Kate gained another pound this month and is right on track. Still no "official" numbers as we graduated to a three-month check-up. We did have a quick doctor's visit at the end of the month to confirm that her mama and daddy are paranoid first time parents. All is well; we are.
After the major movement milestones of last month, Kate's motor skill development slowed this month. Her biggest efforts in this area were put into finding her balance. She stands independently for about 3 seconds (sometimes up to five; more often more like 1.5) every day. We started music class one day a week last month, and late this month, she met two goals as a result: first, she played with the jingle bells briefly before chewing on them (typically, this is all she does) and second, she clapped on her own one night. We clap a lot with Kate, both in and out of class, so it was very exciting to see her clap on her own while we applauded something she did.
In place of rapid movement developmental changes this month, Kate has devoted her developmental efforts to verbal skills. She says mama and baba regularly, though I don't think she has said either with intention. Also, she has learned and uses correctly the sign for milk. Her face has become so expressive, and I almost can't wait to hear a little about the thoughts going on in that little head. As you can see in the progression picture below, she is eager to tell us all about it!
The other big milestone this month is societal, rather than developmental. Kate was baptized in the Episcopal Church this month. She did great, and we were so happy to share the experience with family and friends (and friends who have become family)!
So that's our eight-month-old! We certainly have much to be thankful for this Thanksgiving!