21.9.11

8 months

Thank you all so much for the lovely comments on Eulalie's nursery. I was so overwhelmed by the positive reaction - I'm glad you love it as much as we do! Your comments really mean so much and one day Eulalie will be able to read all the beautiful things you had to say about her room.  A big hello to my new followers and those of you who have made your way here via Peonies and Polaroids, The Beetle Shack, Smallesthings and Pinterest. It's so nice to have you here :)

On Monday while I was giving you the tour, I probably should have been posting this instead. The cheeky monkey hit the eight month mark on Monday, and it seems like there's no stopping her. She's on the move - crawling herself along like a little caterpillar and trying to pull herself up on anything she can get her little hands on. She even manages to pull herself up to a sitting position in the cot when she wakes up from her sleep - I go in to find her there sitting up, talking away to herself... it's really cute. Physically, she's definitely grown, her hair is still going gangbusters (in a vertical, fluffy sense) and a tooth is just starting to poke through her top gum. I think those blue eyes are definitely sticking around for the long haul but nobody can seem to pin down her hair colour. Some days it looks fair, other days darker. Only time will tell.

The older she gets and the more "spirited" (thanks Em for introducing me to this term) she becomes, the less time I seem to have to get anything done. She's a full time job, both rewarding and exhausting. I often find myself wondering how I'd ever cope as a mother of two...or three... or four (I was always a four girl, now I have my doubts). Tell me Multi-Mum's - how do you cope? However, despite my own insecurities, people have recently started with the "when are you having another one" business. Really? I just had a baby, like, yesterday eight months ago! I know that they're not asking if I'm going to go and get pregnant again tomorrow... but the thought of people even starting to think that way is kind of scary...

...don't get me wrong, maybe I'm sounding a bit negative? Becoming a mother is hands down, without a doubt the most wonderful thing that has ever happened to me. I really can't imagine that there is anything else in this life (for me) that will ever surpass the love, joy and sense of fulfillment that I feel simply by being Eulalie's Mum. Of course, I have other desires and ambitions for my future, but for now... motherhood is keeping me more than content (albeit exhausted and time poor).

Oh, but apparently I'm not the only one who's exhausted... all this new physical activity must be wearing the Lalie Bug out, because guess what? Last night she slept through! For the first time EVER! (Of course, I woke up in a panic at 6.30am thinking something must have happened to her...so like an idiot I went in to check on her wake her up. Good one Mum).

Ah well, we'll get the hang of it one of these days.


25 comments :

  1. Perhaps it's an eight month thing because I'm getting those comments too?! Unfortunately we're not at the sleeping through stage but well done eulalie! Enjoy!|

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  2. she's gorgeous. i love it when they hit eight months they start showing their personalities in their faces and start looking like lil people as opposed to squishy rolly babies. also love the toes in the photo where she's being tickled. so cute. x

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  3. Congratulations on the sleeping through..she must be wearing herself out with all that activity! I found two tougher than three. With a baby and a 2 year old (both "spirited" personalities) it was hugely challenging that first year. I think it's a one at a time kind of thing where you just slowly adjust.

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  4. She puts a big smile on my face! Happy 8 months :)) Her nursery is so lovely. I may have to steal a few ideas or would you like a free hol in la France ? x

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  5. Hip hooray on sleeping through!!

    I think the more you have the easier it gets..at least with subsequent bubs you are not left on your own to entertain and amuse them :)

    I am liking that term 'spirited' it's much nicer than 'difficult' which our little man is :)

    x

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  6. she is adorable. gorgeous photos!

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  7. crawling AND sleeping through the night!! Lalie, who are you?

    She is so yummy Claire- i need audio to fully appreciate her 'spirit'. may we have giggles on tape?

    xxxxx

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  8. p.s how were the ol' boobs after your all nighter?

