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Annalynn: 8 Months

by Meghann on June 1, 2016

Happy 8 Months, Annalynn!

8 months

Oh, how you’ve grown! You’re wearing 6-9 month clothes (I’ve even started buying 12 months in some items!) and still in size 3 diapers. I’m not 100% sure about weight, but I’m guessing over 17 pounds by now. You have the best laugh in the whole wide world and seeing you smile instantly makes me smile. You love Maddie and Daddy, but if Mommy is around, forget about it. You are turning into a mommy’s girl and, trust me, that is a-okay with me!

8 Months Update

Milestones

You’re so close to being on the move. You’ve got the hand, knees, and rocking back and forth down, but as soon as you try to go forward you tend to fall flat on your belly. You haven’t quite mastered the hand/knee coordination just yet. You’re learning, though, and getting stronger and better with every try.

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We know you can go from laying down to sitting up on your own because we’ve gone to fetch you from a nap and discovered you sitting up. However, we’ve haven’t personally witnessed you doing it on your own yet. You’ve come close a couple of times I’ve watched, but tend to get frustrated and give up.

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Interactive toys are becoming more entertaining for you. You’re starting to grasp that concept that “if I push this button, noise will happen.” You like to pound on keys and squeal in delight as music comes out. You also enjoy moving little plastic rings from one side of a toy to another.

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You’re also big enough to ride in the front of the shopping cart, which makes grocery shopping so much easier for mommy and daddy!

Sleeping

You have your good days and your bad days in the sleep department. I thought we had a decent pattern going, but of course, you threw us for another loop while on vacation last week.  I’m not sure if it was the fact we moved your mattress from the bassinet position to the bottom of the pack ‘n’ play or we need a softer mattress cover (we already purchased a high-rated one from Amazon), but you were not having it. You ended up spending a couple of days in bed with mom and dad and were much happier there. I was hoping you would have a better night at home, but last night was still rough. I’m crossing my fingers you’ll return to normal soon.

Eating

Girl, you love food. Your current favorites include quesadillas, roasted sweet potato wedges, applesauce, and puffs.

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I don’t know what they put in puffs, but they’re essentially baby crack. You actually had your first taste of puffs while grocery shopping a couple of weeks ago. I had just put a container in the cart to try when we got home when you started getting really antsy and fussy in the cart. Daddy decided to pop the container open and give you a taste in the store. It was amazing how you instantly calmed down and happily chomped down on the puff. From that moment forward you have definitely been a puff girl.

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You’re still nursing like a champ. It was actually really nice to have an extended weekend to just nurse on demand. You’re learning where the milk comes from and are not shy about going after it on your own.

I send 4 bottles of 4 oz of milk to daycare, but most days you’ll only drink 3 of the 4. I’m also sending one or two food items, which usually includes either a hard boiled egg, banana, avocado, sweet potato, or ricotta cheese. For dinner you’ll eat whatever we’re having.

Miscellaneous

Slowly, but surely, your hair is finally starting to come in! I can even rig a bow to the top (as long as you don’t turn your head quickly). I think sleeping on your tummy has really helped with the hair growth. I love my little baldy, but I’m also looking forward to seeing what you look like with a full head of hair.

Gah. I still can’t believe you’re 8 months! Only 4 more until you’re one year. Excuse me while I cry like a baby. Mommy and Daddy love you, baby girl!

 

{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Alex June 1, 2016 at 2:48 pm

We call puffs “baby crack” in our house, too. 🙂

Love her headband!

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2 The Many Thoughts of a Reader June 1, 2016 at 3:48 pm

She is beautiful!

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3 Jennifer M June 1, 2016 at 4:35 pm

She is adorable as usual. I’m sure her sleep pattern will return soon even though it feels like forever to you. I just wanted to make a pitch for cheerios instead of puffs. My son loved cheerios so much, we even made it the theme of his first birthday. They are cheaper, have a little more nutritional value, and they are just as easy to pick up and eat. Just a thought. Enjoy this time.

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4 Lisa June 2, 2016 at 8:38 am

I’m going to say both are not great. We don’t recommend puffs or cheerios as they offer little nutritional value. Puffs tend to just dissolve in the mouth, requiring little chewing (and therefore little practice to perfect the chewing process). Cheerios are a bit better, but still wouldn’t be my first recommendation (I’m a speech therapist who has some feeding kiddos on my caseload).

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5 Jennifer M June 2, 2016 at 4:16 pm

That is interesting. What do you recommend as a quick grab and go snack? I am pregnant with my second and always looking for ways to improve. Thanks!

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6 Samantha June 5, 2016 at 8:33 pm

How about we just let the kid eat puffs without any criticism…? It’s clear that she really enjoys them, and it’s not like that’s all she’s eating.

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7 Alice June 2, 2016 at 7:54 am

you’re so lucky you have such an easy baby!

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8 Melissa @ melissakolbeck.com June 2, 2016 at 9:45 am

She is so pretty! And I can’t believe she’s 8 months old already! Isn’t it crazy how fast the time goes once they arrive? People try to warn you but it’s useless until you’re actually doing it.
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