8 Months Old!

by Heather on November 8, 2012

Eight months ago this little boy that is sleeping one room over from me was born.  Like he came out of my body.  What a miracle!

Needless to say time really has been flying, even more so since it feels like we really just landed here in Little Rock (which we kind of have).  Our house is finally unpacked and starting to feel lived in, just in time for Wes to really start moving around!  I feel like just yesterday I was hoping and praying that he would start crawling so that we could play and explore more, and now he’s this fully mobile and crazy curious little dude.  Now I have to get my snuggles in the middle of the night – this little man isn’t stopping for that anymore!

 

When Wes was first born I read a million websites and blogs about how babies develop and grow and 8 months just felt so far away.  Now I’m seeing what they mean about babies developing personalities – this little guy is really coming into his own!  He’s such a stinker, so smart, and he’s so laid back until you try to change his diaper.  There’s just no time in his busy schedule to stop and have a diaper change, you know?  We get the tears, the arching back, the pushing off of his changing pad and the endless flailing until finally – after I’ve almost twisted both of us into a pretzel – we emerge from his room clean and dry and ready to take on the world.

 

No, it’s not dramatic at all.  Why do you ask?

Let’s talk movement now, shall we?  Wes has been a professional rolling man for a couple of months now, but really showed zero interest in crawling until lately.  A couple of weeks ago he really started to perfect the army crawl (he does it all on his left side while the right arm is reaching out to grab stuff.  So cute), and then literally yesterday he started to get his knees underneath him.  I call it the army-caterpillar, and it’s pretty adorable.

 

But more than anything this little guy likes to stand (assisted obviously) and BOUNCE!  Jumping is his favorite thing in the world and I’m convinced that he waits all day for his daddy to get home so that he can fly through the air.  And one of my favorite parts of the day is watching his whole face light up when Nate walks in the door – forget about momma, dad’s home!  Fun starts now :)

On the food front he’s just chowing down on pretty much anything and everything.  We just started to introduce yogurt last week, and he’s a big fan.  His typical food day looks kind of like this:

Breakfast: milk or formula, a cup of YoBaby yogurt, and a handful of puffs
Snack: milk or formula, a cooked egg yolk, and about 1/4 cup of fruit pureed with oatmeal
Lunch: milk or formula, some kind of vegetable baby food
Snack: milk or formula, 1/4 cup cooked sweet potato (I cube it so he can eat it), and beans
Dinner:  milk or formula, more veggie puree

We still haven’t introduced meat in any form yet because he doesn’t have teeth and it makes me nervous to think about him trying to gum up a piece of chicken.  It’s also kind of gross to think about pureeing it, so I think we’ll likely end up starting out with salmon once we think it’s the right time to start giving him meat or fish.  We’ll see – the thing about having a baby is that you learn to not have everything set in stone.  It’s made me a lot more flexible and go-with-the-flow, probably an improvement from Type-A Heather!

 

We are also borrowing a high chair that you strap onto a normal chair, and it’s great to have the freedom to move around the kitchen with Wes close by.  Before we had him in a Bumbo and there’s just no way I’d let him hang out without me right next to him just in case.  Now I can cook and he can eat and we can play all at the same time!  And let’s face it:  the dogs love the chair.  Bunker does a great job “cleaning” it after every meal!

The dogs are doing great through it all – Wes notices them every time they walk into the room and lights up with this huge grin and squeal.  Bunker’s not totally a fan of having his ears or tail grabbed so he generally stays away (until meal time), hanging out by the door with his watchdog face on.  Keira on the other hand wants to be around and close by at.all.times.  He loves it when she lays by him!  I think they’re starting to understand that Wes is a baby human, that he’s OURS, and that he’s not going anywhere.  I feel like we do a good job of letting them know how much we love them, though.  These pups were our first “kids” after all!

Other happenings include him really starting to study things before he shoves them in his mouth.  He’ll take an object and stare at it in his hands, flip it around a couple times and then drool all over it.  His favorite toys are plastic water bottles – he goes crazy when he has one!  Otherwise he’s always exploring handles and knobs and drawers and really anything he can grab.  He loves books – for eating – and tennis balls are a big favorite as well.  We have an appointment set up for his 9-month checkup soon, and I’m a little nervous about having a new doctor.  We absolutely adored our pediatrician in Colorado and miss her dearly.  Hopefully the new doctor will be as wonderful!

I know I say it all the time, but I am so so thankful that God has blessed us with such a sweet, fun, smart and healthy baby boy.  I don’t know what I did to deserve this (let’s face it:  I didn’t do anything), but I’m so glad to have my two guys.  They’re amazing and I am so excited to see what the next month holds for us!

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1 Melissa November 8, 2012

I read your blog ALL the time, but don’t comment often….but these pictures of Wes are just TOO cute!! What an adorable boy you have and his personality totally shines through in every photo. I love his little mop of hair and it seems like just yesterday you were posting baby photos of him with his mohawk! I have a 13 month old little boy and that moving you’re talking about, NEVER stops. I only get cuddle time if he is sick or having the last bottle before bed. Little boys just can not be bothered to slow down for mom cuddles.

Anyway, just really wanted to say thanks for sharing your journey into motherhood (and yummy recipes) with us internet folks. Wes is perfect and blessed to have such a great family, including the pups to clean up his messes. :-)

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2 Heather November 8, 2012

sigh…the mohawk! i miss it! sometimes i try to style it that way but his hair is just too heavy now!

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3 janetha November 8, 2012

8 months and cute as ever.

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4 Liz @ Tip Top Shape November 8, 2012

He is so adorable!!!!

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5 Urban Wife November 8, 2012

Just precious! That’s all. :)

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6 Sandy @ RE November 8, 2012

Oh, it goes by so quickly. Hang on! :)

He’s adorable!

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7 Maria November 8, 2012

I just love babies in pajamas. It makes me want to cuddle and squeeze them. Cannot take it :)

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8 Delishhh November 8, 2012

Time does fly. What a great post! Tell me about the changing diaper thing – Ella hates it now and it takes for every to change a diaper. Sometimes i just give up and let her go – until she decides to pee on the floor :). I am just wondering when this stage goes away – it has been a month now.

So on the meat thing, i make chicken soup and cook the chicken a little longer, so it becomes really stringy and then it’s almost mushy. Now Ella eats by her elf, i just put a bunch of pieces on a plate and she eats it. It;s crazy watching her, and just a few days ago she would not let me feed her anymore, she wants to do it herself. I am hoping this is a stage too. I haven’t introduced milk yet i was reading to wait until 1 but not sure why, i see that you have. Any concerns with that?

BTW Wes eats a lot compared to Ella – she only eats 3 times a day and about 1-2 tbsp of food each time. But then it might be because i am still breastfeeding too.

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9 Heather November 8, 2012

i like that idea about the meat thing – if it’s mushy enough then i would be fine with him eating it, i just don’t want it to be too dry you know?

i’m still breastfeeding too – i should have put “breastmilk” and not just milk because we’re waiting til a year to do cow’s milk. he does eat a lot, but he could keep eating all day if i let him! the doctor said it’s totally normal though!

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10 axelle the french cook November 10, 2012

When my children were babies, I blended meat very thin. This way, I added it with vegetables purée and they loved it.

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11 Kim in MD November 13, 2012

Weston is adorable, Heather!

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12 Aggie November 13, 2012

so so sweet, that boy of yours is just precious!!! I love the food trying stage, so fun to see what they like and what they are curious (and not so curious) about. Fun times ahead!

And I’m all about time slowing down. It kills me how fast it goes by!

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