You know the Chinese proverb that says:
There is only one pretty child in the world, and every mother has it.
Well, you see, but I really AM that mother with the prettiest baby. :)
Not really, but I sure do love my little dumplings. And this one is just utterly delectable.
Can you believe she is eight months old now? Eight months old on the eight day of the eight month. We sang "Happy 8-month Birthday to You", and then her brothers changed the words to:
Happy 8-month birthday to you,
you live in a zoo,
your brothers are monkeys,
and your sisters are, too.
No teeth yet, but lots of drooling this week, so they are probably just about to pop through. I do so love toothless baby grins!
Anna has been such a mellow, happy baby. Always smiling and content. She loves food and eats like a horse, which you may not suspect judging by how small and dainty she is for her age. She continues to nurse every three to four hours, and scarfs down adjusted versions of what we are eating at mealtimes. Her favorite drink is ice water - she prefers to drink it out of a dinner glass and snubs the one baby bottle I bought her for this express purpose.
Last week, I was at a thrift store on a day when everything was 50% off. I found some great deals, but was a little disappointed when I saw a great "find" in someone else's cart. Should have gotten up earlier and been at the store sooner! Then I turned around to my own cart, where Anna was smiling at me, and I realized that I always have the greatest find of all right there in my cart, and five more just like it within arm's reach of it.
At the store yesterday, there were two sweet ladies who just kept oohing and aahing over Anna in the shopping cart. I was quite embarrassed because Anna had made a mess of her face with a snack she was munching on, but the ladies thought she was just wonderful. They kept laughing and smiling, and admiring her little hands and feet. Anna was just eating it up and rewarding them with lots of coos and giggles. It was such a pleasure to watch how much joy one little baby that can neither walk nor talk can spread. It is putting a smile on my face right now just remembering it. There simply is nothing more wonderful this side of Heaven than babies!
She loves her Daddy, and laughs with excitement anytime he walks in the door. She will reach out her arms for him to pick her up, even if I am holding her, which none of our others kids did at such an early age. Her Daddy got her in the habit of falling asleep while getting a back rub, instead of during the last nursing session of the night. Last night, when my husband wasn't home, she was fussing while I nursed her. I laid her down in our bed, where she immediately flipped onto her tummy and then grabbed my hand from next to her and tried pulling it onto her back. As soon as I started rubbing it while laying next to her and nuzzling her little head, she made purring sounds and drifted off to sleep with a sheepish grin. The fact that she was drooling because of her teething made it all the more cute. Oh, she really lives the life!
I am never worried that I am "spoiling" our babies with love and affection. Chances are, with God's blessing, Anna will grow up to be a busy mother of many for the vast majority of her life. This is her time to just enjoy and soak it all in, so she will be able to grow up and pass it on.
Well, I have to run. Stay tuned for the next post - there will be a giveaway!