Eight Months

Eight months old.  Whoa.  Two-thirds of a year, gone in seemingly five minutes.  I’m currently planning their baptism party (and starting to look at options for first birthday themes – “jungle” featuring lions, tigers and zebras is a top contender) and enjoying their last few weeks of relative immobility.  My hunch is that at least Emma will be crawling (or ambulating in some fashion) by next month’s post, and Chloe may just surprise me and do the same.

Developmentally, neither is sitting independently, although they can do it with just a hand to hold.  Neither crawls, although Emma does get up on all fours and wiggle.  Chloe would rather lie on her back and bat at her crinkly elephant, and sing to herself.  Both are babbling nonsensically, mostly vowel sounds and ba-da-ma sorts of noises, combined with things that sound more like a pterodactyl, wookiee or creaky gate than human speech.  Chloe’s also fond of loud raspberries, which is a bit socially awkward when out in public with them.  “Really, I’m not cropdusting over here in the produce section.  My kid’s blowing raspberries.”  Riiight.

They both roll in both directions with ease (although Emma’s still the stronger roller, and likes being on her tummy more) and both can stand for long periods if holding on to something.  No pulling up yet.  Emma found her feet a few weeks ago, and Chloe’s found hers in the past few days.  Who knew that one’s little toes were so tasty?

Solids began this month, and the current menu includes rice and oatmeal cereals, pears, avocados, bananas, peas and butternut squash.  I’m enjoying prepping their foods, and it’s fun to try a bit myself to see if it’s good (particularly the odd mixtures that I make, like squearcado – that’s squash, pear and avocado, and tastes surprisingly good.)  They both enjoy their meals immensely (breakfast and supper almost every day, and lunch some days) and shriek for another bite if I take too long to supply it.  They’re still big nursers, and have breastmilk at least four times a day, sometimes five. 

In great news, they now sleep through the night almost every night (as long as they have avocado at suppertime) and only occasionally need a pat or re-binking to settle back down.  Hurray!

The tooth count stands at Chloe 2, Emma 0 (but not for want of drooling and chewing on anything in reach.)  I’m betting on at least a tooth or two for Tenacious E in the next few weeks.  Who knows about top teeth for anyone?

They’re both bright-eyed and observant, always looking around when they hear a helicopter go over or a dog barking.  Emma has become much more social recently, and has big smiles for strangers when we’re out.  She’s also learned to give mama kisses (the big open-mouth baby kind.)  Chloe is actually a little more reserved than previously, and loves to yell mamamamamama from her bed when she’s done with her nap.  Time will tell if this is actual speech or just the syllable du jour.

All in all, I’m looking forward to the summer with my duo.  Swimming in the baby pool, going to the park, stroller rides around the neighborhood, learning to crawl and sit up, cutting teeth and spending lots of time just being a family.  This is what it’s all about.

Emma:

Likes:
Her feet
Da boob
Bananas
The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Dislikes:
Squash
Getting into/out of the carseat

Chloe:

Likes:
Grandpa’s mustache
Pears
Kicking her feet in the tub
Hippos Go Berserk

Dislikes:
Rice cereal
Pooping

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4 Comments on “Eight Months”

  1. Natasha Says:

    They are absolutely beautiful girls, Kate! They sound like buckets of fun!

  2. Christina Says:

    And both of them getting cuter by the day! Wow that 8 months went by quickly!

  3. Care Says:

    Ahhh, that last paragraph brings a big smile to my face. 🙂 E and C are so darn cute!

  4. Prayer from Fort Walton Beach, Florida Says:

    Thank you for sharing your sweet babies.


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