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  9. Oh she's beautiful, you make me want to go back to that time (my favourite was 10-20 months) & the clothes are so much cuter now. Shame my husband had a vasectemy 8 years ago & you know, we're at high school stage, but i will always be a huge fan of babies!!
    We had 4 in 4 years (twins in the middle) & were almost embarrassed to tell everyone we were pregnant, again, but man, we did it with style & so much love, it was the best time of my life. Love Posie

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  10. Everything is different when they're sleeping through the night. Although my girls are 22 months apart and I was just getting used to having some time to do my own things again before Polly was born. Having said that we wanted our 2 close together and while life is a bit crazy within a couple of years they'll both be in prep/kindy and I'll be at home by myself missing them! And there's no way I could do it without the help of my mum and sister.. even just somewhere to go for a cup of tea if they're driving you crazy all day.

    I am one of four kids though and I have no idea how my mum did that... I think she just didn't leave the house much during the day when we were all young. I'm stopping at 2.. but it was fun to grow up as part of four (most of the time).

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  11. Happy birthday little girl! You are getting cuter by the month.
    As for the "when are you having a 2nd baby?" that made me smile because I too remember those comments and thinking "are you completely mad? I've only 'just' given birth!". What I wanted most of all was SLEEP, not another baby. And then one day, I remember J & I looked at each other and thought "it'd be so nice to give Liam a little brother or sister". We're not trying just yet, but was reassuring to see that the baby craving actually returns! Now what scares me is to think that the next time I get pregnant it will be the last time as we're thinking of stopping at two.

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  12. She's just gorgeous. It's so fun and amazing to see her growing up on here Claire, it's really special. Happy 8 months to beautiful Lalie! Kellie xx PS That top!

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  13. ps: oh, and thank you for the link. Your blog is great and you deserve more nice readers!
    xx

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  14. You lucky girl.

    happy 8 months. All on the go now.
    xxx

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  15. such a cutie wutie!

    Becoming a mum of two has been a really smooth transition for Daniel and I - I think it's due largely to the almost four-year age gap. Hence I highly recommend it! x

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  16. ps. i love what posie patchwork said about it being 'the best time of our lives' - made me all teary!

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  17. I just love the chalkboard behind her. Your writing is pretty, and it will be so great to see the sequence of her growth once it is done.

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  18. She's so cute in that gorgeous outfit! And i wouldn't feel any pressure, i'm sure 1 baby is more than enough at a time :)

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  19. Happy happy 8 months Lalie bug/bird/beetle! I hear what you're saying about a 2nd bub. With Oli I didn't feel ready until he was 2.5 years and even though weve discussed a 3rd, I'm still not ready. But slowly getting there with all these pregnancies and gorgeous new bubs here in blogland. Not helping my ovaries people! xx

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  20. Yay for being an ace mum, Yay for having a gorgoeus fun baby and even a bigger YAY for a full nights sleep!!

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  21. 8 months is a great age.. so interactive but still easy to catch!

    Yay for the sleeping through.. hope there is more if it to come..

    I've also been caught off guard with the queries about number two.. what the??

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  22. oh claire! 8 months! my goodness my little Poppy is 7 months and i can just imagine her moving around so much in the coming months. she's already frustrated now and cries for attention. a friend of mine just had a baby and by golly gosh! i'm already missing baby Poppy! in saying that though no we're not having another one ha ha ha it is quite a tiring job. ps. i love love love the name Eulalie shortened to Lalie - so very cute! how did you came about naming her? i always love a story behind names. hmmm maybe i need to go back in your blog post to find that out ey? maybe that's what I'll do. ha ha ha.
    thank you so much again for visiting. so very glad you did because i love love love your blog!!!! definitely a must add in my daily reads!

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  23. I often wonder the same thing- if I can´t even get anything done with ONE child, how the hek do all these multiple- children mamas DO IT?!
    My guess is we´ll just keep getting better at this, uh?

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  24. Aww, our daughters are the same age. I really love your monthly photo set-up. Tres cute!

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