Monday, December 24, 2012

In the Nursery: Gates at Eight Months

The month of November was a busy one for Gates. We've marked many milestones: first teeth; pulling up and climbing; and explorations with solid food.
Gates at Eight Months
Unlike the previous two portraits, Gates was hamming it up for the camera this month. You can see additional shots on Flickr. Here are highlights from mom's notes:
  • November 2, 2012: Crawls and climbs. Shadows Velvet. Visits Velvet's room.
  • November 20, 2012: Reading with Grandpa.
  • November 21, 2012: Works at climbing onto couch to pet Velvet. Very thrilled! 1st tooth lower right.
  • November 26, 2012: Loves to wave and crinkle paper. 2nd lower left front tooth popped in! Bounces and sings to music! Sits up by self now!
  • November 30, 2012: Used copper washtub to support herself to look out window at wind, plants, and rain on window and outside.

Gates also embarked on solid foods, trying a variety:
  • November 2, 2012: Oatmeal with apple sauce. Soup, potatoes and zucchini squash mashed, potatoes and carrots in sticks, and carrots mashed.
  • November 12, 2012: Mashed banana.
  • November 16, 2012: Tried oatmeal. Explored taste and feel of it. I added a bit of formula to flavor. No salt. Likes to feed self. Works at feeding self.
  • November 19, 2012: Tried oatmeal and apple sauce. Very serious about tasting. Pasta and tomato sauce mashed.
  • November 20, 2012: Tried toast and banana. Had pieces and mashed.
  • November 21, 2012: Oatmeal and apple sauce. Tried potato, carrots -- chunks and mashed. Bit of soup.
  • November 26, 2012: Soup, bread, potato, carrot to hold and bite. Also mashed. Helps wash hands and face!
  • November 26, 2012: Oatmeal and banana cut and mashed. Potato, carrot -- chunks and mashed, mushroom, turkey and gravy.
What foods do you think Gates should try next?
Ciao Bella!
Credits: All layouts designed by and images taken by Eden Hensley Silverstein for The Road to the Good Life. In The Nursery is a monthly series, published on either the second or fourth Monday of each month, depending on whether Gates has a well baby check up or not, that chronicles Gates' growth during her first twenty four months. This series was inspired by Nicole Balch of Making it Lovely's series for her two children: Eleanor and August.