I tried to convince Time to slow down, but apparently Time is a jerk. Annabel is seven months old, and not my tiny newborn anymore.
(month one, month two, month three, month four, month five, month six)
Annabel can really be summed up perfectly by this picture, where even though literally SECONDS before she was waving her arms with gleeful abandon, she suddenly decided her needs were not being met.
HOW DOES SHE KNOW TO DO THIS? I’m pretty sure I didn’t learn about the power of The Lip until I was at least 18 months old. She pulls the lip out whenever she isn’t getting her way. She has her daddy figured out – when he sees The Lip, he is putty. I don’t give in so easily, however. So then we’re suddenly in an old fashioned battle of the wills. At least, until she does this:
So we comfort, she smiles, we get more pictures:
and then suddenly BAM:
Let me tell you, getting her monthly stats after that was a TREAT.
weight: 19 pounds 3 ounces
length: 27 1/2 inches tall
head: 18 inches
This last month was huge for her. She rolls all over the place. Two teeth popped through, with more working their way up. She (obviously) has no problems eating and has finally taken to baby foods. She’s sooo close to crawling that I’ve started baby-proofing again. I know that one day very soon, it’s all going to just *click* and she’ll be crawling and pulling herself up. Ack!
Annie is this gigantic ball of chub and energy. She laughs easily and she’s so much fun…but if she wants a battle of the wills? She has met The Master. BRING IT ON ANNABEL!
OMG, she is so cute, love the baby chubby legs and “the lip”!
That lip is like kryptonite!
Kate @ UpsideBackwards says:
No waaaay! Seven months *already*? Waaah! The Lip, omigosh, no wonder Mike is putty in her hands
My son is only 3 months old and he’s been doing the lip pout thing since 7 weeks! Someone is teaching that to these babies, and it just isn’t fair. I too am putty when I see it; I wish me doing the lip thing would make him putty too.
Carrie P. says:
I’m powerless against the lip, too!! My 3.5 month old does that from time to time & I turn to mush! Annabel is so cute & squishy looking! I love it!
Good luck in the battle of the wills. I am sure yours will win out… most of the time. She’s beautiful, Heather! You and Mike done good.
Is it mean that I absolutely love the full out crying pictures?
Happy 7 months Annabel! It’s sad how quickly they go from being a tiny little infant to a growing little person.
Lynn from For Love or Funny says:
Annabel is totally rocking her hairdo…
My almost 7 year old can go from this
and back again without effort. And she’s been doing that for years now
this to this
Steph in Bklyn says:
So cute! The lip is irresistable.
Cort (Modern Super Momma) says:
What a precious little bundle! I love her outfit.
And I know the lip – mine was working the room with hers when she was 4 months old.
The lip is so cute! I always have to stifle a giggle whenever Hannah makes the face. I do wonder how they learn that trick, and why girls are always so much better at it than boys.
between that pouty lip and the chubby thighs it’s almost too much cuteness to look at. holy canoli this girl is one pretty baby!
She’s getting so big! I’m with Mike, unfortunately; I’d be putty to the Lip too.
Thanks for sharing.
(((Hugs))) from here!
Mary Ann says:
OMG she is the cutest baby! I love that lip picture it just melts your heart. Happy Birthday Sweetie!
Happy 7 Months she is just delicious! LOVE the lip!!! funny how they learn these things so early!!!
Oh my gosh. Make the lip STOP!
Love the pics! She is beyond adorable… esp. with that cute lip! =)
Man, the lip, the chubby cheeks, the chubby legs. Annie has got it going awwwwwwn!
Supermodel! Besides the fact that she is perfectly beautiful, she is flippin’ 29 inches tall(long, whatever)!!! That’s long! I have a daughter born 2 weeks before Annie that was in the 100th percentile for length and I know she wasn’t that long! Love it!! It’s weird, I see pics of Annie and feel like I know her (I can even hear her voice..oh wait, it’s yours!) I’m not a bloggy gal but I check yours every day!
Happy 7 months AA!!!
domestic extraordinaire says:
I can’t believe that she is already seven months old.
Hamlet's Mistress says:
I still use the lip. Even at 32 it works maybe 20% of the time on the hubs. The other 80% of the time… I use both.
Oh Annie, that lip would get me everytime!! Happy 7 months! My little girl will be 6 months soon.
The Suburban Housewife says:
It is hard to resist the lip, especially on someone as adorable as Annabel. My girls always had their daddy wrapped around their little finger when they would use the lip.
Annie is such a cutie!
The pictures just make me smile.
BTW, my money is on Annabel for the battle of wills–good luck.
Holy buckets! My little guy is just a few days younger – 2/1/2010 – and his stats are always in the upper percentiles – but Annabel is screaming right off the charts! She truly is amazing! And though I am a sucker for the lip – that curl is so darling, loves it!
