My gosh kid, you turned it on this month. The personality, the charm, the new skills. Mama literally tries to smother you in kisses each day you are so precocious and amazing. You are more aware of everything, you play games with us now. You started to pull your socks off each day and when I catch you starting to do it I say “What are you doing with your socks?” And you flash me a grin and giggle. Then you pull your sock all the way off, and I say “Where’s your sock, did you get your sock off?” And you squeal in delight and wave your sock at me as if to say ‘look what I did Mama!‘
Last month you loved when we would hold a blanket up to cover your face and play peek-a-boo. This month you have figured out how to do it yourself. You’ll grab any blanket you can find and pull it up to cover your face and we’ll say “Where’s Stella baby?” And you give this little giggle like ‘heheee, they can’t see me!‘ and then you yank the blanket down and shriek and laugh.
You can now sit up by yourself without support. You still roll to get everywhere. Your favorite activity is to sit at your little toy box and root through it and pull out toys one by one. I switch out the toys so you have fun discovering which toys are in there each day.
You absolutely love being put on Daddy’s shoulders. I’ll pretend I can’t see you and ask “Where’d Stella go? Where is she?” And then I’ll look up at you on Daddy’s shoulders and exclaim “There you are! How did Stella get up there?” And you SHA-REIK in sheer excitement.
We think you have started ‘dancing’ as well. When you are really happy, like when you get a mouthful of your favorite food, or when we sing songs together, you wiggle your body back-and-forth and side to side. Like you are so happy at that moment it is welling up in your body and you have to physically express it. These moments of joy are so great to watch, to see you as such a happy little baby, with joy so great you have to physically let it out. And hopefully you’ll be a better dancer than Mama.
When you are tired or cranky you have taken to popping your thumb in your mouth twirling your hair. A-DORABLE. And you have been cranky a little more lately, we think some teeth might be making their way down, but so far no teeth yet.
On your baby scale you were 16lbs 6oz, so still gaining and growing. You now fit in 6-9 month or 6-12 month onesies for your weight but in length you are 12-18 months. So we got some great onesie extenders from a friend and they have been such a help.
Here are some pictures from your past month:
And here is my attempt to get your photo with your 8 month sticker. This happened in about a minute and thirty seconds: