Luke turned 8 months old this weekend. See those windows above? They don’t stand a chance of staying clean. The baby who used to lay contently, playing with toys on a blanket while I was able to do things like unload the dishwasher, is gone. Long gone. He now crawls (fast!) everywhere, pulls up to standing on everything, and has even started climbing the stairs. Lord help me.
Don’t let that sweet face fool you. This baby will stop at nothing to get to the one thing you don’t want him to find. Meghan’s puzzles with small pieces I put up on a shelf? Oh, those aren’t high enough. The trash bags that are in the pantry that was left a crack open? Sorry, Mom, but those are just way to fun to leave alone. This boy can’t be stopped.
When I’m lucky and the moods strikes Meghan just right, Luke can be occupied by her reading to him or putting on a silly act that makes him laugh.
Most often, however, Meghan prefers to go into the office and shut the door so her little brother can’t get in and mess up whatever it is she’s playing with. She’s a girl who likes things just so and doesn’t do well with a crazy baby mad-grabbing at her toys. Then I’m left to keep Luke busy without destroying the house or hurting himself (which he’s done plenty of times as he learned to crawl and pull himself up–he’s been full of bumps and bruises the last month).
So my days have become even more crazy. This is why I have trouble churning out more than 2 blog posts a week. I’m trying, but finding the time and energy is not easy. Please be patient with me.
It’s been a slow go adding solids into Luke’s diet. He finally got the hang of eating purees and was eating 3 solid meals a day, and then he started flat-out refusing to open his mouth for food. We’re going on over a week of barely taking a bite of anything I’ve offered. I have tried offering him some small pieces of finger food and he seems interested but doesn’t quite have the dexterity to get the pieces in his mouth very well.
When he was eating his solids well I saw a big improvement in his night sleep. He was down to one night waking and was showing signs of dropping that one, sleeping in 8-9 hour stretches. He prefers to sleep on his belly, with his lovey nearby.
Now he is starting to wake twice each night again, and I’m fairly sure it can be linked to not eating his solids well. It’s frustrating because I’m not sure why he’s refusing to eat. I guess he just prefers mama’s milk.
Speaking of breastfeeding, 8 months was the big date to do a trial and see if Luke’s outgrown any of his intolerances. The pediatrician suggested starting with soy, so that’s what I did. Unfortunately, he failed the trial. I had some soy milk (I splurged and got a soy chai latte from Saxby’s coffee) on Saturday morning and he had his first BM after that on Sunday morning. First, it was a complete blow out, which he hasn’t had since starting solids. Second, it was full of mucus again. He had another BM later that day, and it was also full of mucus. He hasn’t had another BM since then, which is another issue all together. So, I’ll continue to be soy, dairy, nut, and wheat free for a while. I’ll talk to his doctor about if/when to do another trial at his 9 month well check.
The good news is that breastfeeding is still going strong. He’s a super fast nurser, with a typical breastfeeding session lasting 4-6 minutes. This does make my days easier, so I’m grateful for that. On the other hand, sometimes I wish he nursed longer so I’d be forced to take a break and have a built-in excuse to rest.
8 month highlights
Breastfeeding: 4-5 feedings a day and 1-2 at night
Foods: butternut squash, avocado, pears, peaches, peas, oatmeal, spinach, potatoes, raspberries, and apples
Naps: still takes 3 a day, generally around 8am, 12pm, and 3:30pm (totals about 3-4 hrs a day)
Weight: about 24 pounds (!)
Teeth: 2 (bottom)
Favorites: watching Meghan act silly, playing peek-a-boo, pat-a-cake, chewing on wet washcloths, listening to Mommy (or anyone who is willing) sing, Meghan’s play kitchen
Dislikes: getting diaper changed (wiggles like a madman and cries about 90% of the time right when I put him on the changing pad), when Meghan takes toys from him, when Mommy leaves the room
I will do a separate post to update you on how I’m doing…I was just too chatty about my little guy!