Eight months

10 Apr

Written Thursday, April 10, 2014

8 months smallLikes: Grabbing or holding onto things; chewing on their toys, their car seat straps and their clothes; sitting up; getting into their car seats; riding in the stroller for walks and runs; eating solid food; bath time—especially being sprayed with water; when Mama and Daddy dance, sing and act silly—especially “The Wheels on the Bus” song; roughhousing and general silliness; Dexter.

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(Elise, left, Anna, right)

Favorite toys: The Fisher Price Baby’s First Blocks and Rock-a-Stack.

Dislikes: Being laid down for diaper changes; being ignored for more than a few minutes; being covered up by their car seat covers.

A IMG_3500Weights: Both girls are 13 lbs, 10 oz, up 2 pounds from last month.

Lengths: The girls probably are 25 inches long, or about a half-inch longer than last month.

E IMG_3636Milestones: Both girls sit independently—and can sit and play with toys and with each other for several minutes at a time.

IMG_3521 (Elise in gray, Anna in stripes)

sitting collageElise is working on crawling. She almost never stays on her back or on her butt for more than a few minutes, unoccupied; she immediately rolls onto all fours and scoots—backward, not forward. She has scooted several feet in mere seconds.

E IMG_3614 Elise crawling collageAnna is not working on crawling nearly as much. She will get on all fours but won’t scoot; she’ll reach for something nearby, though, or nuzzle her face into the blanket on the floor. She is more content to watch her sister and giggle at her.

A IMG_3667Anna and Elise are clearly learning about the world around them. They like to pick up their toys (the plastic shapes are a favorite) and bang them together or bang them on other things, or throw them or toss them aside or onto the floor.

A IMG_3623 E IMG_3588They also are growing more aware of each other. They love to mess with each other. They love to steal each other’s Nuks—right out of their mouths!—or the toys they’re playing with at that moment. They seldom share, but when they do, it’s adorable.

20140322_101604 (Elise, left, Anna, right)

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Elise is almost babbling these days. Anna is, too, but much more infrequently.

Eating: A combination of breast milk (They only nurse for a few minutes at a time now.) and formula, plus the usual lineup of solid foods. New this month was Baby Mum Mums—by which they were completely and totally perplexed.

Wearing: 3-6-month and 6-month clothing; folded cloth diapers with diaper covers during the day and size 1 disposables at night.

IMG_3377 (Anna in pink, Elise in blue)

Nicknames: Anna Banana (Banana, for short), Elisey Bean (Beanut, as an alternate), Peanut, L’il Pea, Nugget.

Mama collage Daddy collageThe girls finally are old enough to start to appreciate new experiences. So, this spring and summer, we’re going for the gusto. Here’s our bucket list:

–Go to the park and play on the swings and feed the ducks

–Go swimming

–Go to the zoo

–Go to a Brewers game

–Take a road trip (We’re thinking St. Louis in June)

–Crawl in the grass

–Take photos outside

–Explore new parks and trails

–Watch fireworks

–Watch Mama and Daddy run a race

–Shop at the farmers market

–Play with bubbles

–Play with water and sand

–Celebrate the girls’ FIRST birthday

IMG_3603 (Elise, left, Anna, right)

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2 Responses to “Eight months”

  1. acuriouskatie April 11, 2014 at 9:48 am #

    The girls are SO cute. There is something about those Fisher Price blocks as Charlotte has those and LOVES them, especially knocking them down when I build a tower.

    Good luck with crawling! It’s funny how they have their own styles of mobility.

  2. Tales of a Twin Mombie April 11, 2014 at 9:23 pm #

    Absolutely adorable!

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