The Eighth Month

Thursday, October 22, 2015

I know I say it every month but I just can't believe that another month has passed! 
Oaklyn's first year is going by so quickly.
 Eight months just sounds so old to me!
 Before we know it we're going to have a one-year-old. 
Oaklyn is so much fun to have around, we really couldn't imagine our lives without her. 
I can't believe how much she's learning so quickly! I feel like she does something new every single day.
 Sometimes when I feed her right before she goes down for a nap or bedtime I start getting weepy because she looks even a little bigger than the last time I held her and I wish I could just slow down time.

Oaks seems to be getting into everything these days and it can be hard to keep up sometimes. 
I can only imagine what it'll be like when she starts walking.
Here's what our baby girl has been up to the past few weeks.

She rolls all over the place and especially likes to roll places she shouldn't... such as off the bed. I swear she think she's invincible.
She started crawling at church one day when she saw another baby with a toy that she wanted really bad I guess. She has yet to crawl that fast and that good since. I guess me holding out a toy isn't as fascinating. 
She babbles all day long and is definitely closest to saying dada.
She tries to sing along when I'm singing... as of right now she sounds like she may be tone deaf like grandpa Greg ;)
She loves music and starts to dance and clap every time I turn it on. It is seriously the cutest ever.
Speaking of clapping she's learning how to clap and wave and it's the funniest thing ever. She waves with her three last fingers and clapping could some work. Ha!
She sits up so well now!  We occasionally still have a fall here and there but she's learned to get up into the sitting position on her own from her belly. One day after her nap I walked into her room to find her sitting in the corner in her crib. I was in shock!
She plays very aggressively with her toys and gets mad and if they don't do what she wants to do.
She thinks it's hilarious when you hit your head on something then look at her. She cracks up every time.
Her little laugh is the cutest thing we have ever heard! I love when she belly laughs!
She prefers solids over her bottle any day and could live off puffs and teething crackers.
She has turned into quite the mama's girl and clings to me whenever she sees someone she doesn't know. But, she also loosens up pretty quick.
She takes two naps a day but sometimes decides she only needs one... those days are tough.
She's sleeping better at night. Not great, but definitely better.
She finally has one tooth on the bottom after thinking she's been teething since she was like two months old.
She can now sit in the highchair at restaurants in the cart at the store. Such a big girl!
She is in size 3 diapers and is all over the place with her clothing size. It really just depends on the brand. I feel like I'm always boxing up the clothes that don't fit her anymore and it kills me inside every time.
She really loves her pacifier and needs it within reach at all times. I seriously put like 10 pacifiers in her crib so she can always find one.
She's getting very used to our little routine every day and I love that she knows what comes next. 
After she eats her oatmeal in the morning she puts her hands on her tray and looks up at me waiting for me to dump puffs on it. 
After I feed her a bottle before bed I stick her in her crib and she always grabs a pacifier, sticks it in, and rolls over. Ha! I love it. 
She usually wakes up really happy and just plays in her crib til I hear a little squeak letting me know she's awake. There have been plenty of times I had no idea she was even awake until i go in there to make sure she's still breathing and she's just laying there awake playing with her pacifiers ha.
Other than that... her hair just keeps getting longer and I swear she gets cuter by the day.
We sure love our little girl.

As for me, I'm doing well!
Being a mama just gets better as I learn more about her and she learns more about me.
Every day seems to throw a new challenge our way but we've learned to just go with it and make the most of each day. 
I'm still pumping, and still shocked that I've kept with it this long.
Unfortunately my supply is definitely decreasing so I'm not sure how much longer I have, but that's also a pretty big relief. 
I love my little girl so much it actually does hurt sometimes.
Life is good, and motherhood is definitely worth it :)

All my love,
Aleigh Joy


  1. She is so so beautiful. Way to go on pumping for 8 months!!! You have saved yourself so much money and what a gift for O.

  2. looks like a good month, lovely pictures!