[I just find this picture very funny. Trust that she was up to no good.]
Audra really got into blowing raspberries this week, which is just adorable. Along with her various other babbling noises, we have now had many conversations comprised mainly of blowing raspberries at each other. Much less cute is that she also started grinding her teeth this week.
Audra tried out pears for the first time last week, which seems to be a hit. She certainly is interested in eating solids and is ingesting some, but it seems her gag reflex is still pretty strong since she ends up spitting quite a bit out. In part because of this, we're still holding off on giving the ok to daycare to start giving her solids until she gets a little more skilled at feeding herself, chewing, and actually swallowing the food. We're going along with the "food before one is just for fun" mantra, and prefer to have her do it at her own pace, so she can control what she's feeding herself more and explore the different textures, consistencies, and tastes.
After a couple of rough nights of Audra waking frequently or wanting to nurse most of the night, we have had a marvelous last few nights of sleep - she still is waking about every hour for the first and last few hours of the night, but in the middle, she has been doing 2- and 3-hour stretches now. She generally falls back asleep fairly easily overnight, even when I get her up for a diaper change at 4am and she's wide awake afterwards (and she also fell back asleep once on the change table, and slept through me changing her diaper AND sleeper). She also was able to resettle herself without nursing a few times when I disturbed her by shifting around trying to get comfortable, and so I actually feel decently well-rested at the moment now too :)
[She really likes the clapping part of playing with blocks, and is starting to try to clap herself too]