Monday, May 16, 2011

Happy Eight Month Birthday, Christian

May 13, 2011

Dear Christian,

Happy eight-month birthday!

Seven month statistics: Weight: 19 lbs. and change Length: TBD inches. Diaper Size:4 Clothes: 12 months.

The word of the month is: Raspberry. You love to blow raspberries. All the time you make the cutest little noises. It cracks us up.

Last month you were sitting up on your own with the Boppy behind you. This past month you have really mastered sitting and can do so all on your own. You topple once in awhile, but you are pretty stable now. You are also rolling in both directions now, although you don’t do it very frequently. We can still sit you in one spot with a few toys and find you in almost the exact same position a few minutes later.

Speaking of toys you are really enjoying toys now. You like anything you can put in your mouth. We have also brought our a few Duplos for you. Might as well start you on the Legos sooner rather than later! You enjoy playing with rings that click together and also the Little People farm. Each day you spend some time in your exersaucer and you enjoy all the sounds the saucer makes. Your other favorite toy is your older brother. You love when Mason smiles at you and shakes toys at you. He isn’t always as gentle as he should be, but he is trying and he loves to spend time with you. One last thing that you love to play with is paper. You love a piece of paper, you love the paper that covers the table in the doctor’s office, you love waxed and parchment paper. But, you only like it so long as it crinkles. Once you have squished it up enough that it doesn’t make noise anymore you totally lose interest and demand a new piece.

You have tried lots of new foods this past month. You still struggle with anything that needs to be chewed even though your second bottom tooth has come in. You are eating the following: banana, avocado, peas, carrots, sweet potato, pear, apples, bread, beets, chicken, and salmon. I was surprised how much you liked the salmon the other night! We will likely be starting spinach and yogurt this coming month.

Your sleep patterns are still killing me. You usually take one good nap (1.5 hours) each day, plus one shorter nap (30 minutes). You go to bed around 8pm, but you are still up a lot during the night. Many, many nights you are still up at least twice and won’t go back to sleep unless nursed. Your dad has tried to go in and change your diaper, re-swaddle and then rock you – but the screaming is torturous! We don’t know what to do, but something has got to give. We are all exhausted! We love you, but we are tired! Yes, you also read that right that we are still swaddling you for naps and bedtime. You always break out, but you just can’t seem to fall asleep without being swaddled.

This next weekend we are going to try going camping for the first time this season. We are excited to be heading back to Camp Hebron in PA, and we will spend Saturday at Lake Tobias Wild Animal Park. Our friends Matthew, Becca, Betsy and Abigail Pepper are coming with us. We figure since you and Abigail are so close in age we can commiserate if it doesn’t go well. I have confidence that it will be a great weekend.

I know I say it every month, but it is hard to believe another month has gone by. Eight months old! Wow! We enjoy your sweet little smiles and raspberries every day. Now, just give us some nights of good sleep, please!

Love you, sweet Christian,
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