Wita is 9 months old, y’all. 9 months! According to my highly scientific calculations (counting on my fingers), this means she will be one year old in less than three months. SHUT THE FRONT DOOR.
Wita, Wita, Wita. This girl is a mystery, I tell ya. Such the opposite of Wito, in so many ways.
Since day one, Wito has worn his heart on his sleeve. (Very animatedly, I might add.) He’s Just! So! Excited! About! LIFE! Jumping around, flapping his arms with wild abandon, introducing himself to every stranger we pass on the street. He tells me everything he’s thinking and feeling, he craves appreciation and acceptance, and can put on one hell of a show.
He was that baby who basked in the coos and “oohs and ahhs” from strangers at the grocery store. When people would smile and engage with him, he would totally light up. He would tilt his head to the side, give them a precious baby smile and it was showtime. Every time. “Give ’em what they want!,” must have been his personal mantra.
Wita, on the other hand, could not be more different. She’s my little poker face. Also a content baby, but not nearly the open book that her brother is. Dear random strangers in public places, don’t waste your goofy faces. Last week, while we were in line at Costco, several people behind us starting doing the whole goo goo gaa gaa, silly smile thing at her. Her response? A stone-faced stare with a raised eyebrow to boot. After about 5 minutes, we were all laughing hysterically (except for her, of course) because NO ONE could break her! How it’s possible that a 9-month-old can make an adult feel like a total asshole, I will never understand. But this girl can do it.
Wita: The Great Mystery.
However, three major things have started to happen around the 9-month marker. Sitting up (finally), pseudo crawling and ah, screaming.
As of this week, Wita could not sit up unassisted. Period. We’re talking maybe 5 seconds on a good day. I wasn’t too concerned at her 6-month well check, since it was an emerging skill for most babies, but then the 7-month mark passed. And the 8-month mark passed, AND at 9 months, we still weren’t any closer to sitting. We couldn’t even place her in a highchair at restaurants because she would just slither to the side like a rag doll. So, I wasn’t too surprised when our pediatrician recommended that we start physical therapy with her earlier this week, since things weren’t progressing at all.
I drove Wita home, put her down on the loft rug, called the physical therapist to set up and appointment, walked out and saw this.
Yep. Sitting up on her own. And has been sitting up unassisted all week for 30+ minutes at a time since. This girl, I swear!
Wita: The Great Mystery.
Otherwise, there’s been a lot of scooting, screaming, and gumming every object known to man over here.
It’s so interesting watching both of these kids’ personalities develop over time. What about your kids? Do they have totally different personalities or are they totally cut from the same cloth?
HoboBabyApril 8, 2011 at 11:28 am
Both my babies were/are fat and were/are Momm’s babies, so far thats all they have in common :) Noah is only 7 weeks old but I keep telling my husband, he’s just such SWEET and GENTLE baby. Only time will tell I guess. Avelyn is almost three now and is the most independent, strong willed, talkative kid I know. She was a pretty shy,needy baby so it’s interesting to see her change. I just love watching them change and I can’t wait to see both their similarities and differences as they grow together. (PS your children are gowgeous!)
elleApril 8, 2011 at 11:29 am
What a sweet baby!
MelissaApril 8, 2011 at 11:38 am
I have two boys: Oliver will be 5 in July, and Andrew is almost 18 months. TOTAL OPPOSITES, in both looks and personality. When Andrew was born, it was like having a first child all over again. I had to figure out different sleeping patterns, different eating patterns, different EVERYTHING. But we love that they’re so different–it’s awesome. (Especially because it’s usually only one driving us crazy at a time… lol.)
MelissaApril 8, 2011 at 11:39 am
Also: Both of your kids are so beautiful!
BrookeApril 8, 2011 at 11:45 am
I personally love babies like Wita! You have to work hard to impress them! She is so adorable.
