I can’t believe our babies are already 8 months old! I feel like both Ben and Nora’s personalities grew SO much this month. Especially while we were in Latvia visiting Dave and Kaylene, we really saw the kids show so much more personality. We are starting to see more of their senses of humor. Ben has been making the funniest noises with his mouth, clicking his tongue or blowing air through the sides of his cheeks. He can tell we think it’s funny, so he does it more. He leans forward and his eyebrows flick up when he’s being playful, which is so adorable. Nora has been giggling a lot more. She’s ticklish on her tummy and she laughs when we toss her in the air. She also has been turning to catch our eye and give sweet smiles. She is delighted by the Christmas decorations and lights we just put up.
They both made leaps and bounds in their dexterity this month. Especially with getting food into their mouths. They still can’t do a pincer grasp very well, so they grab it in their fists and shove it in their mouth. They got a TON more adventurous with food on our trip. They ate tons of different, new food. A few of their Baltic favorites were fried potatoes, yogurt (so much better there!), manna (semolina cereal), meat pie filling, pankukkas filled with ham and cheese, and grandpa even had them try chocolate cheese cake and whipped cream. What a treat!
Ben got his first tooth the day he turned 8 months old! Nora still has no teeth. She doesn’t let that stop her from being a ravenous eater. She loves food so much. We feed them solid food three times a day now, and they still nurse 5 times a day, about every 3 hours during the day, although the last two feedings have been squished close together, like an hour and a half apart, because of the last cat nap. It’s kind of a weird schedule, I think something needs to change soon.
I used to think our kids were really great sleepers, and they are pretty good, but the more I hear other people’s sleep schedules the more I think our kids don’t nap as long as some kids do. We’re still on three naps with about two hours to two hours 40 minutes wake time between naps. Their naps have been short – 45 minutes, 1 hour 15 minutes, 30 minutes. It drives me crazy. If we ever get a 2 hour nap it’s a miracle. There are people out there saying their babies take a two hour nap AND another 90 minute nap. I can’t even imagine what that would be like. But they go down without crying at all, put themselves to sleep, and sleep mostly through the night, so I guess I can’t complain.
That being said, both kids have had disturbed sleep this whole month. They’re getting more mobile ever since we stopped putting them in the sleep suits, which were keeping them from rolling over. We decided to take them out of the suits because we knew we would have to do it eventually, and they were already getting close to growing out of them. So we ditched them and the kids had no trouble falling asleep, but started rolling around and waking themselves up more. And so began the never ending cycle of babies rolling over in their sleep, waking up on their tummy and crying until we flip them over. Ben started first and he’s started to settle in and be able to sleep on his tummy without crying to be flipped over, but then Nora started waking up on her tummy and so we get to enjoy this obnoxious phase twice in a row. It’s not uncommon for me to have to get up twice a night to flip a baby, and it’s unpredictable when it will happen. Sometimes it’s 8:30 pm, sometimes midnight just after I’ve fallen into a nice deep sleep (the most painful waking up), sometimes it’s 3:30 am. The worst is when it happens close to 6 am because at that point it’s so close to morning that it’s much less likely they’ll go back to sleep. Oh the joys. When I told people my 5 month olds were sleeping through the night, everyone would say “enjoy it while it lasts! Because it might not last!” And I thought, ‘Yeah but my babies are different, of course my babies will keep sleeping through the night.’ Well I stand corrected. Hopefully someday we will go back to completely uninterrupted nights. Someday. (Maybe not until they’re five.)
Ben is still our sensitive sweetheart. He loves jumping in the jumper, and he loves grabbing toys and hitting them with his other hand. Especially toys that rattle or make noise. He makes the best stink face when he tastes a new food for the first time, no matter what the food is. He can be a little ham if he knows he’s making us laugh.
Nora is still our intelligent, enthusiastic girl. I love seeing her get excited about things like the Christmas lights, flying on the swings, or playing peek-a-boo. She loves books and loves being read to. She discovered her shadow this month and will sit and play with her shadow for several minutes at a time. She loves the swings.
Overall they’re both doing so great and it’s so fun to watch them learn and grow. They are such sweet kids and it’s so fun to see their differences as we raise them side by side.
The pictures are posting backwards chronologically, which is really annoying but I do not have the time or patience to reverse them one by one. I barely have the time and patience to go through the pictures and get these updates on the blog! I have two babies. I’m doing the best I can. So, pictures in backwards order it is. :)
A few sleep monitor highlights from the month: