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

Baby #2 Birth Story

It’s been a few months now, and things are getting into a more predictable routine, so I finally have time to sit down and write Baby #2’s birth story!

It was the night before my 37 week appointment. As with my first son, I went into labor around 11 pm. But this time, even though the contractions kept me up all night, they were not consistent, so I didn’t think it was the real deal. Finally, around 8 am the next morning, they had fallen into a pattern, and I knew it was time to head to the hospital. So, I woke up husband and son #1 and threw my bags in the car.

Husband called his parents to meet us there, so they could take care of big brother. I texted my family, “Do y’all know anyone who has a birthday today?” (December is a big birthday month for our friends and family, I thought for sure he’d be born on my grandmother’s birthday on the 12th!) My sister texted back, “Does this mean you’re on your way to the hospital?!” I told her we were, so she said to keep her posted, and she’d head over in a while. (She lives close by, and her son was actually born at the same hospital 6 months before!) My mom had over a two hour drive ahead of her, so she left ASAP.

We got to the hospital around 9:30 am, and they monitored me for a bit. DH got big brother situated with his parents (God bless them, they were a huge help!), then came back to wait with me. They got me moved into a delivery room, and we waited some more. DH made some phone calls, and did work on his laptop. I tried to sleep since I hadn’t the night before. I got my epidural and my sister showed up at 11-ish with lunch for DH (none for me, obviously haha).

Around 11:45, my doctor came in to break my water. She said I was only at about 7 cm, so it would probably be a few hours, so she would be back in a while. DH came back from visiting with his parents and son #1 in the waiting area, and the nurse came in around 12:30 because they lost baby’s heartbeat on the monitor. She fiddled with it for a while, and DH joked that maybe the baby was already out! lol We all laughed at that, and she checked under the blanket. DH headed back out to make some phone calls for work, while my sister and I chatted, and the nurse kept messing with the monitor.

Then all of the sudden, there he was! On the bed, under the blanket! He slide right out like a log ride at an amusement park, and I didn’t feel a thing. No pushing at all. Just…baby! My sister flew out of the room and chased my husband down the hall, shouting “THE BABY’S HERE!” Four or five nurses ran into the room, along with my DH, and they sprang into action. I had no idea what was going on, and DH looked scared. Thankfully, everything turned out ok, and our second baby boy was here! Three weeks early, but healthy. 🙂

“Little Brother”
12/9/2015 @ 12:49 pm
6 lbs. 6 oz.
20 in.

December Baby – 2 months

Sweet baby – 

The last 2 months have just flown by! You’ve almost doubled your birth weight (yay breastfeeding!), so now I call you my little roly poly cause you’re so cute and chubby. I shouldn’t be surprised by how much you’ve gained, though, because you eat all the time. You gurgle and coo and laugh a little, but most of the time you’re just taking it all in. You are fascinated by your hands (which you’ve just recently become aware of), and ceiling fans, even when they’re not moving. You still make a lot of noise when you sleep. I’m starting to think you and Daddy might be competing to see who can snore louder. lol I love you so much, my little roly poly bug!

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2 month stats:

  • Weight: 11 lbs. 15 oz  (up 5+ lbs. since birth)
  • Length: 22.5 in (up 2.5 in. since birth)

2 month milestones (from Baby Center): 

Mastered Skills (most kids can do)

  • Vocalizes: gurgles and coos
  • Follows objects across field of vision
  • Notices his hands
  • Holds head up for short periods

Emerging Skills (half of kids can do)

  • Smiles, laughs
  • Holds head at 45-degree angle
  • Makes smoother movements

Advanced Skills (a few kids can do)

  • Holds head steady – You’re still a bobblehead. lol
  • Can bear weight on legs – Working on it
  • Lifts head and shoulders when lying on tummy (mini-pushup) – Not yet
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