Friday, December 21, 2012

Dear BGT, (Eight Months)

Bennett Grace,

You turned 8 months old this week! How did this happen? Where has the time gone?? It feels like yesterday you were just a tiny baby cooing in our arms and now you are a little fireball of personality. Shuggie you are growing so fast we can't even keep up with you. It is amazing how much you have changed lately. We can not even believe you are 2/3 of the way to a year already!!!

We have not weighed or measured you lately but we think you are getting a little taller because you look like you have slimmed down a bit. It may also be because you are starting to be very active.

You are still in size 2 diapers and 6-9 month clothing. You have been wearing tons of cute holiday clothes this month and you look precious!!

You go to sleep between 8-8:30 and usually wake up around 6-6:30. Sometimes you wake up at 5:30 and talk to yourself in your crib or play a little bit by yourself before you fall back asleep until 6:30. You are back to sleeping in the sleep sack because you get chilly in the night. You also take two naps a day. One in the morning and another in the afternoon.

You are still doing great with 6 oz of breast milk 4 times per day and 2 rounds of solids per day! You have a fruit and cereal in the morning and usually two veggies for dinner. Sometimes you have a small cup of juice mixed with water and a snack. You have recently started eating a couple of Plum Organic puffs for a special snack! You love them!

You also started feeding yourself this month. We gave you a couple puffs and you played with them the first couple times but then right at 8 months you started picking them up and feeding yourself. We actually caught it on video too :)

You went to your first birthday party for your friend Libby this month too. You got to bounce around with daddy in the inflatable toys at the party and you loved it. They even had stuffed animals for all the kids to take home and you picked out an Elmo which has quickly become one of your favorite toys.

You love to play with all of your toys at once. You get yourself over to your toy box and you pull out each and every toy until you have them all out. Then you play with the toy box. You also want to grab everything. If it is within your reach you want it and you want it now. We are working on telling you "no" because you are a little bit spoiled and you tend to put on your fake cry to try to get your way, but we are up on your game missy!

You started pulling up this month too!! The first time you pulled your self up you were trying to pull ribbon out of mommy's ribbon box while she was wrapping Christmas presents. Mommy was so shocked and she tried to take your picture but by that time you were already partially back down. Since then you have been doing it all the time. You love to stand up too! You reach out your hands if you are sitting and when we reach out to you, you grab on to our hands and pull up. Then you smile the biggest smile like you are so proud of yourself. And Baby, man are we proud of you too :)

You also learned to sit yourself up from your back or tummy this month. Daddy caught you sitting in your crib a couple of times and we weren't sure whether you were pulling your self up or just sitting up on your own until mommy caught you in action! You flip to your tummy and then wiggle your way up to sitting!

You still don't crawl but that does not stop you from getting from one side of the room to the other in seconds. You are so fast and in to EVERYTHING! You scoot, roll, flop, swivel, sit, lay, flip, fling and launch yourself EVERYWHERE. We can't leave you anywhere because you find a way to get into something you are not supposed to be in.

You are so ticklish. Daddy tickles you so much that you can barely catch your breath because you are laughing so hard. You love to play hide 'n seek too. You lean over and tilt your head to try to see where Mommy and Daddy are hiding and you laugh so much when we pop out at you!

You talk ALL THE TIME. You talk to people, to the puppies, to your toys and to nothing in particular. You say daddy (much to mommy's dismay) and Hey. When mommy comes home she says Hey angel! And you say hey back. It is too cute. You are trying very hard to say bye bye but instead you say dye dye. Unfortunately it seems that "d" sound is your favorite. (One point for Daddy, zero points for Mommy) you also have started to whisper which is Aunt Morgan's favorite thing ever.

This month we enjoyed part one of your first Christmas. You love the lights and gifts. We went to the zoo light safari at the Birmingham Zoo and you loved it! You also met Santa and you were curious but not scared at all! You play with all of the gifts under the tree and even we though we have stopped you successfully more than once, you still managed to open one gift that wasn't yours which mommy had to re-wrap. We can't wait to enjoy the rest of the holiday season with you!

You have the most beautiful big blue eyes and the longest eyelashes. You look exactly like your daddy. Even your facial expressions are the same. People see you and the first thing they say is how much you look like Daddy. He eats it up too!

Shuggie, we are so proud to be your Mommy and Daddy. Each day you bring so much happiness and joy to our lives. We have had some difficult things happen over the past month but when we come home to you, all the hard things melt away. When we are away from you, you are all we talk about. Over the past 8 months you have woven yourself tightly into every part of our beings. It is hard to remember a time before you were in our lives. We are so thankful for you and proud to be your Mommy and Daddy precious angel.


Mommy and Daddy

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