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Evelyn is One Month

Dear Evelyn Morgan,

It seems just a few days ago that Christmas was here and you were newborn. But, you are already a month old! This month has been a trying one for me. Not only have I been suffering from PPD and anxiety and learning to transition to two kids, but you have had issues of your own. The biggest one is your sensitive tummy and poor digestive system. You have been constipated so many times this month and you strain and strain to pass a bowel movement. Most of the time, it’s not as loose as it should be and it has given you a few tears. It also messes with your sleep. This has given me so much stress because I hate seeing you suffer.

Other than that, you are an amazing girl. You are bright eyed and alert and so very strong. And, I am in love with how much hair you have–and the fact that it’s auburn like mine! We love you so much!

Weight: 8 lbs 3.5 ounces (birth: 7lbs 5oz)

Height: 22.5 inches (birth: 20.25 inches)

Nicknames: Baby Girl, Little One, Little Miss

Eating| I nursed you for four days, then switched to formula. You take Gerber Soothe with Probiotics with a teaspoon of Gripe Water mixed in it. You drink about 2 ounces at a time. Sometimes, you’ll only drink 1 ounce, and sometimes, you want 3. As much as I would love to put you on a 3 hour eat-wake-sleep schedule like Rhys was at this age, that hasn’t happened. You eat anywhere between every hour and a half to three and a half hours. Typically, it’s around 2.5 hours between feedings. You stare up at me almost the whole time you drink. It’s very obvious when you are done–you basically shove the bottle out of your mouth. We have give you some prune juice a few times to help with your constipation issues.

Sleep| Nighttime: You typically have a bottle around 8pm (the same time we put Rhys down to bed) and you typically sleep until 10-11:30ish. Sometimes, we’ll stay up until then to feed you, sometimes, we’ll just go to sleep until you wake us up. Then, you’ll go right back to sleep and wake up between 1-3AM. Right back asleep and back up between 4-6AM. So you are a lot more sporadic then your brother was at this age, but I’m trying to go with the flow and be more flexible with you because your stomach kind of requires that. You sleep in your swing since you never stay asleep on your back. Most times, after your early morning feeding, I’ll bring you into bed with me.

Daytime: You typically wake up between 7:30 and 8. If Rhys wakes up before then, which typically happens, he’ll come into bed with us and watch Nick Jr while we keep our eyes closed a little longer. You don’t sleep very well in the morning…a sporadic short nap here or there. Then, after you noon-ish feeding, you’ll sleep for a few hours, which allows Rhys to have a nap at his regular time and I can close my eyes too! Thank you! In the late afternoon and evening, you do much better at sleeping for naps. You smile so large in your sleep that it takes up half your face. You also giggle a lot in your sleep too. We wonder what you are dreaming about. A lot of times, during the day and the night, you will struggle and strain and push in your sleep for 30-60 minutes before you wake, trying to get a poo out. I hate seeing your sleep disrupted like that. You also love to sleep in the Moby wrap. Sometimes, we’ll let you nap on your tummy as you can already lift and turn your head very easily and it seems to comfort you more.

Milestones and Learning| Tummy Time: We do tummy time every day, typically in the morning. You can lift your head up 90* already and consistently! And, we cannot even believe it: you are rolling over already! You’ve been rolling over since 2.5 weeks!

Focusing and Tracking: You can track very easily. You love following our faces around and different toys. When I’m on my phone and you are in front of me, you stare transfixed at the LDS Temple cover I have on it. When we FaceTime Grandma, you love looking at her, and have actually given her a smile!

Communication: Once or twice you have given us an intentional smile. You have also started to coo–it’s adorable and Rhys loves it.

Arms and Legs: You can very easily bring your hand together. You love holding my hand or the bottle as I feed you. Your hands have also found their way to your mouth quite a few times.

Personality| When your tummy isn’t bugging you, and you’ve had enough sleep, you are the calmest, most inquisitive little girl. But, when you have trapped gas or haven’t had a bowel movement or are tired because you haven’t slept due to those issues, you are fussy.

