Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Eight Months

Eliana was eight months old on Monday!  Amazing!  She's had a great month and continues to bring us such joy every day.  I think the biggest thing we've noticed this month about Eliana is her continued growing love of people.  She really just loves engaging people.  She will look around a room and find people to engage with and talk to them and smile and wave her hands.  We recently talked with Drew's mom on his Ipod touch and Eliana even interacted with her on the tiny screen of the Ipod.  It's crazy!

This month Eliana has tried lots and lots of new foods, since we were in Turkey.  Now that we're back here her diet isn't as varied, but she eats great and eats pretty much everything. She's still nursing five times a day and eating solids three times a day.  I don't think I'm going to drop the dream feed/fifth feed yet since she's still so small.  I think she needs the calories and since I can feed her around 9 or 9:30 and she sleeps until 7 it's really not too much trouble.  She's still taking a two-hour morning and afternoon nap and a catnap around 5pm.

I took Eliana to the doctor's office today and she weighed in at a whopping 14 lbs and 13 oz, which is 7% so she's staying right on her curve.  We measured her at 27 inches, which is 49% so she's a bit of a string bean.  She's finally grown out of most of her 3-6 month clothes, though those pants still fit, and is wearing mostly 6-9 month clothes.  I just got everything out that we have for winter and am hoping she can use most of it.

Eliana loves to stand up and would do it all the time if she could.  I'm working to push her a little bit more to learn to crawl by making her spend more time on her belly, even though she doesn't love it.  She's very active in her crib and moves around a lot and today was the first time I saw her roll from front to back outside of her crib.  She can also take steps while holding on to our hands.

Eliana is definitely a big fan of me right now and usually if I'm around she won't stay with other people so I just leave so she can be with other people.  I think being in Turkey was good for her and she's playing a lot better by herself right now.

Eliana enjoys bath time but is still pretty cautious and gently splashes and plays around.  I think she's going to be a fairly cautious kid.

I can't believe we're eight months in.  It's amazing!  Eliana is such a joy to us and we just love spending time with her and seeing her grow and develop.  We never thought we'd be so in love with just watching a baby.  It's crazy!  What a blessing!

Here are some shots of her eight month shoot (she finally figured out there was a puppy to play with so that added a lot of fun to the shoot!) and all of the shots at the bottom in a slideshow:


Kara @ Just1Step said...

She's so cute, Leslie! :)

MEEMAW said...

such a little doll, this gift from God!Give her a hug for Miss Dixie