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Finch, 8 months

baby, Finchkelsey williams4 Comments
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This was a big month for us! Lots of fun firsts and good changes.

GROWTH

  • Weight: 22 lbs. 6.5 oz.
  • Length: 30.5"
  • Clothing size: 12-18 months
  • Diaper size: 4 or 5
  • Teeth: 3 (two on bottom, one on top)
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FIRSTS

  • Crawling!
  • Standing, all on his own!
  • Napping without being held (this is HUGE - I can't even believe it!)
  • Sleeping in his own room
  • Consistently sleeping 8-12 hours straight at night (!!!)
  • Big fall (I wasn't watching him close enough at the chiropractor, and he rolled right off the table! Luckily I caught him as he hit the ground and he was fine)
  • Big boy bath & sibling bath
  • Giving kisses
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LOVES

  • Standing
  • Nursing
  • Mirrors
  • Putting things in his mouth
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DISLIKES

  • Sharing mama (he sometimes gets jealous when Rooney sits on my lap - yikes!)
  • When we take things away from him that he shouldn't play with (TV remotes, our phones, night lights, cords)
  • Having his nose wiped
  • Teething
  • Diaper changes
  • Getting buckled into his car seat
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EATING

We are still breastfeeding! He nurses 5-7 times a day: every three hours during the day, and usually once between 4:00-5:00 am.

We haven't done too much with food yet. A few times a week, he gets a puree at daycare. His attention span is still pretty short and sometimes I feel "behind" but I know Rooney was the same at this age. The best was watching him play with half a banana and actually get some bites!

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It occurred to me the other day how much easier breastfeeding is than bottle feeding (which is what we did with Roo). It's something I heard would happen but I couldn't imagine it being true. But the other day we were hanging out in our basement and he got hungry, so I fed him. So simple. No running upstairs to measure the water or formula, and no bottles to wash. And he usually takes less than 10 minutes to eat...sometimes as little as 3 minutes! I want to encourage anyone who is new to breastfeeding that it does get so much quicker, easier and simpler. I will definitely be writing a separate post about breastfeeding but I think around 5 months was when I finally stopped thinking about quitting on a daily basis. Which is a long time to want to quit! But I'm glad I've stuck with it. I still keep track of each feeding (what side & how long) in an app on my phone. One day this month, Finch ate for a total of 42 minutes in a 24-hour period. That's it! I remember single feedings taking that long in the beginning! Crazy cool.

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SLEEPING

This month was huge for us in the sleep department! We started sleep training and also we moved him to his room!

  • Bedtime: 5:30-7:00 pm (depends on his naps)
  • Wake-up time: 7:00-8:00 am
  • 2-3 naps
  • Sleeps in a pack n play

If you've read any of his past monthly posts, you know this is HUGE improvement! I don't have anything revolutionary to share, but I think I may write a separate post on sleep training if anyone is interested.

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PLAYING

Finch likes to sit and play with toys, then crawl over to something and stand up, or stand up in the middle of the floor. He will crawl from room to room to check things out.

He loves lots of toys, but these indestructible books are some of his favorite and very cool!

His balance is crazy good and he does NOT get it from me. He can stand on his own for up to 12 seconds and can even squat down to grab a toy and stand back up!

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HEALTH

  • He had another fever/cold this month. It was a nasty virus that took a while to work its way out. We were all sick...no fun! Is it spring yet?
  • We bathe him twice a week and try to do lotion every day for his dry skin
  • I also took him to the doctor because I thought he had an infection "down there"...turns out he had just scratched it and it got irritated. :/ #rookiemom
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PARENTING

