baby girl: 8 months

So, with only 4 months until MacKenna turns 1 year, do I need to start thinking about planning her birthday party?  Seriously, are we really getting that close to the end of the newborn/infancy period?  Please, time.  Slow down!

MacKenna Week by Week1

Accomplishments + Milestones

MacKenna is still clapping up a storm.  The clapping is still probably my favorite thing she does so far!  It is hilarious!  Especially when she adds in some screaming to imitate our “Yay MacKenna!”

She still is not crawling yet, but she has the army crawl down.  And man, can she move fast with that!  She pulls herself with her arms and then pushes with her legs.  I can’t imagine it would be too much longer until she starts crawling – I definitely don’t think she’ll be skipping that stage.

I am finally comfortable enough with her sitting ability to put her in a high chair at a restaurant or in the shopping cart.  Now, if only I felt comfortable enough to let her sit on her own without needing to be there just in case she falls over.  (Yes, I’m entirely too overprotective.)

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She is now saying “mama” and “dada”, but not specifically to either one of us.  She goes through stages of which consonant sound she wants to use.  Currently, it’s “mama” – my heart sings a little every time she says it.

We started swimming lessons last week and MacKenna LOVES it!  She kicks like crazy and smiles and laughs and has such a good time.  It’s not too structured, mostly letting them kick on their backs and tummies, and she’s gone underwater a few times for just a split second each time.  Her favorite part is playing with the toys at the end.

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She is getting more animated every single day.  Her smiles are bigger, she laughs a bit harder/louder, and is definitely a little ham.  She LOVES being the center of attention.  This will definitely be a problem when she gets a little older.

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What We’re Working On

Our biggest struggle still is solid foods.  I thought breastfeeding was hard; feeding solids is harder.  She’s definitely not excited about solid foods and hates the high chair.  She will occasionally eat something, but the next time I try it with her, she refuses.  It’s so frustrating.  I feel like we’ve tried just about everything:  baby-led weaning, spoon feeding with purees, different times, different foods, breastfeeding her less, etc. etc. etc.  I’m trying just to go with the flow, but it’s hard.  I know eventually she will get it and this will be a thing of the past, but as of right now, these have been the hardest 2 months as a parent thus far.  I might have to dedicate a whole post to this at some point because there is so much to say about it!

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Other things we’re working on:

  • crawling
  • taking a bottle (which she suddenly refused now that I am a temporary stay-at-home mom)
  • preparing for multiple car trips and a plane ride
  • playing with her own toys, and not Mom + Dad’s shoes, remote, phones, etc.

Mama’s Miles

I’ve taken a step back on my training right now.  With it being the summer and running with the cross country kids and having a few trips coming up, I just decided to put speed training aside for right now and just focus on maintaining and getting some miles in.  If there is a day I feel like heading to the track, sure, I’ll do some repeats or a good tempo run.  But, otherwise, I don’t want my summer to revolve around training for anything in particular.  I’m not worried about my speed changing as I still will be doing some runs at a good sub-8 minute mile pace.  I can’t tell you how freeing it is to not worry about fitting in certain workouts right now.  I’m loving this laid back approach!

I ran a total of 106 miles this past month, my farthest being a 7 mile long run (I’m only doing 60 minutes for long runs currently) and my fastest being the Chandler Hill 5K with a 7:13/mile pace.  I ran 2 races:  the Chandler Hill 5K and the Run for Your Life 5 Mile.

