I think 8 months marks the true change from infant to baby. I would cry at the passing of time, but this age is just too fun.
Here are 8 facts about the last month.
1. Raffi is now not only crawling faster than imaginable but he is pulling up on everything. His favorite activity is to stand up anywhere with any thing. He can’t quite stay standing on his own yet, but now and again he will pull to stand, let go for a few seconds, and then grab back on. He has also mastered gently sitting down.
2. Mealtime has become a favorite time of the day for me again. I love eating my meals with Raffi and seeing what foods he likes. He has become a hoover and will eat anything you give him, as long as he can feed it to himself. Current favorites include blueberries, Cheerios, and strawberries. I’m still figuring out what foods to give him and am having the most difficulty with vegetables, but I know it will get easier with more teeth. Right now his vegetable staples are peas, grilled eggplant (grilled with tons of olive oil), avocado and… that’s it. He still gags on broccoli because I think the florets get stuck in his throat, and many other veggies are too tough for him. I’m not in any rush though and just give him some of everything I’m eating plus those staples, knowing that he eats mostly the staples and only a few tastes of everything else. It will all come in time.
3. One day Raffi started repeating things back to me. You don’t realize that they are paying attention to you until this happens. I have this gentle cough that I do sometimes, and now when I do it Raffi does it right back. It is funny but also a good reminder to watch my mouth from now on. When I say “blah blah blah” or “da da da” or “la la la” he copies me right away with “dadada” or “bababa”. However if I try “mamamama” or “ga ga ga ga” he just looks at me and pays attention. I think those sounds are still too hard for him.
4. Separation anxiety is in full swing. When we leave the room he squeaks and follows us as fast as can be. When I put him down at night he immediately stands up on the side of the crib closest to the door and shrieks/cries looking for us. Sometimes I go right back in and hold him until he’s asleep (when I can) and other times I leave him to figure it out. He usually lays his head down by 8 minutes, and if not I go back in and read some more books or feed him some more as he is probably not quite ready to sleep.
5. Speaking of feeding, I think Raffi is weaning a little bit. I didn’t think I’d be sad about it but I am. I love those snuggly times. He is down to nursing 5 times a day, and I think one of those feedings is unnecessary and will be gone soon.
6:15 AM Wake up
6:15 AM Nurse
8 AM Breakfast
9 AM Nurse
9 AM-10:30 AM naptime (usually sleeps 1.25 hours)
12 PM Lunch
2 PM Nurse
2 PM-3:45 Naptime (usually sleeps 1.25 hours)
4 PM nurse (this is the one that I think will go away soon)
6 PM Dinner
6:45 PM Bath & Bed
7 PM – 6:15 AM sleep
7. Like most kids, Raffi loves playing in the water. This month we’ve gone to the beach, played in the pool multiple times, and set up his pop up pool on our deck. Our pool checklist is:
- two towels
- sun hat with strap
- swim diaper, swimsuit, and long sleeve rash guard
- water for me and water for Raffi
- snacks for Raffi (blueberries and Cheerios are my go-to snacks)
- a couple of pool toys
8. Raffi talks before he falls asleep. Here he is telling me all about his fun day with his friend J from NYC. It was right after I nursed him and read his nighttime book. He couldn’t fall asleep without telling me everything about the day. Too cute.
Height & weight: I have no clue since he hasn’t been to the doctor in months. I can’t wait to find out in a few weeks.
Wears: Size 4 diapers. His bum is wide or something and even though he’s tall and skinny he needs the bigger size. For clothes he wears 6-12 month onesies/tees and 12 month pants/shorts.
Favorite non-toy toys: wires, as usual. my Mac. my iPhone. plastic boxes. food.
Must haves at 8 months: toys that do things (like toy piano, walker, crawl and go snail). Toys in boxes (He likes to take them all out but isn’t into putting them back in yet). Blocks (He loves knocking them down). Activity table (He will stand there for almost 30 minutes playing with all the features). Stool with letters (he likes to stand at the stool and pull out the letters one by one to taste them).
Loves: crawling, pulling to stand, cruising, standing up, grabbing my nose, being thrown in the air, people, listening to music, attention, making a shy face, crawling up steps, his Nest crawler’s club class
Hates: getting his diaper changed, having sunblock put on him, getting out of the bathtub, being cold, being left alone in a room
Bad mommy award of the month: The time I almost didn’t catch him as he fell while crawling up the stairs. I was too busy taping him and caught him by an upside down leg. Whoops.
Here are some photos of Raffi at 8 months (click to enlarge):