Last night, Vanessa was howling loudly on and off for about an hour and a half. This was highly unusual for her -- I hadn't seen her act that way since the flight to Germany! I tried all my usual tricks -- nursing her, feeding her some snacks and water, playing with her, letting her walk around, trying to rock her to sleep. Nothing was working. I figured it was due to her illness, even though her fever was gone.
Finally, Vanessa took matters into her own hands. She walked over to the table, grabbed the avocado that was sitting there, sat down with it, pulled out the stem, and started sucking all the soft green avocado out of the end. Yes, this is my daughter, the one who still can't figure out how to feed herself Cheerios!
Anyway, I'm glad Vanessa can feed herself dinner when I neglect to. She hadn't wanted to eat any solids while she had been sick, and I guess I had gotten out of the habit of feeding her solids for dinner!