How is our baby girl already 8 months old!?! None the less she is! And with each passing day we watch Annabelle become more and more the sweet, joyful, independent, loving, lovely little girl that God has destined her to be.
Measurements – Annabelle is officially 15 pounds, which means she’s only 1 pound away from doubling her birth weight! Based on her past growth patterns we are thinking she will probably hit that milestone next month since she’s been gaining roughly 1 pound a month since birth.
Best Moment – In the past month Annabelle has continually gotten more and more mobile over the past month. She started off army crawling and is slowly but surely working her way towards full fledged crawling. She really loves using her feet now to propel herself forward instead of just relying on arm strength to get where she is going. Annabelle is also starting to want to pull up on things around the house too! Although it’s mostly just the rim of the bathtub at bath time lol.
Worst Moment – Definitely the hardest trial we faced this month was teething. It just came on so fast. One night Annabelle went to sleep without a single tooth and in the next few weeks she had 3 teeth pop through and is now working on a 4th! Though we didn’t realize it at the moment that, teething was what was causing her to be more clingy then normal, looking back it all makes sense now why she wanted to be comforted a little more then normal, especially around bed time. She didn’t have too tough of a time though with the pain tolerance of it all. We really have been crediting that to a baltic amber necklace that we got for Annabelle to wear a few months ago to help with pain relief and ever since this past month we have went from skeptics to full fledged believers since we didn’t have to use Tylenol or any other form of pain relief once with her!
Favorite Things – Annabelles favorite thing this month has definitely been trying all different types of solid foods! She has enjoyed quite an array of flavors this month including Oatmeal, Pumpkin, Carrots, Green Beans and Avocado, on top of her all time favorite Spinach! She has also taken a liking to her sippy cup and loves taking little sips of water and breast milk during her mealtimes, playtimes and while we’re out for family evening walks with her mom, dad and favorite chew toy Sophie.
Highlights – This month was filled with a lot of fun outside adventures for Annabelle. It really wasn’t until this month that we were able to go out and about with Annabelle because of her feeding schedule since she has been exclusively breastfed. Before now therefore just too many distractions when it came to trying to feed her in public as well as being a new mom meant that I wasn’t experienced or comfortable enough with nursing in public to do it seamlessly without fear of there being an accidental slip up of some kind. But to be honest I don’t know if more experience would have made us anymore comfortable with nursing in public anyways because when it comes to feeding Annabelle I have really enjoyed having our personal little space and extra privacy at home that you just cant get when you are out and about. Call me a homebody of sorts but I’d much rather prefer nursing Annabelle at home in her rocking chair then in a parking lot or bathroom. lol Now that Annabelle is nursing less times during the day and only taking 2 naps we have longer stretches of wake times which has made for some really great outings!
Much love & prayer,
Matt & Blair