Evelyn spent her 8 month Birthday being hiked up a really big hill in the snow to Neuschwanstein castle. She stayed nice and toasty warm in her new mei tai that we bought to carry her around a few weeks ago. She seems to like it better than the sleepy wrap because it gives her a little more room to wiggle without making me nervous that she’s going to flip right out. We loved the sleepy wrap bunches, but I’m afraid we’ve grown out of it.
Evelyn has two favorite tricks. She loves to pull herself up on things. The crib is her new favorite toy because it has handy bars that are easy to pull on when you want to stand up. Daddy’s rocking chair and Mommy’s legs are also excellent options.
She has also learned to blow raspberries, which she thinks is just the best thing ever. Pretty much anytime she’s not crying is a great opportunity for a raspberry. We now do everything to background raspberry music. Breakfast, making dinner, watching a movie, it’s all accompanied.
Unfortunately, along with her new skills have come some risks. Her best friend the crib turned traitor last night when Evelyn slipped while standing against it and banged her little eyebrow right into one of the bars. She’s got a nice little gash across her eyelid and her eye is a little dark underneath and red up above. The weird part is that she must have slid down the bar or something because after the fall about half her eyelashes from that eye were stuck to her upper eyelid and she’s got a big gap in her eyelashes now. It’s so sad to look at. I know they’ll grow back, but it’s sad all the same.
Also, breaking news, Evelyn just learned to clap. Just now. I took a potty break and she started clapping at me and I said “Good Girl! Clap!” and she looked and her hands and did it some more. She’s pretty darned cute sometimes, I’m not gonna lie.
So, she’s growing. Unfortunately our success with solid food was actually quite short-lived. She’s back to pretty much exclusive breast feeding. I feed her some solid food every couple days or so and occasionally she’ll eat an inch or two of banana, but usually she takes about three bites and then pushes it away and turns her head. I guess she’ll eat it when she needs it. She’s doing better with sleep, though, and almost never gets up more than once in the night (except when we’re on a trip, when everything’s all over the place anyway). She sort of keeps a bedtime. Sometimes.
Oh yeah, she also loves to turn the lights on and off. I showed her how one day and she was pretty tickled about it. So much so that now anytime I pass a light switch with her in my arms she lunges out toward it. It can throw me a little off balance sometimes.
Oh yeah again, she also started giving kisses a week or so ago. It’s about the most heart warming thing ever. She sticks her lips up to your cheek and says “uuuuuhhh.” We play the kisses game every once in a while where I give her kisses and then ask her to give me kisses and put her face to my cheek. It’s a game I started with Avery when she was very small, but the best is when Evelyn gives me kisses spontaneously. It makes me melt into a little puddle.