CarrieOApril 8, 2011 at 11:46 am
I only have one kid (9 month 2 weeks old now) but I had to laugh at your Costco experience. He’s got a poker face in public too. Kind of funny because he’s so smiley/silly at home.
kakatyApril 8, 2011 at 12:28 pm
My kids are about the same age as yours(4.5 and a year next week (!!)) and they are night and day. My girl was walking before 10 months but was also to content to just sit and play. My boy, not yet walking at almost a year, does not sit still – ever. He’s on the go even in a highchair. And while my daughter always engaged with people my son is more shy.
I always swore I’d never compare and contrast my kids but it’s so hard not to!
pdxhadeyApril 8, 2011 at 1:15 pm
I have two girls, ages 3 1/2 and 1 1/2, and they are SO different from each other. My older girl is SUPER outgoing, very chatty, extremely funny, but also very affectionate, and needs lots of cuddle time with me when she wakes up or when she’s tired, sad, etc. She’s also very much a rule follower (although she’s testing that lately), and pretty much does anything to stay out of the way of danger.
My baby (yes, she’s STILL my baby at 1 1/2!), oh, my baby. She tricked us into thinking she was going to be the shy, sweet, quiet one. Oh, hahahaha! How she had us fooled! She’s also extremely outgoing, CHATTY, funny, etc., like her sister, but she does not want to be held (unless it’s bedtime and I’m feeding her a bottle), cuddled, loved on. Holding her would mean she’s not MOVING! And this girl doesn’t stop moving unless she’s sleeping! She is the busiest kid I’ve ever met, and she has no life preservation skills. Climbing bookshelves? Awesome! Unplugging electrical cords and plugging them back in? You bet! Opening dresser drawers so she can climb in and reach what’s on top of the dresser? Good times! Scaling the back of the couch? What an adventure! I am so curious to see how her personality develops over the coming years. She is awesome, but holy shit, she wears me out.
AngellaApril 8, 2011 at 1:16 pm
Well, you’ve hung out with my kids, so you know they are all so different. Similar, yet opposites.
Isn’t it great, though? I love how each one of their personalities is like a new gift that you get to unravel.
KathleenApril 8, 2011 at 3:01 pm
Loved the music to your video. Perfect in every way!. Especially the booty rock at the end.
I feel you have the next Tina Fey on your hands. Smart Savvy Bossy and Beautiful.
10.5yr girl Wita’s twin.
6yr boy Scientist, Arcitect, Serious, Neat,
5yr girl Comedian, Dancer, Cheerleader, Messy
sizzleApril 8, 2011 at 4:16 pm
Look at that! I love that she’s all- don’t you take me to a physical therapist- watch this! Ha. Way to go, little cutie.
VanessaApril 8, 2011 at 5:29 pm
She is precious! My kiddos are very similar in age to yours – my little boy is 4 1/2 and my sweet chick will be one next month! They are completely different! Matthan is easy going and very content entertaining himself and playing on his own – he is low maintenance. Not the girl! She was high maintenance since conception. : ) Loves people, wants to be around people and never alone. She’s super sweet but definitely more demanding. Wonder how much is a boy vs girl thing and how much of it is just personality?
Amy HarmonApril 8, 2011 at 6:29 pm
you are too funny sarah. that music to the video is AWESOME. gosh kids are so different. i compare my niece to my friends baby that talks, walks, feeds herself, wants to wear hats to my niece that basically could careless abt anything and everything but putting objects in her mouth….and JUST decided to walk at 16 months!!!!! kids are just different. so funny! she really looks like a mix of you both.
CarlaApril 8, 2011 at 7:29 pm
Wito sounds like such a textbook Leo!! And Wita is a cancer, yes? We are a hard sign to figure out!!
Beautiful, the both of ’em!
JenApril 8, 2011 at 8:27 pm
This makes me feel better! Audrey isn’t quite 7 months yet, so I’m not TOO worried, but she isn’t sitting up yet either! We’re working on it, but she is so wobbly and floppy… she’s too busy rolling all over the living room, she doesn’t want to SIT. And I want to put her in the high chair at restaurants, dang it! LOL Good to know there’s still time before I need to panic ;)
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