Evelyn decided she would talk a few weeks ago and then decided it was overrated. She’s said “mamma” pretty clearly for a couple months, but a few weeks ago she added “dots” (socks) and “tuuuz” (shoes) to her vocabulary. She used them for about a week along with a “guh” word that seemed to pretty much mean “I want that.” Then she quit. She has a new word now “dat” or sometimes “dats.” She says it and points and as far as I can tell it means “that.” She does still occasionally say “tuuuz” but usually she sticks with her all purpose word.
She’s learning to understand quickly though. She points to her nose, eye and head when I ask and sometimes she’ll do her ear. The other day Avery asked if she could wear a hat and Evelyn grinned and patted her head. A week ago or so I said “Let’s go” and she went and climbed in her stroller. She’ll also look at things (or for things) if I mention them.
Evelyn has started feeding herself, which means some pretty exciting messes in the dining room. While we were out with some friends last week I let her hold the spoon while I fed her and we haven’t been able to go back to me feeding her since then. She wanted to hold the spoon and then I let her do it all herself and now she only lets me feed her occasionally. She’s pretty good with the spoon, I have to say. I’m quite impressed. She gets most of the food in her mouth, but when she’s full she likes to play, and that’s where the messes come in. Tonight she made a nice painting in her hair with refried beans.
She seems to kind of be ready to be done with baby food, though, so maybe soon we’ll be switched to finger foods and it won’t be such a big deal. She still eats a blender of baby food most days, but we skip days here and there now, so maybe soon she won’t need it anymore. Hot dogs have helped a lot. I could only get her to eat meat blended in with fruit, but now she likes hot dogs and lunch meat, so that’s a big step.
She’s becoming quite demanding about her preferences. Tonight she was whining at bedtime. I gave her a cracker and that didn’t fix her (usually it does), so I tried water. She had a cracker in each hand so I put the sippy cup to her mouth and she yelled. So I gave her the sippy cup to drink and she yelled. So I put the sippy cup down and she kept staring at it. Finally I let her pick up the sippy cup herself and she drank like a camel. Little stinker that one is.