Happy 8 Months, Annalynn!
Oh, how you’ve grown! You’re wearing 6-9 month clothes (I’ve even started buying 12 months in some items!) and still in size 3 diapers. I’m not 100% sure about weight, but I’m guessing over 17 pounds by now. You have the best laugh in the whole wide world and seeing you smile instantly makes me smile. You love Maddie and Daddy, but if Mommy is around, forget about it. You are turning into a mommy’s girl and, trust me, that is a-okay with me!
You’re so close to being on the move. You’ve got the hand, knees, and rocking back and forth down, but as soon as you try to go forward you tend to fall flat on your belly. You haven’t quite mastered the hand/knee coordination just yet. You’re learning, though, and getting stronger and better with every try.
We know you can go from laying down to sitting up on your own because we’ve gone to fetch you from a nap and discovered you sitting up. However, we’ve haven’t personally witnessed you doing it on your own yet. You’ve come close a couple of times I’ve watched, but tend to get frustrated and give up.
Interactive toys are becoming more entertaining for you. You’re starting to grasp that concept that “if I push this button, noise will happen.” You like to pound on keys and squeal in delight as music comes out. You also enjoy moving little plastic rings from one side of a toy to another.
You’re also big enough to ride in the front of the shopping cart, which makes grocery shopping so much easier for mommy and daddy!
You have your good days and your bad days in the sleep department. I thought we had a decent pattern going, but of course, you threw us for another loop while on vacation last week. I’m not sure if it was the fact we moved your mattress from the bassinet position to the bottom of the pack ‘n’ play or we need a softer mattress cover (we already purchased a high-rated one from Amazon), but you were not having it. You ended up spending a couple of days in bed with mom and dad and were much happier there. I was hoping you would have a better night at home, but last night was still rough. I’m crossing my fingers you’ll return to normal soon.
Girl, you love food. Your current favorites include quesadillas, roasted sweet potato wedges, applesauce, and puffs.
I don’t know what they put in puffs, but they’re essentially baby crack. You actually had your first taste of puffs while grocery shopping a couple of weeks ago. I had just put a container in the cart to try when we got home when you started getting really antsy and fussy in the cart. Daddy decided to pop the container open and give you a taste in the store. It was amazing how you instantly calmed down and happily chomped down on the puff. From that moment forward you have definitely been a puff girl.
You’re still nursing like a champ. It was actually really nice to have an extended weekend to just nurse on demand. You’re learning where the milk comes from and are not shy about going after it on your own.
I send 4 bottles of 4 oz of milk to daycare, but most days you’ll only drink 3 of the 4. I’m also sending one or two food items, which usually includes either a hard boiled egg, banana, avocado, sweet potato, or ricotta cheese. For dinner you’ll eat whatever we’re having.
Slowly, but surely, your hair is finally starting to come in! I can even rig a bow to the top (as long as you don’t turn your head quickly). I think sleeping on your tummy has really helped with the hair growth. I love my little baldy, but I’m also looking forward to seeing what you look like with a full head of hair.
Gah. I still can’t believe you’re 8 months! Only 4 more until you’re one year. Excuse me while I cry like a baby. Mommy and Daddy love you, baby girl!