Thursday, May 8, 2014

Amos is Eight Months Old!

Age of Baby: 8 months

Size of Baby:
  • Weight: 16 lbs 0 oz (up to the 4th percentile), +1 lb from last month
  • Length: 27 inches (down to the 27th percentile), no growth from last month
  • Head circumference: not measured
  • Height-to-Weight ratio: up to the 3rd-10th percentile
Amos is now wearing a size 3 diaper (it's a bit big, but the size 2s were starting to leak a bit) and 6-9/6-12/12-month clothes. He wears either a size 2 or 3 shoe.


None this month.

Doctor's Visit Summary:

No visit this month.

Picture of Baby:

Here is Amos's 8-month picture in the 12-month onesie. He really hasn't changed much since last month! You can't tell here, but his hair is filling in nicely. His eyes are slowly changing brown, I think, but appear to be kind of gray/hazel for now.

And here is a comparison of all three of the boys at eight months, just for fun. Ethan and Noah were still significantly bigger at this point (Ethan was 28.5 inches long and weighed 18.5 lbs and Noah was 27 inches long and weighed 17 lbs 13 oz).

Ethan, Noah, and Amos (each at 8 months)

Accomplishments this Month:
  • Repeating consonants, babbling
  • Two teeth!
  • Sits upright with no assistance
  • First big boy bath
  • Self-feeds little snacks
  • Reaching for us
Amos has started to use his mouth for more than just eating. ;) He is repeating consonants and sounds, trying to babble some now. I swear I've heard "mama" a few times when he has wanted me, but it may just be wishful thinking.

His bottom two teeth broke through the surface together on April 9th! We knew they were coming, and now they're quickly making their way all the way in. I'm wondering if there aren't more on their way now, because he's still been waking at night a lot, and currently has a very low-grade fever and runny nose. I know they say that doesn't really happen with teething, but it always seems to for mine! Oh yeah, he can't keep anything out of his mouth either. Nothing is safe, and it drives his big brothers crazy! Haha!

He is so proud that he is able to sit up by himself now, without using his arm to help. It took him a bit, but he finally got it and he's loving it! It's now easier for him to get into things since he doesn't have to try doing it from his belly. Haha! Because he can sit up well now, he was able to experience his first big boy bath. :) He had an awesome time with his big brothers, splashing around and enjoying the water.

He did great feeding himself snack foods when I gave them to him at the end of the month. He has no problems finding his mouth! ;) He also reaches for us now when we put our hands out to get him. So far, he hasn't experienced any separation anxiety, so I hope that continues! He is fine if I leave him with Josh to run errands, or when we leave him in the nursery at church. He's just a happy guy that wants to have fun! :)

New Foods tried this Month:
  • Apples (April 6th)
  • Peaches (April 12th)
  • Avocado (April 19th)
  • Mashed potatoes (April 20th)
  • Snacks - Rice cups and Puffs (April 29th/30th)
We've continued to move ahead with more new foods for Amos, as he hasn't appeared to have any problems with any of them. He wasn't a big fan of avocado at all, and also wasn't crazy about peas this last month unless I mixed them with one of his orange veggies. :/ He really didn't care for the mashed potatoes either, surprisingly! I've also continued to nurse him every 3-4 hours during the day (around 8 am, 11 am, 2 pm, 6 pm, 9 pm) for around 10 minutes. It's become kind of a struggle because he often doesn't want to stay still that long to eat, as he would rather look around at everything. :/ When I nurse him before naps and bed, he does a much better job eating. He normally gets breakfast when we get back home in the morning, after we've dropped one or both of the boys off at school, around 9:30 or 10. He gets his dinner with the rest of us in the evenings. I'm going to hold off on a lunch for a bit longer, to be sure he still has room for breastmilk. I may start letting him keep himself busy feeding himself some Puffs during lunchtime, if he's awake. I'd like to move on and try some new things this month, like yogurt, eggs, and more of the stuff we're eating, if he's up for it!

Amos has had another decent month in the sleep department. He is still averaging around 13 hours of sleep a day (10 hours at night and 3 hours during the day). He still normally goes to bed between 9 and 10 pm, then sleeps until between 8 and 8:30 am. He has continued to wake most nights this past month, though, but goes promptly back to sleep if I feed him. Sigh. Half the time, he wants a morning nap, but half the time he waits until the afternoon to sleep. If he takes a morning nap, he still normally goes back down later in the afternoon for a 2nd nap. I definitely think the night waking was related to teething, so I'm hoping to get him sleeping through the night regularly again soon!

We look forward to all of the milestones yet to come for this happy little guy!

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