Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Eight Month Update

We don't know about you, but we are finding it really hard to believe that our "baby" is 8 months old today!  It's like we wake up to a different child everyday.  He is changing soo much and soo fast these days.  It's very exciting to see him growing, changing, and learning, but sad at the same time that we can't keep him little forever.  These are precious days and ones that we are trying our hardest to savor every moment of.   We don't want to look back one day with a lot of regrets because we did and didn't do certain things enough with him.  Parenting is hard!, but you only get one shot at it.  Our prayer is that we will get it right, and lead him in the best way possible. 
*   He is wearing size 9 and 12 month clothes
*   He is wearing a size 3 diaper
*   He is wearing a size 3 shoe (but prefers to go barefooted)
*   His eyes are blue/ gray
*   His hair is really growing and is still a blond/ red/ light brown color, depending on the light.
*   As you can see from the photos above, he is VERY active these days.  There are not many moments when he is awake that he is still.  Those little arms and hands are constantly moving and grabbing.    Taking his photo is starting to be a difficult task.  He is way to busy for photos (he gets that from his dad).
*   He loves to laugh.  If we laugh he will start laughing with us or he will try to do something to get us to laugh.  He is such a funny little person!
*   This month he started sitting up (from a lying down position).  He is doing really well at that.
*   He also started to crawl recently and is now always on the go. 
*   He got six teeth this month- four on top and two on the bottom.  There were a lot of sleepless nights for all of us, and we all rejoiced when they broke through the skin.  Teething is not fun!
*   He does not like to be on his back.  He will flip right over when playing and sleeping.
*   He now pulls up on everything!  He likes to stand and tries to walk alongside whatever he's holding on to.  He also likes to try to walk when we hold his hands to help him. 
*   He throws everything on the floor and grunts for us to pick it up and give it back to him.
*   He is very rough and rowdy these days- ALL BOY!  It makes this mama really tired. haha
*   He likes to make noise both with his mouth and his toys. 
*   He loves to look in the mirror.  He will laugh and smile at himself and whoever is holding him.
*   He likes his story time at night but fights to eat the books. 
*   He loves his bath time! 
*   He ran fever for the first time on January 2, but it was due to him teething. 
*   He is still nursing four times a day and eating three meals a day in between.  New foods he has had this month include english peas and guicoy (a type of pumpkin).  He eats very well.
*   While in his highchair he always crosses his foot over his leg.  We laugh at him doing this.
*   When he is tired he slaps his arms around, wipes his eyes, and makes a humming sound.
*   This month we moved him out of his infant carrier and into a regular car seat.
*   He also moved up to a regular stroller.
*   Because he is pulling up now we had to lower his mattress.
*   He is very social and will let anyone hold him.   This has been a great/ positive witness to the locals.  They eat him up and love that he likes them so much.
*   He started saying Da Da and can say Da Dee when he wants to.
*   On a good day he will take 2-3 naps lasting anywhere from 30 minutes to 1.5 hours each.  He will fight to go to sleep for nap time and can be very hard to get down at times.
*   He weaned himself from his pacifier this month.   He started relating it to sleep (which he doesn't want to be still long enough to do) and would not take it.  We quit introducing it and he has not had one in a month now.

It's hard to believe that our baby is turning into a little boy.  He brightens our days in ways we could not have imagined.  We love him more than anything in this world and count everyday that we have with him as a blessing.  He was truly worth the wait and we thank God for entrusting him into our care. 


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