On June 17th, Emmy turned 8 months old. It is so hard to believe our little girl is getting close to turning 1 year! I have loved this past month so much and enjoyed watching Emmy grow. Emmy had a wonderful month while mommy completed her OB/GYN rotation in Smithfield. It was such an amazing experience to deliver 15 babies into the world, and each one of them reminded me of the day Emmy was born. It was such a sacred day, and one filled with so much joy. I have her birth story written, but just don’t know if I will ever have the courage to post it. Some intimate details, like how Emmy was born, are just too precious. I feel the need to guard and protect their perfect memories, saved for me and my little family alone to enjoy. And, I feel the same protective nature for the perfect memories I have of each of those sweet babies I was honored to delivered. They brought me SO MUCH joy over the course of five weeks!
So yes, I’m searching for a job in women’s health. But, that search and all it entails is for another blog post altogether. Back to Emmy. :) She had a HUGE MILESTONE this month! Our precious Emerson Mae started CRAWLING!!!!! Just days after turning 8 months, she was off to the races! It was a bit of a slow start to begin with, but with each attempt she got faster and faster until now she is a crawling MACHINE. It was so fun to watch the evolution of learning to crawl to crawling, because she would get so frustrated by knowing she was SO CLOSE and then she was so happy once she figured it out! She would smile and giggle and dart across the room in seconds.
Because she started crawling, she also started losing some of her little baby fat. :( I am disappointed by this, but I know she is growing into a little girl and I am ok with that. I know she is going to be a handful in the coming months, but she hasn’t exactly been a cakewalk this whole time! She is a determined, some what stubborn, but very loving little girl. So I am excited to see her personality growing every single day!
This month we celebrated Father’s day and Emmy’s first fourth of July. We headed to the beach for July 4th and came back just in time for me to start a rotation in the Emergency Department. She loved her time at the beach as always. We also took Emmy to one of our favorite restaurants, Southern Exposure, for the first time. She lovvvvveeeeeeed the mashed potatoes! We went in celebration of my parent’s 42nd wedding anniversary! I can’t wait for me and Dustin to celebrate 42 years. :) We are well on our way seeing as how we met 10 years ago today! ;)
Emmy still hasn’t got anymore teeth yet but we expect some to peek through any day. She has become a pro at waving hello and goodbye and she has conquered the words “dada” and “baba” though we are still working on “mama.” She does this hilarious motorboating noise with her mouth and anytime you do the same to her she will repeat it back to you. She is starting to develop a little shyness around new people or people she has not seen in a while and can get some stranger anxiety as well. I don’t mind this so much since she clings to me and hugs my neck for all she is worth when she gets nervous. :) I gladly take the hugs, but know we have to encourage her to not be afraid of others when she is with us.
Since she started crawling, she is exploring more than ever. And she is SO smart. In the first three or four days that she started crawling, I probably said the word “No no” more than I have ever in my entire life. She is definitely learning the meaning of this word. She is learning so much about how to manipulate objects and loves mundane things like wooden spoons, tupperware, and plastic cups much more than her toys. She also recently started protesting diaper changes. Like screeching cries, turning over and refusing to roll back over, to allow us to finish changing her while basically being very uncooperative. My mom asked one of the daycare teachers if she had begun acting out like this for them, and they said “Oh, yes, she did that couple times.” So my mom asked how they managed to deal with it, and Ms. Eula said very simply “Well, you tell her NO.” My mom and I laughed because that seemed very obvious and we felt silly we had put up with her shenanigans for several days. The next diaper change when she started rolling over, we very sternly put her on her back and said “NO Emmy” and she started up at us with the most puzzled look on her face, as if to say, “How do YOU know that word, too?!?!”. We thought it was so funny! She quit acting out immediately and we proceeded to change her diaper in peace… Gotta love those daycare ladies! :)
EM @ 8 Months
Weight: 21 lbs (down 1.5 lbs since crawling!) :(
Firsts: Crawling! She also enjoyed eating at Southern Exposure for the first time, and she tried lots of new foods including fresh corn, fresh figs, macaroni and cheese, and watermelon.
Sizes: Still in 12-18 months clothes. Diapers: Size 5
Likes: Her new found freedom in crawling! She also loves her new pink swing her granddaddy got for her. They could spend hours and hours swinging together. She loves being outdoors in general and will crawl to her stroller when she is ready for her evening stroll. She has us all wrapped around her tiny little finger.
Dislikes: Diaper changes (still), hearing the word NO, and peaches. She is NOT a peach fan!