Max, You Are 8 Months Old Today!

Dear Max,

You are 8 months old today! The last month has been a whirlwind of activity from you. We’ve seen you go through a lot of changes and your personality has started to blossom also.

You were able to sit! You’ve been trying and trying now for almost two months, but you always had to slouch before. Now you can sit by yourself. The last three weeks we’d see you get into a pull-up position and that was it. Now you  tuck a leg under your body and crawl yourself up into the sitting position with ease. Now that you can sit, we can all play together; even if it’s only for five minutes. But it gets better than you just sitting and playing with Ravi and me.

You can now crawl! It seems that sitting and crawling were very close in terms of capability. Once you got one motion down the other happened within the week. You’re still not fast, but we’ve seen you chase your brother down to see what he’s playing with. And, I’m a bit ashamed to say, fight for the same toy. Your older brother is still very good as he’s been sharing with you on a regular basis. We can see that you two will get along greatly. You both like playing together and when we were playing with the blocks both of you had tons of fun! I can see that the three of us are going to have tons of fun together. Ravi and I are just going to have to teach you Candyland right away! But that’s not the last thing to happen this month.

You now have a tooth! We saw the white heads under the gums for awhile, but two days ago we finally felt your first tooth. It must hurt a little bit because you like to bite on my finger away from it. I think you’re getting a second one right by the first. I hope you know what having teeth means? It means you get to start eating really great food! I know your older brother is stuck on milk and chocolate, but there’s a lot of other things that he eats and I’m sure Mom can’t wait to share them with you. You’ll get the chance to find out how great of a chef your Grandma is. We eat great Chinese food every day and soon you will too! Unfortunately it will take a couple of more teeth than you have now, but at least you can eat the yogurt bites we got today. Keep working on it, Max!

Max you’re growing up to be a truly wonderful little toddler. Even with the teeth coming out  and the crawling you’ve been trying this last month, your attitude hasn’t changed. You hardly ever cry and it’s almost always with good reason (like when you bump your head). I am truly surprised at how nice of a baby you are. We are able to leave you in your seat for minutes at a time and you let us get stuff ready for the morning. It always seems that you’re not interested in just being held, but you just want to be part of the family and included. Trust me Max. We will include you at every opportunity we get. The whole family is looking for the chance to include you in our games. Even Ravi is looking forward to a mobile brother that can go play and get in trouble with him on a regular basis. Don’t worry, I’ll make sure the three of us are always having fun and getting into trouble together!