How on earth is Poppy 8 months old already?! I honest to goodness cannot fathom the fact that in 4 months she’s going to be 1. My mind is blown, and I’m not ready for it, and I REALLY need to start planning for that partaaaaaaay, ya know?!
You know how I do guys – on the day my daughter reaches another month old, I always do a photo shoot of her that same day. Remember my post about 6 month photo flops, and how difficult I said that shoot was? Okay, so I don’t believe that this one was AS hard, but definitely up there. Poppy wouldn’t look at me or Nick. No matter what we did, all she wanted to do was go after her sticker that says “8 Months old” on it. No matter how funny Nick and I were being ( lol ), or how many times we’d screech, “Poppy Leighhhhh!” or wave her toys around, or hit ourselves with things (she usually finds that hysterical), she wouldn’t even turn toward us. Not for a second. Almost as though we didn’t exist.
It was honestly impressive.
Okay, I’m being a tiny bit dramatic – I definitly got her to smile a few times, and got some super cute shots, but it took forever to get there. I really didn’t get “the shot” until my very last attempt after like an hour and a half of trying to get her to look at me and smile. Prior to that I got a couple of cute ones, but the lighting was off, or I just wasn’t happy with it so the struggle continued.
Let’s start with these…
Prime example of what I’m talking about. This was the constant struggle. Nothing I could have done could have gotten her to look at me when I had her on this little dock. Screaming? nah. Toys? nah. Me hitting myself in the head with stuff? (I think I have bruises) nah. I tried so hard, but all she wanted was that tiny little sticker. At one point or another she would spot a very interesting part of the deck, and not take her eyes off that either.
It was definitely too early for pictures, and she let me know it.
We figured we’d try sitting her on one of the very colorful adirondack chairs that are out for people to use, however, the lighting was shining bright from behind her, but made a couple of shots work. Also, turning the chair around so the sun was facing her was making the picture way too bright, and there were cars in the background, so that didn’t work. However, we got a couple cute shots of her regardless of the bad lighting.
Back down on the deck, the struggled continued where she wouldn’t stop looking at that damn 8 month sticker – like, why?
But she cut us a break on a shot or two in this spot.
I can’t even handle that smile, oh my word!
That pout and those pudgy chins – I’m crying.
Adorable. Look at those feet!
And my favorite out of that little bunch!
I originally had wanted to put her on the edge of the bridge, and get her with the river in the background, but even with Nick standing right next to her, it made me super nervous, so we tried all of the previous locations above, first. However, when we were about to call it quits, I decided to try anyways.
I’m so glad I did!
But, of course, even these didn’t go without her curiosity getting in the way.
Nick was seriously RIGHT outside of the frame prepared to be super Daddy. Plus, that ledge is a pretty wide compared to what the picture leads you to believe. The lighting was still really bright (no more 8AM photo sessions when the sun is low and bright as all hell) but I was happy.
So, what’s happened with Poppy over the past month?
By far, the biggest feat that Poppy has accomplished over the past month is that she’s officially mobile! That’s right – girlfriend can now crawl, and gets into absolutely everything. She has an intense curiosity of remotes, and chords, to my dismay, and prefers any household item to her own toys (bottles, spoons, bowls, etc).
As of today, she officially has two little teeth popping through the bottom! Which is actually quite bizarre, because, other than chewing on things, which she has done since she was much younger, she has shown no signs of distress as it relates to teething, so I’m super proud of my girl, and happy that those teeth haven’t seemed to cause her too much discomfort.
Poppy loves her food! She is still breastfeeding, however, she gets some formula everyday, along with three pureed meals. I like to make her her babyfood, and she’s yet to object to anything I make her, so I think I’m doing alright!
Poppy loves other kids, and always greets them with smiles, and by flapping her arms up and down with excitement, and almost always greets any cat or dog the same way.
Poppy, Nick and I just had a whole week off together, and it was SO nice. During that time Poppy got to experience her first time in Memere and Pepere’s big pool –
She looks miserable, but she really wasn’t! She does, however, enjoy being held outside of the boat so that she can constantly splash her hands in the water, resulting in her consistently splashing water all over her face, which makes her gasp everytime!
Poppy also had her first 4th of July, and even though I had to work at night, we had a great day together with some fam.
I am one lucky Mama <3
All in all, her 8th month was full of firsts, and was super eventful. We’re excited to see what she has in store for us next!
My heart couldn’t possible be more full.