Today you are eight months old!
And what a big girl you are turning into. You crawl like an old pro now, however, you still love and often times rely on your signature army crawl to get you where you've got to go. You've also learned this past month how to pull yourself up to a standing position. Mommy is NOT ready for this. It means more boo-boo's. The first time you did it, I was so surprised (I was sitting on the couch and you were on the floor. Using my leg and the couch, you pulled yourself up standing and had SUCH a proud happy expression on your face. Until two seconds later when you fell and banged your head, poor thing) and now you do it ALL THE TIME.
You love to eat, much as your brother did at this age. Your favorites are eggs, puffs and pizza~! But you will chow down on pretty much anything we put in front of you. You also had your first taste of peanut butter this month MUCH by accident. Mommy was holding you while cleaning up Hunter's lunch mess when you suddenly leaned down and grabbed a square of pb&j from Hunter's leftover sandwich and stuffed it into your mouth! Thankfully, no allergic reactions and now you are a huge peanut butter lover. You've also been trying SO hard to perfect your pincer grasp but most of the time it's still much easier for you to grab a handful of food off your tray.
You are in size four diapers currently and I think we'll be okay with those for a while. You wear size 12 months mostly for clothes. We do have some 18 months for jammies and a couple onesies but they are definitely big on you.
You have two teeth on the bottom and on top we can see at LEAST 2 (maybe even 3 or 4) trying to push through the gums. You're mostly a happy baby, Aves, but when those teeth finally bust through the gums there is NO putting you down. So Mommy will give you your Hyland's Teething Tablets and soon as I shake that bottle to get your attention, you smile. We make a game out of it, just like I used to do with brother, and count each tablet and you smile and laugh!
Mommy is SO looking forward to your first Christmas this year (next month!) and is having fun planning out your gifts. We are also having Christmas pictures done this weekend with you and Hunter and you have a beautiful hand-me-down dress to wear from the Savo girls...a deep burgandy and black lacy number...you are going to look SO adorable in it!
Aves, you are sometimes clingy still but when you are playing in the toy room (off the living room) with your brother, you are SO Miss Independent! You crawl over looking very determined and try so hard to "hang" with Hunter. NO matter what he is playing with, that's what YOU want to play with. The toy food in the fake kitchen, his toy power drill or the cars, truck and tractors! I hope you'll be a girly girl but with a flair for the boy stuff. Heh heh.
Unfortunately your first Halloween this year turned out to be a dud (not that you'll remember!). We had a storm that knocked out power all over the state for DAYS and needless to say, Halloween day was a mess with tree limbs and power lines down and no one in our neighborhood with power. You and Hunter actually fell asleep early on Halloween night so the next day, Mommy put you both in your costumes and took some pictures.
You try to wave now, Avery, and it cracks me up. Your hand is turned (palm towards you) and you pretty much wave to yourself. You've also started blowing lovely spit bubbles but the best part? When you do it, it forces you to press your lips together and you say "Ma ma ma ma" while doing it! You also have THE happiest, craziest sounding squeal I've ever heard. You smile so much I'm surprise your face doesn't hurt...you put your all into it, mouth wide open, and tongue sticking out.
Avery, you've been such a wonderful, happy addition to our family that there is no way I could imagine my life without you in it. You are my sweet baby daughter!
We love you always,
Mommy, Daddy and Hunter