And just like that, another month has gone by, and I now have an 8 month old.
So last month I told y’all how I was up 2-3 times a night to give Evelyn her paci. I was so ready to be done with that! While Jarrod was in New Jersey with work for a week, I decided to do some sleep training. The first night was hard to get through (but some wine helped out on my end), but then Evelyn started doing great! I would put her in bed awake and she would maybe cry a minute or two, sleep through the night, wake up between 5:00 and 6:00 for a bottle, and then go back to sleep until 8ish.
I knew it was too good to be true. Enter a new routine with school in session and some teeth that are taking for-EVER to make their debut, and we’re back to waking up in the middle of the night. But at least it’s normally only one time instead of 2-3. And she’s still going down for bed awake like a champ. She loves when I tuck her in “snug as a bug in a rug” and grins from ear to ear.
Now naps are a different story. Normally we get home from dropping the kids at school, I give Evelyn a bottle, and then she goes down for a nap. But sometimes she just isn’t tired, and I wind up with an audience for my morning workouts.
Evelyn will usually go down around 1:00 for an afternoon nap. Some days she sleeps an hour, and other days she sleeps three.
We have hit the “witching hour” age. I’m not really sure why it’s called an hour because it definitely goes on longer than an hour in our house. From about 4:00 until bedtime (between 7:00-7:30), Evelyn is cranky. She cries when I’m not playing with her. She cries when I put her on the floor. She cries while she stuffs her face with puffs while I try to get dinner ready. She’s normally happy in the bathtub, but cries as soon as Jarrod takes her out.
But the rest of the day, she’s a happy baby. A baby who loves pulling up and standing!
Evelyn isn’t super steady yet, so we have to be near her when she is pulling up/standing, but she’s getting better at it every day.
And she’s still perfectly content with army crawling. Every once in a while, she’ll get up on all fours, but then she brings herself back down. I think she just likes being stealthy.
Eight months down, only four more to go until we have a one year old on our hands!
She might as well skip her first fifteen birthdays and move straight to sweet 16 with the driving skills she’s been perfecting in the commissary parking lot. We have about a 45 minute window between dropping the big kids at school and the commissary opening. Evelyn takes a bottle and then practices “driving.”
Weight: About 19 pounds
Liquids: Between 24-28 oz of formula a day and a little diluted juice in a sippy
Solids: Three meals a day consisting of fruits, veggies, and meats. She has also started on a few regular table foods: pita bread, hummus, baked beans, crackers, and small pieces of banana
Clothes: 6-9 months
Diapers: Huggies Little Snugglers size 3
Words/Sounds: I have heard, b, h, m, and w consonant sounds so far. She is not putting multiple syllables together yet. I heard “mum” the other day, so I’ve been really working on getting Evelyn to say mama! Jarrod of course is working equally as hard to get her to say dada!