December Baby – 8 Months

Baby boy –

Lots of motor skill development this month!  Sitting confidently?  Yep!  Crawling?  Been there, done that. Pulling yourself up to standing?  Yeah, you do that now, too…

And when you are standing, you are bouncing. Especially in your crib. Standing still is apparently not an option. Haha 

You babble a lot, but still nothing that sounds like words (at least to me).  Definitely not “mama” or “dada”.  Maybe someone here can translate “gukkk”?

You are so much fun, little guy. I love watching you grow up!

Lots of love, hugs, and kisses!
~ Mommy

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8 month milestones (from Baby Center):

Mastered Skills (most kids can do)

  • Says “mama” or “dada” to parents (isn’t specific) – Nope
  • Passes objects from hand to hand

Emerging Skills (half of kids can do)

  • Stands while holding onto something
  • Crawls
  • Points at objects – Not yet 
  • Searches for hidden objects

Advanced Skills (a few kids can do)

  • Pulls self to standing, cruise 
  • Picks things up with thumb-finger pincer grasp – Working on this
  • Indicates wants with gestures – Not yet

December Baby – 7 months

Sweet boy –

Happy 7 months! Time is just flying by!

You’re getting better at sitting, though you’re still a little unsteady. You JUST started crawling. Like yesterday. Seriously.

You love to eat, though we haven’t tried a lot of new foods yet. So far, you’ll eat bananas, sweet potatoes, green beans, and squash.

You’re not much of a talker on your own. If I make a sound, you’ll usually say it back. You still love to squeal, though!  I think we’re going to start working on signing now, too.

I can’t wait to see what the next month has in store. I love you so much, baby boy!!

~ Mommy

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7 month milestones (from Baby Center):

Mastered Skills (most kids can do)

  • Sits without support — For a little bit. He’s still kind of wobbly.
  • Drags objects toward himself

Emerging Skills (half of kids can do)

  • Lunges forward or starts crawling
  • Jabbers or combines syllables — Not quite. Mostly just squeals.
  • Starts to experience stranger anxiety — I haven’t noticed this yet.

Advanced Skills (a few kids can do)

  • Waves goodbye — Not yet.
  • Stands while holding onto something — Nope.
  • Bangs objects together
  • Begins to understand object permanence

December Baby – 6 months

Sweet boy – 

I can’t believe how fast 6 months have gone by.  You are learning new skills everyday.  You can now sit unassisted for a short amount of time, and you’re ridiculously close to crawling.   You imitate sounds and faces, but you’re not making any word-like sounds yet (like “ba ba” or “da da”).  You just squeal in delight more than anything.  hahaha  You’ve been sleeping better lately, and are falling into more of a routine.  (Which is awesome!) 

It’s so fun watching you grow up.  I love you so much!

~ Mommy

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6 month stats

  • Weight: 20 lb. 2 oz.
  • Length: 27.75 in.

6 month milestones (from Baby Center):

Mastered Skills (most kids can do)

  • Turns toward sounds and voices
  • Imitates sounds
  • Rolls over in both directions

Emerging Skills (half of kids can do)

  • Is ready for solid foods
  • Sits without support
  • Mouths objects
  • Passes objects from hand to hand

Advanced Skills (a few kids can do)

  • Lunges forward or starts crawling  — You can scoot forward on your tummy, but you’re not crawling just yet.
  • Jabbers or combines syllables — Not yet.
  • Drags objects toward himself

December Baby – 5 months

Sweet boy –

You are growing up so fast! Lately, you are very determined to move. (I assume you are trying to keep up with your big brother!) Rocking on your hands and knees, scooting backwards across the floor. You’ll be crawling in no time!

The jumperoo is your favorite toy overall, but you’ve started grasping smaller toys and putting them in your mouth. Pacifiers are a thing of the past. You’d much rather chew on your hands. You also just recently discovered your feet, though you’re not terribly interested in them just yet.

You smile any time you hear your dad’s voice, and big brother always makes you laugh. Such a happy little guy! I’m so excited to see what the next month brings!

I love you!

~ Mommy

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5 month milestones (from Baby Center):

Mastered Skills (most kids can do)

  • Distinguishes between bold colors
  • Plays with his hands and feet

Emerging Skills (half of kids can do)

    • Recognizes own name
    • Turns toward new sounds
    • Rolls over in both directions

Advanced Skills (a few kids can do)

    • Sits momentarily without support
    • Mouths objects
    • Separation anxiety may begin – I think we are dealing with a little of this.

December Baby – 4 months

Sweet boy –

4 months has just flown by, and this past month has been an eventful one!

We celebrated your first Easter, which included your first road trip! You did great, as I expected. 🙂

You’ve mastered the back to tummy roll, but are still working on going from your tummy to your back. I’ve seen you do it once or twice, so we’ll keep practicing.

You are laughing and “talking” more now, which is so much fun! I can’t wait to see what the next month brings.

I love you lots! ~ Mommy

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4 month stats

  • Length: 25 inches
  • Weight: 16 lbs. 5 oz.

