August 1, 2013

Eight months!

Dear Rowan,
You are eight months old! It's been another exciting month and you are growing, changing and excelling in all you do. You are on the move, babbling and up to all sorts of new tricks. It is so amazing to witness you master all of these new skills. You are still my happy boy and I love you so! 

Just after you turned seven months you started crawling. I may be sappy, but it brought tears to my eyes to see you crawl forward to me for the first time. It's super cute to see you crawl around now. You also mastered getting from a crawling position to a sitting position and then you started pulling up on everything. It was a surprising sight the first time I saw you sitting up in your crib then standing up in your crib. You were so proud and kept giggling every time you would pull yourself to standing in your crib. Now, anytime you wake up you immediately crawl over to the side and pull yourself up and call out for me to come get you. Pretty soon after you mastered crawling and pulling up you started cruising. You cruise all around on the furniture now and especially the ottoman. You do laps around it and you've gotten quite fast. One of my favorite moments of the past month is when you started babbling mama (no connection to me yet). You like to say it while in your carseat. I hear you in the back saying mama, mamama. It's so cute. 

At the beginning of the month I was struggling to get you to eat solid food. You just did not like it at all and I couldn't get you to eat anything. You did like it when I would put fruit in the mesh feeder or let you gum on a piece of fruit. And then finally, something clicked! You started eating solid foods and you've been doing great ever since. Some new foods this month were nectarines, spinach, peas, pumpkin, peach, pear and plums. You love fruit the best. This month you started waking up during the night again. I think it was all the change we've had in your life lately and teething. You started waking just once a night, which quickly turned into several times a night. We did a little sleep training for three nights and you stopped waking during the night for a week and it was great. But, it started up again from those top two teeth cutting through. You still wake up very early, anywhere between 5-6:30. You are an early bird! And like I mentioned, your top two teeth are cutting through. I can't believe you'll have four teeth soon! Your hair keeps getting lighter and longer and you of course grow cuter all the time. 

This past month you traveled to Callaway Gardens in Georgia for the first time. We went for the 4th of July with GiGi and Pop Pop, Mimi, and your great aunt and uncle and cousins. It was so special to take you there since I grew up going there. You loved the butterfly house and the birds of prey show and you looked great in your red, white and blue for the 4th. You also started going to baby gym classes at My Gym this past month with your friends. When in groups, you like to sit and observe first and then start playing and that's what you do at the gym. You do make the cry face when you do the activities, but I think you'll love going once you get used to it. I can already tell you are very focused and dedicated when trying new things. You keep at it and keep working hard until you can do something. At the end of the month, a few of my sorority sisters came to visit and we had a blast with them. We got to go to Winter Park and shop and eat and we went swimming too. You loved them and they loved meeting you! 

Likes: Story time, cruising around the ottoman, Leapfrog learning table, pulling up on everything, bouncing in the exersaucer, singing songs like Itsy Bitsy Spider, smiling and giggling, crawling around, snuggling before naps

Dislikes: Diaper changes, putting clothes on

Milestones: Crawling to sitting position, crawling, pulling up, cruising, top two teeth cutting through

Monthly stats (taken at home):
Height: 30 inches
Weight: 21 pounds
Diaper: 3
Clothes: 6-12 months or 9 months
Nicknames: Buggy boo, big man, bugaboo, Rowan boy

I love you so little boy! I am so proud of all your accomplishments and I am the luckiest in the world to be your mommy. Keep on smiling. I can't wait to see what you're up to next month! 

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