Tuesday, March 10, 2015

8 Months {Caroline Joy}

[happy 8 months, miss caroline]

At EIGHT MONTHS you are wearing size 3 diapers and size 6 months and 6-9 month clothing.  

At EIGHT MONTHS you are still drinking 5 bottles a day.  The morning and nighttime bottles you take 6 oz but the other three during the day (around 11 am, 2 pm, and 5 pm) are 5 oz.  You wake up and drink your first bottle anywhere from 6:45 to 7:30ish.  All depends when you wake up.  You will drink your nighttime bottle somewhere in the 7 o'clock hour and then fall asleep shortly after.

At EIGHT MONTHS you are finally getting the hang of eating baby food and finger foods.  And YOU LIKE IT!  I think you prefer to feed yourself rather than me feeding you with a spoon.  You love to pick up Cheerios, puffs, little banana pieces, and broken pieces of crackers and put them in your own mouth.  You do pretty good at getting at least 60% of what you pick up into your mouth.  And I think you just like the taste of the real food so much better.  When you pick up food to feed yourself you use your left hand most of the time.  Your favorite baby food is bananas.  You gobble it right up!  Right now you have some kind of fruit or yogurt in the morning and a vegetable in the afternoon.  You eat about a half of a container at a time.  Some new foods you've tried are: Greek yogurt plain and mixed with fruit, smashed sweet potatoes, pumpkin, spinach....

At EIGHT MONTHS you are a CRAWLER!  You started crawling at the end of 7 months.  You went from army crawling to all of a sudden crawling on all fours.  We had to now officially get serious about baby proofing because you can crawl from room to room.  You look so happy moving all around the house!  You have the biggest grin - looking so proud and excited for what you learned!  Your favorite is following around the twins.  You love to be in the same room as them and playing with what they are playing.  And so it begins!

At EIGHT MONTHS I have found you in the sitting position all by yourself.  You don't know exactly how you got into that position but by chance move into that position.

At EIGHT MONTHS you take 3 naps a day.  You usually take your first nap around 9/9:30 and it will last 45 minutes to an hour.  In the afternoon you lay down around 2ish and can sleep from an hour or two (or longer if I am lucky...really if the twins are quiet!)  You still take a third nap around 4:30/5ish but this nap is very short.  Sometimes just 30 minutes.  I am thinking about trying to drop this nap but some days you need just a little rest to hold you over until bedtime.  Maybe it will be easier to drop once you sleep a bit longer in the afternoon.

You still love to sleep with your security sized muslin blanket.  While you fall asleep you calm yourself by rubbing the satin of the blanket on your fingers and face.  When you're sleeping we put you in your sleep sack and turn on your sound machine and nighttime music.  You don't have a night light in your room.  You seem to sleep better the darker the room.  When you sleep you are usually laying on your left side or on your tummy.

 You talk and babble a lot.  Feels like even more now that you are mobile.  I think you're just loving life as a mover!  You make babbling sounds like sound like "maa maa" and daa daa".  You also let out some loud yells or babbles.  And sometimes you just talk away that it sounds like you're having a conversation with yourself.

At EIGHT MONTHS you love: your mommy, jumping in the jumper-roo, being held, playing with the twins' toys, being around people, sleeping or riding in the car, observing what's around you, being tossed up by daddy, putting things in your mouth,

At EIGHT MONTHS you still don't have any teeth.  They are so close to coming in.  I can see the white area on the bottom two where they will be popping through very soon/any day now.  You have been drooling a lot and chewing on anything you can.  You also have been sticking out your tongue over and over feeling your lower gums.  Think you can feel those teeth that are about to come in. 

Your nicknames at EIGHT MONTHS are: Liney, Liner-bear or Liney-Bear, Liner, Liner-Biner, Captain, Freight, Freight-Liner, C, Baby C, C-Line, Lil' Sis, Sister-bear

At EIGHT MONTHS you continue to be a very good, happy baby.  You are very calm, curious, and watch the world around you.  The two big times when you get upset are when you're wanting your bottle or are getting over tired.  You don't like to be separated from me when you're in a room full of people you don't know.  Definitely a mommy's girl.  You love to play with Kate and Matthew and will play in a room just the three of you for long periods of time.  I think you already think you're one of the big kids. :) 

this big, wide mouth smile of yours brings me so much {joy}

Love you so much, Liner-Bear!  
-Happy 8 Months-