Whatcha doing there, Baby Boy? When you can only push yourself around backwards these things happen. He’s also taken to log-rolling, can spin himself around while sitting, and when I’m not looking he goes front to back, north to south, and ends up several feet away from where he started. He does this in bed too, and is either totally silent about it (how scary is that – stealth ninja baby movements!) or I sleep through it at night. He’s this close to crawling – YAY and Oh NO! both on that one – and regularly pushes himself to sitting from being on his belly. Baby proofing will soon be a necessity.
Sleep: For a week or so Forrest’s bedtime routing involved lying in my lap as we watched TV, kicking and wiggling and talking and thrashing, chewing on whatever he could reach, then he would do all this with eyes closed, then from one breath to the next he was out. After about 10 minutes I took him up to bed and he’d sleep solid (almost) until 6am. YAY! Currently he’s done with the lap thrashing and prefers playing himself out on the floor, but he’s still sleeping 8-9 hours a night. And he doesn’t wake up mad when I put him in the crib – that’s a huge accomplishment. Oh, he decided sleeping on his side is good, then decided to sleep on his stomach most of the night and for naps at daycare. I think it’s about time to start book reading instead of play at 8:00pm, to help him ease into that sleep transition better, so wish me luck!
Talking: Forrest started with the bababa’s first, then vava’s and fafa’s mixed in, jabbering to himself and his toys all day long, with special sounds for dogs and this crazy pterodactyl screech/laugh for Mom and Dad when we walked into the room. He did it at the grocery store the other day, at a woman wearing red who bore a vague resemblance to my mom so I’m not sure if he was loving the red or the Grandma. = ) In the past week he’s been on the Mamamama train with not a dada in site… sorry honey!
Eating: This boy likes food. I try to give him the bottle first, so he gets all those good nutrients and fats and proteins, but then he’s ready for solids! This past month we added mushed up pear, homemade applesauce (which might have caused diaper rash so that’s on hold), ritz crackers, banana, rice puffs and mum mums, and green beans to the mix. He also tasted ice cream, which of course he loves, and was pretty excited about the tiny taste of pineapple Matt gave him. I pureed some frozen peaches Wednesday, but they weren’t very sweet and we got TWO sour-face-shivers out of the first bite (then I added a little sugar for him) BUT he had diaper rash again the next day so no more peaches for a little while. I have spinach and Brussels in my arsenal to try next, mwa-hahahaha!!!
Teeth: Well, when he’s not biting me – he loves to chew on my sleeve at night and I have a few tiny bruises to show for it – Forrest has developed a distinct fascination with chewing on zippers, zipper pulls, the collar of my flannel night shirt, the plastic buckles on his car seat and high chair – really whatever he can get in his mouth. He still has just the 6 teeth, so looks like those other two elusive beauties have decided not to come out yet. Better not stick your finger in that mouth to check his teeth either, he’ll try to bite it off!
Other than the ear infections he had for my birthday, and the latest cold he’s currently battling, he’s been healthy and happy and gaining weight like a weed – he’s over 18 lbs now! He’s growing so fast, let me tell you.
Forrest at 8 months is the best. I’ll continue to say that going forward, I’m sure, but he’s pretty awesome *right now* all the same. We love you, Forrest!!