It’s hard to believe that our little Leini has been with us 7 months already! How time has flown!! Hmmm, words to describe her: smiley, silly, hungry, intelligent and snuggly. She currently wakes up at around 8:00 am cooing. Ah, I love cooing. I could listen to a baby coo all day. The rest of the day is a mix of smiling, eating, giggling, eating, fussing, eating, napping and eating. Did I mention eating?
Although she is still toothless, the biggest change since her last update is she has begun to eat solids. She is a great eater with a willingness to try anything. Currently she eats everything that we eat, which includes oatmeal, lots of fruit, pasta, beans and fresh veggies. Eggplant, zucchini, onion, tomato and guacamole are all on her menu. Her favorite snack to munch on, hands down, are perfectly ripe peaches, which she fights her brother for.
Our little gal is much happier now that she can sit up (since 6 months) and reach for things around her. It’s getting much more difficult to keep her grabby little fingers away from our plates when she’s on our laps. She loves more than anything to catch the lip of a cup or dish and watch things go flying. Wheeee!
I have recently begun a campaign to potty train Leini early (dare I say a year). Some may know this as “elimination communication.” After about two weeks, I can honestly say that L is learning to potty on the toilet. It is a little bit of a guessing game, as she can’t vocalize when she needs to go and I have no idea what cues she gives us (if any), but every time we set her on the potty, she goes. My hope is that once she’s mobile, she’ll be able to at least head in the direction of the potty or somehow signal to us that she needs to go. For now, I’m just enjoying not cleaning a bunch of poopy diapers and feeling gratified that my 7-month old is peeing and pooping in a toilet.
As far as communication goes, the growling that she used to do has now turned into *talking.” A favorite phrase of hers is “muhmuhmuhmuh,” which I often hear coming from the backseat. Hopefully this will transition into “mama.” 🙂 “Dahdahdah,” has also recently been added to her dictionary. Sadly it probably won’t seem very long before she says, “Can I have the keys to the car?”
What else can I say about Leini? Her smile is a like a ray of light that shines through the clouds on dark days. Even Laird misses her when she is not around.
She will probably be our last baby, so we are relishing every, single little phase of her incredibly rapidly changing life. Some days I wish I could pull the reigns on time and just be with her in this moment, unchanging, forever.