So much has been going on with the girls, that even though I haven't had time to record it here until now, I have taken notes for you (aren't you lucky?). Here's what they have been up to:
We moved Ava into a toddler bed last week as we had to get Piper into a crib (from the bassinet to the Pack n Play to the crib). Ava loves her big girl bed. Did I mention that she loves loves loves it? I am instilling the same rules for bed usage though - Lily is not allowed on it unless Ava says it is OK. I feel it is important that the girls have some personal boundaries while sharing a room, even if they are little. I am moving furniture around today so that Ava can get a nightstand and a small lamp for bedtime, now that she is missing her crib soother (which Piper too inherited and is love with).
Ava has taken it on herself lately to be her sisters' interpreter. After Piper is done vocalizing, Ava will say something like this: "She says 'I want mommy milk. I'm so hungry. That's what she said." Thanks Ava.
I think Lily may be getting the last of her molars, poor baby. She is doing better this week, but last week was rough as she was extra moody, clingy and cried alot. She was an extremely picky eater last week, which I tried to chalk up to not feeling well but she may be getting in trouble soon if that tantrums continue. I am giving her the benefit of the doubt right now.
She continues to talk more and more, and her voice inflections are cracking us up. She repeats things in question form, with her little voice going up at the end. Example - "what's that mommy?" that's a bug Lily. "oh, a b-UG?" (Can you hear her voice going up?) She interacts so much more with Ava and Piper each day, and figures out the world around her at remarkably fast speeds. The other day I was cooking in the kitchen and she came in and said "mom, sit da bum-bum da floor", so I sat down and she promptly crawled into my lap.
She is also getting better at answering "yes" to questions. Previously she would only say no, but you could tell by her voice inflection she really meant yes. It's not 100% there yet, but she is starting to say "yeah" and "yes" more frequently. Which is lovely when you are trying to figure out what the heck she is saying.
Piper will be 6 months old on Saturday and it is official - our newborn has left the building. In her place is a young baby who thinks she can do anything. Pretty soon she'll actually be able to!
She is a champion eater. I have been feeding her dinner regularly, of vegetables or fruit and rice cereal. So far she has tried (and liked) squash, carrots, peas, green beans, sweet potato, applesauce, peaches, and pears. Bananas didn't do it for her, but we will try again. I had quite a bit of baby food I had made and put in the freezer this fall, but I have also discovered the joys of making baby food in the crockpot. Seriously addicting. Here's how you do it: in the morning, pour in a bag of frozen veggies (like peas), turn it on low and let it go. When you get around to that afternoon/evening it you can turn it off and let it cool down. When you remember it's still sitting on the counter, go ahead and throw it all in the food processor. Works like a charm! I have never been able to get smooth green vegetables when I made my own baby food - until now. Hooray!