Likes: 

  • showers with me and baths in the sink
  • getting your hair brushed
  • being held
  • being in the Molly wrap
  • eating

Dislikes:

  • getting changed
  • being hungry–you scream and growl until we get you a bottle
  • having gas or being constipated
  • your carseat–seriously, I can’t really go anywhere with you!
  • being put down if you aren’t asleep

You have already met your grandparents and aunts on my side of the family. They flew in from Utah for the New Year. You had so much attention the first week of your life. We are going to fly to Utah this Friday, and I’m a little nervous about flying with your fussiness and digestion issues!

Your bowel movements have gotten better. You typically pass at least one big and one small stool a day. They are getting looser and more towards the correct, average color and texture. I am a huge believer in probiotics and Essential Oils, which we have been using on your tummy to help digestion and your feet to help soothe you. Baby acne plagues your cheeks, chin, and neck, so we’ve been using special lotion to help it. Hopefully it’ll go away soon and hopefully it doesn’t mean you’ll be a pizza face like your Mama was as a teenager.

I love you so much. I am so happy to have a daughter. I look into your eyes and I can’t wait to find out more about your personality.

Love,

Mama and Daddy

 

Tayler is a work at home mom. She does free lance articles and dabbles in graphic design and virtual assisting for bloggers. She spent 3 years as a history and English teacher. Her passions are her husband, two children, history, reading, nature, and her Savior, Jesus Christ.

Life with a Toddler and a Baby | Guest Post

Even with all the trials of having a toddler AND a baby, it's so totally worth it.

I still can’t believe that I really, truly have two kids! I’m glad that they are 2.5 years apart. I think that’s a perfect age. My sister and I were 2 years 10 months apart. And, I know plenty who have done 2 under 2 or 3 under 3. They are heroes in my eyes. So, when Alysa said she was going to write a post about her baby and toddler, I was really excited to read what she wrote!


My daughter was 10 months old when the pregnancy test showed two lines.  Due to a number of events, we couldn’t tell how far along I was, so we had a really big guess as to when the due date would be, but my daughter was going to be approximately a year and a half old when the new baby was to be born.  My first thought was, yikes! Am I really going to have two babies under two??! That seemed like SO much.

Even with all the trials of having a toddler AND a baby, it's so totally worth it.

My son is now 7 months old, and I have to say that life with two is pretty great.  It obviously has tough moments, such as when the baby wants to be held, but you need to put your toddler down for a nap, or get them something to eat, but you make it work.  You sometimes feel like your time and attention is so divided between two little people who need you SO much and in very different ways, but at the same time, your heart just feels like it’s bursting full of love for them both.

My favourite thing about having two little ones is how much they love each other.  Now that my second is 7 months old, he is starting to be able to do things with his sister a little more.  He’s still got a way to go before they’re playing together fully, but I’m so excited to see them play together.  And my toddler, wow, she loves her little brother immensely.  She’s constantly trying to wipe his mouth, or bring him a toy.. even if it’s just to take the one that he was playing with at the time.  She also LOVES giving him kisses and hugs.  If he’s upset, she wants to comfort him.  If he’s eating, she wants to say “hi” right in his face.  Seeing how my daughter has adapted from being an only child to being a big sister has been the most amazing thing.

But this business of having a toddler and a baby isn’t all giggles and hugs, there are some hard things about it, too.  I find that it takes about a million years to get all of us ready to go anywhere.  It can be quite a big production and we need to time that production perfectly with nursing otherwise we have a very unhappy and hungry little boy.  It was not as bad in the summer, but now that it’s winter, it truly does take a really long time.

Bedtimes, too, can be a challenge.  We usually tag team the effort, but there have been times when I’ve done the bedtime routine by myself, and usually everyone cries at all parts of bedtime.  Plus, it’s so easy for either of them to wake up the other one, and then it’s back to square one with cuddles and putting them back in their beds.