4 month milestones (from Baby Center):

Mastered Skills (most kids can do)

  • Smiles, laughs
  • Can bear weight on legs
  • Coos when you talk to him

Emerging Skills (half of kids can do)

  • Can grasp a toy
  • Rolls over, from tummy to back — Not quite, but getting better every day.

Advanced Skills (a few kids can do)

  • Imitates sounds: “baba,” “dada” — No, but imitates facial expressions.
  • Cuts first tooth — Not yet
  • May be ready for solid foods — I think we’re going to wait a little while on this one.

December baby – 3 months

Happy 3 month day, little guy! (Just a few weeks late…oops!)

Now that you’re no longer a newborn, you’re ready to explore your world! You’ve found your hands, and they are always in your mouth. We change your clothes a lot, because you’re drooling everywhere all of the sudden. (It’s too early for teething, right?) You’re doing much more cooing and smiling these days, which is so much fun!

Such a sweet, happy boy. I love you!

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3 month milestones (from Baby Center): 

Mastered Skills (most kids can do)

  • Recognizes your face and scent
  • Holds head steady
  • Visually tracks moving objects

Emerging Skills (half of kids can do)

  • Squeals, gurgles, coos
  • Blows bubbles
  • Recognizes your voice
  • Does mini-pushup

Advanced Skills (a few kids can do)

  • Rolls over, from tummy to back – Not quite yet.
  • Turns toward loud sounds
  • Can bring hands together, bats at toys – You’re much more interested in your hands than toys. lol

Look who’s TWO!

Little man –

We celebrated your second birthday this past weekend. (Just a small get-together with family, but you had a blast!) Oh, how are lives have changed of the past couple of years…

I just can’t believe how much you have grown up since your first birthday! You are a SUPER active kid, and you talk ALL. THE. TIME. (I have NO idea where you get that from! lol) You are definitely more social than I imagine your father and I were at this age. It’s really fun to see you interacting with other kids. A few days ago, when I dropped you off at daycare, you went right up to another boy in your class and said “HI!” and waved! It was so cute!

You love being outside, playing with trucks or a ball, and playing “fetch” with the dogs. You are quite artistic, too! Your finger paints of choice are applesauce or yogurt…all over the table…and any other furniture you manage to touch on the way to the sink to get cleaned up.

I’m so excited to see what adventures the next year has in store!

I love you SO much!

~ Mommy

What a difference a year makes!

What a difference a year makes!

Current stats: {as of 9/30/13}

weight: 29 lb.
height: 34 in.

Shorts: 18 months {I imagine 18 month PANTS would be too short now, though.}
Shirts: 24 months-2T
Shoes: Size 6
Diapers (when he’s in disposables): Size 4

Foods:
Likes – Cheese, chicken, applesauce, strawberries
Dislikes – Red meat, most veggies (unless I hide them in something else)

24 month milestones (from Baby Center):

Mastered Skills (most kids can do)

  • Can name at least six body parts on a doll – Yep
  • Half of speech is understandable – Definitely
  • Can make short sentences – Been there, done that!

Emerging Skills (half of kids can do)

  • Starts talking about self – BTDT
  • Can arrange things in categories – Kind of.
  • Can walk down stairs – Yep

Advanced Skills (a few kids can do)

  • Begins to understand abstract concepts like sooner and later – Not really.
  • Becomes attuned to gender differences – I don’t think he’s there just yet.
  • Learns to jump – YES! That’s why my in-laws got him a TRAMPOLINE!

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23 months!

Little man,

I can’t believe in one month, you will be TWO. I know I keep saying that on all of these monthly updates. But seriously…it boggles my mind.

That being said, you have definitely entered the terrible twos already. Tantrums happen at the drop of a hat. Taking you ANYWHERE is exhausting, and I imagine it will be that way for the foreseeable future. (I hear three and four is even worse…oh goodie! *sarcasm*) As your father says, it’s a good thing you’re cute.

You’ve been in the two year old class for a few weeks now (the daycare decided you were ready to move up a little early), and you seem to be thriving with the older kids. You’ve sat on the potty a few times after seeing the other boys do it, though you still haven’t done so at home. I was a little concerned about you being a summer baby and always being the youngest in your class, but it seems to work out well for you to have the older children to emulate.

I can’t wait to see what the next month has in store for us!

Love you lots and lots!
~ Mommy

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23 month milestones (from Baby Center):

Mastered Skills (most kids can do)

  • Can make a tower of four bricks – Yes, I think the highest he has stacked is 6 or 7.
  • Can name a simple picture in a book – Been there, done that.
  • Can use 50 single words – Easily!

Emerging Skills (half of kids can do)

  • Can make two or three word sentences – Yes
  • Can sing simple tunes – Yep
  • Takes more of an interest in playing with other children – Yes

Advanced Skills (a few kids can do)

  • Talks about self (likes, dislikes) – Not yet.
  • Asks “Why?” – Not yet.
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