Tuesday, May 20, 2014

8 months with Maci Louise

Back on May 10th Maci turned 8 months old! We "celebrated" like we do every month with a photo shoot and singing "Happy Birthday" to her, but I never posted here! :( Thankfully I do keep an actual baby book for her, so that counts for something! ;)

Maci Louise, your smile lights up a room and your happiness makes Mommy's heart overflow with joy and thankfulness! I'm not gonna lie sweet girl, those first few (ahem, 6 or so! ;)) months with you were super difficult! Nothing seemed to make you happy and things just weren't easy. I wouldn't have traded it for the world, of course, but it was just HARD! You have really turned a corner and are so happy and smiley MOST of the time (unless someone new comes in the room and you think Mommy is leaving! ;)) You definitely favor your Momma and I couldn't be happier! :) All the "big girls" in the  neighborhood call you "Smiley" or "Bouncy" because you are just always so darn happy! :) (or they call you "Mini Mia" because everyone thinks you look JUST like your big sister! Funny thing is, I really don't see it THAT much, but apparently everyone else does! :) Thank you for bringing our family so much joy! We love you!

What are you up to these days...

*Developmental milestones: you give the sweetest, opened mouth kisses when asked. It's ADORABLE! You aren't crawling yet, but you do a little rocking back and forth (not up on your knees yet). When sitting in your pack and play, you reach over to the side and try to pull yourself up, but haven't done it yet on your own. You can stand (if we stand you up), holding on to something for a few seconds. Mommy isn't rushing ANY milestones since you're my last baby! :)

*You are still in size 4 diapers

*You wear mostly 12 month clothes

*You continue to be on your best behavior at Linnie's each day, and Linnie just adores you!

*You love playing with your brother and sister, and they really crack you up!

*Your eyes light up when you hear Daddy's voice or see his face!


*You've made your way completely out of your crib, completely out of the mattress on the floor in your room and back in Mommy and Daddy's bed. I guess you can say we're officially a co-sleeping family! Oh well, I'm 100% okay with it. I LOVE having you close to me and, for now, can't imagine you in your crib! :)

*Still no teeth!

*You continue to drink 5 oz every 4-ish hours. You love to eat your stage 2 fruits and veggies. You've also started eating puffs and other dissolvable "baby" foods :)We started you on stage 2 "meats" (ugh, typing that word grosses me out...Mommy doesn't "do" the thought of pureed meats! ;)) but either way, you love them! :)

*You do a lot of babbling, but no real words yet.

And for good measure...

 My babies sending balloons to their cousins in Heaven on their 6th birthday
 Maci Louise on her Dedication day at church
 Hubby doing what he loves most...rock fishing!
 Manuel playing baseball
8 month photo shoot (outfit courtesy of EmbroiderybySharon on Etsy! I won a giveaway that she had on her Facebook page for this outfit, but I also purchased Maci's 1st Thanksgiving Day outfit from Sharon!

I hope life is treating you all well, friends!