I only thought homegirl was teething before... now she's really gnawing anything she can get her gums on! No teeth yet, but they must be doing something in there to get ready. We experienced Motrin for the first time a couple days ago... a 3 hour nap later, and she was feeling quite spry!
The faces of teething:
And when she's not chewing on the side of her exersaucer, she loves playing in it! She's been "exersaucing" with the support of a rolled up blanket since she was 3 months. Now her back and legs are so strong; she stands up, bounces around, and turns to her favorite toys. It amazes me to watch her in it. She jibber-jabbers to all of her toys and stands up to reach the top of the tall ones, bending them down to chewing level! Most impressive, though, is that she uses the "pincer" grasp (instead of the "mitten" grasp) for one of the toys with small moving parts. Babies aren't expected to do that until 6 months or after!!! In a spot where there is a toy missing in her exersaucer, she bends over and looks down the hole... how does she know that's a hole and that something might be down there?? Who taught her that??? And when she's ready to get out of her exersaucer she reaches her sweet little hands up to Mama. (Reaching- with a preference for her mom- is new...and oh, so sweet!)
Grace Louise had an even bigger accomplishment just today... She sat up on her own!!! Only for a few seconds before slumping over, but still!!! Milestones are more exciting that I thought they would be!