Thursday, February 13, 2014

8 months old

 Today marks 8 sweet months we have had the joy of getting to know Hatley-Grace.  She continues to be a joyful little girl, and her personality is starting to develop even more.

Stats:
Weight: around 17 lbs. (on our bathroom scale)
Clothing: mostly 9 month, 6-12 month, some 6 month
Diapers: medium length, 4 snaps in for daytime, 3 snaps in for overnight
Eyes/hair: blue/ light brown

Feeding:
HG nurses about 7, 10:30, 2, 5, 7. She has not settled into a true 4 hour schedule yet.

She is eating solids 2-3 times a day, depending on the day and our schedule.  We were going to dive into some new foods, but a recent struggle with constipation has has here eating lots of pears and avocados recently :).  She doesn't have much of a sweet tooth yet, as she is not a big fan of apples or pears.  She eats the most of avocados and carrots currently.  We are trying to teach her to drink water from a sippy cup, which she loves some days and other days she isn't interested.

Sleeping:
Typically, she takes a morning and afternoon nap for about 1 1/2-2 hours.  She sometimes will take a third cat nap if we are at home.  She goes to bed around 7 and wakes up between 6 and 7.

Motor skills:
HG sits confidently while playing, and puts her arms back and flops backwards when she wants to lay down.  While playing on her tummy, HG will push her toes on the floor to try to move to her toys.  When we put her on her hands and knees, she will hold the position for a second or so before resting. She rolls and scoots on her back to move around.  She is grabbing at everything right now, hair, faces, toys,mugs, placemats...and is has an incredibly strong grip for an 8 month old.

Fun stuff:
- HG is babbling a ton, all the time.  At times she will just yell and scream so loud it hurts my ears.  I have not figured out if the is any meaning behind the yelling, but she seems to like to hear her voice.

- She still loves the mirror.

- She prefers to cuddle with her Vera Bradley blanket my small girls gave her over other blankets.

- She just started playing peek-a-boo with her burp cloth.

-  She is ticklish on her tummy, her neck and the bottom of her feet.


Dear Hattie-Grace,

Today you had a stuffy nose and a cough.  You would not nap at church this morning when we were watching your friend Iva, and when we came home you only napped for a short time in your crib.  So, by 4 this afternoon you and I were both tired girls.  I put you in the car to take dinner to Daddy before  youth group, and hoped you would snooze in the back seat, but you just played and gave me smiles from your mirror.  When we got home, a huge thunderstorm came through.  (Here in Florida, when it rains it pours.). I took you to your nursery, fed you and tried yet another unsuccessful nap in your crib.  You sounded so pitiful with your little coughs and sneezes.  So I scooped you up in your favorite Vera blanket and cuddled you in your rocker, which was the same rocker I was cuddled in by my Mama, and the same rocker she was cuddled in.  The rain poured down outside of your window, the thundered rattled the walls, yet you slowly closed your eyes in my arms.  As I held you, I felt so blessed to have a healthy daughter, with 10 little fingers, 10 little toes.  Your long eyelashes and sweet little lips I want to always remember.  You won't be little forever, and skipped naps and constipation will feel like the silliest things to worry about soon enough.

Love,
Mama

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