When I think of you these days only one word comes to mind. Amazing. You amaze me on a daily basis. Every time I turn around you are doing something that I didn’t know you could do. You are eight months old today, 2/3 of the way through your first year, and I can’t believe how quickly it has passed.
It has been so much fun to watch you grow and learn this month. You started crawling last month, but this month you really perfected it. You can move faster on your hands and knees than I can on my feet most of the time. We had to invest in some baby gates to keep you confined to the living room. If I put you down and turn around for even a second you manage to get into something you aren’t supposed to be in. I decided that you must really like to hear mommy yell because everytime you manage to get into the kitchen you go straight for the cat food bowl and dump it out. You also have quite a fondness for mommy’s book shelves and computer cord. They seem to be your favorite toys.
When you aren’t crawling around wreaking havoc, you are usually pulling yourself up and reaching for things that I thought would be far out of your reach for some time yet. It is officially time for all of my pretty stuff to be put away, as well as anything else that falls below the three foot level that you can get your hands on. Pretty much anything that you can touch will end up either in your mouth or on the floor. The word “no” is becoming much more frequent in my vocabulary and I think you are starting to learn what it means even though you usually just turn around and laugh when I say it.
With Alicia’s help at day care you are finally taking more consistent naps and going to bed much easier. Instead of nursing and rocking you to sleep, I now just have to put you in bed, turn on the mobile and in about two minutes you are asleep. Sometimes you cry a little bit, but the last few days you haven’t even cried when I put you down.
I still haven’t figured out how to get you to sleep through the night though. It will seem like you are making some progress, sleeping 5-6 hours before you wake up, and then you’ll start waking up every two hours again. You did sleep all the way through the night one night. I woke up in a panic at 6:30 in the morning because I hadn’t heard from you all night. Just so I didn’t worry too much you woke me up at least once every hour the next night. I can’t even tell you how much I appreciated that. I’m not sure what I did right that one night that you decided to sleep, but if you could clue me in that would be great.
The other area where you have me completely flabergasted is when it comes to food. You have always been a very good eater since you started on foods. I recently started giving you some soft table foods and finger foods. You really seem to enjoy feeding yourself. You have become a lot more coordinated over the last few weeks and whatever is in your hand almost always gets to your mouth now. You are also finally figuring out how to drink from a sippy cup. What I can’t figure out is that sometimes you want to feed yourself and other times you get mad when I don’t spoon feed you every bite. Sometimes you just don’t want to eat at all, which I really don’t understand because I don’t think I’ve ever experienced that feeling of not wanting to eat. Momma and Daddy love to eat and we just assumed that you had inherited that from us.
Some of your favorite foods that we have discovered are spagetti and meat sauce, goldfish, Gerber veggie crackers, mashed potatoes, broccoli, and pretty much any kind of fruit. You have grown really tired of eating oatmeal for breakfast so we started exploring some other options. Your favorite breakfast these days consists of Cheerios and about 1/3 of a banana. You love it and it makes it much easier on me because you can feed yourself.
You really seem to enjoy learning about your mouth and all of the fun things it will do. You started clicking your tongue last week and laugh whenever someone clicks back at you. You also have started to smack your lips together like you are kissing which I find to be absolutely adorable.
I haven’t mentioned it yet because I wanted to save the best for last, but my heart totally and completely melted when you finally started saying “Mama” last week. You started saying “Dada” just before Christmas. Then somewhere along the way you figured out how to say “bubba,” then “Mama,” and just in the last few days you are working on “nana.” You seem to really know what Dada and Mama mean and when you get mad you usually scream “Mamamamamamamamama” which is ok, but could you please yell at Dada a little bit too? I’m sure it can’t always be my fault!
I still can’t believe how fast you are growing. At 8 months old you are already wearing 18 months size in clothes. You weigh 22 pounds now and have definitely surpassed your cousin Ryan who is almost 7 months older than you. People are always surprised when I tell them how old you really are.
Daddy and I have been talking lately about how we wish we could have another tiny little baby to hold. You are growing up so fast and we already miss those days when you would just cuddle up in our arms and sleep for hours. Each day with you now is a completely new experience. You are constantly changing and it is so much fun to watch. I am so proud of you and everything you have accomplished already. You are truly my inspiration for everything these days. I love you so very, very much.