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Random Tidbits

  • Doctor’s visits:  one really unnecessary one last week.  We’ve been so worried about her eating + weight that we went in to talk to the doctor.  She’s fine, by the way…
  • Current weight:  and with the doctor’s visit, we were able to get a weight check on her.  Last month when Matt took her, she weighed 12 lbs 6 oz.  This month, she gained a whole pound (with clothes + diaper on), weighing in at 13 lbs 8 oz.  Yes, she’s still a peanut.
  • Current clothing size:  Mostly 3-6 month clothes, though she can still squeeze in to some of her 0-3 clothes still.
  • Breastfeeding:  pretty much exclusive now that she’s no longer at daycare until August.  Which also means, she’s not really taking a bottle.  We’re working on that.
  • Loves:  tags, anything Mama + Daddy have (remotes, phones, water bottles), drinking water out of a straw, clapping, the exersaucer
  • Dislikes:  anytime Mama + Daddy take away ANYTHING that we don’t want her to have, most solid foods, the bottle

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Does anyone have any advice on flying or road trips with a baby?  I think my biggest worry is breastfeeding on a 14 hour road trip without taking a lot of long stops.

  • Did you read Jen’s (Runner’s Trials) recent post on flying w/ baby? We’re taking our daughter on her first flight this week, and Jen’s post made me feel a million times better. As for the road trip, someone gave me a tip on my blog: pump a bottle while in the passenger seat, then give it to her while she’s in her car seat. Not sure how that will work since MacKenna’s not into the bottle, but perhaps it’s something to work on! Good luck!

    • Kristen

      I did! And yes, it made me feel a million times better as well! And yes, that’s what I was planning on doing in the car. The pumping will be interesting since I’ll be riding with a friend and not Matt, but we’ll make it work!

  • Sarah

    Im having a hard time getting my 9 month old to eat anything besides pureed sweet potatoes. She hates the 3rd stage foods and she mostly just squishes rice puffs and waffle wheels in her hands. i know how you feel

    • Kristen

      It’s so frustrating, right?! Nice to know someone knows what we’re going through!

  • We’ve only done 6 hour road trips but 2 things that help are having a bottle packed in case baby’s hungry and you can’t stop right away (even though it’s awkward to feed from the front seat) and attaching a pacifier to something so you can still reach it from the front seat when it gets spit out. We don’t use one a lot at home but find it helps in the car. Hope your trip goes well!!

    • Kristen

      We learned the pacifier trick in the beginning. She always has one attached now! There will be a 5 year old in the back seat with her, so we’re thinking she might get to feed MacKenna! Ha!

  • Stefanie

    I highly recommend getting an adapter from Radio Shack that allows you to plug your pump in while in the car. It’s about $35 but worth not having to stop and pump in a dirty/shady gas station or having to nurse roadside.

    • Kristen

      Oh, I already have one! I will be driving with a friend though, so it might be a little awkward, but we’ll figure it out!

  • jen

    i would definitely take your pump along on that drive! hopefully she will warm up to the bottle before you go. maybe try having your husband give her one when you are gone? you’ve probably thought of that though.

    my oldest hated all food until she was almost a year-like 11.5 mths i finally got her to start eating but she is a great eater now. she eats everything and my friends always remark on how well she eats-so try not to be too discouraged! her pedi assured me that she was getting all she needed from formula and that she didn’t really need food until 12 mths.
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    • Kristen

      Ugh, I hope she starts eating better before 11.5 months! She’s just so funny about food. Actually, she’s taken the bottle pretty well the past few days, so hopefully that continues! We’re giving her one every night now just so she stays in the habit.

  • Jen

    W does not do road trips well but he was awesome on the plane last week! I blogged about it.

    We are also having the same trouble with solids. He used to love sweet potatoes and bananas, now he won’t touch them. I can get him to eat 3-4 spoonfuls of pureed pears, but that’s it. He won’t try to pick up food on his own or even use the mesh feeder. I’m at a loss for what to do!
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    • Kristen

      I read your post! I am getting the car seat bag for sure – that thing is so cool!

      Ugh, I feel your pain with the solids – it’s nice to know I’m not the only one! We pretty much give her avocado at every meal since we know she’ll eat it and since it has a ton of healthy fat in it, we’re hoping it’ll fatten her up a bit! Mac wants nothing to do with the spoon – at all. It’s so frustrating!