I love her so much. Please bring her to me soon, I need to squish on her thighs and cheeks.
Oh my god I cannot get over her. She is absolutely perfect.
Omg can’t believe she is already 7 months old. She is such a looker!! and that lip!! I would love to squeeze those chubby cheeks and love on her. She is such a doll.
Ahh, The Lip, Maya learned about The Lip very early on too.
I can’t get over the fact that she is already 7 months old. And she is huge!! I just want to snuggle those cheeks.
oh my gosh, i am sitting at my desk laughing out loud. i love the pictures, it breaks my heart and makes me laugh at the same time when my daughter does that (ususally when she is told she is going to sit in time out). i love all the chub on her. my daughter was the same weight at her 15 month appointment…. thanks for sharing
Lori V. says:
You need to bring that baby to Georgia, so I can eat her up – OMG she is adorable!! I love “the lip” – but it doesn’t work with me either – but my husband is usually putty like Mike!
Kayla N. says:
My god, that is talent! The baby ‘tude is VERY impressive.
Oh she’s goooood. That lip will make anyone melt!!
She’s SUCH a cute ball of CHUB! How do you not play with those baby legs all day long??
XOXO from GA,
it is ridiculous how cute she is. the chub!!
Ohh that lip is sooo cute I love it… I would like Mike turn to putty she is such a doll
Oh my word, she is beyond precious!! I have a 16 month old and she too has mastered the Lip…even more so when Daddy is around!! Love your blog and your family!! :):)
We had a pouter too! It was too cute. As she’s gotten older she doesn’t whip it out like she used to and I kind of miss it, because in it’s place is a huge wail and she crosses her arms Attitude seems to be a natural female quality.
Oh no, that Lip is epic. That is really adorable!!!! how does a baby learn that? It’s just one of the amazing little things that makes her “her.” She’s SO CUTE but to be honest, despite the lip, I couldn’t take my eyes off of the chubby chub thighs and the little thigh rolls!!!! Scrumptious baby.
Trisha Vargas says:
OMG, the lip. How can you resist?
(((HUGS))) from Florida
OH my goodness, look at that lip!!! She’s getting so big.
Happy 7 month birthday, Annabel!
She’s such a little doll, especially when she brings out The Lip. :p
Once she starts standing up pretty good you need to teach her how to pat her fat. I did this to my daughter who was 23 pounds at 8 months old. She was huge. She would pull herself up and pat her tiny little hand on her rolls of fat on her bottom anytime I told her to “Pat your fat” It was so gosh darn cute.
Annie’s CHUBBY LEGS ARE THE CUTEST EVER
O.M.G.! The Lip! How stinking adorable is that? LOL! She is just gorgeous. All that cute chub just makes you want to squeeze her. Just very hard to believe seven months have passed already.
Oh that lip!!! Add me to the putty pile.
Oh my goodness. The Lip.
She’s too precious, chunky and perfect.
OMG Heather!!!! I just LOVE the 2nd picture of her!! You should put that one in a contest!!!! It is priceless!!! You got yourself one of a kind there!! I think she is going to keep you & Mike on your toes alright but I know you’ll love eveu minute!!!!! Take Care Friend!
Oh, yes. The lip. Enter my lovely daughter at just 6 weeks old:
How do they know!?
Kathy Bregulla says:
That is too adorable. My youngest son did “the Lip” with a twist. It would quiver!!! We of course came up a descriptive name for this: The Quiver Lip” Yes, I know lame! That lip would pop out and vibrate!! Nobody could resist going under the influence of the quiver lip. Not even Mom!
This kid! I can’t with The Lip and the chubby thighs.
She kicks my “I want a baby, I don’t care if we live in a tiny, expensive apartment in Manhattan” fever into overdrive…inexplicable meltdowns and all.
wow! seven months!! It’s going so fast! I must have missed the six month pic because she was stuck at 5 months in my mind. Oh, and the lip….how do you stand it?! It’s so cute!
She’s beautiful. Absoulutely, chunk-ily, lower-liped, happy-faced, beautiful!
Oh my GOSH, the LIP… I can’t take it!
And the HAIR!!! She rocks that curl.
PS – Love the purple tie dye shirt!!! I was sad to see the purple onesie go last month, but Annie has some serious cool style.
Patty B says:
LOVE THE LIP!! How can you not turn into mush once you see it? My stepdaughter had her first baby in June, and the stinker came out and promptly pulled out THE LIP! She is a genius, that’s all I can say. Annabelle is beautiful!
OH Annabel… she is gorgeous! Love, love all of the pics! Happy 7 mos! XX
cindy w says:
Is it awful that the first screaming picture made me laugh? I have a similar picture of Catie doing that exact face. And in the picture she’s wearing a onesie that says, “Mama drinks because I cry.”
