baby boy: 8 months

I swear, month 7 flew by and I’ve been on 8 months for awhile!  Ha!  I can’t believe my little buddy is 8 months old now!  We had quite the exciting month as well.  Lots of new milestones and developments.  But, overall, Miles is a very good, happy little baby!  We are so very lucky to have him in our lives!

Miles - 8 months

Eating

Miles will eat anything AND everything.  So far, he really has not shown any signs of picky-ness whatsoever.  He wasn’t a big fan of blueberries, but he has recently decided he likes them, although they’re still not his favorite.  I’ve seen a few food stages he’s gone through – like loving avocado, to not wanting it, to wanting it again.  But, for the most part, if you put it in front of him, he will eat it.

He is picking everything up with his fingers now and is not having any difficulty shoving food into his mouth, handfuls at a time.  He gags every once in awhile, but this mama is doing much better at letting him figure out chewing and swallowing on his own.  We feed him a few things with the spoon – applesauce, yogurt, refried beans – and doesn’t mind it at all.  Again, he just wants to eat.  And will SCREAM when you walk away while he’s eating.  Silly boy.

He’s nursing 4-5 times a day, but is getting bottles at the sitter now.  He drinks about a 5-6 ounce bottle 2-3 times a day at the sitter.  I nurse him in the morning and again before bed.  I can tell that he is drinking less and eating more because I’m only pumping about 8 ounces a day.  But, I’m OK with that.  He’s still exclusively breastfed and I have so much milk stored up that I’m almost positive we will make it a year.  If we don’t, well, we’ve made it 8 months so far, which is twice as long as MacKenna was exclusively breastfed, so I’ll take it!  (We had to supplement at 4 months with her.)  I will admit, though, that I cannot WAIT to be done with the pump.  Maybe forever…?

Edited to add: Pumping this morning, I barely got an ounce out of both sides. Frustrating. Hopefully I’ll see my supply go back up, otherwise there is a good chance we will call it quits at 8 months. 🙁

Miles - 31 weeks

Sleeping

Besides our one rough night earlier this week, Miles is a great sleeper.  I am feeling really bad for him though because I am waking him up an hour and a half earlier than I did in the summer.  Instead of his 7 AM wakeup, I’m now getting him up at 5:30 AM to nurse him and get him ready for the day.  And it’s obvious that he is tired.  Last week, he was falling asleep on the way home from the babysitter every day, and most nights, he falls asleep when I nurse him before bed.  He fusses during the night, but usually never has an issue getting himself back to sleep.  Teeth, however, have been the biggest issue with his sleep.

Miles - 32 weeks

Personality

This boy is into EVERYTHING.  He is so curious and loves to explore.  He does not stay still for more than a minute or two, and has figured out how to easily go from sitting to crawling to get to where he wants to go.  I love how curious he is and I hope he never outgrows that.  I think he will be another bright little kiddo (Kenna is very smart), but I also think he athleticism will overpower his smarts.  (In other words, I think he will be smart, but not as smart as MacKenna.  I think Miles will be more like me and want to constantly be active.  Kenna is more like her daddy – outgoing and smart.)

He’s pretty content with things, but will let you know when he is frustrated.  He is ALWAYS happy.  This kid is smiling constantly and I LOVE it!  Sure, he fusses and cries when he is mad or tired or scared, like any kid does, but seriously.  There is no joking around that he is the happiest baby on the block!

Miles - 33 weeks

Big Sister

Miles still adores MacKenna, but Kenna is starting to realize that Miles wants anything that she has.  She also is starting to get interested in all his new toys that we are getting out.  For example, we just got a standing toy for Miles and MacKenna has been wanting to play with it while Miles is.  She keeps say, “But, I’m sharing!”, while she proceeds to try to play with exactly what he wants to play with.  I think it’s starting to get frustrating for her, so we are trying to remind her that he is little and to be patient with him.  Thank goodness Season 2 of Daniel Tiger is on Netflix now and we can play all the baby sister episodes.

Other than that, she follows me around every morning before I take her to school and gives him kisses goodbye.  I think it’s weird for her not to be going with him to the babysitter, but I also think she likes that she is the big kid in the family and gets to do something special that he doesn’t get to do.

Miles - 34 weeks

Other Stuff

Weight:  We are guessing he is close to 15 pounds now, given how much he eats!  He goes back to the doctor next month.

Diapers:  Cloth diapers have been even better the 2nd time around!  He is still in 2s for disposables, but he very rarely is ever wearing them.

Clothes:  I just got a box full of 6-9 month clothes to switch out, but probably won’t for another week or two.  Some of his onesies are getting too tight/short, but otherwise, he is fitting in 6 month clothes just fine.  He’s short like his mama and dada.

Likes:  Putting EVERYTHING into his mouth, playing with his toys, crawling on mommy and daddy, the cat, the dogs at the babysitter’s, FOOD

Dislikes:  The car seat still (HATES it) and we’ve recently found out that he HATES the vacuum.  He will crawl over to me and grab onto my leg and scream while I vacuum, but he is fine if I’m holding him while I do it.

Firsts:  Pincer grasp, eating puffs, pulling up on short things (he can’t reach the tall things quite yet), first TWO teeth!