Liam {8 Months Old}

    Mr. Liam Albert Farrell is 8-months-old today! Can you believe it? I know I can't. I will say that this past month has been one of my favorites, yet also super challenging! Liam learned so much in this short amount of time, and some of those things proved to make life a little more exciting for B and me! (Seriously, you wouldn't believe how quickly such a small person can sail across a hard wood floor!)

    That said, all the changes are, of course, good! Here's what's up:

    I literally had 0.00021358792 seconds to snap a pic before he rolled over.
    Good thing he smiled!
    Anxious to see what the scale/height is at next month's well visit. I think Liam is probably hanging out around 19-20 lbs. I hope he's grown a couple of inches. I worry all the time he got mom's height.
    The shots immediately after the one above. Literally all taken within 60 seconds.

    He is consistent in continuing to love bath time, squealing, eating, peek-a-boo, etc. But he started getting more interested in some other stuff this month, too!

    • Looking at photos: We walk around the house and point out family in photos. It always makes him smile, laugh and squeal in delight. If he's super cranky or sad, it always calms him down to look at pictures.
    • Reading books: I've tried to read to him since he was a newbie, but he was never interested. FINALLY, he loves reading some of his touch and feel books (animals and trucks), and he LOVES the book Dear Zoo. He is able to open the hide-and-seek flaps, and he thinks it's hilarious!
    • Monkeys: We noticed a certain affinity toward monkeys of any variety. He has a couple of stuffed monkeys/teething toys that he loves, but more than that, when we see monkeys in a book, or make the "ooo ooo ah ah" noise, he gets so happy!
    • Singing: He still hates the changing table, but when I sing "We Go Together" from Grease, I get him to smile, laugh and relax. He also loves "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" and "You are M Sunshine."
    • Laughing: He was a tough cookie to crack, but we've unleashed the dragon, and Liam finally laughs all the time! At anything and nothing, most of the time. Sometimes it's belly laughs and some times, just a little giggle. It's the best. (See video)
    • Swinging: Seriously has the best time.
    • His Daddy: No change from last month, but Liam really loves his Dad. I know he loves me, too, obviously - but he is just enamored by Bryan. If I'm feeding Liam in his high chair and Bryan is on the couch behind him, he turns to look where he is. Knowing how much Bryan wanted a son, makes their relationship even sweeter in my eyes.

    • Still hates getting dressed/having his diaper changed
    • Still must be eating always
    New Milestones/Skills
    • Pulling to stand 
    • Has two teeth, with about four on the way
    • Army crawling! He is very quick and moves everywhere. He's also close to crawling on all fours, and gets into push-up/plank position. I wasn't kidding above when I say how quickly he glides across our wood floors. (See video)

    • Gives kisses: Open mouth whoppers, all day, e'ry day!
    • "Waves" hi and bye: By "wave," I mean moves his arm up and down, but he'll figure out the hand motion soon!
    • Gives high fives True story 
    • Drinking from a sippy cup!
    • Still saying consonants, but no real words. I think I heard Mama on the video here, but he hasn't said it since. Just a lot of Babababababababa, all day! I think Da Da will be next. (See video)
    I'm now exclusively pumping, as Liam never came back from his nursing strike from about a month ago. I've had some supply issues in recent weeks, but am still pumping and doing what I can there, so I'm supplementing with formula. I have a big freezer stash that I could pull from, but I'm saving it for while we are on our trip. Time will tell, but I think I will start weaning from the pump in the next month or so, depending on what my supply does.

    That said, Liam gets 4-5 bottles/day, at about 5-7oz/each. He also eats solids three times a day, and will eat anything! He figured out how to suck pouches on his own, and can also drink water from a sippy with a straw! We've been trying to try some table foods, but he gags kind of easily, so I'm basically terrified to upgrade from the purees. He seriously loves everything we give him.

    Still going strong! He sleeps 7:30pm/8pm-7:00/7:30am most nights. Teething has presented some disrupted sleeping but not too badly, thankfully. More than anything, he's going through this phase where he falls asleep while we rock and when we lay him down, he wakes up and just starts rolling around/playing in his crib. Most of the time we let him play and tire himself out, but sometimes he needs intervening.

    He naps 2-3/times day, depending on how long the naps are and how long he's been awake (wakeful periods are a little longer these days at 2.5 hours), but he still naps about 2-4 hours/day.

    That's it for month 8! Can't wait to see what 9 months brings! 

    1 comment:

    1. My two favorite sounds in the world are the pop of champagne bottles and baby giggles. This video just proves my point! SO cute!!!!


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