Happy 8th Month Birthday Madeline Grace!

Soooooo, this is a very belated happy 8th month birthday post for Madeline because it’s been a busy couple of months.

yoda-hat
Maddy in her favorite Yoda hat! :)

Now that we’ve addressed the painfully obvious, I can get back to talking about my kid 😉

Getting ready for a day of shopping with daddy and Grandma!
Getting ready for a day of shopping with daddy and Grandma!

Maddy is starting to develop more and more every day and seeing her little smile or watching her shake with joy is always a highlight of my day. She’s such a happy little girl!

Sitting up like a big girl!
Sitting up like a big girl!

Madeline has an adorable mop of hair on her head now (no more baby-bald-patches). It’s not long enough to style, but she loves rocking bows and hats, so every once in a while we get ambitious when dressing her.

Happy hat baby!
Happy hat baby!

This month Maddy discovered crawling…but she only can go backwards. It’s simultaneously hilarious and horrifying to watch your child learn how to scoot herself around. A week ago she started pushing herself up into a sitting position, where she’ll teeter and giggle until she topples over (also terrifying). We have to be ever-vigilant these days to make sure she doesn’t konk her head.

I don’t know when it happened exactly, but our family has become one of those families that I used to silently judge when I heard stories about other friend’s family-life. What I mean is, we have started allowing Maddy to sleep in between us. Now, this is a subject that tends to get people charged up on one side or the other, but we had a good reason.

Sleep deprivation.

Maddy sleeping soundly in mommy & daddy's bed :(
Maddy sleeping soundly in mommy & daddy’s bed :(

I’m pretty sure my daughter has a medical condition called “never napper,” which when translated simply means sporatic-sleeping-sometimes-never. On a night when both of us were exhausted from trying to get our daughter to sleep, we finally put her down in between us. While we were lying there trying to stay awake to keep an eye on Maddy, she drifted off to sleep…and she slept through the night.

It was magical y’all. Of course, Sean and I didn’t get the best sleep because we kept waking up to make sure she was okay. Chalk it up to laziness, or desperation, or whatever you want, but now I love seeing Maddy’s little smile when she wakes up next to me.

Mommy & Maddy napping.
Mommy & Maddy napping.

Madeline’s 8 Month Milestones:

  • Crawling! Maddy is able to get herself into “baby neutral” where she revs back and forth in an attempt to propel herself forward. So far, she’s only really mastered scooting backwards, but you can’t leave her alone on the floor…ever.
  • Feeding herself. Madeline grasps the bottle and brings it to her mouth, trying to feed herself. She can’t really hold the bottle up yet, but it’s pretty cool to watch her guide the bottle into her mouth like a big girl.
  • Sitting up. Our little munchkin pushes herself up and sits in poses that would make a yogi jealous with one leg splayed out behind her. It’s precarious at best, but her back gets stronger every day.
  • She still hates food. At Thanksgiving we tried to sneak a little mashed potatoes into Maddy’s mouth, but she wasn’t having it. She made her same anguished/disgusted face and got upset. I still can’t understand why because mashed potatoes are delicious.
  • Never Napping. Sometimes we can get Maddy down for two naps a day, but she rarely sleeps enough, which means we rarely sleep enough.
Trying (and hating ) carrots for the first time.
Trying (and hating ) carrots for the first time.
I love this picture of her!
I love this picture of her!