Monday, October 27, 2014

Dear Alexandra...8 months old

Dear Alexandra,

This past month has been crazy and so much has happened since I last wrote.  It's like right beneath our very own eyes, you have really grown up.  You're learning a lot of new things and becoming more exploratory by the second.  Your personality is emerging and I'm so proud of the advances you have made.  I've grown so attached to you in just a short amount of time.  I miss you every second we're apart, even while you are sleeping.  I feel so blessed to have such an amazing, sweet daughter.

-You are an official full blown crawler.  Daddy and I said to each other one day...she will be crawling within the next week.  And sure enough, about three days letter you had taken off.  You've really picked up the speed and seem to be all over the house exploring new things.  You LOVE your newfound means of getting around. 
-You have started some table foods such as broccoli, potatoes, cauliflower, peas, puffs, banana bread, and pumpkin bread.  
- You've just recently started pulling up to things on your own.  This includes pulling up on toys, the couch, toy basket, ottoman, the bottom stair, tv stand, and the step stool.  
-You were baptized.  We had such a special day celebrating.  The service was wonderful and the weather was perfect.  Afterwards we went and had lunch at Apollo Cafe.  The day couldn't have been any more perfect.

Things You Like Right Now:
- You absolutely love to put anything and everything in your mouth.  No teeth yet though.
-You definitely love when mommy or daddy sits with you and plays.  But you also really like solo play time as well.  You are such an exploratory little girl now that you’re crawling.  You crawl all over the living room investigating every nook and cranny.  You also like to bolt for the kitchen, the stairs, and Buckwheat.  When Ari naps in the afternoon, you can keep yourself occupied for a good 45 minutes before you realize you’re tired and would like to nap too.
- We spent a lot of time outside this month...we visited the apple farm, went to the park a lot, and went on lots of hikes.  

- Camping! We took a trip to Door County at the end of the month.  You loved going for a hike in your daddy's backpack, hanging out around the campfire, and playing in the tent.  You had a hard time falling asleep by yourself this time in the tent, so spent a lot of the night snuggling with mommy. One of my favorite moments was holding you at the campfire while you slept.  You were just so snuggly and we definitely helped keep each other warm.  

_ You enjoy going out to eat.  There are some days we say to each other, maybe we shouldn’t go, Elle is tired or we even contemplate one of us staying home with you because you’re crabby.  Then we decide to all go and you end up being the happiest little girl.  I think it’s mostly because you think you are such a big girl getting to sit in your high chair all by yourself.  You look around and are very in tune to what everyone else is doing in the restaurant. I’m always calling you nosy.  You squeak, giggle, and babble almost the entire time we are at the restaurant.  You definitely like to get out and dine. 
- You are a huge fan of eating with your hands.  You get so proud of yourself and just grab and grab for more food.  You are really good at using your thumb and pointer finger to pinch up the food.  When mommy brings out some of the baby food and tries feeding you with a spoon, you look at me and it’s like you’re saying “Really Mom?!?!” in your head. 

- Bath time with your brother is always a hit! My friend gave us this neat bath seat to try and you love it! It lets you sit up and play and mommy doesn’t have to worry about you falling over and hitting your head.  Your legs are moving the entire time you are in the tub.  You get so excited and happy that you just kick, kick, kick. 

- Snoozing in the high chair is becoming one of your favorite things to do.  After breakfast, you just tend to settle in and within minutes you are out.  You are still living up to your personal hashtag #ellewillsleepanywhere. 

- When you are tired, you would just prefer that your mommy holds you.  If I try passing you off to someone else so I can go to the bathroom or grab a load of laundry, you scrunch up your face and let out the sweetest cries. 
-You're not a huge fan of naps in your crib quite yet.  You would much rather prefer to sleep on Mommy or Daddy's chest.  I've just recently started trying to get you to nap at the same time as Ari in the afternoon in your crib.  I'm going to miss our afternoon snuggles.  

Your Dad:
- Your dad had such a great time camping with you! He really lives for being outdoors with his family, following in the footsteps of his parents.  He has so many wonderful memories of camping while he was growing up and he's excited for you and your brother to have those types of memories too! In your Daddy's arms is still one of your most favorite places to sleep...mine too! 

Your Brother:
- Your brother makes you so happy.  It's crazy at such a young age how much you already look up to him.  All he has to do is come say hi to you and you will light up with smiles.  The two of you pretty much do everything hand in hand, eat, go for hikes, and even swim.  You really are special to him.  Anytime I tell Ari we're going to leave the house to go do something he says, "Elle too Mommy?!"

Your Mom:
-I've definitely completely adjusted now to staying at home full time.  In the beginning of the school year it was an adjustment to get used to not going into work every day.  I didn't necessarily miss it was just different.  I used to dread Monday mornings because the weekend was over and I had to leave my sweet babies to go back to work.  I no longer dread Mondays...instead I am excited about starting a new week with you and your brother.  The only thing that makes me sad is Daddy leaving us to go back to work.  You and I, we have a special bond already.  You're my go to girl, the girl that can always make me smile.  I will never forget this age and your sweet scrunch faced smile.  To think that God always had this in store for be your's just amazing.  


Your Mommy