  • Many times I feel like a referee - trying to get Rooney to be more gentle with Finch, and Finch to not grab her hair or knock down her tower. And we've had to baby proof quite a bit!
  • I mentioned it before, but sleep training has been HUGE. Definitely a big reason why I'm feeling more rested and like I can handle this mom-of-two thing a little better. I have been wondering for months when would be the right time, and everything finally aligned this month. As a result, Eric and I got to go on a date to Winter Jam - we were away for six hours, and it wasn't a big deal! And I bet you can imagine the freedom that has come from being able to put him in the pack n play for a nap (even if he cries for a few minutes before he falls asleep), and then being able to DO ANYTHING WE WANT. That's a little dramatic, but seriously...I can fold a load of laundry while he sleeps! Or eat, or sleep, or anything! Major breakthrough. No more cluster feeding all evening or feeling like I need to nurse him every time he wakes - I'm even meeting friends for queso tonight! That didn't even feel possible a month ago.
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  • I got the stomach bug this month, and it was sort of intimidating to know that I still had to breastfeed (another thing I couldn't have imagined if he was still getting up every three hours at night). I stayed home sick from work, but so did Finch (since I am his main food source). Breastfeeding moms just don't get a break!
  • The separation anxiety has begun - he fusses when he sees me walk through the room but don't pick him up, and also when I leave him at daycare. Many times, Eric tells me that he was completely fine playing until he saw me.
  • He goes to daycare four days a week at the church where I work. I visit him every three hours to nurse him (he won't take a bottle). It is sometimes difficult to manage feeding him and getting all my work done (sometimes I'm late for meetings), but it's so nice to have those connecting points with him throughout the day!
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Recent Google searches

  • kellymom biting
  • acetaminophen dosage chart
  • ibuprofen dosage chart
  • breastfeeding nipple pain teething
  • slow let down
  • breastfeeding while sick
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LOOKING FORWARD TO...

    • Spending time outside in the warmer months
    • Switching him to a convertible car seat (he has outgrown his infant car seat by weight)
    • Exploring food more
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    What a wild eight months, Finchy! It just keeps getting better!

    Friday favorites

    kelsey williams1 Comment
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    Eric and Rooney just left for the Daddy Daughter Dance! Rooney got her ticket in her stocking and it was her favorite Christmas gift! So the anticipation for this night has been high, for all of us. Rooney let me paint her fingernails and then we surprised Eric by putting a ponytail in her hair (it's his favorite, but she normally refuses). I wish you could have seen the smile on his face! He let her pick his tie and surprised her with flowers. Can't wait to hear all the details when they get home!

    As for me? Finchy is in bed for the night, so mama gets an evening at home by herself! I'm all snuggled in with my pajamas and my current favorite guilty pleasure: Little Caesars Italian cheese bread, a Coke with grenadine, and Gilmore Girls! Woohoo!

    Now that Finchy is consistently sleeping 8-10 hours straight at night (HALLELUJAH PRAISE THE LORD!), I'm hoping to blog a little more often. I've kept up with his monthly posts, but sometimes it's fun to just write a more casual post like this. (I'm also working on going through the 1,820 emails in my inbox that got backed up since he was born. I wish I was kidding!)

    A few fun links I've wanted to share...

    This is one of the coolest stories I have ever read

    Would you use this alarm clock?

    Dear J.Crew, can you please make this shirt in my size?

    I just ordered a couple more of these *genius* door silencers - free domestic shipping today with code FREESHIP

    The simplest way to teach your kids self control

    I'm looking forward to warmer weather and wanting to try these shorts - on sale for only $6! These look good, too.

    Have you seen the new Barbies?

    A drone that flies itself!

    P.S. Anyone else watching the farewell season of American Idol? I'm tuning in after missing the past few seasons. I am definitely sucked in. Can't believe how young some of the contestants are this year! There are lots of good singers in the top 24, but my early favorite is Olivia Rox. Who are your favorites???

