This week, Rebecca mastered the art of grabbing things. She will now grab items - blankets, toys, shirts, and really hold on. Admiteddly, she has been grabbing my hair for quite some time now, but this is different. She will reach out to take hold of something she wants and can bring it to herself (usually to her mouth so she can suck on it). Also, she can hang onto something for a good bit of time (provided she wants it enough). Her hand sucking has evolved as well. Rather than stick her entire fist in her mouth - which still occurs on occasion - she now favours thumb or thumb and index finger. Rebecca can also bring her hands together in front of her body, which, until a few weeks ago, was basically anatomically impossible. Because Becca can grip items, playtime has become far more interesting. Her hand/eye coordination has vastly improved, so she is interactive in whole new ways. Now I have a better sense of when she actually wants something.
While the infected bellybutton is healed, the phlegmy cough persists. It is always the worst starting at about midnight. She now gets a runny nose as well. This is really novel because before yesterday, her nose could get clogged but had never been runny. It's actually a really useful development as far as clearing out germs is concerned.