Friday, August 28, 2009

8 months old: Isaac and Dahlia

The babies turned 8 months old this week, and if you're wondering why I skipped the 7-month update ... well, I have quads! I have no free time! And now that I'm officially a full-time, stay-at-home mom (yes, I finally took the leap and quit my job a few weeks ago), blogging time is even more scarce. Since there is a lot of news to share and I can't seem to write more than a sentence or two before being called away, I've decided to divide the 8-month update into a series of shorter posts ... perhaps this way I'll be able to catch everyone up before the 9-month mark! Now, without further ado, the latest on the "oldest" and the "youngest":

Isaac is a happy, energetic boy who gets a kick out of life: He loves to interact with people by giggling, squealing, and cooing—sometimes for no apparent reason. In the past couple of weeks, he has started to give hugs, sometimes pulling hard on my ears or hair (the better to grip me with—he's very strong!), and occasionally he will even give me a "kiss" by sucking on my face. Isaac has been our champion eater from the beginning, and it's really paying off for him. Not only is he the longest and the heaviest (18 lb. at last check), but last week he was also the first to sit, crawl, and pull to standing, all within the space of a few days! It's funny because Isaac initially hated tummy time so much that he was the last to roll over (both belly to back and back to belly)—now he's ahead of the pack. Check out some of the trouble he's been getting into lately:


"Now that I can stand, I think I'll climb in here for a nap!"

"Hmmm ... I wonder how I can break out of this joint?"

"You think you can fence me in?"

Queen Dahlia (as my cousin Glenda calls her) is a fiery ball of energy. When she's happy, she beams; when she's not happy, she lets you know, and loudly. Dahlia needs more naps than the other babies, but when it's time for bed she gets so excited that it can take forever for her to calm down enough to fall sleep. She loves music, and her favorite place to be is in her daddy's lap while he's working. Dahlia can now say, "ta, ta, ta, ta," and she loves to try to talk to (read: squeal at) her brothers and sister. Developmentally, this girl is hot on Isaac's heels: She sat up by herself for the first time on the day she turned 8 months old (exactly a week after Isaac sat up), and although she isn't technically crawling, she can definitely get wherever she wants to be!

"See how pretty I can sit?"



"Ah, so this is what you're doing all day!"

"I may be stuck, but I'm still smiling!"

You know, being home with the babies may be physically and emotionally exhausting, but the fact that I've been present for these milestones makes the utter fatigue worth it. Bring on the energy drinks!


9 comments:

The Haughs said...

Oh they are so precious, Suzy! So glad they are doing so well. :)Can't wait to read about the other 2. . . and will wait patiently until you have a few minutes. :)

Mommy Lisa said...

Wow, a year ago you were facing bed rest and now you get to interact (get loved on, beat up on, spit up on) these beautiful babies. What a year! Thanks for filling us in!

Jenessa said...

Oh Suzy, I can't believe how much they are growing! Adorable!

Bethany said...

Energy drinks! What a fabulous idea. Why don't they give those out at the hospital? I totally never thought of that yet. (maybe the fatigue?) maybe you are just four times smarter than me. Anyway, I can't believe how stinkin' cute those two are!

Jenn said...

I can't believe they are 8 months old already! Seems like just a few months ago I was checking your blog daily for news of delivery! They are SO beautiful!!

Lindsay C. said...

The wait for this post was worth it! I LOVE the last pic of each of the kids (Isaac standing and Dahlia smiling in that contraption). Maybe I can come over and transcribe your next post for you. :)

Linnea said...

Your kids are beautiful and you are AMAZING to be raising them the way you are - with complete love and dedication. One day they will be able to hug you and say thank you!

Slowish Food said...

Thanks so much for the update. They're a hoot. Here's hoping the next eight months bring more normal sleep for you and Ted!

The Middletons said...

Suzy, they are so beautiful!! Yes, I called Isaac beautiful! :) I can't believe Isaac is crawling and pulling up already! Eli didn't crawl until 10 months! Way to go Isaac!! :o) Dahlia is so sweet sitting so pretty. :) I can't wait to hear updated news on the others. I am so excited for you to be able to join the SAHM club! Congrats! :o)

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