8 Months!!


My little lovie turned 8 months old yesterday!! It is hard to believe that she's been with us for two-thirds of a year. So much happened this month - we have ourselves a crawler!!! Totally the beginning of an exciting/dangerous new stage. She's now even pulling herself up to a standing position while holding on to something at any chance she can get. She learned how to feed herself small finger foods, the girl wears shoes...I mean, its like she's a mini-kid and not a baby anymore!!

Maura girl, we love you so much!!! Every day you make us smile and laugh. And sometimes I even tear up because I can't believe you're mine. I watch you in awe, you are learning so fast. You love to play, you bounce up and down when we turn the music on, you are now constantly chatting (a lot of it is raspberries!), you kick your legs back and forth really fast when you are excited or want out of your car seat/high chair. Mother's Day took on a whole new meaning for me this year...thanks to you:)

Here's this month's bunny pics:

Breastfeeding/Bottles/Solids: I am down to just nursing Maura when she wakes up in the middle of the night and a bit first thing in the morning. I'm technically not sure how much milk I really have left, I think she's just doing it for the comfort factor. We still eat 2 meals of solids a day, but our pediatrician recommended we be up to 3 meals of solids a day by the time of her 9 month appointment, so I will have to start slowly adding lunch to the mix sometime soon.

New Foods: Lots of new flavors this month as we've moved on to Stage 2 foods, which are more fun combinations:) In the pureed category, she has added apricots, mango, strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, chicken, turkey, mac and cheese, tomatoes..and we finally found a green food she likes - Plum Organics "Spinach, Peas and Pears"!! In the snacks category, she also now likes the Graduates Puffs in Banana and Sweet Potato and has moved up the ladder to the Graduates Lil' Crunchies in Mild Cheddar and Veggie Dip. Even more exciting, Maura learned how to eat finger foods on her own! It's such a big help to be able to give her some puffs or a Baby Mum-Mum banana cookie for a snack while we are out on errands, a walk, etc. and have her eat them herself...it keeps her entertained for awhile! So I started giving her some small bits of a few real foods - so far she loves real bananas and will tolerate cheese. Any suggestions for what kinds of real table/finger foods to try next?

Bedtime: We've moved bedtime up even earlier now to 7:45 pm:)

Sleep Habits: Humph. This is the thing we are having the most trouble with. Good news, Maura now naps in her crib twice a day...and they can last anywhere from 20 minutes to 2 hours. We've moved the crib mattress down twice now as she recently started standing up in the there...makes things even worse when she wakes up in the middle of the night! We have not made any progress on getting her to fall asleep on her own (putting her in the crib while still awake) and she still gets up in the middle of the night for no reason about every other night (so I know she can sleep through fine, she does it 50% of the time). I have a friend who is going to loan me the Dr. Ferber book and we might just give that a try next week.

Developmental Milestones and Firsts: started crawling, started pulling herself up to a standing position, learned to eat finger foods on her own, first Easter, first time at the beach, first time sitting in the front of the shopping cart

{first time at the beach...this is the beach near my house}

{second time at the beach...same weekend except this is the beach at my parent's Cape Cod house...never know what the weather will be like in the spring in New England!}

Favorite Toys: books, Fisher Price Stack and Roll Cups, VTech Sit to Stand Learning Walker, the plush Rocking Caterpillar Paul's parents got her for Christmas, still loving the Fisher Price Laugh and Learn Cookie Shape Jar, Fisher Price Laugh and Learn Laughing Kitchen, and Haba Wonder Dice.

Favorite Pastimes: following mommy around (crawling), going to Gymboree Play and Learn class, practicing pulling herself up to standing on anything and everything, bath time, playing with the huge stack of this year's Christmas cards, watching mommy blow bubbles, play dates with Jack

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1 comment:

  1. I need to get my hands on her!!! hopefully before vacation! lets try to plan something. she is getting so big so fast.


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