I love my little family, and it’s so much fun to watch them grow up together.  They say that the best thing you can give your children in life is each other, and I couldn’t agree more.


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Alysa is a 30-something mama of two from Winnipeg, Canada.  She has a degree in Recreation Management and Community Development from the University of Manitoba and she would like to one day run her own event management business.  For now, she spends all her time with her babies and her husband of almost five years.

Tayler is a work at home mom. She does free lance articles and dabbles in graphic design and virtual assisting for bloggers. She spent 3 years as a history and English teacher. Her passions are her husband, two children, history, reading, nature, and her Savior, Jesus Christ.

My Experience and Philosophy on Baby Sleep

It sucks, the never-ending, ever-judgmental, righteously defending, finger-pointing accusing war on parenthood. Especially with me. I’m a worrier. I’m a people pleasure. I’m a self-judger. I want what is best for Rhys, but knowing myself, my personality, and my weaknesses, I need to watch out for myself for the sake of Rhys.

**This is a long post. If you want the summary, go to the last few paragraphs.**


When Rhys was first born, I barely slept the first week and half. The two nights spent in the hospital were miserable. I was so anxious and nervous about being a first-time parent (as was Justin), that with every stir and movement or peep Rhys made, I peered over to see if he was okay and still breathing. The fear of SIDS from online sources were scorched into my head and I was so scared that he’d die those first two nights. However, on the second night, Justin and I were barely functioning. In the middle of the night, the nurse took him to do more newborn tests and we timidly, shakingly asked her if she could take him to the nursery for a few hours. She said she would, but she would immediately bring him back if he needed to be fed. We wholeheartedly agreed. And, for the first time in 3 days (we barely slept the day before my induction due to anxiety), we had a solid two hours of sleep. And, I will tell you, those two hours were life-saving! The rest of the week was spent with mostly skin-to-skin co-sleeping on the recliner in our living room. I was trying to learn how to calm a baby and nurse at night (and there were nursing issues the first few weeks) and try to let Justin get some sleep since he had a 40 minute commute each day to work and college. As much as I was crying, too, for anxiety of doing what was best, and why was he crying, and was he comfortable enough, and was he getting enough milk, etc. etc., I absolutely loved having him on my chest.

After those two first weeks, Rhys became a pretty good sleeper. We had him sleep in a bassinet beside our bed. He would wake up twice a night for a feeding. This was pretty consistent for the first few months of his life, and a it was a pattern he created himself. I was very thankful to read that the 3 hour cycle that he developed himself throughout the night and day was pretty normal and average for others online!

When Rhys dropped down to one nighttime feeding (which was about the same time he decided to stop nursing), we started an earlier bedtime, began a bedtime routine, and moved him into his crib. He typically did pretty good with only one feeding at night.  However, he didn’t like sleeping in his crib during the day time, so I had to cosleep with him for his naps. I enjoyed these, because I loved cuddling with my baby boy, and sometimes, I had a nap, too. Since he couldn’t scoot or crawl, and could only roll over one way, sometimes, I’d lay with him until he was asleep, then move off the bed and do what I needed to do during the day.

When he was about 5 months old, he slept solidly through the night. I awoke startled at 5:00AM, surprised to see the time, strained my ears to hear if Rhys was crying, didn’t, so I went back to sleep. Then, a few weeks later, he did the same thing three times in a row! Then, a few weeks later, he was sleeping through the night almost consistently! Christmas came, and with it, traveling and visiting family and being our of our routine for two and a half weeks! Rhys’s sleep pattern was definitely disrupted, and he was waking up 2-4 times a night, but that was understandable.

