Every night I put Evelyn’s pajamas on her and usually I bite and tickle her tummy while I do it. But first I have to get her arms out of the way so that I have clear access to her little ticklish sides and armpits, so I always grab her arms and pin them above her head. This week I kept noticing Evelyn doing this weird jerking and grinning at me while I put her pajamas on and realized she was throwing her own arms above her head and trying to get me to tickle her. It’s the funniest thing ever. She jerks her arms up above her head and arches her back so her little ribcage sticks out. So, naturally, I tickled it.
Evelyn has another favorite game. She’s been playing it for almost a month, now. She likes to pull herself up on my knees until she’s standing on the couch. Then she lets go and we all see how long she can stand up on her own. When she finally falls down on her bottom she looks up at me and claps for herself. I’ve only been able to get her to do it twice on the floor, though. She only does it on the couch. She’s no dummy.
Evelyn likes her tongue. She sticks it out and likes to make “th” sounds with it. Today while I was putting her to sleep she kept alternating between “th” and “la la la” as she sang herself to sleep. Her tongue is picky, though – she still refuses almost all solid food. She will eat crackers. That’s about it. And some days not even that. After about six hours straight of not nursing yesterday I got her to eat some apples and raspberries, but even that was not much. I’m kind of afraid I’m going to have to wean her just to get her to eat anything other than breast milk.
Evelyn’s favorite things right now are turning on and off the lights, being swung upside down, crawling across the floor to me so I can pick her up and Avery’s blocks. She really likes the long cylindrical blocks in Avery’s set and she has one in one or each hand almost as often as not.