Wow the last month was eventful in great ways and not so great ways. We're really happy November is here and the Holiday's are getting closer and closer!
Both girls hemoglobin levels are very close to the normal range so we don't have to do weekly testing any longer. They'll get tested at their 12 month appointment and then every six months after that. Their skin is pink and they have a glow to them now. Adia has always had more energy than she ever knew what to do with and now Rasa is almost as busy.
Rasa's personality is really showing lately. She's smart and funny. When I get silly with her she'll try to ignore me and then look over at me and flash a smile and belly laugh. She gets really excited and laughs and squeels while kicking her arms and legs.
Her fine motor skills are getting more advanced. When we read a book together and get to the last page she closes it, flips it over and will turn is right side up if she needs to. She's been turning the pages herself since she was five months old. She LOVES being read to so much that after reading her the same book ten times (she loves a particular one) I will have to hide it because I can't take it anymore :)!
When she wants something she's able to make it clear what she wants. Adia will sometimes steal toys out of her hands and Rasa will look over to Royce or I and whine and point (little tattle tale).
She still signs puppy/dog and will sign milk when she wants to eat. Sometimes she signs milk when she wants more too but we're working on it - lol! When Royce calls I put him on speaker phone and Rasa will say Dadda or Daddy right away. To my delight she's also now saying Mum and Mom while reaching for me.
Rasa delights in Adia. She watches her from across the room and if Adia's laughing then Rasa will laugh and smile watching her. She will rest her head on Adia when they're playing on the floor and will pat her head and touch her face.
This girl is all about hugs and kisses. She will kiss teddy bears, Royce's tattoos, faces in books and of course us. She'll kiss you and then give you a hug after while pressing her cheek against you. At first I was surprised by this but then I quickly remembered that she is hugged and kissed a million times a day by us and everyone else she sees. It's only natural for her to have picked up that behavior. It's so sweet.
Here's Rasa at 10 months. It's harder than you would think to get these pictures each month now that they're moving around.
Oh my busy busy girl! Adia's been moving and grooving. She does the military crawl across the floor so fast I can't keep up with her. At 8 months we were standing her on the couch and she was holding herself up by hanging on to the cushions. She's now pulling herself up on EVERYTHING and walking while assisted. She figured out how to climb stairs last month and made it up five stairs because I left a toy there! Can you say more baby gates needed! We're spending more time on the loft because it's carpeted and our main level has hard wood floors. She's a daredevil and loves to pull her self up on the jumparoo while Rasa is jumping in it. No fear - scares Momma on a daily basis! I AM SO TIRED! I'm really in big trouble when her sister starts walking!
Adia has spent so much time being independent and exploring over the past couple months. She's now reaching up for me a lot more and wanting to spend more time cuddling. It's such a sweet balance and I hope it lasts.
The past week or so we've been noticing her being more affectionate towards Rasa. They will play together and Adia will put her arm around her. At night they sleep about two feet away from each other foot to foot but Adia will wake up and move closer to Rasa. If I'm sitting on the floor with Rasa on my lap Adia will climb up on me and want to be included.
She's saying Dadda and Daddy and other random words. Her first word was Hi! I guess I must use that one way too much. Adia understands signs but doesn't sign back yet. I'm trying to be more diligent in signing because she's not as easy to read as Rasa and sometimes we have to guess what she's asking for. It was funny though because in the middle of the night a couple weeks ago Adia woke up and cried for just a second before hollering in the sweetest more desperate voice "vavoo, vavoooooo". I have no idea what vavoo is but it meant that she wanted to eat - LOL!
Adia gives kisses but not as freely as her sister : ) She waves to us and even strangers. She laughs constantly and has a smile that could melt anyones heart. She is the happiest baby I've ever met.
Here is Adia at 10 months.
Every month we think the same thing; we are more blessed than we ever could have imagined with two beautiful, bright, happy and healthy little angels. We are such lucky parents.