    31 things I'm grateful for in January

    gratefulkelsey williams1 Comment
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    1. These cute photos of me and my kids by Hello Charlie!
    2. The return of Downton Abbey (anyone else watching?!)
    3. A great deal on side tables for our basement
    4. Rooney's knock-knock jokes that don't make any sense
    5. One-on-one time with Rooney (even if it is just running errands)
    6. A one-hour massage
    7. Headphones
    8. Lauren Daigle
    9. Nose bulb suckers (pro tip from the doc: point it back, not up)
    10. Getting doors hung in the basement...slowly but surely, it will get done!
    11. Finch taking to sleep training quite well and learning how to fall asleep on his own
    12. A much-needed haircut
    13. Restaurant coupons
    14. A babysitter that Rooney actually looked forward to having!
    15. A date night with Eric to Winter Jam
    16. An Anthropologie store just 10 minutes from my house!
    17. Progress on night weaning and an entire week of good sleep
    18. Elevate app for brain games
    19. Avocados (I eat one every day for lunch!)
    20. 100 Grand candy bars
    21. Watching Rooney try to ice skate
    22. Camp Patton blogging again!
    23. A date with my sister
    24. A husband who rushes to my side and rubs my back as I get sick
    25. Our video monitor
    26. Big smiles from Finch after a nursing session
    27. When Rooney plays independently for 15 minutes
    28. When Finch plays with my face while nursing
    29. Intentional kisses from Finch
    30. A good, long hug that says more than words
    31. A 50-degree day in January!

    Finch, 7 months

    Finchkelsey williams2 Comments
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    GROWTH

    • Weight: 21 lbs. 6 oz. (95%)
    • Length: 27.5" (75%)
    • Head: 17"
    • Clothing size: 6-12 months or 12-18 months
    • Diaper size: 4
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    LOVES

    • Mirrors
    • Toys
    • Putting things in his mouth
    • Smiling
    • Sitting
    • Standing (with help)
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    DISLIKES

    • 5:00 pm (fussy time) 
    • Shopping
    • When mommy walks away or leaves the room
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    FIRSTS

    • Tooth
    • Fever
    • Sink bath
    • Pulling up to stand
    • Ear infection
    • Christmas
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    EATING

    We are still nursing! I'm so glad we have stuck with it. It is so much easier now than it was in the early days/weeks/months. Not that it doesn't continually have its challenges, because it does (clogged ducts and teeth this month), but he can eat in as little as 4 minutes! And we can we pretty spontaneous as a family without having to think about food for him. He eats about every three hours. He can go longer, but then usually makes up for it later in the day.

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    For baby food he has had sweet potatoes, carrots and green beans. For table food, he has had a banana, scrambled eggs and celery. He does better when his food is puréed and served on a spoon, but his attention span is still pretty short.

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    SLEEPING

    This month we were successful in transitioning him from the swing to a pack n play! It got to a point where he started rolling over in the swing! Yikes. So I think he was finally just ready to have some more room and to sleep on his tummy. It's a huge step for us!

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    He goes to bed around 7:00 pm and I nurse him to sleep (sometimes I regret starting that habit). He gets up 2-4 times a night to comfort nurse, but he gave me the best Christmas gift possible by sleeping 6.5 hours straight! Now if only it could be more consistent...

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    He takes three short (20-40 minutes) naps. We usually rock him to sleep and just hold him. He will also nap in his car seat if we are running errands.

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    PLAYING

    • Can pull himself up to stand
    • Army crawls to get toys
    • Is so brave...and will surely be the reason we end up in the ER someday
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    HEALTH

    I've been a parent for almost four years, and this was the first month I've given one of my kids an antibiotic (and wouldn't you know, it's the one who is breastfed!). Finch was just not acting like himself a couple weeks ago. :-( After a few days of not sleeping, I took him to the doctor and he was diagnosed with bronchiolitis and double ear infection. We like to treat things naturally as much as possible, but we value sleep above all else! He also had his 6-month appointment and shots this month.

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    PARENTING

    An onlooker in Applebee's recently asked us, "How can he smile and cry at the same time?" and it made me so happy that someone else saw my boy and put him into words so well. He's SUCH a happy guy - often smiling between cries. I am amazed by him every day.

    Also, this parents-of-two thing is NO JOKE!

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    LOOKING FORWARD TO...

    • Moving him to his own bedroom for sleeping
    • Sleep training
    • Watching him figure out how to crawl and stand (although I may regret that one...)