She keeps us quite busy with all her house explorations, but it’s fun to see her learn and grow.
This month brought on hands and knees crawling, climbing everything in sight, pulling up on furniture, and getting back down to seated. So many gains in such a small amount of time. It’s amazing to watch Jia Li grow.
Jia Li has been watching the cats and learning quite a bit. She sees them climb this little step stool to watch all the outdoor activities from the living room window, so she thought she should do the same. The only problem is that we have to be careful of her attempting this because the stool isn’t sturdy enough for her weight. She needs us nearby to spot her.
Jia Li and I got in a hike on Skyline today. Fall is definitely in the air.
I’ve maxed out the memory on the iPhone, so I’ve been backing up photos and found a few cute ones that I didn’t have on the blog.
We had a nice, quiet Labor Day at home. Jia Li and I got in lots of hiking. On Sunday we met Tanya for a hike at Vallecito.
I’d never been on this trail before…it’s wilderness, so in the past I would have had no interest since I can’t ride my bike on it. It was a great trail! Definitely nice and challenging for running or hiking. Lots of rocks!
Jia Li hit some new milestones this week. On Saturday she crawled on her hands and knees to me (rather than doing her commando crawl). She took about 4 strides and went back to the belly. It was cute.
On Saturday I also converted her exersaucer to a stand up toy. It’s at the lowest setting so Jia Li can pull herself up and practice sitting herself back down again.
Today Jia Li climbed the stairs by herself. We’ve helped her in the past but today she did it solo. Her incentive? She was chasing Merv.
Jia Li has been growing fast and is now up to 14.5 pounds! My back is starting to hurt when I carry her in the Bjorn too long. Luckily I have 2 backpack carriers.
For our weekend hike I used the Becco Butterfly pictured above. It’s nice because it has a piece of fabric that holds Jia Li’s head in place when she falls asleep. The other pack I have is the Deuter Kangakid. It is nice because Jia Li can see better and she doesn’t rest against my back (which gets hot), but as soon as she falls asleep her little head bobs at a painful looking angle. I need to figure out head support for that thing.
Jia Li has become very active. She doesn’t like being restrained in anything for very long. She used to love being IN the exersaucer but now she prefers to be UNDER it.
Plus she’s got her partner in crime to keep her occupied. Jangles will open up the cabinet and jump in, and then Jia Li will start pulling out everything in the cabinet. It’s too cute watching those two help each other out.
Happy birthday, sweet little girl. To celebrate your 8 month birthday, you are cutting in a bottom tooth!
We can also add that you have mastered the commando crawl and you are working on getting up on your hands and knees. You can now sit up on your own and pull yourself up to standing. You are feeding yourself little pieces of finger foods too! Best of all, you’ve discovered a new game – hide and seek with Jangles the cat. We love you!
We’ve been enjoying a visit from the grandparents (my folks) and Jia Li is really getting to know her Grandma and Grandpa well.
Today was a new milestone. Jia Li is now able to go from tummy to sitting up all on her own! She’s also getting up on her hands and knees, so I’m expecting a transition from the commando crawl to a normal crawl pretty soon!
Her latest feat is climbing up on her little booster chair and doing a little flying motion. She can get herself up here on her own but she can’t get down. Doh!