Our parent educator from Parents as Teachers came for Maya's 9 month visit today. Parents as Teachers is a program run by the state, where a parent educator comes to your house 4 times a year (until age 3) to visit your child and talk to you about whether or not your child has reached their milestones, and what to expect in the next few months. They usually bring all sorts of toys and watch Maya play with them. Today, Cathy brought wooden beads on a string necklace, a tiny glass bottle that we filled with Cheerios (to see how she'd try to get them out), lots of board books, and some blocks and bells. It was a really neat visit. Cathy went through the list of 8-month and 10-month milestones, and we checked off all of the things Maya is currently doing. She has fully mastered her 8-month milestones, and most of her 10-month milestones, which is pretty good for a 9-month-old.
"It's cold outside. 5 degrees. Keep me inside, Mommy."
"Look, Ma! No hands!"
"Mom, why do you like taking post-tubby photos of me?"
"Eating is the best."
"I'm done! But not for long!"