I didn’t feel comfortable with any sort of sleep training or sleep coaching, or whatever term you want, since all the sources I read said a 6 month old was too young for that; they recommended 8 months. But, since he had been able to sleep through the night consistently before (on his own), we knew he was capable of doing it again. So, during January and February, if he’d cry in the night, we’d wait 5 minutes, an approach we learned through Bringing up Bebe and liked. If he was still crying, we’d go up and rock him back to sleep. If it was past 3AM, we’d bring him into bed with us and co-sleep with him, and that seemed to work. We didn’t mind doing it…although it did start to bring back the terrible tendinitis I had in my arms.

Mid-February, Rhys was 7.5 months old and he and I both got a really, really bad upper respiratory viral infection that lasted a week and a half. It was back to the skin-to-skin sleeping on the recliner, with intermediate sleep breaks in the swing. It was very, very hard on me. I didn’t allow Justin a turn as he had to be at his full-time job at 7AM, whereas I didn’t have to teach until 11, and could take a nap. But, I was still sleep deprived, and it didn’t help my patience for my students. But, when he was better, and all the mucus was out of his system, his sleep was broken. Yes, his sleep was broken. He was waking up between 5-8 times a night, and never being able to be comforted. He’d even restlessly toss and turn in bed with us. We resorted to swings, midnight drives, going back to bottles, watching TV until his eyes closed, everything.

Finally, we made a choice. We needed to do some sort of sleep-training and Rhys was at the earliest recommended age. Rhys was a good sleeper–he had proven that. But, with a long Christmas vacation and then a long illness, he had forgotten how good he was and he was just scared to sleep. So, we wanted to help him get back to his good patterns. I also will admit that if I wake up many times in the middle of the night, and don’t go right back to sleep, I act pretty witchy! We didn’t like CIO cold-turkey and wanted to have some positive sleep reinforcements. This is what we did, and it worked for us, but what is important is that every parent must learn and discover what is best for them as a unique and individual family.


We bought a music machine that had a large on/off push button, a mirror, and stars that shone on the ceiling. We bought an arsenal of pacies. We lined his crib with towels (instead of a crib liner/padding), and laid all his stuffed animals in it. We made his crib a safe haven. We still rocked and fed him a bottle to sleep. I don’t regret this. It helps that his full stomach is relaxing and that the last thing he sees is his mom or dad. After he finished, we put him down in his crib, his eyes closed, and told him we loved him, we will just be downstairs, and we will see him in the morning and that he is a good boy. We wanted to let him know we were proud of him and instilled trust in him. We then practiced Ferberizing. If he cried, we’d wait five minutes, then go in, put his pacy in, turn on his music machine, and leave. Then, we’d wait 10 minutes. Then, fifteen. Then, twenty. We never let him cry longer than twenty minutes. If he did, we’d rock him to sleep, singing and whispering to him. But, we would not bring him into bed with us. (I’m a light sleeper, and now he moves too much in his sleep, so I wasn’t really sleeping if we co-slept anymore!)

The first night, he started this fussing about 1AM…it was a long night. We didn’t really get to sleep until 3AM. Then, the next night, in total, he only cried 40 minutes (5, 10, 15, 10 minute increments). The third night, only 5 minutes. When we went in to turn on the music machine, as soon as he heard the music and saw the stars, he stopped crying and immediately closed his eyes. SUCCESS! He has been sleeping through the night since March! Now, he can also stand up, turn on his music machine himself, and lay back down to sleep!

Now, we are trying to slowly separate his last bottle from being put to bed. We feed it to him downstairs watching Family Feud (he has a weird sensation with Steve Harvey), then we’ll rock him for less than a minute! before putting him in his crib. Sometimes, he’ll wake up earlier than 7AM, but we still do Ferberizing until 6:30AM (most of the time, he’ll fall back asleep). But, we always listen to the type of crying he is making. If Rhys is screaming bloody murder, we’ll go in and try to console him. If he is sick, or, like recently, teething, we are a little more lenient on the Ferberizing. We’ll still wait the 5 minutes minimum, but sometimes we still bring him into bed with us.

