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Entry 7 - October 31, 2010
~ Independent Little Momma

It's week 39, and Evy is eating solid food now. In fact, she loves solids so much that she won't eat her baby food anymore. That's sad since I've got like 10 more cans in the cabinet just waiting to expire at this point. I haven't given up though. I'm determined to use them. I don't force Evy to eat it, but I do kindly suggest it. I offer it to her along with her finger foods like baby carrots, beets, and green beans. Sometimes I cut up chicken into tiny strips and dip them into her apple sauce. She loves it.

Our child care provider (Aunt Di) is amazing! She knows a ton about kiddies and is very good with sharing information on Evy's development with us. Aunt Di told me that Evy loves baby carrots! I knew she liked them, but whenever I feed them to her from her baby food jar, she turns away. But apparently she loves to hold them and feed herself. Of course Evy wants to feed herself. She's growing up and asserting her independence. I should have known that. As soon as I found out, I went the grocery store and stocked up on carrots and other various veggies and finger foods. I guess I was being super careful with her. Almost treating her like she's a little-little baby because deep in my heart, she's our little-little baby. It's funny how that happens. It reminds me of that car commercial on television where the father is giving his toddler daughter driving tips only she's not really a toddler anymore, but a grown woman. But that's how he will always see herů as his little girl. Sweet, huh? Yeah . . . it's touching.

Like I said, I'm not one to waste good WIC coupons, so I'll continue to find ways to feed Evy that baby food in cabinet while allowing her to assert her independent spirit. In fact, just last night I fed Little Momma one jar of Turkey with Sweet Potatoes and one jar of Pears! Of course she loved sticking her hands in the jar to feed herself too and I didn't stop herů There's room enough to share.

Michelle


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