Today, we celebrated Sonia's "half birthday" by attending our very first Gymboree class..... Boy, was that a hit with her! Sosini was mesmerized by the music, color, other babies, teacher, balls, and movement. Gymboree is much more exciting than our boring house. I immediately signed us up for the weekly Stage 2 class and I'm looking forward to going back next week.
During the last couple of weeks, Sonia has been swinging on swings at the playground, eating more solid food (she excitedly opens her mouth when the spoon comes her way!), playing in her Mini, watching the kitties, hanging out with potential future boyfriends, almost rolling from her back to her front, going to library story time, and sleeping a ton (she must be in a growth spurt). I like to play music for her while she eats solid food, and she seems to enjoy Benny Goodman, the Beach Boys, ABBA, the Beatles, and the Shins.
Sonia is soooooooo close to being able to sit up on her own! She barely leans against us for support. You can't keep her sitting for long, though.... She loves to stand! Obviously, Sonia needs a lot of help with balance when she stands, but it's her favorite activity. I've tried to see if she can stand while holding on to something stationary, but she's not quite ready for that yet. Sosi is on the verge of some major developmental leaps-- every day is an adventure!
One thing that is nice is only feeding Sonia 4 bottles a day. As my extended family can tell you, I really don't mind doing dishes (that's usually my contribution to meals during family holidays), but washing 8-9 bottles a day was somewhat taxing. Sonia now regularly drinks about 30 ounces per day. Her 6 month checkup with the pediatrician is on Monday, so check back then for Sonia's stats....