Dear Evelyn Morgan,
It’s finally happened–second child mommy syndrome. I’m getting this post out a week after you turned 8 months. But, we’ve been in the middle of a lot of transitions this week. You are hard-core teething, we moved, and both you and Rhys have suffered some sleep regression because of that change. But, things are finally getting settled and back into a routine now.
You still have major separation anxiety. Rhys is still your whole world. And everyone still absolutely adores you and always comments in public on how cute you are. I have to agree with them.
Weight: ~16.6 pounds (28th percentile)
Height: (second child mommy syndrome) I haven’t measured you yet…
Eat | You drink 4-5 bottles of 4-8 ounces in a 24 hour period. You love to feed yourself the bottle. You have three solid meals a day–breakfast, lunch, and dinner–the same time we eat, but not always the same thing we have…you don’t have any teeth to help you otherwise. You also have snacks. You absolutely love cheerios, yogurt melts, and baby puff snacks. If you see the package, you will reach for it and refuse any other food. You are definitely beginning to make your own decisions with food already!
Sleep | Daytime: You have 2-3 naps during the day. You typically have a 30-60+ minute nap in the morning, anywhere from 8:30-9:30 AM. Then, you’ll have about a 1-2 hour nap in the afternoon around 1ish. Sometimes it’s quite the fight to put you down. You’ll fall asleep in my arms as I rock you, but as soon as I lay you down on your bed, you are wide awake…or at least within 10 minutes. Sometimes, I will sleep with you because I’m exhausted from teaching early in the morning. But, a lot of times, we’ve had to just let you cry to sleep…and yes, you are tired.
Nightime: You go to bed at 7 and fall asleep anywhere between 7:30-9:30…just like Rhys. Sigh. Separation anxiety and teething…Girl. Go to sleep. And stay asleep! You wake up 1-3 times a night. We will feed you once a night. But, we won’t let you out of your crib until 6:00 AM. Once you have some teeth, and are a pound or so heavier, then we are going to full-fledged sleep train you. Lord have mercy on all of us, especially your big brother, who has to deal with your screaming while sharing a room.
Milestones | Movement: All you want to do is stand up. You pull up on absolutely everything. You have also started to cruise along furniture and walk with your toy walkers. Crawling is your main mode of transportation and you are getting pretty fast. You’ve stood up unaided for a few seconds a few times, but you don’t really want to do it at this point, and I’m ok with that.
Communication: You love to talk and coo, especially to your brother. Kisses from you are the sweetest thing. You definitely have distinct cries and fusses for different needs or wants and its easy for me to tell them apart. You’ve said your first word…ish…..You say “mmmh”, “ohma”, “momhhma”. You are trying to say Mama!!!!! I am loving it! We are trying to teach you to sign “more.” We started a few signs with Rhys around this age, so we’ll see if you get it. When I show you the sign for “more” while we are eating, you smile and get excited. You think it’s funny.
Playing: The play kitchen we got Rhys for Christmas is quickly becoming your favorite toy. You love pulling things out of drawers. You like looking at books. And, you always want to play with what Rhys is playing with. He doesn’t always appreciate that. But, you just want to be like him.
Personality | Your personality is so different from Rhys’s at this age. He would not sit still. You like to move around and play, but you don’t mind just sitting and watching. You are also such a happy and social girl. You will smile at everyone. You are also very quiet at times and we wonder what you are thinking…or if you are still awake!!
- Rhys, Mama, Daddy, other people
- playing with toys
- bath time / swimming
- yogurt melts, cheerios, puffs, icecream
- someone leaving you or putting you down
- Rhys “bullying” you (pushing, hitting, forcefully moving you, taking toys away from you)
- teething–it’s bad! Eating hurts, pacies hurt, sleeping obviously hurts…
We love you so much. We hate that you are in so much pain with nothing to show for it. But, we still want you to go to sleep. I love your cuddles and your kisses. Your smile and your sweet face are to die for. Keep being our adorable girl!
Love, Mama and Daddy