The first year of a baby’s life seems to fly by for a mother, doesn’t it? They change so incredibly much in that time frame. Right now, I’m feeling like 8 months is such a sweet stage. But I know I will feel the same way about 9 months and every month after, I’m sure. Besides being so darn cute and squishy and soft and kissable, she’s just becoming more aware and interested in everything around her. I can just see her little brain noticing and learning new things. I feel like I need to document all these milestones to look back on one day. I have so much joy in my day just picking her up out of her crib, hugging, kissing her, feeding her, and watching her play. I love hearing her laugh when we play peek a boo, when I pretend to nibble her fingers, when I tickle her or she sees her sister acting silly. My heart smiles as I watch her and her sister play together. Their little bond is growing every day and it is one of the most beautiful things I get to witness in this life. Mackenzie’s eyes light up when her sister walks into the room. Mackenzie likes to help me wake Kelsie up in the mornings and Kelsie likes to read to her and sing her lullabies. She even hums in the car when Mackenzie gets fussy, and to my surprise, it puts her to sleep like a charm.
I just realized that I never took a 7 month-by-month photo, and haven’t written anything down about milestones at 6 or 7 months! : O Sorry, 2nd child! I really love you just as deeply as I did your sister at this age but documenting all of these sweet moments has taken a back seat to the rest of life going on around us. I take enough pictures though so hopefully that will retell the story one of these days.
Over the past week I keep thinking, wow, this little baby girl is really changing. It has reminded me how quickly this infant stage is passing! It’s like they go to sleep at night and wake up the next morning doing new things. And the cute faces and sweet moments they were doing yesterday are replaced with new ones. Its the perpetual bittersweet feeling of wanting them to stay like this forever but being also being excited to see what they do next.
Mackenzie is quite a little noise maker now. She makes lots of happy baby sounds, the typical fussy whines when she is tired, fussy or dirty, and she laughs a lot (which is our favorite of course). She is also saying “Dadadada” a lot, and much to my delight, the new one over the past 2 weeks, is “mama”! Of course, it is still non-specific to us and just baby babbling at this point but it is still sweet to hear her put those sounds together. I know it won’t be long she will be calling out “mama” and actually thinking about and needing me. She is starting to develop separation anxiety and notices when I am not around.
She is moving all over the place now. I put her down, turn my head and within a couple of minutes she is somewhere 10 feet away facing a completely different direction and I have no idea how she got there. She is pushing her chest completely off the floor when she is on her tummy and gets her knees up but she isn’t crawling yet. Soon, though, very soon. And then the massive baby proofing must begin. She is often trying to raise up when she is lying down. When trying to change diaper, she puts her hands on the side of the changing table and uses those abs to try to pull herself up. Same thing happens in the bath. She is soon to be graduating from that baby bathtub!
She is using her little fingers to rake and learning that pincher grasp with her forefinger and thumb! She pinches me all the time while she is nursing. She grabs that skin on my arm, back, belly, and yes- even breast – and just twists and pinches. :O She reaches and grabs for everything. If she is close enough, she will pull anything off a table and can cause quite the ruckus! (Like the iced tea she pulled off the table at a restaurant soaking both of us, the table and the floor!)
She is now much more interested in eating, which is fun but making life feel busier. Oh, you mean I have to feed you real food too!? 😉 Here, have this teething biscuit to hold you over. You handle that well. Try these puffs. Picking them up and putting them in your mouth all by yourself! Yay! Lets keep working on that, self-feeding thing. That would really help momma out. How about some bites of this banana. Yep, you can manage that too. Small pieces of zucchini and broccoli? No issues getting those down either. She still doesn’t have teeth but she is handling mashing up small pieces of soft food with her gums with no problem. I still blend up veggies, soups, and fruits and feed her bought pouches of baby food as well. She still loves baby oatmeal mixed with breast milk too. So she is getting a combo of oatmeal, homemade baby food, prepackaged baby food, and also learning to self feed finger foods.
Besides her new adventures in solid foods, she is still just taking breast milk straight from the source. I tried the sippy cup yesterday and she actually drank a whole ounce that way all by herself! BIG milestone! It looks like we will just skip the bottle stage.
She is still sleeping through the night, 12 hours. Usually 7pm to 7am. But if she goes to bed late, she still wakes up at 7. Over the past week, she has consistently dropped down to 2 naps. And I still just have to lay her in her crib and she gets herself to sleep every time. I admittedly miss rocking a baby to sleep so occasionally I will hold her a little longer. She still likes it too. But she doesn’t have to have me to fall asleep. Which is so nice. (Seriously, sleep training her to fall asleep on her own at 4 months was the best decision I have made!) Our bedtime routine is usually as simple as bath, pjs, sleep sack, swaying back and forth standing up as I hum a quick lullaby and then I lay her down. Sometimes I read her a book and spend longer putting her to bed. Sometimes I don’t. Tonight was one of those rare times that I sat and rocked her and she actually fell asleep within 30 seconds. So I stayed there longer than usual and just stared at her little face. I need that every once and a while.
This sweet baby of ours continues to be such a huge joy in our lives. She is so happy and smiles so often and we all absolutely love having her near.
Some of my favorite memories over the past month:
Morning snuggles and giggles with sister.
Kelsie started calling her “months” as a nickname of sorts. One day a few weeks ago Kelsie told me, “Hey mommy, ‘months’ can’t do whatever they want to.” So I asked, “What are months?”, and she said “you know, months- babies like Mackenzie.” (because she is __ months old!) (I about rolled laughing). Then the other day Kelsie was reading a story to her and saying “months, months, look at me”. I have heard her do that more than once since then. So funny.
Mackenzie’s scrunch face and blowing in and out from her nose.
Shaking her head no when I am feeding her as to say she doesn’t want it.
“Trying” to knock over her sisters tower, aka their first argument! 😂 so malicious Mackenzie! 😉
Riding in the car cart for the first time at the grocery store.