8 months old

I’m continually amazed at how much J looks like a little boy now. He’s grown up so much in the past few months, and every day he seems bigger and more mature. It’s so hard to believe that he used to be this tiny…

8 days:

baby boy, 8 days old8 months:

baby boy, 8 months old

J’s vocalizations continue to change almost week-by-week, but he’s still not “babbling” yet. He’s sticking primarily to vowel sounds, but he manages to “talk” in a way, with different grunts, volumes, tones, etc. I’m a little concerned about the fact that he’s not using consonants. (The way I understand it, babies at his age are typically saying “mamama,” etc. even though the words have no meaning yet.) But I’m confident that he’ll get there eventually. I know his hearing is fine — he responds to his name and kisses and hugs on command (as long as he’s in the mood to do it).

Speaking of kisses, there are times when J just loves giving kisses! He’ll kiss my face over and over (with his wide open mouth) when he’s really happy. It’s super sweet. And when I tell him what a sweet boy he is for kissing his momma, he looks at me and smiles as though he’s happy that I understood what he was doing.

As for movement, J is still immobile. I’m a little concerned about that, too, but he seems to be getting closer. I think he’s got such a laid back personality that he just doesn’t have the motivation yet to figure out how to crawl. If a ball rolls out of his reach, he’ll sit and look at it for a few seconds, as though he’s considering whether it’s worth it for him to try to get it… and then he turns and finds another toy to play with. He loves to be held (always has), and that may have something to do with it, too… He’s just not a super independent little baby, but he’s a big cuddle bug. Still, I’m expecting him to figure out the crawling thing any day now. He’s getting to where he can get his legs and arms up under him at the same time — it’s just that he doesn’t know how to move in that position yet. I suspect we’ll be babyproofing the house very soon…

baby boy, 8 months old

As you can see, everything within his reach goes directly into his mouth — even more than before, which is saying something. I couldn’t get him to sit still for a picture with his blocks without this happening every time I tried to snap a picture.

But at least now there’s a reason for everything going into his mouth — he’s teething! J got his first two teeth over the past week: his left, then right central incisors. I’ve tried to take pictures, but he hates it when we try to open his mouth. This is the only picture we have that shows both his little teeth! It looks way more violent than it actually was…

central incisors baby teeth

With the teething comes a bit of sleep trouble. He’s had a few rough nights (tonight being one of them) where it’s hard to get him to go to sleep (and stay asleep). I resorted to giving him baby Tylenol one night, and it helped tremendously, but I would rather not medicate him unless it’s really necessary.

We’re still working on solid foods, but he’s only eating them once a day. I introduced puffs last week, but he gets bored after a while of trying (unsuccessfully) to get them into his mouth. And when he succeeds, he looks confused by the fact that there’s a solid object in his mouth. He’s still enjoying his purees (usually). He’s even able to feed himself a puree pouch (and he’ll often eat a whole one in one sitting)!

  • Next doctor’s appointment: Next month!
  • Teeth: 2 (lower central incisors)
  • New foods: Sweet potato puffs, veggie/fruit combo pouches (all yummy, apparently)
  • Breastfeeding: 5 times a day
  • Clothing size: 9 to 12 months
  • Sleeping: 12 hours at night; 3 one- to two-hour naps during the day (about 16 hours total)
  • Favorite toy: stuffed Tigger; Baby Einstein Take Along Tunes
  • Likes: Having his tummy and toes kissed or “eaten”; being tickled (especially under the arms); being sung to; pattycake (especially when I clap his hands for him since he can’t do it on his own yet); being held (especially by me)
  • Dislikes: Having his mouth forcibly opened; dirty diapers

Toothless No More!

I have been planning all day to write a new blog post about how J seems to be in a sleep regression. He’s always been a great sleeper, but for the past few nights, he’s had a lot of trouble falling and staying asleep… and last night, it really came to a head. I spent hours rocking and bouncing him to sleep. He was being so stubborn and simply would not close his eyes, and as soon as I put him down in the crib and left the room, he would cry. Eventually, at 5:30 a.m. (after 2 hours), he finally fell asleep — but only while I was still in the room, lying on the bed. I originally chalked it up to separation anxiety — but it’d be strange for him to have such separation anxiety when he’s in his own bed.

Well, I now know the answer.

First tooth - left incisor - at 7.5 months

After picking him up from daycare and getting home this afternoon, I fed him, and then while we sat and played, he stuck my finger in his mouth… and what’s that? A very sharp, pointy, hard object was sticking out of his gum!

His first tooth had come in — his bottom left central incisor.

I suspect the right is not far behind. We actually noticed the little white dots of the ridges of both teeth about two weeks ago.

Side note: Today also happens to be my sister’s birthday! Happy birthday, Aunt S! 🙂

Ya know, I don’t blame him for being unable to sleep last night. I’m sure it hurts to have a tooth breaking through your gums! And I’m happy to report that he went to sleep with no trouble tonight.

I’m sure going to miss that toothless grin of his, but also excited to see what his new smile will look like!

6 Months Old

Sunday was J’s six month birthday! It’s amazing how much he has changed in so little time.

5 days old:

Photo Credit: Photos by Brooke

3 months:

6 months:

Look at that precious smile! It’s becoming easier and easier to capture it in pictures… it used to be such a challenge.

(My photography skills have also greatly improved! I now know what the ISO wheel does. Kind of.)

J’s six-month check-up was yesterday, and the pediatrician helped ease my worries over his lack of interest in solid food. She suggested that I just keep trying… And last night we had some success with sweet potatoes — he swallowed almost all of it and even smiled a bit!

He also got his six-month vaccinations — but we’re done with those until 12 months. So glad! It’s no fun to watch him scream when they stick him in his legs, and he tends to be fussy for the next couple of days. It makes me feel so bad — but I know it’s what’s best for him, and I’d rather deal with some temporary fussiness than a terrible illness!

He’s in great shape developmentally, it seems. Still long and lean! No sign of teeth yet, but the doctor said not to worry.

  • Length: 27 inches (75%)
  • Weight: 16 pounds, 4 ounces (25-50%)
  • Head circumference: 42.5 cm (25-50%)
  • Teeth: none
  • Breastfeeds: 5 times a day
  • Solid foods we’ve tried: rice cereal, avocado, sweet potatoes
  • Rolling over: one way (front to back)
  • Sounds he makes: mostly vowels, with a few consonants thrown in; musical raspberries; loud, high-pitched squeals of joy
  • Favorite toy: plush cube by Lamaze
  • Sleeping: 8-11 hours a night (usually); three 1 to 2-hour naps during the day
  • Likes: having his fingers and toes eaten; having mom’s hair on his face; pulling mom’s hair
  • Dislikes: loud noises; being hungry or tired