Evelyn has two words for you: Alma Málnával. This is the food that we finally found that Evelyn would eat. We tried rice. We tried rice cereal. We tried rice cereal with fruit. We tried banana, cream of wheat, squash and potatoes and apple sauce. “No. No. No. No. NO!” She said. “I want alma málnával.” Or she would have if she could talk. Alma málnával is apples with raspberries. Just when I was about at my wit’s end and just after I had told everyone how Evelyn refused any kind of solid food I gave her, a friend let me feed some of her baby’s food to Evelyn and she sucked it up. You should have seen her little tongue go. So now we let her eat her alma málnavál (I love the way it sounds…) and we mix in rice cereal. Evelyn has achieved solid food-ness. yay!
She has also almost achieved crawling-ness. She scoots like a pro and gets just about everywhere that way, but the last week or so she has spent a little bit of time on her hands and knees rocking and I’m pretty sure yesterday her little knee moved, although she was under a blanket so I can’t be certain. I’m excited because, while crawling is rough on the knees of her clothes, at least it’s only rough on the knees and not on the chest and belly too. I’ve had to mop and sweep my floors a lot more frequently lately.
Evelyn also has finally conceded that perhaps a sleeping schedule is a desirable thing. She has gone to bed around 8:00 nearly every night this week and has been at least halfway consistent about a short morning nap and a longer afternoon nap. Since this is more predictable than she has ever been in her entire life and has lasted longer (I think) than any other sleeping pattern in her entire life, I have declared a celebration. In this celebration I go to bed early every night (nearly). In all likelihood this will change tomorrow and I’ll have to uncelebrate, but I’ll deal with that tomorrow. Sometimes I think I really must be doing something wrong to have such amazing not-sleeping kids as I do, but I’ve tried pretty hard to get them to sleep, so maybe it’s just their personalities. Unfortunately, she still doesn’t sleep through the night, but she only gets up twice usually.
With the exception of a few days here and there, Evelyn is a pretty happy baby now. She’s very interested in her toys lately and they’re usually totally soggy from being sucked on. She’s figured out how to scoot to me and grab at my legs and cry when she wants me. It’s funny to watch her follow me around the house on her little belly. She’s kind of like a little penguin. As you can see from the picture, she’s still pretty bald. She has a nice soft little head and we haven’t seen any teeth yet either. I’m alright with that, though. It hurts a lot more when they bite if they have teeth. And you can’t have an adorable toothless smile if you have teeth, either, although smiles with little teeth are pretty cute too.