Six whole months! Evelyn has seen Summer and Fall and is heading into her very first Winter. Coats and long sleeves and heavy blankets are in order and I’m way excited because a friend of mine just gave me the cutest coat for her. I’ll have to take a picture when it gets really cold.
Evelyn decided it was time to take on the world this month and learned to scoot. Gone are the days when she was happiest on her back. She now rolls herself onto her stomach anytime I put her down and pushes off toward the nearest toy (or fuzzball, basket, shoe, chair leg, blanket, trash can… you get the idea). She can really go and she reminds me sometimes of an inch worm, only a little less dramatic.
She has also become very, very, VERY grabby. She becomes mini contortion baby in her wrap anytime I sit down because she’s twisted herself in half trying to get at the hand bar in the metro, or the seat next to me in a restaurant. Her legs will be pinned to my front while her arms are clear out to my left. It makes sitting a little awkward. Dinners have also become a challenge, as she spends most of them on my lap (or screaming) and I spend as much time keeping her little fingers out of my food as I do getting my food into my mouth. Here’s the screaming:
She wiggles always. She’s so curious, she’s always grabbing at something or twisting to look at something and I almost can’t hold her in my lap anymore because she wiggles right off of it. I’m constantly adjusting to keep her little self from falling off. I recently figured out how to wrap her onto my back and that has helped with the wiggles some. She likes it and I don’t feel like I’m holding a Mexican jumping bean. The only drawback is that her grabbiness and my hair are a bad combination.
Evelyn’s growing and is a little more laid back than Avery was. She likes to be held upside down – she’ll always give a smile – but she doesn’t like being thrown around like Avery used to. We recently managed to get her trained so that she only wakes up once in the night, usually around 4:00. That’s been a blessing, but she still won’t take reliable naps. Some days she still only takes two or three half hour naps here and there and is totally worn out and cranky by afternoon. Other days she’ll manage to stay asleep for an hour and a half in there somewhere. She actually seems to sleep best during the day when we’re on the go and she’s in the sleepywrap for a good part of the day.
We’ve started being a little more regular with cereal the last couple weeks. Of course “regular” means I’m really good two or three days in a row and then it takes me two or three more to get back to it, but she seems to like the cereal. She gets very intent and kicks and kicks and grins until the spoon gets to her mouth and then her whole body goes still as she tries to figure out what the heck this new sensation in her mouth is. It’s quite dramatic and really funny to watch. You can see her fascination in her eyes. Unfortunately, I think the rice cereal might be giving her diaper rash. I haven’t been able to tell for sure, but we may have to find something else to start her on. She still doesn’t eat a whole lot of the cereal and I haven’t managed to get her worked up to where I feel like we are even substituting a full feeding with cereal. It will come though.