Happy eight months! Oh what joy and delight you bring to our family. We thank God for you each and every day, sweetheart. You are beautifully and wonderfully made, and we love you dearly.
Daddy frequently comments, "What a gem!" And it is true, dearest. You are a treasure. We love your sweet personality and gentle temperament, your sparkling smiles and dainty giggles. When we pick you up and you hold onto us so tightly, we almost never want to put you down. What a sweetheart you are! Even your brother will hold still for a few minutes in order to hold you or sit with you or allow you to explore his face with your hands!
Your height/length hasn't changed much this month, still measuring around 69cm (27.25in, 55th percentile), but you've gained quite a bit of healthy weight, now weighing 8.6kg (almost 19 pounds, 70th percentile)! You are still taking (and needing) three naps a day. You sleep amazing well at night, and you have been waking up happy for most of the month, despite continuous colds! You prefer to sit now and often protest when we lay you on your back. That said, you wiggle around so much that you often end up on your back, and then you don't seem to mind it. You still show almost no interest in turning over, though you can do it. You've lunged forward a few times when you've been on your tummy, and you love to move and exercise your legs. You have wonder-arms and can stretch and reach things I am convinced are out of your reach!
You love toys that rattle when you shake them, and we often find you holding two toys, hitting them together to make noise. You adore book time, and you're turning pages on your own now. You are developing so quickly in communicating. You respond to our waving by waving back (with a huge smile) and have even begun initiating "hello" waves. You have signed "more" a few times when eating. You are familiar with games we frequently play with you, and you express your pleasure with smiles and giggles. You love sitting across from your brother at the dinner table. You watch him and smile at him and delight in him when he looks at you and is silly with you. You love to talk to him and try to imitate his silly sounds.
You can successfully eat a few Cheerios, though it takes quite a bit of effort. You are able to drink water from a sippy cup, but you still refuse to take milk from a bottle or sippy cup. You've begun to eat yoghurt and love it. And you've also ventured a bit into bread, and you seem fascinated.
You remain an incredibly easy-going, flexible, transportable baby. And it seems to be a bit of your personality combined with being a second child. We are thankful that we can take you with us on outings and visits and appointments, and you provide us so much joy!
We love you, dear Eva Elif! Happy eight-month birthday!
your daddy and mommy
Evangeline Elif - 8 month old
And a few more...
She's usually either talking or has a toy in her mouth.
She spotted a toy on the floor that she wanted, and I almost expect her arms to reach it! ;)