First steps

Yesterday, the 22nd day of December marked the day that Reya officially took her first steps without any help. I was sitting right by her and coaxed her to reach for the remote and she took 2 steps towards me, albeit slowly and with trepidation. The dad in me was elated and grabbed her as soon as she took those 2 steps. In hind-sight maybe I should have let her take a few more. Her mom, unfortunately, did not watch the show as she was in the other room. But Reya, being the sweet-heart that she is, did an encore for the mom last night. Now we have to coax her to do it often and longer.

The last month has seen a lot of progress in her skills – she now mouths “papa”, “mmm” for food, a form of Butch and mama. She also managed to feed herself holding a spoon and is getting a bit more adept in figuring out use of objects. She loves to eat what is in our plates than in her plate and she enjoys Cheerios and Raisins. She managed to survive a weekend with dad or rather her dad survived a weekend with her 🙂

It has been an absolute blast the last year and looking back its amazing how much she has developed mentally. From being 21 inches long and helpless now she is able to stand and pull the dog’s tail. We have had great fun the last few months and cannot wait for bigger things to unfold. At the same time we miss a few things that we did to her as an infant – holding her to sleep, feeding her with a bottle and much more. But better things await and life goes on.

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Almost 11 months old

Again a post after an extended break. The last 2 months have flown by and it has been hard to find time to post on the web.

A lot of developments in the last 2 months – Reya can now confidently stand and is getting very very close to taking her first step. Her father sometimes wants to prod her and poke her to get that proverbial first step out of the way. She walks very confidently holding on to things for support. She now has 4 teeth, 2 on top and 2 below and looks like might pop some more anytime soon! She mouths a few words – her first word officially is Mama! She tries to say Butch and can say “Back” and babbles quite a bit. She can sign come, bye and hold me. And she has learned to shower kisses on her dad and mom!! It is absolutely exciting to see her grow mentally and physically.

On other notes – we now have a full-time nanny for Reya and Reya has bonded really well with her. Zoe, the nanny, takes care of Reya during the day, helps her get her super-disturbed naps and takes her out for play time. There is still a bit of separation anxiety and i think it is getting worse as Reya is able to fathom that her parents leave for extended periods of time during the day. We took her on her first beach trip to LA – Malibu beach isn’t a bad way to start one’s beach adventures for life. We met with our friends for Thanksgiving and had a ball of a time. Everyone loved her and were playing with her non-stop and Reya learnt to climb up the stairs – down not so much. She loved the attention and focus that she held. And here is a picture of that

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So all in all a great 2 months and a great more to come. We are excited to see the development in her and can’t wait for the next few milestones.