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Comments for Harriet at 8 1/2 Months

Harriet at the parkHarriet at 8 1/2 Months: 05/19/07

In the last week Harriet has conquered some milestones. She is now an expert at sitting and loves to play on the floor with her toys; she hasn't used her bouncy seat in about a fortnight. Her favorite toys now are Sean's tiger piano, a plastic bowling ball and a wide menagerie of stuffed animals (although she's still most fond of purple elephants of any shaper or size).

Then in the last two days, she has finally figured out how to feed herself. Best of all, she loves to try new foods. Tonight for instance she happily ate chicken, asparagus, mashed potatoes, Life cereal and Cheerios, with some cherry pie filling for desert. She also had a tub of squash puree but she mostly wanted to spend dinner feeding herself. Her favorite things to eat tonight were the asparagus, the potatoes and the Life cereal.

I think by the time she turns 9 months she will have completely self-weaned herself off the breast and onto bottles. Except for first thing in the morning, she no longer wants to nurse. I had hoped to go longer than I did with Sean but now it's clear that she'll be stopping sooner; Sean went to 10 months.

Harriet's change from breast to bottle means a change in her bedtime routine. Now I feed her a last bottle before her bath rather than nursing her after her bath. To give her a way to calm down for bed after playing in the bath, I now read her a bedtime story. Harriet adores being read to and her current favorite bedtime story is The Very Busy Spider by Eric Carle.

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Comment #1: Sunday, August, 12, 2007 at 15:41:27


See is such a cutie patootie. I'd love you to bring her over to my house and let me cuddle her for awhile while we sit and visit. Probably she wouldn't cuddle because there would be so many new things to explore. Cute babies just make me want to squeeze them."

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