How on earth is Madison almost eight months old? She turns eight months tomorrow, and I can't believe it! Where is the time going??
Months six and seven have by far been my favorite so far. There's something so sweet and pure and magical about newborns, but watching my baby come to life and see her personality come through more and more each day has been the biggest joy. She's getting so fun and so spunky and still has me laughing all day everyday.
My favorite milestone from this month is that she says, "mom mom mom", "mama", and "mommy" allllll the time. I'm not entirely convinced she knows that's my name yet, but I love to hear it just the same. Whenever she's upset during the day, or crying out in the night for me to get her, she yells out those words over and over and I just melt every time.
Speaking of night, our sleep situation is not ideal right now. The new mom adrenaline is wearing thin and a deep, heavy exhaustion is setting in. Madison wakes anywhere from two to five times a night, and it hurts my heart too much to hear her cry so I nurse her back to sleep each time. I realize she's old enough now to sleep through the whole night with two feedings tops, and that it's possible for babies her age to go the whole night without any feedings. But that's currently where I'm at. Looking into gentle sleep training exercises though because this mama is getting a little burnt out from 241 days of little sleep. Wish me luck!
This little lady is getting so wiggly! She's so strong and is able to move herself around now quite a bit. The days of easy nursing are over ha ha she wiggles around the entire time and tries to do gymnastics and look all over the place. When she's finished, she can even slide herself off of me and sit up right next to me, and it's so adorable.
She still isn't really doing anything remotely similar to crawling. And she maybe completely forgot how to roll over. But when we put her on her stomach for tummy time, she's learned how to do a push up to scoot herself backwards. She loves to slowly push herself off her blanket I have laid out for her to play on and moves onto the laminate flooring and then she can really get a scooting around.
She hasn't rolled from her tummy to her back in a couple weeks now, but she can definitely roll from her back to her side. Whenever she does this, I'll try to help her roll the rest of the way to her tummy, and she's so strong she'll completely resist and flop her body back to her back ha ha she's little miss independent and does what she wants. I'm convinced she could be way more mobile if she wanted to. She just doesn't want to yet ha ha she'd rather me carry her around.
Sits up like a champ now. I'm still a worry wart that she's going to tip over so I always make sure to have a pillow close by, but she basically doesn't need them anymore.
We are currently going through a screaming phase where if she's unhappy with her current situation (mainly if I'm trying to take care of the dishes or laundry and she's sick of playing with her toys on the floor or in her high chair), she'll just start screaming at the top of her lungs. It scares me so bad every time because it's not like a squeal or a yell, it's like a high pitch scream as if something is super wrong. But she's fine. Just wants my attention. Not my favorite thing she does to be honest.
Still does her cute raspy growls while she's playing with her toys. Sometimes that sound will disappear for about a week, and I'll get sad that perhaps that stage is over, but then it comes back, and I'm happy again.
She's starting to play with her toys two at a time and likes to hit them against each other. Don't know why, but I find this extremely cute. She's even started to tap them against the ground like a drum. She also loves to throw her toys which sometimes makes me feel like a dog playing fetch, but I'm just trying to keep the peace ha ha
She's starting to get ever so slightly a little giggly, and it makes my heart sing. There's no one specific thing that will make her laugh. She changes the rules of the game every day. But on those rare moments when I can get a full on belly laugh out of her, well those moments are just heaven.
Also, this picture below gives me butterflies every time I look at it! She's so stinkin' cute!
Her hair is seeming so long all the sudden! I love it, but it also makes me a little sad because I've been "fluffing" it at nights during bath times to have it stand up during the day, and it's just getting too long to do that anymore. Her hair is getting so thick though which makes me so happy because there were a good few months there at the beginning where she had hair resembling a balding man, visible on the sides but bald on the top, and it was a little sad ha ha can't wait for the day that I can put it in little pig tails and pony tails! Going to be so cute!
I can't believe how beautiful she is!
This baby is a total mama's girl right now. She wants me by her side every second and preferably holding her. It makes me feel so good to know that I'm currently her favorite person in the world because she's definitely my favorite. Anytime anyone wants to hold her, I can't stand too close or else she reaches for me. She'll even eye me across the room and just give me a look like, "Are you going to come get me?" Ha ha I love this kid.
She isn't completely experiencing stranger/seperation anxiety, but I feel like we are getting close. But so far so good. As long as she's well rested, she's still pretty good at letting whoever wants to hold her, hold her. And I can still leave her sight line for a second or two without her throwing a fit so that's super nice.
She's getting so good at standing and will even stand herself up if I have her sitting on my lap with her legs on the floor as if she was sitting in a chair. I have to balance her of course but the strength is all there.
Still doesn't like solid food. Every once and again I'll catch her on a night where she's really into food, but those days are super rare. So far she loves apples and sweet potatoes. Everything else she'll kind of tolerate for a bit just to try to get dinner time over with. I haven't found any one kind of food she completely refuses to eat, and the dry heaves and sass has ended during meal times. She just acts super uninterested, looking out the window or playing with her high chair/bib instead of eating.
I don't know why, but this photo below gives me a flash forward to her elementary school pictures. She's growing too fast!
It's hard to put into words exactly, but Madison has just seemed so grown up lately. She's starting to look more to me like a toddler than a baby. I know I'm getting ahead of myself, but she just seems so grown up. She's getting more interactive and aware, and I love to watch her thought process when she's discovering something new.
When I get her from her crib, she's starting to rest her head on my shoulder and wrap her arms around my neck to give me a hug and my heart just explodes. A secret little (and probably irrational) part of me feels like I got robbed from the sweet cuddly newborn stage because of her super bad colic (I try so hard to not think on those days in hopes that the memories will disappear and I'll just remember the fun times), so to have her now giving me little loves like that just means so much to me. The other day I was reaching across her to help her grab a toy for her and out of no where she gave my arm a big hug. Gah I just love little moments like that. She loves to give big slobbery kisses, she'll gently play with my face or my hair when she nurses and she lights up any time I grab her after a nap, her little legs kicking in the air with the biggest grin on her face, and it's just magical. I love it. I love her.
vv This is the face she makes when she's like "Mama, are we done taking all these pictures yet?" ha ha
Now that I remember, she was not feeling this photo session at all. I remember it being really stressful and her fussing the whole time. Ha ha we still managed to get so many cute photos though! Thank heavens!
Got to document all these perfect and delicious rolls!
Seriously, how scrumptious are all of her rolls?! I can't handle it!
She has started to stare at her belly a lot, and it's hilarious! She'll be looking at you and then she'll look down at the floor and then her eyes will quickly be drawn to her belly like, "Woah what is this??"
I love you miss Madison Jane! You're my most dearest friend and the best thing to ever happen to me :)
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