LOVESBath time, eating, swinging at the park, hanging upside down, climbing on the couch, getting into everything he's not supposed to (wires & outlets, the liquor cart, house plants, dresser drawers), chasing the piggies
HATESThe snot sucker, having his face wiped after meal time
Less than two weeks away from his 9-month check-up, I realized that I haven't posted his 8-month update! His personality is really on display these days and now that he can crawl and pull up on furniture he's more active than ever. For this month's update, I attempted a "Day in the Life of an 8-Month Old" series. That lasted approximately two hours: from the end of his morning nap until the end of lunch! I just couldn't keep up with taking care of him and trying to take photos at the same time. Plus, I really wanted it to be more documentary in feeling and every time I picked up the camera, he'd look right at it and often try to grab it from me! So instead of "A Day in the Life" it's more like "A Little Tiny Slice of a Few Hours in a Day in the Life of an 8-Month Old."
We've been following the 2-3-4 sleep schedule and it's working beautifully. Two hours after he wakes up in the morning, he goes down for his first nap. Three hours after waking from that nap, he goes down for his second nap. Four hours after waking from that nap, which is almost always around 3/3:30pm, he goes to bed and is usually asleep by 7pm every night. For a long time, I thought he would just be one of those babies that would always hate naps. Turns out, he just needed a little less napping and a little more wake time in between. He's so set in this schedule now that he actually smiles when I put him down in his crib to sleep! He goes to sleep within 5-10 minutes of being put down and usually wakes up in a good mood - and he almost always smiles when I enter the room to get him.
Since his wake time first thing in the morning is so short and usually involves both a bottle and a solid food breakfast (berries, yogurt, toast, etc), he's not typically hungry right when he wakes up. So we have a little play time first. Shape sorters, stacking bowls, wooden puzzles, and anything he can either a) make noise with or b) fit in his mouth are his favorite toys right now.
And now that he has mastered the art of crawling, he carries out a thorough exploration of the apartment multiple times a day, just in case anything changed since before nap time.
Book time! After a diaper and outfit change, he set his eyes on his books. When he first started moving around, he was immediately drawn to our bookshelves. One day I caught him pulling the dust jackets off some books and trying to eat them so we pushed our books back and put his out front on the lowest shelf. He LOVES being able to access his books whenever he wants. Sometimes he flips through them, sometimes he brings them to me to read, and sometimes he just chews on them. Whatever he chooses to do with them, I'm just happy he's into books!
Finally, time for lunch. I made carrot soup using veggies and herbs from our csa delivery that week. He hasn't quite mastered the spoon yet so I used these nifty reusable pouches a friend gave us. Rico has mastered drinking through a straw and took to these pouches pretty easily so they're quite handy for things like soups and yogurt. Add in a few veggie rice crackers and some hummus (not pictured) and you have a nice baby-friendly meal
"Alright, enough with the photos, Mom!"
He went down for his afternoon nap shortly after lunch and when he woke up, we met up with a friend for ice cream! I took my camera with me with high ambitions but between trying to eat my ice cream and trying to keep him happy with blueberries, photos just didn't happen. I'm okay with that though. The fact that I got too busy with him to take photos the rest of the day is actually a pretty accurate indicator of what life with an active 8-month old is really like. He's so much more fun now that he can do things, though, and we're finding plenty of opportunities to get out and show him the world so I'm sure there will be many more Slice of Life photos to come.