8 Months

February weather in Alabama has been crazy!  Last night we got 4 inches of snow.  I am talking the big, fat, beautiful snowflakes that you just have to go catch with your mouth wide open.  Chad and I had to get out and play in it while Olivia slept, it was just too pretty not to!  We okay maybe just me made snow angels and threw a few snow balls at each other and pretty much ran around like two crazy kids again, just me acting a fool.  We started off the morning right with a little snow cream for breakfast and Olivia loved it!  She has a runny nose this morning so she is having to enjoy the snow from indoors.  I don't think she minds though because last time she was not a fan of playing in the snow.  This morning the snow is melting and it is supposed to be in the 70's next week and all I can say is Bring on Spring!!!   We have enjoyed this little bit of winter wonderland though.

(watching the snow in her snowflake jammies)

It is hard to believe that I just met my sweet girl eight short months ago.  She is already so much a part of who I am and the perfect piece of our family puzzle that we didn't even know was missing.  This last month has been so much fun! Yes, the weather is drab outside, but we have had a blast with lots of playdates and mommy has had to get creative with fun stuff to do inside.  
We are having so much fun with our Valentine Countdown and have only missed a day, but we made up for it...sometimes, when you are 8 months old, you just don't feel like making valentine cards ;)  
Happy 8 Months to this sweet little bundle of LOVE!

We had to take a little sick visit to the doctor this morning and turns out you have your first ear infection..boo!  You have been super sweet even though you are obviously in pain.  Hoping you feel better soon so we can play out side next week in the warm weather!  I did have them weigh you this morning and you are 18 pounds, 10 ounces - with your clothes on ;)  You are growing like a weed! You are still pretty long and lean, except for those little chunky legs!  Secretly I hope you have those forever (ok, maybe not forever, but I would also be cool if you stayed little forever too, deal?)

Girl, you want to crawl so bad and I know you can do it! You get on your hands and knees and take about 3 or 4 full crawls and then you try to stand up..say what??  Oh yes, you dig your feet in and do this bear crawl thing, get frustrated and then just sit back up and start it all over again.  I must say, you are pretty entertaining to watch.  You definitely make your way around though.  I have a feeling things are about to get very interesting around here!

Just as I suspected, those two front teeth popped through this month for a grand total of 6 teeth! You have little spaces in between each tooth and it is so stinking cute!  You are constantly slobbering and biting on everything so I have a feeling you aren't going to stop the tooth action anytime soon.

You love green food.  Who's kid are you anyways??  You're favorite is sweet peas gag meI really am glad you love so many different foods.  I am such a picky eater and I am determined to make you eat everything.  I know that you are still little and we probably have some chicken nugget only days ahead of us, but for now you are a great eater!

You also love to feed yourself!  I can put bites of anything on your tray and you work those little chubby fingers like a boss and gobble up every last little morsel.  It amazes me to watch you do this.  What is amazing is how you could not do this just a few short weeks ago.  My baby is a little genius ;)

I love to watch you play.  You love to bang toys together and just laugh, although I cannot get you to clap your hands and it is the same motion.  I guess you have to save some tricks for next month, right?  Your very favorite toy is a water bottle.  I have to make sure the label is off and the top or any other plastic part you could choke on because you absolutely demolish it!  It looks like a wild animal has gotten a hold of it after you are done.  Actually, you kind of handle it like a wild animal.  You grab and squeeze it so hard your whole body shakes and you bite it and twist your head side to side and squeal.  This too, is premium entertainment for Daddy and I.

You jabber all the time!  Mostly when you are happy it is bah-bah-bah.  You only break out the Ma-ma-ma-ma when you are fussing at me, or I walk out of your presence for .01 seconds.  Even when you are unhappy saying mama it still warms my heart, sorry I just love it.  You are also a champion squealer. I just love a squeaky little girl :) 

Sleep, where art thou???
You have been sleeping through the night for months now, but lately you have decided you need to wake up a few times in the middle of the night like old times, just to see if mama can hang.  While I appreciate you wanting to spend time with me I would prefer to do it during daylight hours.  I read that there is a big sleep regression right around this time though.  You are learning so much and it is hard to turn your busy little brain off and rest, that and teething like a mutha.  For about the last 2 weeks you have only woken once and I feed you and you go right back to sleep, but anytime you would like to just go on and sleep straight through again it won't hurt my feelings ;)

(this is what most of our photo shoot looked like...sigh)

My very favorite new trick you have learned it giving kisses!  You open that little slobbery mouth as wide as you can and plant a big wet one right on my lips.  It is probably the sweetest thing ever. You are such a sweet and loving little girl.  You lay your head on my shoulder and give me love and scoot/crawl over to me when we are in the floor just to be near me.  When you wake up in the morning I get you and put you in the bed with me and we have a full on snuggle-fest for at least 30 minutes.  You will lay there and let me love and kiss all over you...as long as I am singing or letting you play with my hand (which I also love). You love to hold my hand and just feel of it and occasionally try to bite it, can't blame a girl for trying. 
I left you for the very first time with your Aunt Ash this month.  Mommy had to cover a Body Step class last minute and you went to visit the cousins. Yeah, you read that right, I taught BodyStep after no exercise since last June and lived to tell about it.  It wasn't pretty, but I made it!  Anyways,  I was a nervous wreck leaving you, but you were just fine and didn't even know I was gone.  This may be because you love your aunt so much, which makes me very happy.  I know everyone says how as a mom you need your "me time", but I just don't think I am cut out to leave my baby...like ever haha.  Even though I knew you were fine and well taken care of I couldn't help but think of you the whole time and miss you like crazy. maybe mommy is really the one with separation anxiety here ;)

You really are my very best little friend.  I know I may not get out and do a whole lot of things right now, but I would not miss these little moments with you for anything in this world.  I am so honored that God chose me to be your mommy.   I love watching your little personality develop.  I love watching different emotions run across your face as you try to figure things out.  I love watching you watch tv (when I let you), eyes glued in amazement.  You are such a sweet and silly little thing and I always want you to know how much joy your bring to mine and Daddy's life! 
 Love you to the moon and back baby girl!

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