My sweet, sweet girl,
Between unpacking, settling into our new home, exploring our new neighborhood, and adjusting to my new work schedule, this month flew by in a haze. I swear, I just took your 7 month photo and next thing I knew it was time to think about your 8 month session. And, now here I am writing this post nearly a week late!
First off, as you can see from the photos – especially the outtakes – getting you to sit still for a picture is virtually impossible. The chalkboard, such an adorable accessory when you were only a few months old, has since become a thorn in my side. The minute you see it, you reach for it. I don’t know why it interests you so much but it does. You grab it, stick it in your mouth, realize the taste of chalk is gross, and throw it across the room. I rewrite it, clean you up, and we repeat the process. It’s a real good time!
While you’re a wiggle worm, you do love to have your picture taken. Everyone jokes that you’re just like me because the minute you see a camera (or an iPhone in your case) you instantly stop what you’re doing and pose for the shot. Every week, your daycare emails us a newsletter with highlights and pictures of you and your friends. They told us that they try to get candid shots of the kids playing but you are always on to them so every picture of you is perfectly posed. You’re such a ham!
You are also rocking on all fours and reaching forward like you’re about to crawl. You have caught on to the fact that when you drop something it’s right below you and you like to try to reach for it. We’ve had to catch you a couple of times before you nose-planted right off the couch to pick up your toy.
You sprouted two teeth at the beginning of the month. They came one right after the other and now they’re so big and real. It’s pretty adorable actually. We knew you were teething because you had all of the usual symptoms – low grade fever, moodiness, drool, an insane oral fixation, etc – but I was so surprised when I was nursing you one morning and felt the sharp stab of a baby tooth. Yowza! Fortunately, you quickly overcame the urge to use mommy as a teething ring and all is right in the world again. Something tells me your top teeth will be here before I have a chance to write your next monthly post but we’ll see.
Food…you love food, kiddo. There really hasn’t been much you’ve shied away from except avocados. They’re just not your thing. We’re now onto stage 2 foods and you’re eating everything without a reaction. I introduced meat this week and so far so good. You still love fruits and make pucker noises every time we serve you apples or pears. It’s pretty damn cute!
Lately, like for the past couple of months, you’ve been doing this crazy opening and closing thing with your hands. Daddy calls them your “spirit hands” and Poppy refers to them as your “tell” because it always happens a couple of minutes before you get irritated about something. It’s obvious when you’re doing it that you’re frustrated and don’t have the words to express yourself but I was worried (ah…mom!) so we checked in with the doctor who reassured me that this is a normal baby thing that you’ll eventually outgrow. Your Auntie M said that I did the same thing as a baby so I guess the fruit doesn’t fall far from the tree.
Sometimes, I feel like I worry too much about things like this and other times I pride myself on how I take things in stride when it comes to you. Because you are in someone else’s care for 10 hours a day I’ve had no choice but to relinquish some control and I think it’s been good for me. I’m still in tune with all things related to your well-being but I don’t feel like I’m quite the helicopter parent everyone thought I’d be. Honestly, you’re a really easy baby and you haven’t given us too many reasons to be concerned so I guess I should give you all the credit.
Your new baby trick is blowing raspberries and while very cute, it’s quite annoying when you do it during mealtimes. It’s your go-to move. You do it when you’re mad that we’re washing your face, you do it when you’re finished eating, and I learned last week that you do it when you’re over your bottle as well. I’m not quite sure how to break you of this habit but I usually just say a firm “No” and take your food away for a few minutes. You look at me as if you’ll be scarred for life but if we don’t reprimand you, you think it’s a funny game. Ah, kiddo. You crack us up!
You’ve taken a real fancy to Lola although we are trying to teach you that her paws are off limits. You try to pet her but your hand naturally goes into a grasping form and so you’re constantly pulling and yanking on her. Poor thing – she’s so patient. She’ll just stand there and let you tug and poke at her for minutes on end. Eventually, she gets annoyed and just walks away. I think she loves you but when you start screaming you scare her because she gives us this look like “What the hell is going on here?” All in all, she’s been an awesome companion and we are so blessed to have such a wonderful furbaby in our lives.
You’ve actually started playing peek-a-boo back at us. You think that if you can’t see us, we can’t see you so you put your head down and cover your eyes and then pop up. We yell peek-a-boo and you laugh hysterically and do it again. It has been such a joy to see how interactive you’ve become. Everyone thinks you’re very smart and we’re all a little biased but I think they’re right!
This month we celebrated Halloween and you and Lola were great sports. You let us dress you in multiple costumes – a punk rocker, elephant, fish, and fairy/angel/butterfly. We took a family trip to the pumpkin patch and while you didn’t have a clue what we were doing there, you had fun taking in all of the sights and sounds. You enjoyed handing out candy in our new neighborhood and soaked up all of the attention of the neighbors. Your Daddy and I have had some wild Halloween celebrations in the past but we both agreed celebrating with you was better than any party we could’ve attended.
8 Months At A Glance
Weight: 20 lbs. 2 ozs. – 75th percentile
Length: 29 inches – 95th percentile
Cool Things You’re Doing: Rocking on all fours as if you’re about to crawl, eating everything, smiling at everyone, responding to your name, playing peek-a-boo, and growing teeth. You are right on track with all developmental milestones and you are really a joy to be around!
Likes: We’ve started taking baths together and you love it. You also engage with your bath toys and your rubber ducky is your new best friend. Lately, you are obsessed with remote controls. I think this is a common baby trend but it still makes no sense to me. There can be a thousand toys surrounding you and you will seek out the clicker and stick it in your mouth. You now ride in the grocery cart like a big girl and you love smiling at all of the people in the stores and exploring all of the new sights with your big ole’ eyes. You also spend a good deal of time in your stationery entertainer. It plays a lot of music which seems to keep you happy for minutes on end.
Dislikes: Having your face washed. In fact, nothing pisses you off more.
Nicknames: Your Nona and I have been calling you Banana Face a lot. Daddy still calls you Pooz. Poppy calls you Poppy and I still refer to you as Mommy. But, most people think of you as Savi or Savs.
This has been yet another wonderful month, Savs. You have such a big personality and you charm the pants off everyone you meet. We love you more than life itself. Thank you for bringing such happiness to our lives.