I know we’re nearly to Evelyn’s Birthday and at least half way through her eleventh month, but due to computer failures and illness, it’s been a good month since we’ve been in any kind of situation to allow for blogging. So here’s little Evelyn at 11 (and a half) months.
Evelyn learned to wave this month! She waves when I say “hi” and “bye.” Even when she’s sick. The poor kid waved to her uncles today when I said “hi” on skype without even looking up to see who or what she was waving to. She gets pretty excited with her hands when Daddy comes home though.
She’s also gotten more confident on her feet. She has spent a lot of time recently standing up, then bending at her knees so she can pick up a toy and then standing back up with the toy. She also likes to bounce and dance while she’s standing, which is pretty cute to watch. She cruises all over the place – along the couch, around tables, between chairs and people legs. She’s pretty good on her feet and she’s sort of taken a half step where she lifts her foot an inch and puts it back down, but they seem mostly accidental and we haven’t seen any walking yet.
Evelyn’s been sick a lot this month. It started with a nasty fever about a month ago that turned into a stomach bug and a cough and just about anything else you can think of. That went away after several days, and then last week she got a stomach bug again and threw up for about a day. That one only lasted for 24 hours or so, but last night she came down with another fever and she’s been pretty sickly today. I really hope that someday we can all be healthy for a month at least.
Evelyn also has a new tooth. Her top right tooth came in several weeks ago and I think she’s working on the left one now. I sort of suspect that might be what’s behind this recent fever, but it’s been a pretty high fever, so maybe it’s something else too. The first top tooth was pretty brutal coming in and she didn’t sleep for a week, so I’m hoping this one is a little better. We’ve been fans of baby tylenol lately.
We took her to the doctor this month (finally) for a checkup and she’s just under 7 kilos. I don’t know what that is in pounds exactly but she was about 16 pounds when I weighed her at a friend’s house around that time. She’s ridiculously under the growth charts for her age, which might have to do with her refusal to eat solid food, but I’ve tried my best and I don’t know what else to do to get her weight up, so I guess she’ll just have to be small. I just started dressing her in her 9 month clothes this week. The doctor said to feed her vegetables and protein, which of course she won’t eat.
Which brings us to the solid food topic. Evelyn has four favorite foods: peaches, bread, yogurt and graham crackers. At least she’s not a total mutant. She will eat graham crackers. But macaroni and cheese was a no go. She really likes raisins, but she doesn’t eat them, she just gums them and spits them out. Any other food I put in her mouth comes right back out. I can get her to eat about three bites of something else by tricking her and feeding her three bites of peaches and then one bite of sweet potatoes, but after about three cycles she quits eating the peaches as well and refuses to eat anything, so I’ve kind of given up on that tactic. I hate the cranky hungry baby I have to deal with for the rest of the day because she wouldn’t eat her breakfast. Sometimes she will eat crackers.
So, we’ve had kind of a lot of cranky, hungry, tired Evelyn the last several weeks because she’s been sick and it’s becoming fairly clear that breast milk isn’t enough for her anymore, but she refuses to eat hardly anything else. But I have caught myself thinking “What a cute baby” a couple times on good days when she’s been willing to eat a lot of bread, so that’s good.
She seems to like going outside. She gets really excited when we leave the apartment and she likes to put rocks in her mouth. I push them away and she’s made this game out of it where she puts the rock in her mouth and I push it away so she just touches her mouth with the rock until I push it away again. She looks at me like “Aren’t you going to stop me?” while she does it too. Little stinker.