17 January 2011

dreams & happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day

I have a dream that my [four little] children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.”
From his speech "I Have A Dream" delivered at The Lincoln Memorial, Washington DC, 1963.

Well, my munchkin is almost 9 months old and her character is really starting to come out. I am so proud of her and how she is changing and growing and developing into a little girl.

She is weighing in at a whopping 15 lbs 3 oz.

It is truly amazing to watch a baby grow. No one tells them or instructs them on how to crawl or how to do certain things, it is just instinct. One day they just are laying on the floor and they scoot their knees up underneath themselves and start rocking back and forth! No one tells them this is how you suck out of a sippy cup- you just give it to them and they figure it out. No one tells them to smile or laugh but they do it when they enjoy something or are amused. It is a wonder watching them discover their world.
This picture is so cute to me because Aven is wearing a little corduroy overall set that was Abe's when he was younger.

Aven is really starting to enjoy playing with her toys and she is pretty good at entertaining herself. She will play for a good 30 minutes by herself just talking and jibber-jabbering and banging her toys together. She is also getting really good at moving around. Although she still hasn't crawled yet, she does a good backwards scoot as well as turning herself in circles. Just this last week she transitioned from being on her tummy in a crawling position to a sitting position and back down again. She also really likes to pull herself up if you hold onto her hands. Today she stood while I helped her balance. It is only a matter of time until she can pull herself up onto things without any help.
This weekend was pretty relaxing. I had my wisdom teeth (all 4) taken out on Friday so I just wanted to lay low and recover before going back to work. Abe also decided to take the weekend off after working the last 3 on the shop. It was nice to spend time as a family just relaxing and playing together. It was nice to have a bit of a routine with Aven and eat breakfast together before starting our day. Totally unprovoked, she went in for a kiss for Daddy (above).
Yesterday she had her first taste of chicken. I made her Chicken with Avocado and she ate the whole thing up (pureed of course). Then I also made a beets & pears puree and she ate a few bites without making any funny faces, I was surprised. Amongst the new foods she tried this weekend (chicken, avocado, beets) I also cooked up an egg yolk and let Aven try feeding herself. She did pretty well although most went to the bib, the high chair or the dogs but she didn't wince and she did okay feeding herself.
This week Aven also got to spend some time with Boppa. He was here helping us wire the shop and move the main panel on our house. He gave her a new nickname: scooter and gave her tons of smiles and hugs while he was here. Great to see them interact.


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