Laurie SL says:
Great photos! You captured your point perfectly with those wonderfully funny photos, love them! I love The Lip – how do they learn that?!?!
Annie is a gorgeous great “ball of chub” ~ haha!
Oh that lip. It’s adorable.
Do you ever get tired of hearing how adorable Annie is? I hope not, because SQUEE SO ADORABUHLS.
Adventures In Babywearing says:
those pictures are absolutely precious.
Katie B says:
Oh my god, The Lip picture is priceless! So cute.
My. Gosh. She is so adorable! How do you not spend all day and night squeezing her??!?!?!?
I’d love to see The Battle of the Wills! I’d pay money for a ringside seat for that!!
Oh god, those legs. I could just eat those legs.
oh my god, she is the cutest. thing. ever.
Oh Heather…you MUST be mistaken! It must be the heat. There is NO way that Annie is 7 months old. Nope. Not a freaking chance!!
I cannot believe I have been following you for so long…not that it’s a bad thing! It’s a super good thing! I just remember finding out that you were preggo and then that Annie had been born! It’s SO INSANE!! (yeah, you already know that…)
Michelle Pixie says:
Omigosh! She is so freaking adorable!! I love all of the faces. And her stats are fantastic. My little Monkey who is 19 months just hit 20 lbs. 1 oz. last week is a peanut compared to your little beauty!
Ha ha- she weighs more than Meredith does at 19 months! Love it! The pictures are great!
She is so stinkin cute!
What a delicious chunk of baby. Love the chub. Absolutely adorable. And that bottom lip appears utterly irresistible! Reading your blog makes me look forward even more to meeting my little one in January. (Plus I am totally going to steal your idea of documenting each month with the cute wooden blocks.)
Annie looks just like Maddie in the Lip pic…beautiful girl!!
cutest thing ever!!! you are so good at documenting her. I need to be better about that!
Laber of Love says:
Gahhhh, so cute! I’m so mad at myself for not taking more pictures of my babies when they were freaking out like that! Because now, I’m sure it would make me laugh just like when I saw little Annabel’s pouty lip!
Marti from Michigan says:
I love the lip! My grandson started doing that when he was about 6 weeks old, I melted!
In fact, don’t you have a similar pic of Maddie doing the lip as well? The one with Annie (above) reminded me a little of Maddie’s pic of her doing this as well. Definitely Spohr sisters!
OMG! Annabel is hands down the cutest baby on the planet! That pouty lip, her cute tangled mess of hair with the curl in the front, and oh-my-goodness: “THE CHUB!”
I’m LOVING the CHUB! =D
I wish I knew her in real life so I could snuggle with her (hope that doesn’t sound strange)! You’re so lucky she’s yours. =o)
Happy 7 months, you guys!
Amy K says:
Oh, the lip! The rockabilly curl in front! Annie is one of the cutest babies I’ve ever seen. There’s a whole lot of personality packed into that pudge.
Did she seriously grow 3 inches in one month? She’s adorable, btw.
Melissa B says:
That is the best pouty lip ever. In the history of the universe, best.
I love her pictures! She is so darn cute. My 6 and 1/2 month old has not learned the lip thing yet…thank goodness.
She is so adorable!
I love the lip! That is just great! My one cousin did that. She was about 6-7 months old when she started doing that too. Love it. And her stats? Awesome.
I don’t think they ever learn to walk. I swear they learn to crawl and then run. I think they walk for a day and then just start running. It’s like nature’s joke on parents, cousins, and nannies.
Deidre Blair says:
So darn cute I can’t stand it! She is working it!
Oh Heather, you are doooooomed!
And you might think you have the battle of wills thing in hand, but I’m telling ya, you might think that between water and rocks the rock would win, but have you seen the Grand Canyon?
Midwest Mommy says:
She is just too cute! Too cute!
Does she really do the lip? How does she know? That’s amazing. I think you two planned it out just for the picture.
She makes my uterus ache for more babies. I mean really, really ache….honey!
Best of luck to you in that battle of wills. My money is on the littlest Spohr.
Those photos are hilarious! And your captions as well. I got a good laugh today, thanks.
OMG, she is so adorable.
Overflowing Brain (Katie) says:
THE LIP. Oh my God. That is just ridiculous kinds of heart wrenching.
That lip is crazy impressive!
Jen C. says:
Great pics, LOVE the lip!
Juli E. says:
My daughter, Sophia came out know how to do “the lip”. I clearly remember looking over at her in her father’s arms and she had it down! She was only a hour old! Good luck with that battle of the will thing – Sophia has a very strong will too and it kicks my butt!