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Thursday, July 22, 2010

Big Baby Steps

Baby will be 8-months-old on Monday. She has come a long way in the last 4-6 weeks or so. She’s now an expert sitter, loves to handle her pacifier (put it in and out of her mouth, transfer it from hand to hand, etc.), and talk.

Oh my, does she love to talk. I think she gets that from me! It’s crazy how much her ‘vocabulary’ has improved in such a short time. Just last month, she was barely managing individual syllables like ba, da, gee, etc. Now, I swear she’s saying real words and even complete sentences.

I can’t understand her of course, but some things sound like ‘Hi Dad!’ and ‘Again!’

I know she’s not really saying these things, but it still amazes me how she’s stringing together consonants, vowels, and multiple syllables/words.

She’s also trying to crawl. Not while she’s awake, mind you. I swear. This kid will lie flat on her belly and ‘swim’ with her arms and legs all day long. But, put her down for the night, and she starts to scoot … in her sleep! Is this normal?

She has been sleeping with her butt in the air and literally ends up on the other side of the crib in just a short amount of time. It’s really funny to watch her on the video monitor.

It’s like she has two completely different skill sets: the day set and the night set. During the day, it’s all about ‘swimming’, ‘surfing’, and getting MAD when she doesn’t end up going anywhere. At night, she’s a mover and a shaker!

(Yes, I’ve abandoned my tummy-sleeping-paranoia. For part of the night anyway. But I do still check to see if she’s breathing. About every 5 minutes.)


  1. I know there are horror stories out there about tummy sleepers, but my kids insisted on it when they were babies. My pediatricians always assured me that as long as they could turn themselves over, they didn't think I should loose sleep over it. I had a hard time at first, but with each child and time it got easier.

    I bet she does mean some of her words. I love the non-stop talkers. Well until they become back seat drivers.

  2. Better then every two! I remember thinking that he was practicing when I wasn't around so he could surprise me!

  3. Wow...8 months old already. Where does time go? Watching them learn, and experience new things is one of the best parts of being a parent.

  4. Yeah, I would say if she is rolling and stuff, then she is fine. :) Hope you get some sleep soon!