8 months

Miss Nora is some how 8 months old already!! Two thirds of a year has passed since I was in the hospital welcoming our 3rd little miracle into this world. Someone let me know if they find the pause button for life because time is going by way too fast!

Weight: 16lbs (20th percentile)

Height: 27.5 ins (60th percentile)

8 months, she is growing up so fast! This past month has seen a lot of development for Miss Nora. This age is so fun and so many changes happen so fast. The biggest change is that she is now mobile! And, truly, she couldn’t be happier. She follows the cat and her sisters all over the house. I am in a constant struggle with the little toys that belong to the big girls. No matter how hard I try to keep the little things out of her reach I feel like I am constantly fishing something out of her mouth that she shouldn’t have. Now that she is mobile the possibilities are limitless and she just loves exploring and finding whatever she can that she probably shouldn’t have! She is a total stinker!

As you can see she is sitting up very well on her own now and has begun trying to get herself into a seated position on her own. I don’t anticipate it will be much longer before she has that perfected. And that is not all, she has even started trying to pull up on things as well. I keep trying to tell her I can only handle one big milestone at a time but I don’t think there is any slowing this girl down. She is determined and adventurous!

Breastfeeding is still going really well. She has started eating more solids and seems to really enjoy it. She has already entered the “I want to do it myself” phase. She much prefers chucks of food or a handful of cheerios on her tray to eating the purees. The two new teeth she has are making it much easier. And the two top teeth that are trying to make their way out will help even more.

I thought life was busy before but it just keeps getting busier. Keeping up with these three girls of mine is a full time job, and now that Nora is mobile and trying her best to keep up with the other two I’m really feeling outnumbered!

I love watching my girls grow up and seeing all the new things they learn and watching them explore the world around them, but I wouldn’t mind hitting pause and keeping things just the way they are for a little while. But, since that isn’t possible I will do my best to enjoy these fleeting moments.

Anna celebrated her 8 month birthday a couple of days ago. I’m a bit late with this post as we were busy with my mother-in-law in town and then Anna was not in the mood for photos yesterday thanks to some poop trouble. I know I say this every month, but seriously, I’m dumbfounded that she is already 8 months old. We’re only 4 months away from her 1st birthday. It just doesn’t seem possible.

Weight: ~ 16.5lbs

Height: ~ 27 inches

I find every month I’m at a loss to describe Anna. I feel like my words have not done her justice. To know her is to love her. She is just, well, perfect. She is peaceful and sweet and lovable and happy and…perfect. Every time we are out together I get stopped several times by people so they can just admire her. She hasn’t met a person yet that she has charmed the socks off. I’m now referred to at our vet’s office and the grocery store as “the lady with the perfect baby”.

This month has been all about learning new things. She is talking up a storm lately. She is babbling “dada” “baba” “nana” “lala” and “ah-ya” (which sounds an awful lot like she is trying to say “Maya”). She does say “mum mum”  but she reserves that for when she is tired or hungry, she’s a smart cookie :) A few days ago she started trying to clap, it is more like hitting her chest or bumping her fists together, but she’s got the right idea. She also has started shaking her head “no”, although she hasn’t quite got down when to use it, she thinks it is fun to do it all the time. She is sitting up on her own really well now. She still likes to fling herself backwards without any warning so I always put the boppy pillow around her to be safe (what is a fun game for her is a heart attack waiting for me). Crawling isn’t even on her radar yet. She is so super, super chill and just content to entertain herself with whatever is within reach, even if that is only her hands and feet. I don’t think it has even crossed her mind that she could move her body to get something she wants. Although, she has started spinning herself around on her tummy or roll over to get something that is just out of reach. Oh, and she started giving kisses a week or so ago, that first little kiss from her melted my heart. It is amazing how quickly they learn new things and how happy they are when they can show off their new skills.

Anna is a great eater. I am still breastfeeding and she eats about every 2-3 hours during the day and goes 11-12 hours at night. The spitting up has slowed down some, which is nice. Her solid food eating is going great as well. Last month she was still unable to handle anything that wasn’t completely pureed. She is now eating cheerios, puffs and small pieces of avocado and banana without any trouble. Her favorite foods are pretty much the same as last time, sweet potatoes, peas, pears, apricots and bananas. I just bought some watermelon so I’m going to give her a chunk of that to chew on over the weekend. I’m sure that will be a blast, messy, but a blast. I’ve started giving her a sippy cup with water just to get her used to using a cup and she is doing great with it. She knew what to do with it the first time I handed it to her and now when I bring it out for her she gets excited. Our only food related issue is that she gets constipated very, very easily so I really have to watch what foods I give her and often have to help her a long with prunes to keep things moving.

The last 8 months with this darling face have been magical. I’ve loved watching her grow and change and develop. She is my little cuddle bunny. A kiss, a hug and smile from her is enough to melt my heart and make everything seem right with the world. Love her to pieces.