Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Eight Months (and one day)

Emily is EIGHT months old!  Wow.  She's thriving and while she presents several challenges, she is really amazing.  She's got two teeth, one is a little bigger than the other, as you can see.  She is crawling as of Sunday.  She pulls herself up to standing in her crib and on some of her toys and today showed signs of cruising (except she stepped on her own sock and got stuck).   She gives wide, open-mouthed kisses and forehead 'hugs'.  She eats a wide variety of foods and her meals have quickly moved to finger foods and no purees.  She enjoys most foods that we like.  She does not, however, like tofu, something Nolan gobbled up as a little guy and still does.  She has enjoyed a chicken, potato and carrot dinner and last night she ate 3/4 of a racket ball sized meatball and about 1/2 cup of bowtie pasta with sauce.  She can feed herself if we put food on a fork and she can pick food up and eat it in small pieces. It's comical how much (most nights she eats more dinner than Nolan- but that's not hard) and how hungrily she eats.  She LOVES watching Nolan.  She continues to nurse but has been taking formula in a sippy cup throughout the day and seems to enjoy the cup too.  She is beginning to protest when someone takes a toy away.  She seems to enjoy books (confession we don't read to her as much as we did Nolan) and can screech and squeal pretty loud.  She does a little dance when she hears music and really enjoys toys that make music.   She babbles a lot.

She still struggles with other people holding her and she is very distracted when nursing which often means if she hears the most fascinating person in the world (Nolan) through the door she'll stop nursing and look around- she could not nurse with Nolan in the room or in public at this point without exposing me.  She is not a cuddler or snuggler, we get the same stiff arm from her as we did from Nolan at this age.  (Though Nolan is turning into quite a cuddler and prefers to sit on my lap rather than on the floor- though I think it's just attention getting, I don't care, I love the snuggles) 

She is sleeping quite well, she takes two naps and sleeps through the night from about 745-630.  

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