Thursday, May 20, 2010

Eight Months

I feel like time has been on reverse mode recently. Mainly due to the weather. While March and April were absolutely gorgeous, warm and sunny, May has given us the weather that we apparently missed out on in those months. The other day I received an email from a colleague saying that he would be out of the office until June 1...and I thought, "WOW - that is a LONG leave of absence!" Until I realized that June 1 is not even 2 weeks away.

So you can imagine my shock when Maggie turned eight months yesterday. Eight months...REALLY?? When did this happen??!

A dear friend of mine sent me this while I was pregnant with Maggie.
It is from the Serena and Lily website...but I can't get over how much it describes our gal! She is such a joy and so much fun to have around. As my mom always says, "Maggie, you crack me up!" I feel like she is constantly making people smile or laugh...whether they know her or not.

This month can be described in one word: SLEEP. Or lack thereof, rather. Things have gradually been going from bad to worse this month. My normal laid-back attitude about All Things Baby was finally hung out to dry last week when we all realized that there was nothing good about a regular habit of waking up 3-4 times a night...for anyone! Fortunately, the past few days things have at least been shaken up, and seem to be getting better...we'll see how the next few weeks go.

Maggie also mastered her "pincher grasp" this month. The doc told me to hold off on finger foods (i.e. cheerios, teething biscuits, etc.) until 9 months, but when I found Maggie picking a thread up off of the floor with her thumb and index finger I thought that she might be ready. And boy she was! The ratio of food in mouth to floor is even in favor of her mouth! She is even showing signs of preferring bites of food in its "normal" state rather than being mashed, pureed, etc. She does a great job chewing and trying new things...although bananas and cheerios remain the reigning faves right now.

No crawling yet. Rolling rolling rolling everywhere still. One time she stayed on all fours when I put her down on the floor...but only that once. Recently she's been locking her knees every time I put her she wants to stand, but she doesn't have the strength. I am very curious to see if she will even crawl at all...

She has expanded her vocabulary from "Heh" and "Hah" to "bababababa" and "wawawawawa." All of which she says indiscriminately, but I am glad to hear her practicing some new sounds regardless.

Excited to see what she will learn and teach us in the coming month!

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