It’s that time again — another month has gone by, and as of this past Sunday, Lillian is officially eight months old! The latest installment in the series of photos with the stuffed bunny, taken a couple weeks ago, is shown at the top of this post. The backdrop for this photo is our new(ish) living room rug, and the bumblebee outfit was just too adorable* to resist. To see all the previous photos in the series, click here!
* Teenage Lillian, if you’re reading this someday, I am so sorry for any mortifying embarrassment the adorable bumblebee outfit photo may cause.
One interesting thing that I don’t think I’ve talked about much on the blog is, I’m pretty sure we have a ginger baby on our hands. As a newborn, Lillian looked pretty distinctly blonde, but as the wispy baby hair has gotten thicker, it’s also gotten redder and redder. I think the following photo does a pretty good job of illustrating her current hair color:
I’m told that my hair was red when I was a baby, and that it later darkened into the medium brown color I have now, so it’ll be interesting to see if the same happens with Lily or if she’ll stay a redhead like both of my siblings. (Yep, I was the only kid in our family who didn’t have red hair.) The photo below shows both of us at a recent family barbecue for easy comparison:
Onto another topic… Remember how at four months, Lillian seemed to find most baby toys boring? At least compared to my keys, or key-like baby toys with lots of intricate moving parts? Those days are long gone. Lillian has reached the phase where she’s fascinated by absolutely everything. Like wrist watches, or the tags on people’s clothing:
She’ll even pull the glasses off your face and try to taste them if you’re not careful. But she also likes toys of all varieties now, and particularly loves stuffed animals — especially ones that crinkle or rattle.
Speaking of being fascinated by everything and loving stuffed animals, we happen to have this furry creature running around our house, and it jingles when it moves and everything! Lillian has a tendency to squeal with excitement whenever she sees Grendel, and will try grabbing fistfuls of fur whenever the poor cat comes close enough. Sometimes Grendel scurries away alarmed, but other times (if she knows she’s out of reach) she’ll just hang out grooming herself and doing other cat things. Here’s a short video to illustrate the general “baby sees cat” phenomenon:
When it comes to food, Lillian’s favorites still seem to be apple and pear, as well as other “fruit medley” type purees. (We haven’t bothered with banana in quite a while now, although it’s probably a good idea to give it another shot every once in a while just to see if her tastes have changed.) And she didn’t care for the “mixed greens” baby food much at all, an event that we managed to catch on tape:
(Side note — you know that feeling you get when you hear yourself in a recording and you’re like, “Oh my god, I sound like that? That person’s voice is so annoying! I’d want to shoot them if I had to live with them!” I get that a little with this particular video, although in my defense I think I have an unconscious tendency to talk in a higher-pitched voice when there is a baby involved.)
Anyway, the funniest part about the mixed greens incident is that despite making faces with every bite, Lillian actually polished off almost the entire container by the end. And a few days later when we tried green beans, she devoured the entire thing with enthusiastic lip-smacking gusto, so I think we may have found our go-to vegetable.
One last update: for all that talk about taking a summer road trip to New York, we ended up having to cancel our plans due to my getting a job offer. The new job has a slightly shorter commute and significantly better pay than my previous one — a good thing for our little family in almost every way, except that taking a week off to go on vacation is going to be out of the question for a little while. But we can still go on long sightseeing walks around our own city, or even take a weekend excursion here and there, so there may still be the possibility of some traveling adventures this summer.