As we near the end of your 8th month I am amazed at how much you have matured.
We had a doctors appt for you this last week and as you layed there on the table in your little diaper and teething necklace...I had to take a minute and really take in how much you have grown.
The way you even look at me is different.
You are starting to say so much more with your eyes.
And you have gotten so vocal! Yelling, blabbering. Your dad calls it “motor boating” because you make these little spuddering lip noises all the time.
You reach for me with your arms. I scoop you up.
This last week I was in NYC for work and stuff and was away from you guys for 2 nights. While I was away it’s like you turned a new leaf as far as eating and sleeping.
You now gladly eat solids and beg for them. Pears, apples, any steamed veggies. You love doing it yourself and are so good at it.
Today I watched as you figured out how to drink water from a sippy cup.
Today was also the day that you finally made it into the fireplace. I was cleaning in the kitchen and you got awfully quiet in the family room. I checked on you and sure enough you have surpassed our pillow blockade and your little hand was in ash.
At 8 months how do you know not to make a sound if you don’t want to be caught?
Sister is bonkers for you.
She loves feeding you and asks all the time if she can help.
She also claps for you when you eat food saying in her mockery mom voice, “Good job bu buhs!! Good eating!!”.
Sister also likes to be on choking patrol. “Baby brother can’t play with my tiny turtle, he’ll choke on it”. That’s right Novs. It is our job as your family to keep you safe.
She loves making you laugh or smile. She will ask if she can bounce your foot and then jump up and down while holding on to your foot in our arms. It never fails to make you grin.
You like to fall asleep on your own now. I still feed you right before but our time together is shorter. True it has free’d up hours of my day but I watch you on the monitor and wonder if I shouldn’t come in and have you sleep in my arms.
As much time as soothing a baby to sleep takes, I value it so much. It is the one time when it is just you and me. And it only lasts while you are a baby.
You love to stroke my arm or talk to me now as we relax and eat together.
I love you so much, I feel like crying even typing how it feels to have those special quiet moments with you.
You love pushing our little chairs around the house walking behind them.
You like climbing up steps.
You LOVE the bath. Seriously nutsos for bathtime. And so daring. Giving me a heart attack always wanting to crawl into the deep end.
You have the sweetest 4 teeth with more on the way. Your hair is getting longer and lighter with little curls.
If one of us shakes our head at you, you will mimick and shake back.
If I laugh you will laugh back.
If I smile you smile.
You love watching and learning about the world around you.
The other day in the car Nova was yelling at you, “brother don’t look out the window, look at me!!”
You want nothing to do with the blender but can’t get enough of the recycling bin.
Right now your favorite toys are the wooden stick that we use to lock the sliding door, paper and anything that sister doesn’t want you to touch.
Oh!!! and you LOVE doors. Prying open, slamming...you especially love the little kitchen because there are loads of doors just your size for you to slam and open, slam and open.
I try to read you books but all you want to do is eat them.
You still love the nuzzle game. “uhhhhhhhhhh...get you get you get you!!” as I nuzzle and kiss your neck. I love pulling back during this game to get a look at your face. Your eyes shine and you have the look of pure contentment and happiness as you wait for your attention.
Oh to be a baby.
It’s impossible for these words or photos to really explain how I feel for you...but I am going to keep trying.
Loving you feels so incredible.