Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Lillian Grace: 8 Months Old

This month has been all about Lillian’s mouth.  She loves baby food and after some trials and errors we have finally found the perfect balance of breast milk and food.  Her menu now includes peas, parsnips, sweet potato, and squash.  Avocado is still her most favorite vegetable (even though it is really a fruit) and she loves, loves, loves banana and cereal.  In fact, she got so attached to the bananas that we had to cut back for a few days so she would remember she liked the vegetables, too.  Lilly has also found a new favorite hobby… feeding herself.  She adores to be in control of her feedings, which can be a little testing at times, but give her a Baby Mum-Mum and she is ecstatic and she will welcome our help with the spoon.  On special occasions she will even share part of her Mum-Mum, but she appreciates it if you don’t take too much.

Another mouth topic to appear this month was Lilly’s first tooth.  I am still trying to get a good picture of her pearly white, which is her bottom right front tooth.  She had been working on her teeth for months so when one finally broke through on her 8 month birthday it was exciting.  But be aware, now that she has a sharp object in her mouth it is no longer safe to have your fingers anywhere near her lips.

And speaking of lips, Lilly has really taken to making noises that involve her lips and her tongue.  I don’t know where she picked it up, but she loves to click her tongue and even more she loves to push air through her lips and make a brrrr sound.  The brrr sound is very cute, but not so fun when she does it while eating … what a stinker.  She continues to work on her vocal styling and lets everyone hear how much she loves to sing.  The music really does it for her and she will hit the high notes with the best of them.  We often hear her practicing during her quiet time before her nap.  Poor Mrs. Whiskers knows all about the high notes and continues to peacefully tolerate the barrage of babble that Lilly yells at her.  We have been working on the word Meow and every once in a while we think we hear something that resembles it, other times it comes out like a hard K sound which actually sounds like she is hissing at the kitty, Mrs. Whiskers doesn’t like that so much, but how do you explain that to an 8 month old.