Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Anna: Eight Months (and a few days)

So, mornings are Anna's happiest times.  She's playful and giggly and generally fun to be around.  She gives out smiles and little grunts and plays contentedly on the floor while we all bustle around and try to get out the door by 7:15.  (Seriously, it's a miracle every time it happens.)  But, while she's happiest in the morning, it's crazy impossible to add "take a quick picture" to our list of things to do.  Which is why, her eight month picture didn't happen exactly on her "8th month birthday".  I think it's fine-- at least we got 'er done.

Well, we tried anyway.  The little stinker is obsessed with trying to crawl....which doesn't always go so well when you're sitting on a glider.  




So.... I thought this was more appropriate for her onesie picture:


Anna right now:  

Fine motor: Loves to play with her spoon when eating-- often grabs it and seems to want to do it on her own.  Her mom thinks it's cute and adorable and lets her get covered in baby food (and remember, this is a girl who has plenty of folds for baby food to hide), but her dad is more strict about eating the food off the spoon and not playing in it.  Fun haters gonna hate, you know.  

Gross motor:  Anna is sooooo close to crawling!  She likes to go from sitting to hands and knees, and then rock-rock-rocks.  When her legs give out from under her, she scoots backwards until she's backed herself into a chair or wall or something and then she cries for help.  She's capable of going from tummy to sitting up, but she always seems to amaze herself when it happens and I'm not sure if she has any idea how her body completed that task. 

Teeth:  FINALLY!!  A little bottom tooth popped through after months of us saying, "maybe it's a tooth!"  We were kind of giving up hope that she would ever get teeth but it looks like she's actually going to have the pearly whites afterall.  

Talking:  Happily, Anna's favorite word seems to be, "Mamamamam.....maaaaam.....mom, mom, mom".  And even though she says this to everyone, I"m convinced she's talking about me.  And I'm also thinking that this might hinder her speech development because I'm totally not encouraging her to say anything else because, well, "Mama."

Toys:  Anna's favorite toys continue to be 'non-toys'-- things like socks, bowls, and especially cell phones and remotes.  Oh, and my earrings-- you know, only the ones that are the perfect size choking hazards, naturally.  She also received a hand-me-down ride on car, which she LOVES.  Her brother equally enjoys pushing her around in it, and Mason and I get perma-grins just watching the two of them in it.

Food:  This woman eats anything.  She's not crazy about succotash, but will eat it and seems to really love her squash and sweet potatoes the most.  We've given her raspberries and strawberries and bananas and steamed veggies like broccoli and couliflower and yesterday she sucked on a dill pickle for a good 30 minutes.  I think it was more intriguing than anything.

Outside:  We purchased a little half-tent thing that provides shade in our desert of a backyard and Anna seems quite content hanging out on a little quilt with a handful of toys.  She's a little unsure of the grass and isn't quite ready to roll into it, but she's starting to touch it and eye it with a little more curiosity and not as much disdain as before.

Sleep:  What's that!?  Just kidding.  She's actually doing pretty well, but after I posted that thing about her sleeping through the night she didn't sleep through the night for two weeks.  So, I'm really worried to jinx it.  Anna continues to prefer sleeping on her side or tummy, but can fall asleep on her back and likes to watch her mobile as she's drifting off.  We had a rough stint there for awhile when she was waking up at 4:30 for the day, and while she still sometimes wakes early, these days are becoming less frequent and usually she's able to go back to sleep eventually.  (You know, around 6 or so.)

Travel:  We continue to drag this poor baby around to little events and she seems to be okay with it. Last month, we spent time in Des Moines overnight and Dubuque for a day and she did great.  She's a little bit hesitant with new faces but seems fine if her lovely mother is standing nearby.  (naturally, wink wink.)

School is finally out and we're just heading into our crazy summer schedule.  It's crazy because we can stay up late, sleep in late, play, walk, swim, bike, and drive the open road.  We have good intentions of doing all of that and can't wait to get started with this sweet lil' peanut (more like a pumpkin) in tow.   

Can't forget the obligatory picture with the big brother!
(I'm in love with the way she's looking at him)

Oh, and I tried for another picture later in the day and got this:
This is definitely her at 8 months!

1 comment:

  1. Karah, this is too funny because I've been hesitant to give Remi strawberries (idk, I guess I heard that somewhere), but as soon as I read your post I said to david, oh, I guess we can give her strawberries. Lol, if Karah does it, it must be ok, right?:)

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