So, I guess, a SUPER long story made short, there is no right way to help your child sleep through the night. And, just because you prefer a method, doesn’t mean you have to stick with it. And, be flexible, yet consistent. And, be aware of your child’s cries and needs, such as illness, teething, peeing through his diaper, etc. And, realize that your philosophy on baby sleep will probably change–who knows, I may have to (or want to) do things differently whenever we have another.

Moral of the story: What is right and best for you, may not be right and best for someone else. Every individual, baby, mother, father, sibling, family is different and their circumstances are all unique. DO NOT JUDGE and DO NOT SAY YOUR WAY IS BETTER!


Tayler is a work at home mom. She does free lance articles and dabbles in graphic design and virtual assisting for bloggers. She spent 3 years as a history and English teacher. Her passions are her husband, two children, history, reading, nature, and her Savior, Jesus Christ.

Get Fit Thursdays // Running with a Baby

I love running! While in college, I did it all the time. But, it got harder the more “grown-up” I was. My first year out of college was also my first year of teaching…I was busy out of the wazoo. But, thankfully, I had less than a 10 minute commute and was still able to run a few times a week. Then, my 2nd year, I switched schools (this time, 50 minutes away!) and was teaching a new subject. I didn’t know what free time was anymore! I also got pregnant…so what I could and couldn’t do was limited. Well, we moved closer to where I teach (now a 15 minute commute), and now my son is almost 10 months old!

As soon as I was given the 6-week okay, I started working out again. Typically, I’d go running, which was very hard since we lived in a hilly area, I was still super week, and my newborn didn’t like being outside in the stroller for very long. This was how it was for a few months, but I did my best to stick with it. Then, it got cold. And there was no way I was going to take my baby boy out to go running in chilly and cold weather. Finally, in the past two months, Utah has gotten warm again, Rhys is older and loves the outdoors, and I have gotten back into running again.

But, running with a baby (running with a stroller!) is far different than running by your lonesome. So, I have some tips for you new moms who want to get back into running!

I loved running by myself before I had a baby. Now, I love having a running buddy every day. But, running with a baby in a jogging stroller is quite different! Here are some tips to help!

1) Make sure your running stroller’s front wheel is tightened before each run!
This can be a hassle, definitely, but I’ve had issues with my brand-new running stroller’s front wheel. Sometimes, it’ll come loose, and wobble as I run. This causes the entire stroller to shake and quake and it is hard to steer. Rhys doesn’t mind it too much as an almost-10-month-old, but it’s rough for smaller babies!

2) Always bring a blanket for baby!
Whether it is chilly spring or hot summer, bring a blanket! I love using thin, light-weight swaddlers as blankets. It helps Rhys realize it is calm-time, it’ll be there to cuddle if he is getting tired, and it helps his arms if there is a sudden chilly wind.

3) Have snacks, a doll, and a pacy!
Basically, have most of your diaper bag in the stroller. All of these will help make the ride more enjoyable for baby. I clip the pacy on him (we’ve had too many times of it being sneezed out, landing on the sidewalk, and not finding it until our return lap). Baby will also be entertained and won’t complain about being hungry!

4) Do not turn your iPod music up all the way!
You won’t really be able to hear your baby if they start to fuss. I can’t run without music, but I want to make sure I am paying attention to Rhys.

5) Know your path!
While in college, I loved going out the door and not knowing where I was headed on my run. Sometimes, my runs would be shorter or longer as a result and it was always nice to explore new places. But, since you have a baby tagging along, make sure you are familiar with your route, or at least know the distance or time it will take.

