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8 Months

 photo F61A1642-EEC1-4B2B-AC6C-94D31C335B8E-1095-000000C659F68994_zps89debb74.jpgBaby2 has gotten to be so animated this month. She’s developed her “confused” face… or maybe it’s more like a “what the bleep is going on around here?!” face. This picture just doesn’t capture the clear distinction between her looks of upset/about-to-cry versus this newest look of bewilderment. It’s really cute – she wrinkles up her whole face. Such a departure from her usual smiley face but so funny!

She’s starting to rub her eyes when she’s tired which is adorable! Not only is it a cute move but it’s also a much clearer sign that she’s sleepy. Before all we had to go on was this sort of whiny sound she made. And she leans forward as if her head is starting to get a little harder to hold up. She wears herself out so fast because she’s busy scooting all over the house. I have a video I will post as soon as I can get on our desktop computer. She isn’t  crawling yet, but certainly moving in a forward direction.

She can also do this cool “plank-”style trick where she balances on her hands and toes. She’ll only hold it for a second so it’s hard to get a picture of, but here’s an attempt.

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Look at her little toes pushing her up! Sometimes she’ll push up to her hands and knees but same thing as the plank – she only holds it for a second. She’s only been doing this for a week or so, though, so perhaps as she gets stronger she’ll add the scooting element and be an official crawler. We’ll see!

Until then, Baby2 will gladly roll herself right off everything, apparently. She would certainly have rolled off the changing table dozens of times if we weren’t so diligent in never leaving her alone on it. The second I sit her down sometimes she flips right over! And now she knows the knobs on the dresser (which we use as a changing table) are shiny so she wants to flip over so she can reach down and play with them. I can distract her sometimes with cleaver objects such as her comb or a bracelet but diaper changes have certainly taken on a whole new rhythm. She’s a smart cookie – she knows what she wants.

She’s very distractable in general. When I’m feeding her she’s all over the place – unlatching and arching her back to see what’s going on behind her, twisting her head all around while still latched (ouch, but at least she doesn’t have teeth!), flailing her arms all about so she can find something to play with, etc. At the same time, though, I can still distract her back to focus (if that makes sense) by just flickering my fingers or making a funny noise.

Oh and she reads. I’m sure she’s well above the 8-month reading level.

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7 Months

This baby, I tell you what. She has got us all wrapped around her little finger! Even Kiddo1 is pretty enamored with this precious girl. She’s the kind of baby that makes you want to have so, so many more babies because this age of babyhood is amazing. She sits, she rolls, she discovers something new AND AWESOME every day. It’s pretty sweet to watch her learn new skills and take in new observations. There’s nothing like watching a baby grow!

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Valentine’s Day fun

She’s still rolling everywhere. She started really pushing up and getting her belly off the floor a bit just a couple weeks ago. She will also scoot forward a little by pushing her feet on the floor. So once she gets enough arm strength to get her belly completely off the floor… watch out.

She’s getting her fine motor skills down so well. She’s pinching objects with her thumb and forefinger in order to pick up small things, like bits of food. When she has something in her hand, like a spoon or her hairbrush, she twists her wrist around to make the object rotate. She passes things back in forth between her hands in order to study them completely. She’s so inquisitive, so smart. Can I please brag some more about my genius baby?!?

Okay, I will! She babbles constantly now – she’s really discovering her voice! She can get so loud just with her babble that we can’t hear each other talk! She tends to say “dadadada” sounds when she’s playing, or super happy, or she sees her wonderful daddy. Interestingly enough, when she’s a little upset or hungry it’s “mamamama” or more of a “nananana” sound. That’s a funny joke, kid.

I suppose her life is not all sweet milk and roses, though. She’s sleeping okay. Naps are getting a lot better. She takes 2-3 naps a day. I’m only home three days a week (I work from home on Fridays now!) but on those days she seems to take one good morning nap about 1.5-2 hours after she gets up, another nap around mid-day, then maybe one mid- to late-afternoon. Some naps are 90 minutes, some get to even 2+ hours, a few here-and-there are only 45 minutes. Those shorts ones are when you know she just couldn’t get in her nap groove for one reason or another so her sleep cycle like totally sucked and she’s over it quickly.

 photo 0F4E9516-7030-46B8-B666-BBD57FF16AD4-5344-000003CDF5B1D3BD_zps4a9d6006.jpgNighttime sleep is better than last month. She goes down around 7 and usually gets up once around 10, then she’s out until maybe 3, but sometimes 5. She wakes at 5 consistently, regardless. And she’d be up for the day at that point if I’d let her. But if she eats while she’s still a little groggy, she’ll usually nap for an hour or two.

Honestly, at this point I’m fine with her waking up at night. For one, I’m paranoid about supply problems so 7 hours without feeding her is long enough. I haven’t had any reduction in supply and I’m still donating, but maybe that’s because I’m still feeding her at night. I guess I won’t know until it changes! It only bothers me on the nights that she has an extra wake-up at 2 or 3, which is fairly rare but always seems to happen on the nights that I really need that full night’s sleep.

Anyway, when she does go down to sleep she gets to use her pacifier. She has gotten really good at getting it in her mouth all by herself. It’s really quite adorable when she grabs the paci (such joy in her face when she gets a hold of it), twists and turns it around and moves it to her mouth just so.

 photo 538ECEB4-DC1A-4B02-8828-C1BFE65C87F4-5344-000003CC633A34F9_zpscaa25664.jpgShe has been eating solids for a couple months. She’s had avocado, sweet potato, banana, carrots, kiwi and egg. She doesn’t eat much, but solids are really all for practice now anyway. Sometimes we puree the food, sometimes just mash it, sometimes just give it to her, like scrambled eggs or a chunk of banana to nom-nom on. She explores her food, taking it in with touch, sight and smell as much as taste.

So I said before that Kiddo1 is “enamored” with her. Well oh my goodness, lately there has really been a shift with him and he has been smiling at his sister, talking to her and playing with her and she just smiles and smiles at him. Last month he would pick her toys up off the floor, but now he makes faces at her to make her laugh when they’re sitting at the table together (she’s been sitting in her chair at the table for a couple months now – it’s one of those that just pulls up to the table which has been awesome). It took us seven months to get here, but things are finally feeling like they should be between our two children. I’m sure it won’t always be smiles and fun faces, but I’ll take every bit of it that I can get!