Sunday, March 24, 2013

8 Months Old

8 Months Old


Height, Weight, & Head: No stats until his doctor visit next month.

Clothes:  Liam has officially jumped into some 12-18 month clothes.  He is growing much too fast for my liking, but I sure do have fun buying new clothes for him all the time.  I'm actually quite picky about what I put him in.... I don't understand why all little boy clothes have to be covered in huge animals or stupid little phrases.
 
Eating:  Little L is all about Mama's milk and only likes to sample other foods.  His two bottom teeth are continuing to put a damper on our nursing sessions though.  He likes to nip at me, which is quite frustrating.  He even drew a little blood just yesterday, ouch!  Good thing I am completely dedicated to breastfeeding him; I'm powering through this little speed-bump in our nursing relationship.  We're still following baby led weaning, it takes some patience as he learns to eat at his own pace, but we are completely okay with that.  We've continued to introduce more foods and have discovered that Liam absolutely loves cottage cheese!  We preload it on to a spoon for him and help guide it to his mouth.  He is quickly becoming a pro with the spoon, and I'm sure won't need our assistance for much longer.  He's also taking to his baby cup quite well!  We aren't using a typical sippy cup; his doesn't have a spout.  More on this in another post.  :-)

Sleeping:  Unfortunately, Liam still isn't sleeping very well.  Every night as I fall asleep, I tell myself: maybe tonight will be the night he sleeps for 6 hours straight...maybe, just maybe... it will be tonight!  Then 45 minutes later, I am awakened by his little cries and realize that tonight  is the never the night!  Nonetheless, we have established a bit of a routine:  He "sleeps" from 9:30pm-8:30am waking up about every two hours.  He nurses and then goes back to sleep quite quickly.  He likes to keep both his hands on my face though, to make sure I won't be slipping away from him.  We're still cosleeping and that is working well for our family.  Although his new nursery is almost finished (post to come), so maybe he'll be excited and want to start sleeping in there again...  One can only hope! We will probably try a little harder for this soon.

Diapering:  Right now, I'm trying to figure out a night time diaper solution for Liam.  With him sleeping for 12 hours but continuously eating & peeing throughout the night, we have been having some leaking.  Changing his diaper in the middle of the night is not an option, because he wakes up completely when we do and thinks it's time to play.  I ordered some new fitted diapers (bamboo this time) to try, and sold the cotton ones that weren't working for us.  I'm hoping this will be the solution, otherwise I'll be giving wool a try and that intimidates me a little bit.  I'll be posting more about our cloth diaper adventures again soon, since my stash has changed quite a bit!

Adventures:  Liam & I made a trip to Spokane for my Mom's 60th birthday!  It was my first time flying solo with Liam; luckily, everything went fine.  I use my baby hawk every where I go; it is so nice to not have to deal with a stroller in the airport!  We had such a wonderful time with my family in Spokane celebrating my Mom!


While there, we had two fun play dates with one of my best friends (who happens to be Liam's Godmother) and her two year old little boy!  I love spending time with them; I only wish we lived in the same city.  It's always hard to leave, but we'll be headed back at the end of April for Liam's baptism!


We also took Liam to the some March Madness!!!  He made it through 3 games in one day very successfully!  And 2 games on the 2nd day.  He was completely mesmerized by being in a stadium and around all the people and sounds!  I love how so far we have been able to take him (almost) everywhere!


Playtime:  Books are still Liam's absolute favorite thing!  This month his favorite book is Count to 10 with a Mouse!  He is an expert page turner and just so darn cute with it.  I love having him curl up on my lap and want to read through stories together.  Some of my favorite times with him!  We've also started this new little game with him, where we put him in his crib and then let one of his swaddle blankets fall on top of his head!  He goes nuts for this!  It's similar to the ginormous parachute you used to play with in gym class, but baby sized...who doesn't love a good parachute sesh'?!


