Friday, August 24, 2012

8 months!

 (wild hair in the morning!)

Happy 8 Months John Ryman- (aka: JR- Baby Boy- Bubba- Bubba Watson- Buddy- Pal)
The beginning of this month was a blur.  Honestly, the two weeks after vacation & your 7 month bday was crazy.  Poor thing, you got sick when we got back home and woke up EVERY few hours in the night in need of a diaper change, feeding or fever.  Even after a doctor visit and medication, it still took you awhile to feel better and then, after that, to get back on your schedule.  I was begging for sleep over those two weeks- it was far worse than any newborn sleep deprivation.  I'm not sure if it was because I was getting used to sleeping throughout the night or what, but wow!   On top of that I had a sinus infection.  My first time getting sick since I got pregnant with you- which I'm very thankful I was so healthy over the past year and a half!  Your daddy was a huge help and thankfully you were a pretty happy boy throughout the day which made it a tiny bit easier.  I'm happy you are feeling better & sleeping from about 8:30pm-8am each night!
(after a WAY too tasty meal at Babe's- You LOVED the biscuits & even had a little mashed potatoes!)

You repeat certain noises over and over: Mama, meme, baba, and baby are the most common ones.  I'm not sure you are connecting objects with what you say just yet, but maybe "mama" will be your first real word :)  Your favorite thing to do is "roar" or blow raspberries.  You think it is the funniest thing- especially while sitting in a shopping cart!

The biggest change physically this month has been your ability to pull up on things and walk around!  You went from slowly pulling up on ledges and low furniture to standing up on walls and even wobbly objects.  Once standing, you walk around holding onto something even sometimes with one hand or reaching from one chair to another.  We had to lower your crib to the lowest setting because you love to stand on the side and jump over and over!  When you wake up from your nap we usually find you looking over the side or jumping with excitement.  You sure have some strong legs! 

You are a very fast crawler.  You have learned to stop crawling and sit up if I say your name, but you haven't learned to crawl back if I say "come here".  You definitely know what the meaning of "no touch" and you even recognize the items you aren't supposed to touch.  Usually you get really quiet and look me in the eyes before slowly reaching towards the curtains or flowers on the fireplace.  :)
We are really working on consistency with discipline and teaching you first time obedience now, so that when you really start walking and talking, we won't have to retrain any bad habits.  It's amazing how smart you are and how much you understand already.  When you do something right and we say "yay" or "good job", you sit up so proud and clap!  I just started reading Babywise II last night, so I'm sure there will be some great advice on what to work on in the upcoming months.

You still have just your two front teeth (can see a little in the picture above), but recently you have been chewing on your thumb and pressing your fingers on your back gums.  I'm sure there are more teeth coming :)  You love to bite into strawberries and bananas.  Finger foods, like puffs, are your favorite and you do a great job using your fingers to put food in your mouth.  Approximate Feeding Schedule is: Breakfast- Oatmeal & fruit, Lunch- Fruit & Veg, Dinner: Veg & Rice.  Sometimes we add more rice or a little turkey/chicken.  If we are out to dinner, you enjoy having little tastes off our plate.  Your favorites are Chickfila mandarin oranges and any Avocado or beans from a Mexican Restaurant.  We picked up some peaches at the farmer's market and sure loved them!  I'm hoping you will continue to eat well and try new things :)  You are breastfeeding about half the time and taking a bottle the other half.  I've been so thankful that you do well with the bottle and formula- never seeming to notice when we switch them up.  Not sure when breastfeeding will end, just glad I have made it this far!

Your Aunts, Chelsea & Lindsey, were in town last week and you loved entertaining them!  We shopped a lot (you sure enjoy smiling at everyone in the shopping cart) and ate at some delicious restaurants.  You even got to stay up past your bedtime most of the week, but still stayed pretty happy.

It's starting to cool off here in Texas (well like below 100!) so we hope to take a lot more walks and park trips this next month- maybe even a trip to the zoo!  Love you sweet boy.

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