Penelope Marie – 8 Months Old

Dear Penelope,

You are now 8 months old!! I don’t know where the time is going. People are so right when they say the days are long but the months/years are short!

Your little personality is really starting to shine through and I see more and more of your Papa in you. No stranger danger for you – you love to be around people and ham it up with tons of smiles! Everywhere we go you make friends and show off your teeth with the biggest smiles.

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You are such a wiggle worm right now. Changing your diaper has become quite the task! I’m starting to wonder if we should start changing you on the floor because i’m terrified you might fall off your changing table!

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On April 2 you finally sat up on your own, unassisted! We’d been waiting for this day as you’ve been so close for a while now and sure enough, you did it. Over the course of the month you’ve gotten stronger and stronger and now you don’t even wobble anymore when you’re sitting up. This has been a game-changer for you as I could tell you were getting bored being on your back and belly all the time. Now you can play with your toys all on your own.

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You love to bounce, swing and be thrown up in the air. We just love to hear you laugh and giggle. You are much more interactive these days. You love your stacking cups, rattles and any toy that plays music or lights up. You aren’t much of a snuggler, but we’ve noticed that when you get tired and one of us is holding you, you’ll lay your head on our shoulder or chest and completely relax; it’s so sweet.

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We are still struggling with solids. You have a sensitive gag reflex and will not take a spoon. So we let you feed yourself which takes foreverrrr and gets quite messy. If you end up eating half a cracker or a small bite of fruit, we’re happy. We hope to make some more progress though. You seem to like the food, but it’s just the chewing and swallowing we’re working on. You definitely still prefer to drink milk and if you see a bottle around when we’re trying to feed you solids then it’s game over. You are drinking between 25-30 ounces a day and I continue to pump. My supply has taken a little bit of a dip and I am barely keeping up with you now. I’m hoping that we can increase your intake of solids a bit so that we don’t have to dip into our freezer supply, but we shall see.

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You are sleeping like a champ. You go to bed between 6:30-7 every night and wake up between 6-6:45 every morning. You take 2 solid naps during the day – usually the first around 8 or 8:30 and the second after lunch around 1:30. This is the most consistent we have ever been with your sleep and it’s been great! You sometimes cry when you change positions during the night, but it’s usually fleeting and before we even notice you’re passed out again.

We had a rough week of teething this month – really rough. Your two top teeth came in at the same time and we could tell you were really uncomfortable. Your nose was all stopped up; you were running a low-grade fever; not sleeping well and just fussier than usual. Thankfully, it passed after a couple of days but we felt so bad for you!

We were fortunate enough to have some great weather and since you love to be outside so much, we took full advantage! You even went to your first baseball game!

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It’s been another great few weeks and we’re looking forward to next month!

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