I have two wishes at this point in life. First, I wish that my baby could tell me what is wrong when she is hurting or not feel well so I knew what to do for her. Second, I wish that I could stop worrying about what Lilah is eating and what we are eating and just be able to cook for all of us. But then I remind myself that we are making huge strides on both fronts, especially in the last few weeks.
At 13 months Lilah was getting a little confused with her words. Even words that she had been consistently using were a little muddled as she tried to figure out sounds and I felt like she was regressing. I know, I know, no need to panic. But at 13 and a half months we have made some breakthrough and have a vocabulary of about 5 words! Dog, her first word, is pretty much the word she uses for all animals. She is good at saying Daddy or Da! when Shannon walks in the room. She likes to repeat "Done!" when we ask her if she is done with her dinner. And she says "dow" when asked if she wants down. Can you see the trend - she loves her D words! Her one word she says consistently without a 'd' is nose which comes out more like "NO!" Now if we can just get to "Mommy, my tummy really hurts" or "I have two teeth coming in and my mouth is sore. Can I please have some Tylenol?" Ha!
The food front is going fantastically the past couple of weeks. We have discovered that if we put some sort of carbohydrate in some sort of creamy or cheesy sauce, throw in a few veggies and some meat and we have an eating machine on our hands. See even babies know that Macaroni and Cheese is the stuff of life :) In the past couple of days we have had several meals that we all ate together like a real family. And it makes me so happy. Mostly because I am not cooking twelve things between all of us. Homemade Mac n' Cheese with corn, peas, and spinach was the first big success. Then there was a stroganoff with ground turkey, mushrooms, onion, and bell pepper over rice. We tried risotto with butternut squash. And finally Mexican rice and beans with shredded chicken. She also loves french toast and banana bread for breakfast. What can I say, Lilah and I are going to be eating buddies!
So progress is definitely being made on my wishes. And I am so grateful for how healthy and happy, stubborn and independent, my little girl really is!