Eight Months Old – Amy Watch

I found it so hard to get my head round Amy being 8 months old this weekend that I actually had to count the months twice just to check! 
Sleep 
I wrote last month that Amy was starting to be pretty squashed in her crib and unfortunately that’s still the case. You know how goldfish grow to suit the size of their pond? I fear I’m going to stunt Amy’s growth if we don’t get her moved soon!  We have brought the travel cot back from my parents’ house as a temporary measure wile we make some space in our bedroom (as if by magic) and get her a new mattress sorted out.  And in terms of progress towards the Holy Grail that is “sleeping through” . .  . well she isn’t. She isn’t sleeping through.  However she is making progress. At the moment she’s going down at about half 6 / 7 and will generally wake like clockwork at about half 10, half 2 and perhaps half 5.  However at least 4 times in the last week she has missed that half 10 feed, in fact one night she only woke once before getting up at 7.30am!  It was a fluke and she was back to normal the next night but I still felt it a step forward.  I’m trying hard to wait longer before getting up to her now in the night and seeing if she can settle herself back to sleep.  At the moment this means I’m getting even less sleep as the quickest thing to do is feed her and pop her back down but I think a lot of our night time feeding is purely habitual now.  I’m not leaving her to get upset but while she’s just fussing I’m not leaping out of bed.  Later this month I’m away from home for two nights so she really does need to be sleeping better and settling back to sleep without boob or Dave is going to have a very tough time of it! 
Weight?
Although I’ve not had Amy officially weighed at clinic I finally did manage to get her on the scales with the help of my Mum earlier this month. I hopped on the bathroom scales holding her and she is weighing in at around 19lb!  She’s about 62cm long (though I did measure her by myself while she was wriggling so it’s probably not entirely accurate)  She’s still wearing 6-9 month clothes for the most part but I’ve started to sort through her 9-12 month wardrobe and she’s already wearing a few items!
Breastfeeding & Weaning
Breastfeeding is getting to be more tricky now as she gets more and more nosey and more easily distracted.  Her best feeds are during the night frustratingly.  I had been considering trying to introduce a bottle of formula during the day but haven’t really got round to it.  Both Ben and Chloe stopped breastfeeding at 8 months and were having a bottle of formula mid morning, mid afternoon and bedtime.  It will be sometime before Amy stops breastfeeding but I do have times where I wish she would take a bottle for the days I work and also so I just didn’t need to feed her in public any more (not because I’m embarrassed but more because it’s just really hard work and ineffective when she spends so much time being nosey!)
She’s loving her food now – toast is a big favourite! Rice pudding on the other hand is not (but I can’t blame her for that because I loathe the stuff myself!)
Physical Development
Whilst a long way from crawling, Amy is happy to roll around on the floor now (often getting herself stuck under chairs and the like). In the last week she has started to sit up – not sit herself up but stay sat briefly if you put her there.  She very quickly tips herself over to get something though (often resulting in a bumped face!)  I was reading one of those milestones things the other day that suggested she’d be crawling by now – and I know that Ben certainly was – but Amy really isn’t bothered.  She pushes up with her arms to have a look round but that’s it. I can’t see her moving anywhere for a while yet! It also suggested that she would be looking to stand – not so my little girl!  She has no interest in standing whatsoever but we’re in no hurry.
Bar plenty of dribble there’s no noticeable signs of teething so I’m hopeful that she’s going to cut them as easily as her siblings! 
Family & Friends 
Much like last month Amy is still very much her Mummy’s little girl though she’s getting more and more generous with her smiles and is enjoying seeing lots of her grandparents at the moment.  She’s a really relaxed little lady and rarely any bother but she does like a fuss and will certainly let you know if she’s had enough of playing on her own! 
And that hair! 
I think we’re getting towards needing to take her to the hairdressers for her first proper cut – but I know we’re going to lose those gorgeous curls in the process! I could pretty much tie it up at the back now (and probably would if they sides were a little longer)  I love how totally crazy her hair looks the morning after it has been washed. 
8 month old baby
(Last month’s photos were all navy – this month they seem to have a food theme!)

9 Comments

  1. July 7, 2014 / 9:24 pm

    Oh she just gets more and more gorgeous!!!! I LOVE HER HAIR!!! How is she 8 months already?!?!?!?!? HOW?!?!??! x

  2. July 7, 2014 / 9:31 pm

    Happy 8 months! We are 6 months today, Alex used to wake up at 10, 1-2 and 4 just till recently. Since he started weaning, we dropped one feed and now he is doing 10 and 4, which is great but still thinking does he need it, is it just a habit, are we going to sleep through the night eventually, but with the passion he is drinking his milk, doubt it!… Xaxa and being distracted during feed, so familiar, is it why they are earing so much at night? Love the monthly update pictures with cards! Very quirky and cute xxx

  3. July 11, 2014 / 12:17 pm

    With baby's it's a case of blink and you miss it isn't it, one minute they are a week old and the next they are 1 ! That's why posts like this are great to look back on and remember, Amy has gorgeous hair & eyes 🙂

  4. July 11, 2014 / 7:22 pm

    its so lovely to be able to track their progress! she is such a cutie

  5. Christina Marriott
    July 12, 2014 / 7:50 pm

    ah she's so gorgeous and I love her hair x beautiful 🙂 xx

  6. July 14, 2014 / 1:44 pm

    Oh what beautiful photos! Hope you manage to sort space etc for new sleeping arrangements, she might sleep a lot better once you do? Fingers crossed anyway! x x

    • July 14, 2014 / 10:00 pm

      We've moved her into her travel cot for now as we figured it was the lesser of two evils. I've done lots of moving of furniture today and I think we can get the cot bed in our room now! Roll on completion of the extension when everyone can have their own bedroom!! 😀

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