Monday, November 4, 2013

Everett: 8 Months and a little

{blogged a little late, he turned 8 months on Oct. 25}

Everett is such a joy at eight months. Who knew a small man who couldn't even talk or walk could be my best friend! We have our little routines, our inside jokes, our favorite places. Life is good....most days.

Everett is everywhere.  Most of my day consists of making sure Everett doesn't crack his head open and constantly saying "Everett be careful" "you're going to hurt yourself if you....BONK" and then he bonks his head and cries and I pick him up and kiss it better and put him back down and it starts all over again!  He is obsessed with climbing, he tries to climb anything and everything that is higher than ground level, namely the coffee table, entertainment center and bathtub.

He is still army crawling everywhere, he can get up on his hands and knees and will take a few steps but then he realizes he is much faster on his tummy and gets down and books it.  He is also much better and sturdier at sitting this month.

Everett is still breastfeeding often (every 2-3 hours) but he also eats pretty much any solids we give him.  He would eat 1 million puffs if we let him and although he prefers grown up food (his obsession is banana and pumpkin bread), he will eat almost any baby food as well. His favorites are green beans and a banana pumpkin mix! I am still planning on breast feeding for a year and I don't see Everett wanting to stop any sooner than that.

Sleeping. ooooh sleeping, I know it's the same story every month, but our child does not love the zzzzzz's. He is really inconsistent, some nights he will sleep really well and then the next night get up like five times! The same goes for napping so I never know how much time I will have to either nap myself or try to get some things done. Latley they have been 20 to 30 minutes.  Lack of sleep has definitely been my biggest parenthood struggle and I am wondering if it would be better just to accept the fact that we have a really fun, great, adorable baby that is just not a good sleeper.  We have tried all kinds of sleep training, read every book and blog about it-it makes me frustrated and stressed and resentful of parents who get a good nights rest haha and so maybe I just need to accept it and stop worrying about it so much?  I don't know.  I feel like my sleep is so connected to my sanity, my mood, my productivity, that I don't know if I can afford to give up, but maybe just try to worry about it a little less.

Also, he is now standing up in his crib (he gave me a heart attack when I went in and he was doing this for the first time) but he can't really get back down other than falling, so how do you sleep train and let them cry it out when they can stand?

Everett is really social and SO smiley, as long as he is in Ben or I's arms or we are in close proximity.  If not, he really freaks out.  He will smile at everyone at the store or at church, but if they try to hold him he gets very nervous.  He's a mommas boy I think.

He really is fun, he laughs easily, he plays peek-a-boo and I watch him learn new things every day. He gives big open mouthed kisses on command and now understands the 'I'm gonna get you' game!  He is getting a (little) better in his car seat but I still can't wait for a forward facing one. We try to get out and about in the mornings or else we both go a little stir crazy, but we need to find more outings besides Target because I cannot go in that store without buying things I probably don't need and our trips there three times a week are not good for the finances!

So there it is, 252 days in.


Anonymous said...

awwww how cute!!! Abby is almost 9 months and she's still such a roller coaster when it comes to sleeping! the only thing that got her to sleep like 3-4hrs straight was her swing not a portable one but a full size one. One night my husband and I were so deseprate to calm her down and get some sleep we put it in front of the mirror and strapped her in for bed and fell asleep while she stared herself down! she also sleeps pretty well between both of us in bed but that's rare. Teething is definitely not making the sleeping process any easier though ( I know what you mean about resenting parents who get good sleep hah! my cousin just had a baby and every post is only a month and sleeping 8hrs through the night! could wring her neck!)

Amira said...

You seriously dress him so cute Cassie! And his little smile melts my heart. Such a happy little guy!

Christie Burdett said...

After having a second child, I realized just how bad Lydia was at sleeping. The difference was my milk supply. I starved Lydia and she didn't get better at sleeping until I started supplementing with formula. It really helped. I also wanted to breastfeed for a year but I really fizzled out at 9 months. By then she had teeth so I didn't mind stopping. haha. The other thing that helped was spacing out the feedings. I tried to get her eating only every 4 hours no matter what. It was hard but it really helped her sleep longer at night. I think babies just get so used to a routine that they will expect food just as often at night as they do during the day.
I'm not sure if this will be helpful at all, but hey, I just thought I would put it out there. :)

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