I am combining Leigh’s 7 and 8 month updates into one post! Miss Leigh is 8 months old today! My baby is changing and getting so big. I can hardly believe that she will be a year old in four short months. Time is going so quickly with her and I can’t believe my little sweet bundle of a newborn is now a crawling, standing, climbing girl!
She is awesome, my sweet babe. I take both girls to things and I am pretty much guaranteed that Leigh will behave and be her sweet little self. Olivia on the other hand, is a handful of the “terrible two” variety…I could supply some good stories for you, but this post is all about Leigh so I will hold them for another time :) …
Leigh is into everything and wants to be in the midst of Livie’s playing chaos all the time. She loves to be with her big sister and you can tell she wants to do whatever Livie is doing. Leigh started crawling at the start of 6 months so we have been busy with her mobility. Shortly after crawling started she began to pull herself up to standing. She does this on everything and is pretty confident with it. She will go one-handed, my little daredevil and loves to climb.
Leigh’s favorite game is to be chased by Livie – she will crawl real fast around and just giggle away, it’s so funny! She also enjoys maneuvering around to room to room finding fun treasures that Liv has left around and sometimes she may get a yummy crumb from a snack from her dad or her sis :) . Oh the joys…I try my best to keep things picked up and grab crumbs when I see them!
Leigh just loves to be with people and play. She is the happiest when we are right there with her.
Leigh is eating three solid meals a day. Below is her current feeding / sleeping schedule. She is doing really well with solids – I am doing a mix of purees and small chunks for her. Examples of what she eats: breakfast – Stoneyfield YoYo Baby yogurt (she loves her yogurt), eggs, oatmeal with some sort of fruit, puffs; lunch – fruit and veggie puree, puffs; dinner – veggie puree (sweet potato, winter squash and carrots are her favorite), avocado.
Leigh’s “Typical” Schedule:
- 5:30 am – milk 5 oz
- 7 am – wake for day
- 7:30 am – solids and 5 oz milk (she will drink this 5 oz throughout the next few hours)
- 8:30-10 am – nap
- 10 am – milk 5 oz
- 12:30 pm – solids and 5 oz milk (she will drink this 5 oz throughout the next few hours)
- 1:30-3 pm – nap
- 4 pm – milk 5 oz
- 5:30 pm – solids and 5 oz milk (sometimes she drinks 3-4 oz)
- 7 pm – milk 5 oz – only formula feed
- 7:15 pm – asleep for night
- 12-2 am – night feed happens 6 out of 7 nights a week – 5 oz +/- 1 am
She has been doing really well with eating. We have taken things pretty slow, about the same pace as with Olivia and she has always been a pretty good eater. She is usually ravenous at each meal and ready to eat. She can eat an entire yogurt in one sitting along with puffs and egg. She is doing great and needs those extra calories for how much she does now. She is always moving and standing and that takes a lot out of the little gal.
No teeth yet! She is a gummy babe who is a teething machine – drool for days. Baby needs to get some teeth so she can get really chewing those chunks….she is doing great gummy her food though. Again, can’t help compare, but Liv had her first teeth at 5 months. Seriously any day, I feel for them every day :) .
We have also started supplementing one bottle a day with formula. We started two weeks ago and she sucks it down like its breast milk. She just likes to eat and it doesn’t matter which was a relief. I was getting low on milk sometimes and my freezer stock was down so to ease my mind and make things nicer for me we decided to give in and allow one bottle for now. The first time to let go is always hard, but now I feel really good about it. I am still pumping 6 times a day (typically 4 am, 7 am, 9:30 am, 12:30 pm, 4 pm and 8:30 pm) and she is eating around 35-40 ounces a day.
As you can see from the schedule above Leigh is sleeping pretty well. This last month she went several times sleeping through the entire night without a wake-up to eat. 7:15 pm to 7 am is amazing! I also got the longest stretch of straight sleep that I have gotten since she was born a few weekends ago – 8 hours and it was glorious! I was severely in pain and went straight to the pump, but it was so worth it!
She loves her crib and sleeps in every way and direction imaginable. She is a really sound sleeper at night and goes right back to bed after her night feed if she needs it. She loves her blankies in her bed – her Giraffe blankets are her favorite and her two small ones are her lovies.
Leigh goes in for her 9 month check-up on Halloween! We went in for a flu shot today and she weighed 19.6 pounds.
FIRSTS & OUTINGS
First time on a swing
First time riding in a shopping cart like a big girl
First time taking a bath like a big girl
First visit to the San Juan Islands & First ferry ride
Met her new baby friends – Lucas and Caroline
Went to some fun restaurants – Blue Water Bar & Grill, XXX Burger, The Ram and Nordstrom Café – First time in a restaurant high chair
Celebrated birthdays – Grandpa Jim’s birthday, Grammy’s birthday and buddy Abby’s 1st birthday
Enjoyed lots of play and spending time outside enjoying the end of our nice summer
Leigh Stella – Random Facts at Seven & Eight Months:
- Stats: 19.6 pounds on 9/26, we’ll find out all of her measurements at her 9 month check-up on 10/31
- Diaper Size: size 5 at night and cloth Bumgenius 4.0s
- Clothing: 9 – 12 months and some 12-18 months
- Likes: standing, pulling herself up on everything, crawling, playing with her sister’s toys, eating, sleeping, her blankies, bath-time with her sister, playing with her sister
- Dislikes: being hungry, tired, tight clothes
Gah, love my girls – can’t get enough! Happy 8 months sweet Leigh-Leigh! You both amaze me every day! xoxo