I realize it's been a whole month since I posted anything but lately Baby Jett's been sleeping better and apparently I don't have anything to write about when sleeping isn't an issue.
So let's do Baby Jett's 8 month update.
He's still skinny, with all his clothes on at the pediatrician's office he weighs 17 lbs. 11 oz. That's the 25th percentile...with his clothes on. Not sure what to do about that as we're eating solids 3x a day now.
As to the solids he's eating like a champ and he's got the poop to prove it! Ugh, I hate the new poop! Cloth diapers with solid food poop = yuck!
He will still try anything that you put in front of him but he definitely has some preferences. He loves pears, strawberries, asparagus and carrots and he's not a huge fan of meat or eggs. Who really needs protein? Oh right, the baby does! I've been giving him almond butter to try to get some protein and healthy fats into him.
We've tried most of the most common food allergens and so far so good, no allergies as of yet...you know other than the milk protein thing, which I STILL have not tested. I just can't bring myself to do it, I don't want my baby's belly to hurt!
His personality is really coming through, he is...ahem...determined. Some might say stubborn, we're putting a positive spin on it and using words like determined and persistent. But holy shit this kid is PERSISTENT.
When he wants something he NEEDS it and puts in A LOT of effort to get it. He's actually becoming quite the accomplished climber this way.
I put stools and laundry baskets and whatever else is in the room in the walkway in front of the cat food to keep him away from it but NO OBSTACLE WILL KEEP HIM FROM THE CAT FOOD. He goes up, over, around or just pushes the damn thing out of the way to get there. I am both proud and annoyed that he JUST WON'T GIVE UP.
He has 2 very stubborn parents...I see many fights in the future for all of us...sigh.
He "talks" to the cats. One day I noticed he seemed to be whimpering a lot, I thought he was FINALLY going to cut a tooth as he was just generally really fussy, a few days later he wasn't fussy anymore but he was still whimpering. Then I noticed WHEN he was whimpering...when the cats are around! He whimpers at the cats, he's mimicking their meows! CUTEST THING I'VE EVER SEEN.
Sleeping is getting better!
Sometime in the last month he just started sleeping more. I think he just wasn't ready before and now he is. He's done 7 hour stretches several times and when he doesn't do 7 he still does 5 or 6 most nights. It's not perfect and there are still nights where he's up every 3 hours, BUT IT'S GETTING BETTER. We're down to only doing 2 feeds at night MAXIMUM, which means that some nights we only have one middle of the night feeding and that I've actually slept for longer than 3 hours in a row!
Truth be told I don't necessarily feel more rested. Sleeping in longer stretches is overrated.
He's also started napping better. Again, it's like he just wasn't ready before and now he is. I've put him down awake in the crib for morning naps and he puts himself to sleep for an hour or more. IT'S CRAZY AWESOME.
He got his first cold this week. He made it 8 months without being sick and luckily even this was pretty mild, with just a slight fever and a runny nose, but he gave it to me! First time I've been sick since he was born too!
And then there's the standing. Standing, standing and more standing. His favorite thing in the world is to pull himself up, find something to pick up, bend down pick it up, stand back up then bend down and set it back down and stand back up and REPEAT SEVEN MILLION TIMES with different objects.
He's also a huge fan of pulling everything he can reach off the pantry shelves, just so it's on the ground and he can bend down and pick things up and put them down again.
He also does this with the tupperware shelf.
Ok, he does it with ANY shelf he can reach.
He also opens and closes drawers and cupboards and anything with a handle!
And last but not least he STILL HAS NO TEETH.
I'll leave you with these piccies.
Right after taking this picture I turned to set the camera down and he basically dove head first off the chair. Luckily I was there to catch him, but this kid is fearless!
Enjoying a plum in the park. I brought cut up pears for him to eat, the plum was for me but once I took a bite he wanted it for himself and he basically devoured the whole plum!
Just grabbing a cold beer out of the fridge after a long hard day of standing...and squatting...and standing some more.