Avocados and shopping carts

This has been a week full of firsts for Miri! The biggest of which is that she is now officially crawling. We are trying to keep up with her and baby-proofing. Thank goodness for Grandma, who rearranged a lot of furniture to hide electrical cords and power strips, then cleaned our floors and presented us with a handful of choking hazards that had been lurking in corners (ear plugs, screws, and dimes, oh my!)

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Ok guys, we storm the gate at dawn. “Dawn, as in first light, or when the sun is up? What about breakfast?”

Miri also went for her first shopping cart ride, with Daddy at Lowes of course. She loved it, though kept wanting to turn around to see where the cart was headed.

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I’ve started giving her more finger foods, now that she has a pretty accurate little pincer grasp. She adores her avocado. It makes quite the epic mess, and I’m not sure how much of it she actually ingests, but it sure keeps her happy and occupied while we eat our dinner. I am not including a photo of this epic mess because I think my feelings on photos of children covered in food are well-documented. In short, don’t do it. No one but you wants to see it.

She’s started popping her little thumb into her mouth, so I think we are going to have a little thumb-sucker on our hands. I’m not concerned; there’s enough actual danger and things to worry about in the world than to worry about whether or not she’ll need braces later.

Another “first,” I’ve noticed a little bit of stranger anxiety starting. She gets uneasy in the mornings when I’m getting ready to leave for work and her nanny is playing with her, though she quickly settles happily once I’m out the door. She is mostly okay with strangers holding her but she definitely looks a bit worried and will reach for me or Daddy when she’s had enough.

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Oh, she also flew her first airplane. But I think she was pretending to be a Delta pilot, because the plane never left the runway.

Letters to Miriam: Seven months old

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Dear Miriam, you are seven months old! This month you are suddenly fascinated with your whole world, and are constantly exploring. When you’re awake your little hands are always reaching and grabbing for anything and everything, and if you can grab it, you put it in your mouth. Your little body is always wiggling and you’re happiest on the floor, where you can wiggle and scoot around. You can now get around pretty well! You can get yourself to your hands and knees, crawl backwards expertly, and sort of scoot yourself forward that way too. I’m sure actual crawling will be any day now though it’s fine with me if you take your time, as I need to do quite a bit more baby-proofing around here.

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For your seven-month-birthday you got to use your new passport on a trip across the border! We took the ferry from Tsawassen and went to Victoria, BC for the weekend. You got to see your Great-Grandma’s house for the first time, I’m sure we’ll be back many more times. The highlight of the trip for you was probably the acres of wall-to-wall carpeting in the hotel room where you could scoot about to your heart’s content.

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You love your food, and have been eating more and more! You’ve got two bottom teeth now. Fruits are now apples, pears, peaches, apricots, and prunes. Still not too sure about bananas but Ted is happy to finish those off for you. Veggies include green beans, squash, sweet potatoes, carrots, peas, and spinach. You loved your first bites of chicken and lentils, and even a bit of scrambled eggs! You’ve been trying out some finger foods, rice crackers are a big hit! You’re still drinking the same amount of breast milk in addition to your meals though during the day you usually prefer a bottle so you can look around and be part of the action, you’re just too busy to stop for a meal sometimes.

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Sleepwise you’ve settled into a fairly predictable pattern (knock on wood, now I’ve done it…). You’re asleep by 7:30 each night, and sleep through until about 5:00 when you wake to nurse then back to sleep until about 7:30 AM. During the day your two naps are about an hour and twenty minutes each.

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Sometimes you make these crazy funny faces  but as soon as I aim the camera at you, you flash me a huge grin. Every single day your personality emerges more and more and it’s so fun, getting to know even more about you. You are just so happy, and so curious, and funny and sweet too. I’m so happy that you’ve come along to help me see the world all over again through new and fresh eyes…mine are too cynical and jaded.  I’m walking a tight rope between loving the age you are, and having a sweet small cuddly baby, and being so excited and impatient to see even more of what kind of little person you are going to be.

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