Holy Talito, Batman! When people ask me how old you are it sounds so weird to say 8 months! It has been 8 months of pure joy, trial & error, challenges & successes, and lots of learning & love!
You had this new thing this month where as soon as we'd lay you down you would stand up in your crib and cry. I think it's because 1. you have figured out how to stand on your own and 2. you have figured out that Mommy will come in and rescue you. I wasn't getting any sleep. I would just hold you all night long. I even tried putting you in bed with me. You would sleep like an hour then stand up in our bed, hit the headboard, clap, and blow raspberries. (Those are other new things you do that I'll talk more about later). Daddy has been telling me to just let you cry. :( It's called the Ferber Methold. I was SO against it! I told him to get me the book so I could read more about it then I would CONSIDER it! So he did...we tried it...and it worked! It was so hard to hear you cry, but you can now go back to sleep on your own.
So you go to bed between 6:30-7:00 and sleep until about 2-3 AM, nurse, then go back to sleep until about 6:30-7:00. (Besides this past week when Mommy was off work, and we slept in until 8! This self soothing thing is awesome!) :)
It's so sweet when you wake up so happy! Just standing in your crib. You smile and clap when Mommy and/or Daddy go in to get you. Sometimes you nurse when you wake up, but I think you're self weening because you'd rather play! So you play while Mommy gets your breakfast ready. For breakfast you have fruit with berry oatmeal, maple syrup lil crunchies, and water.
We play for a while until you've been up for 2 hours then you're ready for your morning nap. Same nap routine: diaper change, story, nurse, sleep for about 2 hours! Once you wake up, and before you're ready for your afternoon nap is usually when we run errands, or do something fun! Including you having lunch!
You eat stage 3 foods now, but you're wanting to feed yourself more so Mommy is working on giving you more of what we eat so you can feed yourself. You've had mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, peas, green beans, refried beans, and rice. You've loved it all! I think you just love it that you can feed yourself! Your new thing is blowing raspberries while you eat resulting in food and/or water going everywhere. I think it's pretty funny!
You love giving hugs and kisses! Your version of kisses is sticking your tongue out and licking our faces. haha! Love it! It makes you laugh when Mommy bites your finger nails (this is much easier than clipping them). It also makes you laugh when Daddy says he's "going to get you!" You love to be thrown in the air, and still love to play peek-a-boo!
You are one mobile baby! Crawling on your knees now. No more army crawling! And you are fast! It's getting more difficult to keep up with you are! You're just exploring everything! You also love to pull up and stand on EVERYTHING! You walk with your walker, and can free stand for a little bit. :)
We've had to tell you no a lot lately. :( You're testing your limits, and throwing little fits when you don't get your way. You bang your hands on your high chair tray and scream if we don't let you feed yourself! You kick your feet and scream when we try to change your diaper. You make huge splashes in the bath tub when it's time to get out. You LOVE bath time! Especially now that you have free range! But you get mad when I make you sit on your bottom and not stand. It's just not safe my darling. :)
You say mama all the time! And gaga and baba. And some other gibberish baby talk, but still no dada. :( You will though! I just know it!
We love you our sweet 8 month old!