Sunday, March 10, 2013

Eight months!

Here we are: Maggie is officially eight months old now!

8 Months!


Maggie has had a very busy month. In the past couple weeks, she learned to crawl, pull herself into a sitting position, and she's working on pulling herself up to standing. She is so pleased with herself!

8 Months!


But it is getting harder and harder to do these photo shoots, because she won't stay still! She is so wiggly! It starts like this ...

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And pretty soon it's this ...

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And before you know it, she's off the blanket entirely and playing with Joe's dominoes.

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And then Crouton, who had been stalking the photo shoot the whole time, nabs her spot. My dogs are such delicate flowers - they just love blankets. Especially gorgeous hand-quilted feedsack quilts they are not allowed to lie on. Of course.

8 Months!


Maggie is such a sweet and good-natured baby. Very easy going. An "easy baby," by all accounts.

Of course, she's still my baby, so there's no "sleeping through the night" happening in our house. But she is a far less restless sleeper than Joe was. Maggie loves to sleep nestled up to a boob, where she can snack whenever she feels like it. It must be nice, right? I wake up dehydrated (my own fault - I should drink more water!), often with a headache, and Maggie wakes up plump and refreshed, with a giant grin on her face. But I can't really complain - I don't feel sleep deprived most of the time and I get to spend my nights snuggling with this little bunny. Since I work full-time, I do savor the physical closeness that cosleeping gives us.

She's also getting interested in solid foods now. We do baby led solids, so she mostly gets small bites of whatever we're eating. She's eager to try new things, sometimes with hilarious results.

As you can see, I made Maggie a pair of Oliver + s "Sailboat Pants." In a light denim, with aqua piping! This was only my second attempt at piping, ever, actually (Joe's backpack was my first). So, um, getting piping around corners is challenging! It's far from perfect, but I did learn some tricks. And from a distance, these look pretty good! (I also struggled with the buttonholes for some reason, and they are not perfectly spaced. Again, annoying to me but not really noticeable.)



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Maggie fits the size 6-12 month perfectly, without a lot of room to grow.  She has such chubby thighs! They are so squeezable and lovely. Compared to Joe, who was absolutely enormous, Maggie is a much smaller baby. But she's still deliciously plump.

Now that Maggie is eight months old and I am somewhat settled into my new job, I am really feeling the urge to make things! But I still have so little time, and almost no child-free time. I know that it will get easier as Maggie gets older and more self-sufficient. In the meantime, I can't stop daydreaming about sewing/quilting/crafting projects! 

10 comments:

  1. oh, i could relate to everything you said about M, particularly the all night nursing and dehydration! ha! i just saw my friend's baby boy. he woke up from his nap and i picked him up and smothered him with kisses and cuddles and he was like a sack of flour in my arms - totally content, relaxed, happy. (my kids were born with stranger anxiety!) he's been sleeping through the night since he was 10 weeks old and easily transitioned from co-sleeping to a crib. i was like 'does not compute. does not compute." i have never had a baby like that!

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    1. Exactly. I meet babies like that and have the same reaction! Like, "What? Who ARE these babies??!" Hehehe.

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  2. That's funny about the breastfeeding through the night - I can just imagine Maggie getting plumper and you shrivelling away! She's adorable and looks very pleased with her new mobility. Love the Sailboat pants - the piping looks fab!

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  3. The other day I was reading a Dr. Sears book and there was some section about how many mothers don’t mind getting up with their kids at night because they love the extra time with their kids. I laughed out loud when I read that section because I thought that these moms must be like unicorns….mythical creatures. But you actually are one!!
    I wish I didn’t mind still getting up at night, but I am just exhausted and I swear I will do the happiest of happy dances when this baby sleeps through the night. It’ll probably involved some twirls and dips and maybe the MC Hammer.
    On an unrelated note, I just about died when I saw Maggie in these little pants. They are so freaking cute and all I could think is “I must make another pair NOW!!”

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    1. Do it!! So, part of the key to my contentment is that I don't really get up with Maggie. I just switch sides occasionally through the night - she takes care of the rest. If I were actually awake, I'd be annoyed! :-)

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  4. Those pants are perfect! I love them in the tiny size. And the piping! Tricky but worth it, right? She's just adorable! :)

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    1. Yeah, the piping is kind of tricky, but I do love the way it looks! Next time I do it, I'll do it better, I had to learn some things by unpicking and re-doing here that make the final result a little messier than I would like.

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  5. I didn't mind night feeds often I would barely wake as one of the biggies plopped a baby in my bed.
    You are amazing to be sewing at all!
    xx N

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    1. That's so cute that your older children bring your baby to you! :-)

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  6. 8months!? She is getting to be so big! :) So cute, of course! And those pants are just so sweet...I've been thinking about finally breaking down to buy that pattern....

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