At month 28, DD definitely had more control of her movements. She could walk upstairs and downstairs holing two balls in arm. She could twist the knobs and open or close doors with no problem. She could even balance on one foot with support for few seconds.
Her attention span was still short for her age. She always found a way to make the house messier. And it was not just toys and books strewn everywhere. Now she could move the stool close to shelves and drawers and climb up to get things that used to be beyond her reach.
She drew on walls and coaches, banged wooden spoons against refrigerator, spilled juice and milk, tore papers (she finally stop tearing books and magazines after repeated lectures and warnings), and took off her socks and left them everywhere.
Although I understood that part of her upheaval was just her live-in-the-moment mode and part was caused by curiosity, it still took time and practices for me to get used to this ever-messier house. I had to keep my expectations for tidiness low when she was climbing this learning curve.
The only time, except bedtime, when she was till was TV time and story time. When she watched Dora The Explorer, Go Diego Go! and other favorite Nick Junior shows, she was so absorbed in the TV that she would resent my interruption. So I made transitions easier by warning her in advance, as in, “You can watch TV for five more minutes, but then it is dinnertime.”
The same, I told her how many books I was going to read to her before the bedtime.
Other than bedtime, I normally catered to her needs and read as many books as she wanted, sometimes half an hour, sometimes 45 minutes, and sometimes one hour or even longer.
This month, DDâ€™s vocabulary was improved significantly. She could say mine (clearly and loudly), eye, nose, mouth, up, down, rope, now, go-go, I know and guys in English. She broke the barrier to pronounce the letter B and finally could say some â€œb-wordsâ€â€”like bye-bye and baba (daddy in Chinese).