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Oh baby! 8 months is FUN! In your 7 month post, we wrote about chaos and transition … This month is just about you coming into your own. Baby girl, you are so positively YOU … and we’re happy to dance to the beat of your drum.

Sleep has gone from horrible to awesome. While you don’t quite sleep all the way through the night, it’s very relative. You usually go to bed around 7:30, and sleep until 2-3. We still co-sleep, so I’ll give you your pacifier, and you’ll usually fall asleep until 5:00, when you’re ready to hop into bed with us to nurse and go back to sleep. Bedtime is amazing these days. After doing gentle sleep training, you are able to go to sleep within 5 minutes (generally about 1 minute) of getting into your bed. It’s amazing how you’ve learned to soothe yourself into sleep.

Your two bottom teeth are fully in, and so, so cute! This week, you’re teething big time, and we expect to see those top teeth soon. With those teeth, you’ve learned to bite. Yikes, those teeth are sharp!

Speaking of biting, nursing has become interesting. Usually, we just nurse in the morning when we’re both laying in bed. Then, I pump the rest of the day, and you take bottles. It’s great.

Breast milk/formula isn’t your only food source these days. You love food. I don’t even know if I can remember all of the different foods you’ve tried. Basically, you eat anything we’re eating.

The best part of this month is how much you love to play. You love when papa gives you kisses, and you love screaming back and fourth with each other. You’re not so fragile anymore, and you love when we toss you in the air, or tickle you like crazy. You still aren’t a big laugher, but you will do it when you’re super excited.

You mastered sitting last month, and now you’ve perfected the army crawl. You’re so fast … we wonder if you’ll ever do a real crawl. The army crawl is working out pretty well for you. We’ve seen you pull yourself up onto your knees a few times, and we even had to lower your bed because of it. You love going towards cords, shoes, and anything else not meant for baby. You’re showing us what we need to baby proof.

You have perfected “the face” (see below). You scrunch your nose, and breathe in and out really fast. You love when people do it to you, and you’re always happy to do it back. You say “mama”, “dada”, and “baba”. One of our favorite things is that you share. You offer us your paci and your food. It’s so very sweet.

Diaper changes are insane. You are so wiggly, and determined to do anything but sit still. Even with all of our attempts to distract you, your little legs are flailing, and you’re rolling like an alligator.

I don’t want to play favorites, but this month might be my favorite so far! Keep on shining … you are such a gem! We love you!


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  • Julie - This set of photos is just ridiculously sweet. And I agree about this 8 month-ish stage…our little Morris has been so wonderful lately.ReplyCancel


A week before Labor Day, our friends John and Angie invited us to head to the coast for a big ol’ family camping trip. We searched and searched for a house sitter, and once we found one (hey Whitney!!), we jumped at the chance for a little camping. On Friday, we hopped into the Jeep, and headed out to Astoria.

This was Al’s second camping trip, and we were a little curious how a mobile baby would do in a tent. (It was totally fine). This was my first camping trip as a vegan. It was a great challenge. I prepped a lot of my food before we left. I didn’t take photos of any of it (if there aren’t photos, did it happen?), but I thought I’d share my menu. Friday night was vegan hot dogs, vegan potato salad, and baked beans. Saturday breakfast was pancakes (I put the dry ingredients together in a jar before we left, and kept the wet ingredients separate until right before we cooked them), and hash browns. Saturday lunch, we took a little trip up to Washington, and ended up eating PB&J and chips on a beach. Saturday dinner was awesome burritos. I made some Spanish rice before we left, then mixed in black beans. Our friends made guac, and we had other yummy additions. Yum! So good. Sunday morning, I cooked up some garden zucchini, onion, and hash browns, and put it into a tortilla with salsa. Sunday lunch was chickpea salad sandwiches I made before leaving home.

Aside from eating, we trekked all around NW Oregon and SW Washington. We played around on a slack line, drove on a beach, drank cheap beer, and truly enjoyed some time outside.

Here’s a bit of our adventure.

As the rain cleared on Saturday morning, we hopped in the cars, and headed up to Washington. The bridge across the river is the longest bridge I’ve ever been on. Ugh! Beautiful view, though! Camping-12Camping-14Camping-15Camping-16Camping-18Camping-20Camping-23Camping-24Camping-25Camping-28

Al ate her first 3 handfuls of sand! Camping-31Camping-33Camping-34Camping-35Camping-41Camping-43Camping-46Camping-47Camping-50

Before we got back on the road for home, we popped down to the beach for a bit. We sat there, drank beer, and watched a huge front (of fog) move through. Jim and Aaron tried body surfing, and Al got to dip her toes into the sand for the first time. Camping-53Camping-54Camping-59Camping-61Camping-62Camping-66Camping-67Camping-68Camping-71

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  • Emma - So stinking cute! XoReplyCancel

  • Heather - This makes me want to go camping so bad! We had a bad mosquito experience last year and got so busy this summer that we didn’t make it happen. I’m going to make it a must for next year!ReplyCancel

  • Leanne Goolsby - love this! Alba looks so sweet eating that sand :)ReplyCancel


“A portrait of our daughter, once a week, every week, in 2014″ – A photo project …

This week, she’s been getting better and better at her army crawl. She’s attempted a normal crawling posture, but prefers to scoot along on her belly. These cubbies are a baby magnet, and she’d be happy to play in them all day.

See the other photos in this series.

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