You are 8 months old today. Oh how time flies. You are no longer that tiny little baby we brought home from the hospital. This stage of your life has brought me so many conflicting emotions. On the one hand I love to see you grow and change. I often can't wait for you to learn the next thing to watch your excitement in the discovery. Yet I just want to burst into tears when I think about how fleeting this time is. You won't be a baby much longer. The thought of you no longer fitting into my arms and falling asleep on my chest, makes me so sad. While it's easy to be in a hurry. After all we are always 15 minutes late it seems. I try so hard to stop and cuddle, hug, nurse and enjoy you every chance I get because I know you will be a big girl before we know it.
At 8 months old you are so much fun! You love to laugh and play and talk. You are an extremely social baby. You love people, especially children and babies. You chatter non stop. Just in the last week you have started say more consonants and different sounds. You have been saying da da quite a bit however not in context. When you see another baby or child you immediately start a conversation. You are so funny. And as soon as Daddy comes home you really start to go. You need to tell Daddy all about your day in great detail.
While you don't crawl you do scoot backwards. Usually you move in the opposite direction of where you are trying to go. This seems to make you very mad and is usually followed by tears. (oh how you are your mothers child:) You have a rather dramatic side. If you want to be held and we set you down you quickly go into an all out wail, screaming and flailing your arms about. I think you are showing us your stubborn streak.
You love to play outside. You happily sit on a blanket and look around and play so long as we are near by.
You went swimming for the first time not long ago and you loved it. You also continue to love your walks. Mommy loves to put you in sun hats. Sometimes however it is a battle to keep them on your head.
You still eat with gusto. You are starting to feed yourself. This has provided so much entertainment for us. You love bananas, meat, and lentils. You also love to drink water out of your sippy cup. You HATE avocados. This month we will start giving you yogurt and cheese.
You still sleep all night from 8pm until 5:30-6am, nurse and go back to sleep for another hour or two. We have a great evening routine established. You and I come home at 5:30 we nurse and cuddle. Then you play in the kitchen while I prepare dinner. Daddy comes home at 7pm we all eat dinner together and then do your bath, massage, PJ's, Goodnight moon and nurse. Then you go into your crib and go to sleep between 8 and 8:30.