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8 months+3 weeks (Mon 8-2-10)

I'm a little slow getting Raya's 8 month pictures done but I wanted to do one last photo session with her before we say goodbye to the "tubey-tube" tomorrow. What can I say, I'm sentimental. Plus, it's been here almost as long as she has so I feel like it's part of the family now. :)

Raya at 8 months:
weight: 17 lbs 8 oz (34th percentile, which is AMAZING :)
length: 27-ish inches (forgot to write it down right away so I'm going from memory)
likes: Mommy, the stethoscope, syringes, the big kids, Daddy, swimming, baths, the battery-powered toothbrush, chewing on rubber tubing, unplugging the syringe from her NG tube when it's not in use, stretching out the NG tube with her toes, crawling away from her backpack (usually results in crying/screaming, face getting pulled funny from the NG tube, tube coming unplugged & snapping her like a rubber band, and sometimes tube coming out of nose), things that make a crinkling noise, eating paper (the only thing she LIKES to eat), getting her picture taken, hearing her own voice, playing with baby dolls (strange for her age, I know), playing with her reflection in the mirror, playing in spit-up (disgusting but true), her physical therapist & the toys at PT, her Rainforest crib toy, and biting wet washcloths
dislikes: food, having food put in her mouth, having spoons/syringes/medicine droppers put in her mouth, cold things in her mouth, having a pacifier in her mouth or sucking on a pacifier (or anything else), basically anything in her mouth unless she puts it there, having her NG tube put back in, having the tape on her cheek changed, needing her diaper changed, getting her diaper changed, getting her clothes changed, having to sit still, the taste of formula or anything else

Here's a few more pics from today:
This is what happens to her face when she gets too far away from the backpack. :)

(I know, I want to wipe the drool off her chin too. :)


I make her play with the doll that has a pacifier in its mouth. I'm hoping she'll learn from its example. :)

(The syringe is there to keep the NG tube from popping open & leaking while she's not hooked up to the feeding pump, just in case you were wondering. :)

Stay tuned for my Top 10 Things I Won't Miss About the NG tube. :)

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