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happy 8, viv

One of the things I’m most excited about is seeing your personality emerge more and more.  Your likes, dislikes, personality quirks – I love seeing you become more and more you and discovering who you are.  You are precious, sweet baby, and the Lord has made you so special and unique, exactly how He wants you.  I want you to always believe that.  You are perfectly created by Him.  Your daddy and I adore you.  And you are going to do amazing things.

- from mama’s letter to you

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What you weigh –11 lbs. 5 oz.

What you eat – Still nursing full time.  And now you’ve started solids!  We started them just a few days into your eighth month.  At first you really didn’t want anything in your mouth. You’d make the worst (but cutest!) face every time I’d stick anything in your mouth.  All you wanted was to suck on your fingers.  I’d put a spoonful of food in your mouth, and like a reflex your fingers would go straight in your mouth.  It would make the biggest mess!  You did this for several weeks, and I would have to hold your little hand throughout your whole meal.  Finally, right about the time you turned 8 months, you stopped doing that. Your favorites foods are sweet potatoes, carrots and avocado with a little bit of apple mixed in.  WE’ve also tried green beans, peas, bananas, pears, barley, squash, plums, I’ve tried to do some baby led weaning with you, but you aren’t quite sure what to do with a piece of banana yet.  You sure like to play with it though!  So, we’re doing purees for now.  You are eating a lot more now than the first few weeks, but honestly you still act like you just don’t really want anything in your mouth, even your favorites will bring a look of disbelief on your face when they first go in.  You are a funny babyJ  Right now we are doing one meal a day around lunch time.

How you sleep – You are sleeping just perfectly.  You go down at about 8-8:30 each night and sleep until about 7 am.  I still pull you out of bed at about 10:30 and feed you, but you don’t wake up for it.  Most days you take 3 naps.  We’ve dropped your fourth one for the most part, but if we go out and you miss one during the day sometimes you’ll take it.   Your naps are usually about and hour to an hour and a half, sometimes longer, sometimes a little shorter.  Your morning nap is usually on the longer side.  We are still swaddling you with one arm out.

What you wear – You’re still wearing a mix of 0-3 and 3-6 depending on what it is. Pants are all 3-6 because of your giant diaper.  Onesies are 3-6 for the most part, although you can still technically wear your 0-3.  They are really getting too short, especially the sleeves, but I still put my favorites on your sometimes.  Sweaters and dresses are definitely still 0-3.  You are our perfectly tiny girl.

Diaper –  Bum Genius Freetime with one row of snaps left open in the middle.

Favorite activities – being tickled, sucking on your fingers, sitting up (!), playing with bubba, grabbing people’s faces, chewing on things, swinging, bathtime, hanging upside down, playing peek-a-boo

Least favorite activities: having your face cleaned, being wrapped up in a towel when you get out of the bath, getting strapped into your carseat

Big moments in your fifth month of life – started babbling consonants (m’s – mamamama), started using a sippy cup (really just playing with it stillJ), started solids, first snow

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