Tuesday, July 12, 2011

8 Months!

The last 8 months have flown by! I can't believe my newborn has disappeared and we have a regular ol' (chubby, cuddly, adorable) baby on our hands!
Fussy baby, but check out the fat rolls!

Secora's up to 17#4oz, which is still just over 2.5 oz/week gain from last month (right on track!). She still doesn't eat. You can give her puffs or mum-mums now and she will hold them and lick them occasionally, but if they actually end up in her mouth, she starts gagging and making horrible faces (reminiscent of the "vienna sausage" face I made as a toddler, for those who've known me a long time). Likewise, she will "drink" from a sippy cup of water, but she won't actually swallow the water, she just lets it run out of her mouth.
Her weight gain is just fine on momma milk alone, so we'll leave it be at least until her 9 month appointment, where I suspect they'll check her iron and perhaps we'll need to come up with a new game plan then. We'll have to wait and see.

She is VERY interested in the world around her and VERY mobile for a technically non-mobile baby. She easily moves around the room by scooting and rolling. She gets on her hands and knees really well and sometimes launches herself forward, but doesn't purposefully move her hands yet. She still falls over occasionally when she's sitting up, but most of the time she's okay. If you stand her up and hold her hands, she'll take steps, but she's not balanced enough to stand up by herself (while holding on to something) for very long yet.

Lots of babbling, some "dadadadada" and "mmmmmmmmmmm" (when she wants me) going on, but no other words or sounds yet. The only sign language we've been teaching her is "milk", but she doesn't sign it back yet. I can't remember what average is, but the older sisters were both very late talkers and I'm guessing it'll be another year or more before she has much to say.

She is the proud owner of TWO new shiny teeth. Her sisters both cut their first teeth at 7.5 months and Secora's first tooth showed up at 7 months and 13 days. I'd say she's an in between teether...not as fussy as Sierra was, but a little worse than Sedona was. She thinks she might need to try out those chompers when she's nursing, so she's had to learn the word "No!" recently. Now she'll start to bite down, then pop off and shake her head "no".

She's growing more hair, but I think it's safe to say she won't have enough for pigtails by her birthday (it's just strange to us, we haven't had a bald baby before!). Her eyes have recently started to change color a bit. I still think they'll end up brown. Sierra's didn't change until she was 2, so there's lots of time left.

She still sleeps with us and still wakes up about 2 or 3 times a night to nurse. I'm fine with that and am enjoying the perspective being a momma the third time has given me. This baby phase sure doesn't last long and if she needs some cuddles and comfort at 2am, I'm happy to oblige. Of course, the waking up and wanting to play at 5am is a bit more bothersome...

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