Likes:  Story time.  This month I started taking Liam to story time at the library.  He is fascinated by all the other kids and loves the books & music.  We go once a week, and it's actually something that I look forward to as well.  Trips to pet store.  Again, this is another activity that I love!  We spend lots of time looking at all the different animals.  He is just completely in awe and I love watching his little eyes light up!  So far, we haven't bought any  new pets... ;-) Tags.  Super exciting stuff here...  Give my little boy anything with a tag and he is interested.  Clothes, stuffed animals, blankets, toys, etc.  He goes right for the tag and chews it 'til it's sopping wet!  Hair brush.  I discovered this little gem trying to distract the little guy while getting ready for the day.  He loves playing with the bristles as well as me brushing his hair.  It completely calms him down!  Now we sometimes use this little trick if he's particularly worked up or we want him to go to bed.  He loves the tickling feeling on his head as you comb through his hair and it works like a charm in settling him down. On a couple of occasions, Conor has even been able to put him to sleep this way.  Bubbles.  Oh these are fun for Mama & baby!  If you have yet to introduce your babe to bubbles, I suggest you go out right now and purchase some.  I get so much interaction from Liam when I pull out the little blue bottle of fun!  Even our cat Charlie likes to get in on the action and chase down some bubbles! 

Milestones:  We officially have one clapping little man!  Out of nowhere he just started doing it one day and he hasn't stopped since.  The first week he figured it out, he clapped in the tub, clapped in his highchair, clapped before he fell asleep, & clapped first thing when he woke up.  I am one proud Mama of all this cuteness!  Another milestone.. drum roll please...Liam's 1st word...maybe...!  He's been saying "dadadadada" for quite awhile now, and then he picked up the "mamamamama", but as of this last week his "Mama" is very clear and he uses it when he's upset.  I really believing he is saying with purpose now.  So I'm gonna go ahead and say that "Mama" is maybe, just maybe his first word!!!

Other small moments of excitement: Liam has also graduated to the full tub, no more infant bath tub for him!  And he uses every little inch of the tub; he's always scooting around on that little butt of his!  In fact, "scooting" is Liam's main form of movement right now.  He still doesn't seem too interested in crawling; he scoots if he needs to go anywhere, and then spends the rest of his time trying to stand up or pull himself up on furniture.  I see some serious baby proofing in our future...  I am starting to imagine what it is going to be like when he is fully mobile... that will be a big game changer!  I would love to hear any & all product recommendations in the baby proofing department.  I have yet to do much research on this yet, and I always love to hear what other Mama's love.


6 comments :

  1. What tub did you graduate to? I am about to the point where I need to do the same thing... always interested in what other mommys use!! And I am googling the baby hawk now, I am getting ready to make my first airplane right with my little babe soon!

    Becca
    http://lilbabyabel.blogspot.com/

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    1. Becca,

      We just went straight to a regular bath tub. He does fine in it and moves all around; I think he likes the extra space. Also, I cannot recommend the baby hawk enough! It was given to me as a gift from another Mom and it's the only carrier I use. I wear it every where! Good luck on your flight!

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    2. Thank you!! and I just re-read my post, gosh can we say TYPOS? LOL! Thanks for the baby hawk idea!

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  2. We also have a heavy wetter (especially after a 13 hour night). I have found the best combination for us (which may work for you) is a FLIP cover with FLIP insert and then I add a Thirsties duo hemp insert. I try to change my son in the middle of the night too (he is 6mo) and the liner (which is farthest from his skin) will be almost dripping wet some mornings. Maybe that will help!

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    1. Thanks for the suggestion Beth! I've tried something similar: a cotton prefold with a baby kicks hemp premium insert all inside a flip cover and it's still not absorbent enough. Right now, I'm waiting on some bamboo fitteds and am going to try that with a hemp insert. Wish me luck!

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  3. Good luck! I didn't have much luck with prefolds at night, but the flip stay dry insert (http://thegreennursery.com/flip-reusable-inserts.html?gclid=CMidiYOgmrYCFcdAMgody1IA-g) seemed far superior for night time.

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