Since I have posted a bunch of new pics of Mags in recent weeks, but haven't given any new updates on her, I figured today was a good time to do that. She is now 8.5 months old--9 months next week. We went to an 8 month checkup about 4 weeks ago and she weighed in at 21.4 pounds and was 27 inches long (I think). She is as active as ever and just babbles all the time. She loves to say "dadadada" and I swear is close to recognizing what is means. Last Thursday, I witnessed her laying (Lying? Mom, help me out here) down in her crib, push herself to sitting, then stand up fully! It was awesome. When playing in the kitchen, she loves to turn in circles while sitting and now scoots around with her leg tucked under her (her form of crawling). It's hysterical. Today, I watched her climb her first step into our bathroom. As always, she loves to be up on her feet, so I'm predicting she'll be walking by the middle of October. Maybe sooner! I love how active she is becoming. She loves to explore and currently enjoys playing under her highchair and with the open dishwasher.
Her band (aka "helmet") wearing is going very well; we have about 10 more weeks, so about halfway there. The change has already been remarkable; I can't wait to post "before" and "after" pics when it's all over. Her hair is totally filling in and getting quite long; still not sure what shade of brown it will be because I still see red highlights in it. We had our first experience in the pool yesterday (I spent the night with my friend Kathryn at her grandparents' house in a neighboring city of Chicago). Maggie wasn't sure at first when we stepped in, as she produced a wrinkled brow. But, about 5 minutes into it, she was smiling and splashing a little. By the end, she was kicking her feet some and laughing. She enjoyed floating on her back and even let me dunk her several times! Aron was quite jealous he couldn't be there because he had to work.
She still loves, loves books, sleeps 12 hours at night, and is an overall, happy and contented baby. And I've recently discovered that she will let you cuddle with her during her morning and evening feedings. It's wonderful!