Keeping Us Busy

Our little Miriam sure keeps up busy these days. She's 8 months old now and has started to move! She can't quite crawl yet but she does a good job of creeping around on her belly and rolling all over the place. She pushes furniture out of her way to get where she's going and is constantly trying to wiggle her way under the couch (we can't figure out why!).

Miriam loves her Kermit (from "Auntie" Heather and "Uncle" Jason)

She made her way under the couch one day...at least she took Kermit with her!

She is also starting to say da-da-da-da and ba-ba-ba-ba all the time now. We're reminded every day of what a precious gift she is to us.
One thing I (Chrissie) appreciate the most about the stage Miriam is in right now is that she loves to play by herself. We often play together during the day but it's nice to be able to work in the kitchen and watch her happily play with a toy all by herself. For so long she didn't like being put down and so I spent a lot of time carrying her around in my arms or wearing her in a baby carrier. She seems to really enjoy her independence and sometimes I think she doesn't realize I'm watching her while she is playing. It's so cute seeing her little big personality develop as she grows.

What's really keeping me busy these days is making baby food for Miriam! She didn't really enjoy eating solid food at first but after a few months of persistence she LOVES her pureed fruits and vegetables. Making baby food can be rather time consuming and I'm finding that as her appetite grows, I have started to incorporate new flavours into her diet. We started with carrots, apples, pears, and sweet potatoes for the first few months until she got the hang of eating from a spoon. This week I made blueberry puree, mango puree, and green pea puree (almost had to leave the kitchen for that one! Yuck!). Next week I plan to try strawberries. Any suggestions on what I should try next?

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