6) Plan WHEN you want to go!
If you prefer your baby staying up, go long before nap time. If you think running will help them sleep, go pretty close to nap time. I’ve done both, but when I go close to nap time and he falls asleep in the stroller, I can’t move him out or he’ll wake up! So, weigh the pros and cons.

and most importantly…

7) Be flexible!
Stop when they drop a paci or a toy. Make sure the sun isn’t in their eyes and that they are warm enough. Rhys isn’t always calm and patient the entire run (and I like to run for 30-40 minutes…not that long!), so I have to be willing to turn back when he gets fussy. Sometimes, they just want to get out and play. Thankfully, I have a park right next to my house, so we’ll stop there and I’ll get him out. Then, I’ll stretch and do some (an)aerobic exercises while he crawls along and pushes the stroller. Sometimes, I just have to cut it short, take him home, and put him down for a nap, then I’ll stretch and do some exercises at home.


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Th 5/14: “Workout Fashion”
Th 5/21: I’m going to link to all my previous posts on fitness and healthy lifestyles that I’ve ever done.
Th 6/18: “Q&A”–where are you since day 1, and ask us 3 whatever relevant question you want!
Th 6/23: “Results”–we’ll answer your questions and you give us final results!

Read my other posts in the Get Fit Thursday series!

What other tips do you have for mommy runners?
Tayler is a work at home mom. She does free lance articles and dabbles in graphic design and virtual assisting for bloggers. She spent 3 years as a history and English teacher. Her passions are her husband, two children, history, reading, nature, and her Savior, Jesus Christ.

Rhys is 8 months old!

Dear Rhys Michael,

This has been a tough month on all of us. Valentine’s/President’s Day weekend, you got very ill, the sickest you’ve ever been! There was a high fever of 102*, a sore throat, spit up, redness, and just an overall bad feeling. We knew it was bad when you preferred to be held rather than play. Because of this want of being held due to your illness, you didn’t sleep in your crib for almost a whole week! We had to hold you, so I slept on the couch downstairs with you in my arms. You would wake up every 3 hours or so. It was miserable for all of us. Then, you got a small bout of pink eye, but you were over your other illness and the happiest boy in the entire world!

Weight: 17.2 lbs,  18th percentile (7 months: 16.5 lbs, 16th percentile)
Height:  Between 27.5-28 inches…too squirmy, 38-48th percentile (7 months: 27 inches, 38th percentile)
Nicknames: Bucky, Sweetheart

Eating and Teething
You have 4 bottles of 4-6 ounces–we offer 6 ounces every time, but you don’t always finish your bottle. Not only do you recognize food, but you also recognize the containers of food and get excited whenever we take out the infant puffs can or the yogurt bites bag. You love, love, love to eat and many people have commented on how well do with eating and how jealous they are that their picky eaters who are older than you don’t eat like you. You are also getting better at picking food up yourself–you still rake it, but are now using both hands to try and make sure the food gets to your mouth. You also realize if you drop food or it falls out of your mouth.

You’ve tried:
– fried banana, applesauce, mango, pears, peaches, bananas, strawberries, lemon
– polenta
– mashed potatoes, fries, tator tots
– peas, green beans, carrots/squash/sweet potato (BAD reaction)
– bread, biscuits, rolls, toast, cheerios, noodles
– infant puffs (chedder and veggie dip), animal crackers, potato chips
– yogurt banana smoothie, berry yogurt bites, cottage cheese
– oatmeal, rice cereal
– egg yolk, swai (fish)
– baby food chicken and apple, baby food mac and cheese and veggies, baby food chicken and mixed veggies
– baby food vanilla bean custard with bananas, all fruit popsicles, apple juice

Still no teeth. You still have white-ish gums, chew voraciously on everything, and drool constantly. They need to break through!

Sleeping
Daytime: You wake up between 6:30-7:30 every day. You have almost completed the transition from 3 naps to 2, and they’re getting a little more consistent. You nap at 9:00-9:30 for an hour or so. Then you nap at your babysitter’s from 1:00-1:30 to about 3. Sometimes you’ll take a quick cat nap before dinner, but for the most part, you’ve dropped those.

