– M is into everything these days. She figured out how to open the lower cupboard doors in the kitchen (I’m surprised it didn’t happen sooner!), and now I keep finding canning lids all over the place. I’ll be ordering some latches soon! M’s other favorite naughty activity is playing with the pets’ water dish. She’s started bringing over cups to help her empty it out more efficiently. I haven’t come up with a solution to this, since I can’t put the water up high, and if I block it off in some way, it’ll scare Henny. Right now I have a gate up so M can’t access it from the side, which at least cuts down her water play by about 75%.
– M has expanded her selection of acceptable fruit pouches, and she gets really excited when she sees them. She’s a little more open to eating veggies in prepared dishes, but fruit is easier in the pouches. We had a good stretch where she would eat a large serving of baby oatmeal from a refillable pouch in the morning and yogurt from the same in the afternoon, but she’s totally over oatmeal for now, and yogurt is hit or miss. She’s getting better at using utensils, though, and I can put her food in a dish without her instantly tipping it out.
–She’s really starting to enjoy the tent I made for her birthday, especially with all the cushions inside. She’ll go inside and just lounge for a bit, or she’ll bring stuff in to play with. I put down her ‘old’ play mat the other day, and she instantly went over to sit on it, and she kept bringing her toys over to it all afternoon. She’s also been revisiting the Bumbo chair — if she keeps one leg under herself, she can get out when she’s done sitting. If both legs go through the spaces, though, she gets stuck, which is very frustrating for her (and, it seems, a little embarrassing).
– M is really steady on her feet now (compared to a few weeks ago, anyway), and she’s building up some speed, too. She’s just starting to realize that she can get down and explore when we’re out running errands, but she’s still pretty good about sitting in the cart. Being the master disorganizer she is, she’d tear a store apart in a flash, so she can’t be on her feet too much of the time.
– I’ve decided to switch around which photos I post here and on my Instagram. My account there is now private, but I’ll add any requests that seem legit. I won’t be posting many photos of M’s face here anymore — it just feels better. I’ve really struggled with balancing M’s privacy with a desire to share all the fun, cute stuff. There are bloggers I don’t respect much who really overshare with seemingly no regard for their child’s future wishes (or safety!). But then there are others — who I think of as being very sensible and cautious — who also post a lot of kid photos (usually pretty restrained ones). So it’s hard to know how much is too much. I’ve tried to be guided by what I would want kept private if it were me instead of M. Anyway, for now, it feels more comfortable to stop posting so many photos of her face, since I can’t control who’s looking. That makes sense, right?