuckles and messes with it constantly. I’m just lucky she’s not strong enough to actually open it. Because of this inherent curiosity and “mechanical” tendency I have started hiding some things from her that I don’t feel she needs to know how to do or that they even do things. This drives her crazy. She tries her hardest to peer around and see.
  • She has started throwing food down on the floor for Sear, our dog. One for Ziva, one for Sera.
  • She loves real pictures of animals and will reread and reread those types of books.

1 comment:

Kim said...

Ashlen and Ziva sound a lot alike in their strong temperament. The only sign Ashlen can do is "all done" which she does every single meal when she doesn't like a food or when she has had enough. She needs to learn "more" really quick because the high screech that signals when she wants something is deafening. When she sees me coming with the rag to clean her up after a meal, she scrunches her face and turns the other way.