Here's an update on what she's doing these days:
Annabella loves loves loves shoving things in her mouth. She still doesn't quite understand size very well though. So she'll reach out for this cow that's almost as big as her head and try to get it in her mouth. Her favorite toys right now are the ones that she can easily hold onto and suck on. She's almost always got a fistful of my hair in her mouth. "Leggo Mommy's hair!" is coming out of my mouth about 1000 times a day. Oh, and she's learning how to put her paci back in her mouth. She'll flip it around until it's right. Her biggest hurdle with this one is that she can't get her hand off the paci while keeping it in her mouth. So she'll get it in there the right way just to accidentally yank it out. It's super cute though.
She's showing almost no interest in rolling over, but we're fairly convinced she can just do it whenever she wants. She's able to get herself up onto her side without even trying much from her back, and we've seen her roll from her stomach to her back. She's more interested in trying to get her legs up under her and pushing up on her arms. I don't expect to see her crawling anytime soon, but that seems to be what she's working towards. I doubt we'll see much more rolling until she realizes it's a way to reach toys that are out of her reach. Mostly though she doesn't care about the toys on her sides, just the ones in front of her, but she does try to reach out for those and has scooted a little towards them. So that's exciting stuff (for us at least).
Her personality is starting to come out more and more. She often times goes straight to screaming now when she's not happy, which means that she's learning how to communicate her feelings with us more. Thankfully she's a pretty happy baby and doesn't scream all that much. She loves watching people, especially new people. We really don't have to worry much about how she'll be in a store or a restaurant right now because she's just so entertained by all the new surroundings, and that keeps her happy. She's also started reacting to our laughs. She's realized they're good things and has smiled and laughed back at us. I could just see the wheels spinning in her head the first time our laughs sunk in. She stopped for a second, looked at us, and then laughed back at us, absolutely thrilled. For me it was a pretty special moment.
Stranger anxiety is slowly starting up now. When somebody comes up and talks directly to her she buries her head in my shoulder. I think it must just make her feel safer. Yesterday was the first time I've seen her react negatively to being held by a stranger. She gave a big pout and turned to look for me. Also, I took her to a meeting with me this week, and a bunch of people in the room started cheering for something, and she really did not like that. She was startled by the suddeness, and I think it actually scared her a little bit. She buried her head in my shoulder and pouted. The last one could have more to do with her ear infection than her shyness.
OK. That is it for now. The baby who was sleeping in my arms as I typed is now awake and trying to help me type. More later!