Eight months. Already! This month was a lot about sleeping. After last month’s constant nightly wake-ups, I decided we had to take action and something had to change. So we tried a few things: moving his bedtime up to 7pm and cutting out the evening nap he often wasn’t taking, making sure to put him down awake instead of mostly or totally asleep for bed and naps, and nursing him 20 minutes prior instead of right before bed.
It meant letting him fuss for a bit at bedtime, but he learned to go to sleep on his own pretty quickly and since I wasn’t nursing him to sleep, it was easier for other people to get him to nap. So that was good. Naps got longer, and night times improved too – most nights he’d wake up just once to feed in an 11 or 12 hour span.
Early in the month, we were sitting around in his room, when Julian got really excited to see a toy and started clapping his hands. Tyler and I just looked at each other – it didn’t even occur to us that he’d start doing things like that soon, but it was pretty cute to see. He also started waving this month, although it’s usually when he’s in his high chair and not when people are leaving.
Baby J turned into a bit of a fussy eater, biting the spoon and not wanting much solid food. He’s changing his mind a bit lately and eating more again, but he’s also eager to chew and pick things up with his thumb and finger to get into his mouth. He seems to prefer texture and likes to eat when we are eating, watching us carefully. He’s actually gagging less with bits of food than he was with some purees, but we’re so paranoid that he’ll choke that we cut things up very finely.
He’s happy to scoot around and is getting fast, following Herman from room to room, and crying if he can’t get the thing he’s after (cords, radiator grill, leaf on the floor) so it’s definitely time to baby proof. All month he was doing this funny laying on his side pose as if he’s lounging at the beach – we called it his Burt Reynolds pose – and he finally went from that to sitting, and then forward to his hands and knees. I wasn’t sure if he’d do the typical crawl – he gets where he wants with his funny army crawl – but it looks like he might. He still nurses 4-5 times a day and bites me for a few days, then stops. Then starts again. I’m hopeful his top teeth will come in soon and make a difference for the better.
We experienced his first bout of diaper rash this month – along with sleeping better meant a night or two of sleeping with a dirty diaper, but using water instead of wipes, corn starch and coconut oil seems to have cleared it up for the most part.
He seems to have a ton of hair all of the sudden, and loves laughing at everything, bending his head sideways to look at lights or to get someone’s attention, and he has yet to make strange with anyone (cross fingers). He loves going to a baby gymnastics drop in and slithers through the tunnel, bangs the tambourine, and stares at everything and everyone, wide-eyed and curious. One day there he scooted up t the mirror and started kissing his reflection.
Hopefully eight months will be a good time to be adventurous – first plane ride, first snow, and first Christmas! Happy eight months, little baby,