Eight Months With Natalie

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Eight whole months with my sweet baby, and it has seriously flown by! This month, her personality has really started to shine, and I am enjoying every minute of it. She's silly, always smiling, and loves to start playing as soon as she wakes up. She takes naps and bed time very seriously, and doesn't waste a moment letting me know she's had enough, then falls asleep within a few minutes of me putting her in her crib. She still wakes up once a night for a bottle most nights, but considering I was still getting up 4-5 times a night with Baylee when she was Natalie's age, I take it as her spoiling me. ;)

In true Natalie fashion, she continues to hit milestones at her own pace, and has no sense of urgency to keep up with big sis. She's a cuddle bug, who is happiest being held by mommy. In fact, just about a week ago, she blessed me with the surprise of babbling "mama" first. (Baylee of course said "dada" #daddysgirlforever) She just melts me with her love. We went through a rough patch where she sobbed every time I left the room for even a split second, but that seems to be getting much better as she's realizing that I always come back. :)

So far, Natalie is not "crawling" in the classic sense of the word, but she sure does get around! She's been rolling everywhere and backing herself up into a "sit" from all fours. She definitely rocks and tries, but so far hasn't gotten the hang of moving forward. She's been doing a lot of "down dog" baby yoga and trying to pull herself up on everything she can possibly get her hands on, so I know as soon as she strengthens those muscles enough she will be moving around like crazy.

Also, this month, Natalie finally discovered her inner foodie. She hadn't been a huge fan up until a few weeks ago, and now she's feeding herself tiny pieces of whatever we happen to be eating, and it's been so much fun! So far her favorite things are chicken, turkey, cheese, broccoli, and macaroni. I still attempt to end her meal with a puree, but she hasn't been finishing them lately. I think she's just about ready to give them up all together. 

 Natalie had her first trips to the county fair and the pumpkin patch this month, and I am so excited to do all the other "fall things" with her! Our Halloween costumes are ready to go, and I can't wait to see how much more fun it's going to be with both my girls!

Happy 8 months, my peanut!

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