At seven whole months old, it is safe to say that our sweet Audrey is just getting better with age. She is a joy and delight in every way, and I can hardly believe I get to be her mom. She went from being a pitiful sleeper to sleeping 13+ hours per night. She takes great naps, and doesn’t fuss ever. She is so content and peaceful nearly all the time.
And then there’s Bonnie, who is not only one of my greatest joys in life, but also one of my biggest challenges in Every. Way. She never stops. She rarely slows down, unless it is to eat or read a book. She’s loud, and she wants to be in charge all the time. I feel like I spend so many moments of our days reminding her that she is not in charge, and I am. And that is really exhausting. And sometimes discouraging. But even with all our difficult moments, she is such a gift, and so special. Her current obsessions include: Play Doh, Thomas the Tank Engine, VeggieTales, “swimming” in the bathtub, and gymnastics (or her version thereof.) Oh, and eating. She’s basically eating us out of house and home. Her imagination is astounding, and I could watch her play pretend all day.
Because of some digestive issues and behavior issues we’d noticed with Bonnie we decided to completely eliminate a few things from her diet, and strictly limit a few things. For about five weeks now she has had no dairy or gluten, and we’ve limited sugar tremendously (something we’ve always tried to do, but are not being even more careful with.) We’ve also reduced her daily simple carbohydrate intake substantially and have noticed such a difference in her digestion and her behavior as well. She’s done really well with the change, and I am so proud of how well she is doing in every aspect.
Audrey is more adventurous with solids now than she was last month. She is actually eating little bits here and there, as opposed to only playing with them. It is so fun to watch her reactions to new tastes and textures. I don’t have many pictures, but this month she has had:
- Green beans
- Grain free waffles
- Mangos (her most favorite)
- Bananas (a favorite)
- Grilled chicken
Our popsicle game is strong these days. Both girls love eating them in the tub. This batch contains spinach, avocado, a small handful of fruit, about a tablespoon of local honey, and water.
Our sink bath game is also strong these days. P.S- The color of our kitchen/dining room/hallway walls is just horrible. They will be repainted sometime this calendar year. I’m working on a vision for the space, and I’m pretty excited about it.