Wednesday, December 12, 2012


My baby is One Years Old! WOW  Let’s examine all that you accomplish before turning the big O-N-E.

The chart below is from Babycenter:  with my comments in red
Child's Age
Mastered Skills (most kids can do)

Emerging Skills (half of kids can do)

Advanced Skills (a few kids can do)
8 months Says "mama" or "dada" to parents (isn't specific) (dada came first then Mummaa)
Passes objects from hand to hand (what is in one hands goes in another, can hold multiple items in one hand, and hold multiple things in the other hands as well or at least figure it out how to)
Searches for hidden objects (search frantically for things that are hidden until you find it, or Mommy gestures where it is when you start to look frustrated and can not find it) Pulls self to standing, cruises (did it before turning seven months old)
Picks things up with thumb-finger pincer grasp (a lot of practice with finger food, Mommy showing you)
Indicates wants with gestures (makes a lot of uh uh sounds, hands extended toward something)
9 months Stands while holding onto something (stands perfectly from sitting position to standing by self with no support, and with a toy in your hands, and a big smile)
Jabbers or combines syllables (lots of babbling but does not understand what you are saying, lol)
Understands object permanence (yes, even when duck is not in your sight, I asked “where’s duck?” you look for duck even if sometimes you do not find it, you know that duck is somewhere in existence)
Cruises while holding onto furniture (did since at eight months old, it is fun watching you cruise along the furniture, at first it was slow going but once you got the handle on it, you like doing it a lot)
Drinks from a sippy cup (for a long time, you had been drinking from a sippy cup, mostly water in it)
Eats with fingers (even feeds Mommy and Daddy)
Bangs objects together (loves to bangs your toys together and bangs toys on table and floors too, it is so noisy, but I can see how happy it makes you)
Plays  peek-a-boo (loves to do this, pulls covers over herself and pokes head out with a big smile)
Says "mama" or "dada" to the correct parent (one months later)
10 months Waves goodbye (and hello/hi, says hi)
Crawls well, with belly off the ground (yes and crawls very fast, in a blink of an eye, you’ll be at the other side of room)

Stands alone for a couple of seconds (stands longer than that in a wide stands) Puts objects into a container (yes but not too often, rather pulls things out and fling them out of the toy box, lol)
11 months

Cruises (yes, does it very well, start walking at 10 months and officially walking before 12months)
Understands "no" and simple instructions (understands “no” for a while now, or at least when you want to, understands shaking head of “no”, and simple instructions such as look, hug, kiss, come here, up up) Says one word besides "mama" or "dada" (says duck, hi, bear more often for weeks now, says other words as well but not too often)
Stoops from standing position (stoops for weeks now and picks up toys, and back up with the toys to standing; even squats very well, and stays in a squatting position before getting up to standing position)
12 months Imitates others' activities (imitates brushing hair with comb or brush on self and on Mommy: answering the phone and hold it up to your ears or Daddy’s or Mommy’s; if you see Mommy put my head down for a few seconds, you would do the same thing; imitates chewing motions from Mommy; imitates putting things on head when we put toy on your head; imitates sticking out your tongue in front of mirror;
Indicates wants with gestures (points to what you want, sometimes it is not always in right direction)
Takes a few steps (walking! officially)

Clapping hands :)
Walks alone (yes and sometimes with toys in your hands)
Scribbles with a crayon

Says two words besides "mama" or "dada" (says duck, hi, bear more often for weeks now, says other words as well but not too often)
The following chart below, you had accomplished it ahead of schedule than listed.

Bends over and picks up an object (for weeks now :) picks up things very well, good precision)
Enjoys gazing at his reflection (for a weeks now, loves to look at yourself
Holds out arm or leg to help you dress him (not very coordinate but does hold arms up when I pull off shirt, and sometimes when you want to extends legs out for your pants)

Rolls a ball back and forth (trying to get the concept of rolling the ball, just got you to catch the ball it rolls to you since summer time)
14 months
Empties containers of contents (yes, does it well, sometimes it is all you want to do)
Imitates others (yes, imitates noises, putting things on head, brushing hair, putting head down to lie down, using a fork, reading a book or newspaper)
Toddles well (walking, unsteady and falls mostly on hands and gets back up, sometimes falls on butt, but not often)
Initiates games (plays a game that you invent when you are in your crib and Mommy nearby, you would stick out one hand or foot out of crib through the rails and wait for me to touch your hand or foot, sometimes I miss because you take away your hand or foot too fast, sometimes you would come closer to me, or farther away from me, making it harder for me to touch your hand or foot) (also like to initiates piggy back rides and peek a boo)
Points to one body part when asked (points to head, when I said head)
Responds to instructions (e.g., "give me a kiss") (hmm, I say kiss, you know it means kiss, and I say hug, you hug, I say open, she opens her toy house’s door, does these count?)

Pushes and pulls toys while walking (pushes her walker when walking but does not pulls when walking yet)
16 months Turns the pages of a book (your favorite thing to do during story time to board books and pretends to read by self sometimes)
Has temper tantrums when frustrated (for a few weeks now, is that normal, temper tantrums includes stopping what you are doing, cries out loud, tears, eyes get tight, face gets red; hard to redirect you unless we pick you up and distract you, otherwise it is hard to settle you down)
Becomes attached to a soft toy or other object (in your play area, it it your duck; in your crib, it is your bear; other times it will always be your socks, you are obsessed with your socks since seven months old)
Discovers the joy of climbing (unfortunately yes, and very nerve wrecking especially on the stairs, climbs pillow mountain, Mommy or Daddy
Stacks three blocks (can stack blocks two blocks so far)
Learns the correct way to use common objects (e.g., the telephone) (learning to use concept of your toy telephone, light switch, doors, socks, shoes, and hair brush)

Gets finicky about food (since eight months, had been picky about what you eat, choosing what you want to eat )
Switches from two naps to one (have not officially switched to one nap yet, but sometimes it just happens that way depending what time you wake in the mornings
17 months Dances to music (loves to dance to music for a long time now, would bounce body up and down, shake head now; does it standing, or sitting down, or in a squatting position)

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