Dear Jillian (8 months)

Dear Jillian,

When did you turn into this grown-up, interactive little PERSON?! It's hard to still consider you a "baby" when you act so much older! This progress has really happened over the past two weeks (before that I was thinking I wouldn't have much to add this month's post!) 

You make so many new noises! You like to blow spit bubbles and make motor boat sounds with your lips and tongue. Sometimes I think you're having full out conversations, because of all the sounds you make. I think you get the idea of how to make words, because you know how to work that tongue to make all kinds of noises! 

I keep saying you're days away from crawling...I'm still saying that...but you really seem so close! You'll get up on your hands and knees and rock back and forth, and lately you'll sometimes even scoot both knees forward at the same time! (then totally face plant...) A couple of days ago you even pulled yourself up to standing BY YOURSELF! You did dig into Michaela's arms pretty deeply, but it worked! Then you did it on the bottom step, then even using the stair railing! I wonder if you'll skip crawling and go straight to cruising? 

You also have started reaching for people and lifting up your arms when you knew you were about to be picked up. This WAS really cute, until we moved into our new house and you didn't want to be put down at all. 

Just like your Dad, you're a stomach sleeper! I always put you down on your back, but somewhere in the middle of the night you always find your way to your stomach. Sometimes when you wake up at night, you get a little confused by this and forget to roll over, so one of us will come to your rescue and flip you back over, then all is well again in the world.

Wiggly is an understatement when it comes to trying to hold you. You like to fling yourself backwards or try to crawl across other legs and arms. You also love to be spun around. You'll either lean backwards and laugh or grab on tight and snuggle up close (still giggling of course).

You LOVE when people "getcha" or play peek-a-boo. You SCREAM with laughter, just like you did this time when Nana was playing with you: 

I also love that you grin! You'll stick out those two little bottom teeth and stretch those lips into the widest smile. I think you know what the word "cheese" means, because you automatically do this when a camera comes into view. 

You also ate snow for the first time when we went skiing last week. Here's what you thought of that:

I love your happy and bubbly personality! (Now if only we can get you used to our new house your new room so you'll start to sleep normally again and not be ssoo clingy!!)


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