One of the fun things about babies is seeing their personalities and quirky traits develop. Amani has proven to be quite a character that brightens our day with her silly facial expressions. Her signature look has quickly become my favorite. It always leaves me “awww”ing and “ooooh”ing.
Every year, our local farm holds a harvest festival and has a big pumpkin patch. We pass the farm regularly on our way to the grocery store and can see the pumpkins growing in the field. Our anticipation of the harvest festival grows with each plump, pumpkin. Even though the weather has been anything but “fall-ish”, visiting the pumpkin patch really gets us in the mood for fall. Last year we were vacationing overseas, missing the harvest festival and essentially all of fall. I couldn’t wait to pick up the tradition again, this time with Amani!
When I was pregnant with Amani, she was quite a wiggly one. I learned early on that Baby’s activity level in the womb carries over into their behavior after they’re born. Sure enough, Amani was more active and alert than her older sisters. She didn’t enjoy being swaddled as it restricted her movement. Our baby wrap carrier wasn’t her favorite because it didn’t allow her to stretch, reach, or grab. She even rolled over early. I should have seen it coming during a tummy time session with her favorite Dumbo plush. There she was, at a mere four months, ready to start crawling!
Since Amani learned to roll over, she’s realized that if she pushes hard enough, she can work her way around the room. Once I set her down, she begins rolling over and and wiggling about. The problem is that she’s paired this exciting milestone with another — putting things in her mouth. Now when she reaches something in front of her, she immediately puts it into her mouth. The message is loud and clear: Time to baby proof!