M is eight months old! For some reason, nine months has always seemed like a landmark age to me, and it’s hard to believe she’s almost there. It feels like this last month has gone really quickly — I guess we must have been having a lot of fun! Rob was here for a couple of weeks, and we had a great trip up to Grand Marais. We also met up with some friends and went over to the neighbors’ place — it wasn’t the first time M had been over there, of course, but it was the first time she got up close to the horses!
Size: M is about 18lbs8oz (60th percentile) and 27” long (55th percentile), with a head circumference of around 18” (95th percentile) — I had to get my own measurements, so who knows how accurate they are! I’m not sure if she went through a growth spurt, but it sure seemed like it — she suddenly started eating a lot more!
Likes and Dislikes: She is such a happy baby that it’s hard to pick just a few things that she likes. We started swim class last week, and she seems to enjoy being in the water. She’s very good at wriggling around and kicking her legs, and she doesn’t even mind being dunked. (I did her eight month photos in her swimsuit, since we’ve had such fun swimming!)
She seemed to love having Rob here — every time she saw him, she’d get a BIG smile on her face. I don’t know if she actually could remember him from the last time she saw him (in Texas when she was five months old), but she definitely lit up instantly when he came back. She likes being out and about and seeing other people, generally, although she’s starting to get a little nervous when other people hold her. I think her grandma and Rob are the only people besides me that she seems really comfortable with. (She loves her grandpa, too, of course, but he always thinks she’s going to cry if he holds her — she won’t!)
She’s amazed by all the pets, but she especially loves the cats. Maybe it’s because they’re so soft! Beany has figured her out and usually scoots away when she gets too close, not wanting to have her fur pulled. Birdy is actually much more patient with her, surprisingly! We’re still working on gentle pets — she’ll stroke nicely with just her fingers for a bit, but then I think it gets to be too much for her, and she just wants to GRAB. The dogs are harder to get a hold of, but she think it’s funny when Nova jumps all around, and she gets a kick out of watching the dogs wrestle with each other.
She spends a lot of time trying to blow raspberries with either her lips or her tongue, and she thinks it’s really funny when I do it to show her how. She likes to touch my tongue, and when she does, I shriek and pretend to be grossed out — which makes her laugh. Sometimes when she’s having a bottle, she’ll repeatedly stick her hand up into the air for me to gobble up, which also makes her giggle.
Eating: When she started eating more during the day, I started the process of weaning her from her night bottle. She never took more than 4oz at night, so I just dropped an ounce every few days. On the second night at 1oz, she slept straight through to the morning! I don’t know if she decided it wasn’t worth waking up for such a little bottle or if she was just extra tired from swim class, but I was very excited! She hasn’t needed a night bottle with milk since then, but she still wakes up some nights and then gets herself back to sleep with no crying. If it’s taking her a long time to fall asleep again, I’ll give her an ounce of water, and the routine is enough to get her back to sleep.
She usually eats 30oz+ of milk during the day, and she has some baby oatmeal in the morning and some other puree for ‘dinner’. She’s fairly patient with the purees but not really very interested. After a few spoonfuls, she gets bored and starts looking for something more interesting, and it becomes a chore to get her to eat more. I think baby-led feeding was more fun for her, but she keeps choking on even the smallest pieces that she tries to swallow.
Sleeping: She still takes her two naps at 9:00am and 1:30pm, and she usually sleeps for 1.5hrs both times. I would like to move her bedtime from 6:00pm to 7:00pm, so that she’ll sleep a little later in the morning, but she’s usually SO ready to go to sleep by 6:00, so it’s tough. She’s a very good sleeper, able to get herself to sleep on her own, although she usually falls asleep while eating a bottle. If she doesn’t, I’ll put her in her crib, and she somehow amuses herself with Kitty Cat Doll until she gets tired enough to sleep.
Working On / Accomplishments: She got her brace off! Well, she still has to wear it while she sleeps, but that’s no big deal. I think she is having much more fun now that she doesn’t have to wear it while she’s awake. She doesn’t tip backwards when she sits up, and she can finally work more on trying to crawl. She KNOWS that she wants to get here or there, but she hasn’t figured out how to move herself quite yet — but she hasn’t been able to practice up until now.
I’ve already mentioned some of her other accomplishments: sleeping through the entire night, eating (some) purees, and going swimming for the first time. Every day, she just seems cleverer and more interested in the world around her. When she’s in her high chair, and something clatters to the floor, she looks over the edge to see where it’s gone. She’s always been observant and curious, and that just gets stronger as she gets older. It’s hard to believe that she couldn’t even hold an object just a short while ago, because now she’ll lean over to grab something and turn it all around in her hands — to find the best part to chew on, of course!
Other Stuff: As she gets older, she gets even cuddlier. Now that she can move herself around a little bit, she leans over and reaches out when she wants a hug or a cuddle. Sometimes it’s like she’s trying to climb up me to get on my lap. She gives very nice hugs and (I think) tries to give kisses, too. When she’s in a sillier mood, she likes to ‘get me’ by grabbing my legs or arms or whatever is near. Then she looks up to see my reaction and does it again. She’s such a funny, joyful baby!