Nighttime: You will doing okay the first half of February, waking 1-3 times a night. We’d pop in your pacy after 10 minutes, and you’d fall back asleep, or we’d rock you for a few minutes. Then, the second week, that all started to do downhill as you began to get sick. Then, it all collapsed. After you started to recover, you were used to being held during the night and it was really hard to train you again. But, we bought a music/lightshow/mirror to put on your crib, surrounded you with blankets, bumpers, dolls, pacies, and toys, and started Ferberization. Now you are back to waking up once a night. We’ll let you cry for 10-20 minutes, pop in your pacy, turn on your music, and you quiet right back down. When you wake up in the morning, or after your naps, you pull up and turn on the music and lights yourself. It has really helped. Earlier this week, you actually, for the second time in your life, slept solidly, without waking once from 7-6:30!

Relationships and Socializing
You love people and you definitely have separation anxiety. You want an adult in the room at all times. If you do, you are able to play by yourself for hours on end. If not, you immediately act as if we’ve abandoned you to a terrible fate! You love sharing. You also love talking. You have started singing to songs in the car, sometimes with passion (short, loud bursts between long, melodic sounds). You also love playing chase–it is one of your favorite things to be chased by Momma and Daddy. You get excited when Daddy comes home–as soon as you see him, you smile so wide, reach out towards him, and jabber. You got a new babysitter this week, and have adapted just fine. You have two new friends, 4 month old Onyx, whom you tend to ignore as he isn’t as mobile as you, and 2 year old Jasper. Jasper adores you, and you are good playmates with her.

Milestones
Milestones hit at 7 months:
– “oh-ma”, “da-da”, “gloy gloy”, hissing with the sides of your mouth, raspberries, “mmmh”, “yayayaya”, and “hi”.
– crawling and getting into sitting position on your own
– pushing and pulling doors
– chasing after toys, picking toys up when they’re dropped

Talking:
You love to talk and yell. Sometimes you’ll just crawl back and forth and just go “aaaaaah”. You’ll tell us stories, too. You like practicing whispering.

Mobility:
You are super fast with crawling now, and you know exactly where you want to go. You have started pulling up on furniture now, and will stand with one hand off, balancing. You are also cruising, walking along the furniture. You try to climb up the stairs–you were able to do one stair once, but haven’t been able to since and it makes you frustrated. You also love to have us help you walk and you take such big steps. Your favorite place to walk/run with us to or crawl to is the bathroom!

Playing and Problem Solving:
We have stacking rings and you like playing with them with Momma. Momma will hold each ring over the tube, and you’ll push them down, or I’ll help you put them on the tube yourself. You also love to play with your monster truck–you are able to push it back and forth on its wheels. You realize that you have to shake your arm to make rattles work, and you like doing that. You have even started reaching for objects dropped out of the tub, and almost fell out once!

Personality
You are vocalizing your thoughts and opinions more. If you’re impatient, or upset, or frustrated, or trying to get our attention, you’ll make a sound like, “Hey!”. You do not like being put down for a np, or being in your highchair for long. You definitely have separation anxiety, but, other than that, you are a super happy, hyper boy, and everyone comments on that fact.

Likes:
– playing
– chase
– outdoors
– bath time
– food
– his music/light machine
– moving and pulling up
– being with people

Dislikes:
– going down for a nap
– when someone leaves the room
– getting frustrated
– anything that make you stay still (diaper changing, getting (un)dressed, swaddling)
– not paying attention to you fast enough

How I love you. Each day, I keep counting down until the end of the school year and the beginning of staying home with you 24/7. It amazes me you are already 8 months old–I just birthed you! But, at the same time, it astounds me that he is only 8 months old–you seem so much older. I love just looking at you, talking to you, holding you, and staring at your beautiful blue eyes.

Stay the happy boy we love.
Love,
Momma and Daddy

Tayler is a work at home mom. She does free lance articles and dabbles in graphic design and virtual assisting for bloggers. She spent 3 years as a history and English teacher. Her passions are her husband, two children, history, reading, nature, and her Savior, Jesus Christ.