Tuesday, October 07, 2014

nash {8 months}

Dear Sweet Nash-
You are seriously the happiest baby ever! Even though we are still kinda struggling sleeping, you don't let that get you down.  You smile and anyone and everyone!!  If you miss a nap, you are typically still pretty happy.  You are just a go with the flow kinda kid which makes our life so much easier!! You big one tooth grin and your little giggle make our hearts swell.  We are really loving watching you and your brother develop a sweet relationship.  We are so thankful for you little buddy!!
We are finally making a little progress in the sleep department.  Because your sleep had been so crummy even after your little tooth came through, I decided it was time to do some major crying it out in the middle of the night.  There were a few nights where I was literally up for 2 hours straight with you crying.  I would give you your paci, rub your back for a minute, make sure your sound machine was on and then lay on the floor and try to catch a few zzzz's while you screamed.  All month you have been so inconsistent.  I really never know what to expect when I put you to bed.  Some nights you wake up and scream for 2 hours, some nights you wake up but go back to sleep, and some night you don't wake up at all but would wake up at 5:30 or 6:00.  Almost every morning this month I have nursed you at 6:00am in bed and then you will fall asleep until 7.  I hate that you are sleeping in bed with us, but it's nice to get a little more sleep before Pearson wakes up for the day.  Even though I don't like waking up as early as you, I can almost say you are sleeping TOTALLY through the night again.  As far as naps go, you are still not a great napper.  When Pearson was this age he NEVER took naps longer than 45 minutes.  Most of your naps are 45minutes to an hour but every now and then I get a 1.5hr or 2 hr nap. Some days you have to cry it out for 45 minutes and some days you fall right asleep.  Again you are so inconsistent with nap time….the actual time of day it happens and the length.  While I absolutely hate that you are no a super schedule baby like Pearson was, being a 2nd child sometimes its nice that you aren't on a super strict schedule because you are such a go with the flow baby.  You will fall asleep in the car soooooo much easier than Pearson.  And that is super nice!! Even though you can roll over from your back to your tummy now, you still get frustrated in your bed with you roll over and get stuck on your back.  It's so hard to get you back to sleep once you are on your back.  
We are officially on a nursing 4 times a day schedule.  I would love to say every 4 hour schedule but because you wake up around 6am every day a few of the time between feeding are 4.5-5hrs.  Clearly this isn't a problem because your huge thighs seem to be getting plenty of nutrition.  My frozen breastmilk supply is starting to dwindle down.  While I am actually able to still pump 5-6 ounces anytime I pump, it's just annoying and I'd rather skip it.  We'll probably start to introduce formula when you need a bottle.  You typically only get a bottle twice a week at MOPS (if we have it) and church on Wednesday night.  We continued to introduce a lot of foods this month and we still haven't found anything you don't like.  We did, however, realize that you are possibly allergic to mint.  When we gave you peas with min (plum organics) you broke out all over your body.  Thankfully it all went away in a few hours but it was a little scary.  You have had peas multiple times but never broken out, so the only difference was the mint.  New (puree) foods you have tried this month are…… raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, corn, apricots, raisins, pumpkin, and probably some more but I can't think of them! I usually give you a little oatmeal and half of a fruit for breakfast,  a half of a veggie and the leftover fruit for lunch, then a veggie fruit mix for dinner. We started puffs this month and you are obsessed.  It took a while for you to figure out how to get them in your mouth by yourself, but you are a pro now.  You meet your 75 puff quota every single day!!
New Tricks/Activities/Accomplishments: 
Right before you turned 8 months you started rolling onto your tummy from your back.  I wouldn't quite call you a rolly polly yet, but you are capable of rolling both ways now.  Your favorite thing to say is "buh-buh".  I don't think you really associate it with Pearson but you sure do love him, so it wouldn't surprise me if you correlate the two pretty soon.  We also sometimes hear the /m/ sounds and /d/ sound but not near as often.  You can growl and make a super loud screech sound too!! You are great at pinching your puff with you pointer and thumb! You can reach sooooooo soooooo far to get something you want.  If you put your mind to it, you can get it!!
Puffs, babyfood, your paci, your lovey, us rubbing your back while you fall asleep, the jumperoo, Pearson, being tickled, when we put the whole toy bucket beside you to play with all the toys, paper (you will grab it if its anywhere near you), falling asleep in Mommy and Daddy's bed in the morning. 
When we lay you on the changing table to get your diaper changed, when brother gets to rough, bucking up in the carseat, when you run out of puffs, when no one pays you any attention, when you are overly tired.
Other Random Facts:
  • You still only have one bottom tooth.
  • Every Sunday morning you take about an hour nap in the pink swing!  It's so funny because you never really like our swing.  
  • You outgrew your Johnny Jumper.  You got too heavy for it, so you pulled it down to far.  We need taller doorways!!
  • You can suck out of squeezy pouches which makes eating out so easy!!

8 month Stats
Weight: 21lbs 13oz
Length: ??
Head Circumference: ??
Eating: nursing exclusively around 6:30, 10:30, 3:00, & 7:30 and eating 3 meals a day around 8, 12 and 5.
Bedtime: around 7:30pm
Awake: between 6-7am
Naps: 2 naps around 10:30 and 3:30 but varies in length anywhere from 45min-2hrs
Diapers: size 3 
Clothes: 12 month hand-me downs 

 Here is Pearson at 8 months and Nash at 8 months.
Look how you have changed!!


Alisa said...

Oh our baby Nash is the cutest baby ever! He just has the most precious smile. Wish I could reach into the computer screen and grab him and cover him with hugs and kisses!!!