Motherhood

Audrey at 8 Months

September 22, 2017

Audrey is eight months old today and it feels like her development is gaining a lot of steam. You can tell she’s so eager to move, wiggle and start the crawling phase. In this stage she’s less about being held and more about moving on her own. Or, if she is being held, she likes to face forward to see what mama sees. Her little personality shows her love of smiling, laughing and exploring. She hasn’t yet met a person or a toy that she doesn’t like. And while she hasn’t gained a lot in size, she has gained in mobility and curiosity.

Read more of her development below:

She yanked a little lettuce from me at the grocery store and immediately put it in her mouth. Her next expression was of disgust. True story!

Once Audrey’s propped up, she locks her legs well and stands like a big girl!

Audrey met a lot of new people over the past month and she hasn’t shown any “stranger anxiety” yet.

I spend approximately 3.482 hours per day trying to make her smile or laugh. It’s time well spent if you ask me.

I spend the rest of the day trying to get her to snuggle with me. No shame!

How old is she: 8 months old tomorrow!

How big is sheWe don’t get her weighed again until next month, but I’m guessing she between 15-16 lbs. She’s definitely longer than she is round, so I’m guessing she’s about 27 inches long.

Sleeping: Audrey sleeps through the night and usually takes a late-morning and late-afternoon nap. On the days when she skips the afternoon nap, she goes to bed a little earlier, like 8 or 8:30 p.m.

Eating: She’s primarily breastfeeding and I supplement with a mix of breast milk and a little pre-mixed formula if I don’t think her feeding was sufficient. I’ve tried to get her to drink the powder formula but she flat-out refuses to drink it. She gets one big bottle of frozen breast milk at dinnertime, and we try to get 2-3 feedings of baby food per day. I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not great about getting her to eat solids at regular meal times (breakfast, lunch and dinner).

Milestones: Audrey is so eager to move nowadays but she can’t quite go. She wiggles and bounces and pushes her booty into the air to try to get her legs under her. She’s always on her belly pivoting 360 degrees to reach for toys or watch Willie kitty or turn to look at us. She also grabs at the floor to pull herself toward wherever she’s trying to go.

Sitting is the big thing we’re working on now. Her balance is pretty good but she will get excited and push out her legs and topple over, so Dan or I are always spotting her to break her fall. She also can’t sit up on her own, so we’ll get her into the sitting position and she can hold it for a while before losing her balance. This is a really fun time because she’s eager to move and learning to maneuver her body, but she can’t quite crawl so we’re not freaking out yet. 😉

My little K-State Wildcat has stolen my heart! In September, K-State played Vanderbilt in Nashville, so we road tripped up there for the day, met my aunt, uncle and cousin for lunch, and went to the KSU Alumni Association’s tailgate party.

The K-State Alumni’s tailgate party gave Audrey a much-needed break from the car seat and stroller, and gave her a chance to roll around in the grass. 🙂

By the K-State vs Vanderbilt game’s kick-off, Audrey was out like a light. She had a big day! We didn’t have tickets because we thought she might not make it through the day, so we listened to the game on the radio on the drive home.

Personality: As always, Audrey’s a happy girl. She smiles and laughs a lot, she loves to play with her toys, and she’s curious about new people. I like that our friends and family can hold her and she isn’t terrified as long as she’s comfortable. Basically, her stranger anxiety hasn’t popped out yet and I’m hoping it never does.

Best moment this month: It’s so hard to choose! We’ve done some traveling to Missouri and to Nashville. Both times she was a trooper but it’s rough traveling with an infant. All the things you have to pack, figuring out how you’re going to breastfeed her on the road, being stuck in a car seat for hours on end… it’s not fun for anyone. However, the time that we got to spend with family once we got there was wonderful. Otherwise, the best moment(s) have been little things, like playing together on our “big bed” or getting her to try lettuce and lemons. 🙂

Audrey’s favorite things are: Any new toy that we pull out seems to be her favorite. I’m serious, girlfriend does not discriminate. Dan recently bought her a rubber Flounder bath toy, which she absolutely loves. When he brought home a small ball, she immediately loved it (so did Willie kitty). He pulled out a stuffed elephant and she hugs/gnaws/slobbers all over it. She’s just so curious and loves to explore.

Any surprises this month: Her increased mobility has surprised me a little. It seems like it went from little interest to very high interest in a matter of a day or two. I joke that her eagerness to pet Willie kitty and chase after him is what’s going to get her to crawl/walk. Kitty might not like it too much, though!

Looking forward to: I’m looking forward to her continued development, especially on the mobility front. It seems like she’s reaching new milestones of development quickly now. There was a period around 3-4 months where she had really rapid development that was very apparent, and then things kind of slowed down, but now it feels like it’s picking up again. I just love watching her progress.

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