Sunday, February 17, 2013

8 Months Old

Dear Davin,

Another month has come and gone, and I'm going to be honest when I say this may have been our toughest month yet.  You've battled an ear infection, some terrible diaper rash, teeth that are trying their hardest to pop through, a cold, and a really, really rough sleeping spell.

You are pretty much either really happy or really sad.  If you're rested and fed, you are just the sweetest thing with a smile that would melt any heart.  You are a total mama's boy and love to be near me all the time.  You will crawl over to me and pull up many, many times a day.  You love to play with Maggie and Brenna.  Brenna and I got you absolutely cackling one day by just simply ripping some paper.  The three of us have lots of fun!  But, when you're sleepy or hungry (or, unfortunately, at other random times) you are a really unhappy little guy.  You fuss until you're being held and cry more than you used. I'm hoping it's a phase and you'll be back to the happy-go-lucky baby you used to be.

As I mentioned, you've been sick a lot this month.  You got an ear infection 2 weeks ago that really made it hard for you to rest.  The antibiotics worked quickly though.  You've also fought a cold and touch of a stomach bug.  And these pesky teeth are giving you a fit.  They are almost through, thank goodness!  I'll be glad when the warmer weather gets here to stay so that all these germs will go away!

You're sleeping in a pack-n-play in our room until you can stop screaming at night.  We don't want to risk you waking up your sis when you have your (almost) nightly episode of crying/screaming around 1 AM.  We started swaddling you again to see if that helps, and it has a little bit.  I usually nurse you anytime from 2:00 or after if you wake up, and you do go back down pretty easily after that.  You typically sleep from 9 PM - 8 or 9 AM.  You've been napping pretty well from about 10:30-12:30 and 2:30-4:30.  You like to be rocked to sleep, which probably isn't the smartest parenting move, but it works for us and it doesn't usually take too long.  I love, love, love seeing you asleep in my arms.  You're such a cuddler!

We started baby food a couple weeks ago, and you weren't a fan at all until a couple of days ago.  You prefer the store brands over my homemade, which isn't very nice!  You used to gag and turn your head and refuse to eat, but just recently you've started opening up and eating a whole container of food at lunch and dinner!  You've tried sweet potatoes, bananas, peas, green beans, carrots, apples, pears, and avocado.  Your favorites so far seem to be pears and green beans.  I gave you your first Puff tonight, and you weren't a fan at all.  You still nurse at approximately 9 AM, 1 PM, 4 PM, 7 PM, and 9 PM, along with a frequent night feeding.  You wear mostly 9 month clothes, with a few 6 month sleepers still.  You still wear size 3 diapers.  Oh, and you finally have a good amount of hair - although it's come in right down the middle, which makes it look like a marine haircut!

You love bathtime and kick like a madman in your tub.  You love to crawl over to your air purifier, which is shaped like a frog.  You are a huge fan of your pacis when you're tired.  You like to "dance" when you hear music and I'm holding your hands.  You like to look out our front door and you are obsessed with trying to crawl into the bathroom - yuck!  You adore your sister and you crack up at her all the time.  The feeling is quite mutual - which I'm so happy about!

You are changing into quite the little mover and shaker - and it's so fun watching you learn new things and explore the things around you!  You make my heart smile.

I love you Spud!
Love, Mommy

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