eight months

My boy is eight months old today. To celebrate we are giving him his first taste of chicken at lunch time. I'm sure he will love it. There aren't many foods he will turn his nose up at. He's eating all kinds of food these days. I still purée as many different veggies and fruits as I can but I also buy different foods from brands like Earth's Best and Plum. He's started eating a few finger foods. I'm so impressed with how well he can feed himself but obviously still needs help with some of the more slippery foods. Some of his favorites include blueberries, bananas, cheese, and his beloved super puffs. He's also a yogurt fiend. He gobbles that stuff up! We give him water in a sippy cup which he's still getting the hang of, but he loves drinking water.

I'm happy to report that this Little Man night weaned himself! I was so worried about night weaning and one night, he just did it. He slept all night without waking up to nurse once and ever since then he's been a pretty good sleeper. He has his nights when he will wake up and have trouble going back to sleep, but for the most part he will fall asleep around 8pm and wake up between 6:30-7:00. Thank the Lord! We have also recently switched him from three naps a day to two naps AND he takes his naps in his crib. He used to only nap in his stroller or car seat so this is a big relief for me. The first few days of nap training were rough, but now I basically turn on some music, dance around the room with him a little, put him in his crib, and he drifts off to sleep. Sometimes I have to shush him a little and hold his chest. He always looks so cute sleeping in his crib. I have to take pictures because it's been such a novelty up until now! Again, his sleep isn't perfect but that's okay. It's a vast improvement! I feel for the guy because I've always had sleeping problems and often wake up in the middle of the night, etc. So if I can't even get it right I can't expect my baby to get it right every time. All I can do is help him the best way I can and be a comfort to him.

At eight months old Liam loves taking off his socks and bib. There's just no keeping that stuff on his body, he won't have it. He likes to screech at the top of his lungs to show his joy. He loves climbing over things, rolling, and pulling on anything within his reach (my hair, Jaxon's fur, Alex's ears, shoe laces, etc). He's still not crawling but sometimes I think he wants to so badly. He still hates being on his tummy which is probably the reason he's not crawling yet. When he's in his crib he likes to pull himself up to his knees and chew on the bars with his EIGHT teeth. Yes, the boy has eight teeth, four on top and four on bottom. He also likes to put his face right up against the mirror. I don't know why he does that but it's pretty cute. He is utterly fascinated with Jaxon. He screams and laughs when Jaxon walks in the room and lunges toward him. He is most ticklish on his tummy and thighs, hearing him laugh is probably the best sound ever. This boy loves his outside time so we try to take two or three walks a day. He is always the most calm when we are outside. Otherwise he's pretty much a mad man. He's not even really mobile yet but he's still all over the place never wanting to sit still. He's a crazy dude and definitely keeps me on my toes all day long.

Here is his eight month portrait: