Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Gentry Claire at 8 Months!

Gentry Claire turned 8 months old on February 27 - the time has flown! Today is her 9 month birthday and I'm just getting around to month 8. GC is so much fun and has a sweet personality. She definitely lets us know when she's unhappy or hungry, but overall has a laid back and content attitude. 

- Size 3 diapers day and night. 
-  Size 6, 6-9, or 9 month clothes depending on the type.  
- You started crawling on March 4 (daddy's birthday!)
- You can pull up to your knees on the coffee table, little piano, or pretty much anything that's the right height.
- You sometimes push up to "standing" on all fours. I feel like you'll walk before you are a year old - oh my!
- You love to go after Scout's toys.
- You are still great sleeper and sleep from 7:30 p.m. to 6:30 a.m. on school days and usually later on the weekends. 
- You don't cry when you wake up, but just lay in your crib and "talk" until we come get you.
- You wave and say, "bye-bye" but are selective about doing it. :) 
- You don't care for bananas, but will eat most anything else we give you: broccoli, cauliflower, green beans, green peas, lima beans, corn, squash, apples, pears, mango, berries - you like it all!
- You still get 4 bottles a day (6-7 ounces each) and eat breakfast, lunch, snack, and dinner, too!
- You tried macaroni noodles last night and liked feeding yourself.
- You eat "puffs" or banana Mum-Mums for afternoon snack.
- You are practicing with a sippy cup and are getting better. We offer you water and/or formula in it and you take it well. 
- You don't like to lay still to get dressed or have your diaper changed - you are so squirmy!
- You like taking baths and have discovered splashing!
- You have two bottom teeth with no more in sight!  
- You rarely laugh - it takes a lot to get a laugh out of you!
- You babble a lot "mamama," "dadada," and "huh!" 
- You started dancing and kind of wiggle and bob around when we sing with you or when you play your piano.
- You like playing on the floor especially with your piano and little house.
- You love your daddy and will laugh harder at him than anyone else. 
- Your separation anxiety has gotten stronger. You usually cry when I drop you off at school or work, but settle quickly and have fun playing.
- You don't like it when the other babies at school get in "your space." It does not make you happy!
- You have become very attached to "Pinky Poodle," the little pink lovey that cousin Terri gave you. Every time we give it to you your thumb goes right in your mouth and you stroke the poodle's ear. 
- You are a thumb-sucker, big time, and that's how you fall asleep. 
- You are busy, busy, busy and aren't still much anymore unless you don't feel well.
- You are friendly to strangers and will go to just about anyone and aren't scared.
- You still take a morning nap for about 1-1.5 hours and an afternoon nap of the same. Sometimes you still like a late afternoon nap around 5:30, especially if we are in the car. 
- You squeal and talk a lot now.
- You still keep headbands on your head and rarely pull them off unless you are sleepy. 
- Your nighttime routine works well. We get home from work/school around 6:00 p.m. and have a bottle, dinner, bath, playtime, and bed. You go to bed around 7:30 and wake up around 6:00 - 6:30 a.m. - sometimes we have to wake you up and you do not like that! 

We love you, Gentry Claire, and are so thankful for you!