I know…it’s almost Abby’s 9 month birthday and I am just now getting around to putting up pictures of her 8 month birthday. She’s the third child, what can I say? Abby officially started crawling at about 7 1/2 months, which makes it difficult to get many cute pics of her lately. She’s too fast! She is also pulling up, but not quite ready to stand on her own. At 8 months old, she had absolutely no teeth, compared to Lily who had 8 teeth at 6 months and Jack who had 2. But, last week I felt a little tooth poking through on the bottom right! You would think her lack of teeth would make it difficult to eat, but that girl can totally mash up that food with her gums. This morning I gave her bits of egg and she loved it. Last week, she got bits of sweet potato and black bean burrito filling. I could never imagine I would be feeding my child like I feed her. I was so careful and specific with Jack until at least a year, which was the first time he had any kind of sugar. Well, let me just say, Abby LOVES ice cream.
My garden has been awesome this year, especially compared to last year. We have more tomatoes than we know what to do with, so I bought some canning supplies. I have canned 12 jars of tomatoes so far this year, which are so tasty in my family’s spaghetti sauce recipe. I have also made several jars of pickles, which is hilarious since I really dislike pickles (for my husband’s sake, I won’t use the word “hate”). We have also picked a ton of jalepeno peppers, which we stuffed with cheddar and cream cheese. Yum!
So, way back in July, Grandpa Geissal came down for a quick visit. He loves to bless us with lots of help and always makes sure Matt and I get a date in. It’s awesome. So, we surprised him with a last minute birthday celebration. The kids made cards and we got out our party hats while Grandpa went to the store to get ice cream. Not great planning on my part, but I guess it was better than nothing at all! Happy Birthday, Grandpa!
My firstborn is a kindergartner.
I was determined to resist all those sappy emotions that other mothers feel when saying goodbye to their child as they start their first day of school. But, those feelings were stronger than me. I did not actually shed any tears, but I could certainly feel them welling up in my eyes. I am in denial about how old he actually is and how our lives will change now that we have a child in elementary school. It will be nice to have one less to manage at home. Our morning has been so quite thus far while Abby takes her nap.
I expected Jack to be pretty shy or upset about starting kindergarten, but he was totally excited this morning. Maybe it was putting on the school uniform that made him feel special and ready for “work.” Isn’t he so handsome?!