All About Anderson – 8 Months

Well we’ve reached the 3/4 of the year mark*. How this year has flown by. I swear in the past month our baby boy has switched on the development fast track.

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Anderson is now 20.4 lbs and 28.5 ish inches long. He’s well on his way to outgrowing his 6-9 month clothes which means we really need to get shopping for him. Poor thing is running out of options that aren’t like muscle shirts or capris on him.

This month Anderson went on his first flights. He is a natural traveler just like his sister. He slept most of the way on our flight out to San Diego and the entire flight, take-off to landing, home. The little time he was awake he just looked around and happily sat with Josh and me. We were a bit worried about his ears since his infection just will not go away.

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He also went to the beach for the first time. He loved eating the sand but was not too sure about having his toes in the water. Please take a moment to check those awesome baby thighs.

First time at the beach

He also went to his first wedding where he looked quite dapper.

Anderson wedding

Speaking of his infection, he’s get tubes in his ears. We avoided them as long as possible with Ella but with three months straight of infections, we were ready to go ahead and schedule Anderson’s surgery rather than have him on any more antibiotics. He will feel so much better once his ears don’t constantly hurt.

Aside from ear infections, he’s doing great. He’s enjoying trying all sorts of new foods. His current favorites are hummus, butternut squash, avocados and bananas. He will try anything and everything we give him.

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He even enjoyed his first pieces of chicken and pork chop. He’d rather feed himself than have us help him, which has really helped him master his pincher grip. He swiftly picks up food and gets it right to his mouth.

The biggest accomplishment this month has been movement. Anderson is super quick to spin himself around and tries to bring his knees in when he’s on his belly. He also can push himself backwards and has started to attempt the army crawl. When he’s sitting up, this is what happens:

He’s trying so hard to crawl and pull himself up. It looks like we’re going to need to lower his crib mattress sooner rather than later. When he does attempt movement we all cheer for him and clap. He gets so excited that both arms start going like he’s waving with both. He’s almost got clapping down but often twines his fingers instead or slaps his legs to make sound.

He’s babbling like crazy, mainly baba and when he screams, we swear he’s saying Ella. I would not at all be surprised if his first real work is Ella rather than mama or dada. His favorite things to do are play with his sister, bath time (preferably with his sister so they can splash each other), lotion massages after his baths, being talked to and being tickled. He also loves looking at himself:

He’s so busy observing the world around him, he hates being confined. Sleep is kind of a crap shoot. Most nights he goes to bed between 6:30-7 pm, wakes around 10:30 pm then again at 3:30-4:30 am. I appreciate when he waits until 4:30 to wake since I’m getting up already at that point.  He had some great nights after he got down the baba sound and learned just how loud he can be. I think once he figures out how to crawl he’ll sleep better. His sleep always regresses when he’s trying to learn a new skill. I think the ear pressure relief will help too!

Over the past few years I’ve forgotten how fun each new stage is and how fast they learn new things. From movement to switching items from hand to hand, hitting them together to make sounds and searching when something he had has gone from his sight line. It’s amazing to what his little brain try to figure things out.

Though he is quite vocal when we do something he doesn’t like, such as change his diaper, take away potential choking hazards he’s grabbed when his sister isn’t looking, or putting him in his car seat, he’s more squeals of joys than cries. His smile crosses his whole face and brings a twinkle to his eyes. His laughter is contagious and I just cannot get enough of his chubby little hands.

Oh my sweet Anderson…

*Ok, so I wrote this two weeks ago and hadn’t uploaded pictures. Now that he’s two week away from nine months – it’s time to hit publish.

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