I feel like I say this every month but month eight was the best yet. I’m so enjoying how interactive and fun Noe has become.
It seems like everyday she learns something new. This month she learned to clap, wave and mimic everything. She coughs when you cough, screams when you scream, it’s hilarious and I think she’s starting to realize how funny she is.
She is such a sweet baby. She loves giving her mama kisses.
This month my mom and my sister visited on separate occasions. It was wonderful to have them both here and I think Noe enjoyed the extra attention.
With Sarah we did a lot of running in our matching hats.
The weather finally started to feel fall like in the middle of the month. Her sweaters and little socks kill me.
We took a trip to the pumpkin patch before Halloween. Noe noticed the farm animals but that was about the extent of her interaction with the attractions.
She is continuing to love the introduction of solid foods. I’m pretty much feeding her everything minus meat and dairy. We’ve successfully introduced almonds with no allergies and I gave her a small taste of oatmeal that had a bit of peanut butter in it without reaction. She hasn’t had peanut butter straight yet but from what I’ve read the earlier you introduce, the better.
She has amazing fine motor skills and can now pick up cereal and feed herself. She also loves teething crackers and smoothies. She has a smoothie every morning and gobbles it up. She also gets very upset when you’re eating something that she can’t have.
I’ve been making most of her foods depending on what I’m cooking. I haven’t been shy about spices either. She loves curry, cumin, turmeric, chili powder, pretty much anything with flavor. For convenience we are also buying those organic squeeze packs which she gets when there is nothing homemade. She can eat those on her own now too! I honestly can’t think of anything that she doesn’t like except maybe peas which I gave her in the very beginning and haven’t tried since so she might actually like them now.
Her hair is so long and wild that I’ve started putting bows in it. It doesn’t really tame the crazy but it sure is cute.
We bought a new running stroller this month. It was the best investment ever. Worth every penny. This Bob is so much lighter than our last stroller. It’s shocks are better for the bumpy Denver sidewalks and overall it makes running so much easier.
She loves playing with her daddy and is interested in absolutely everything, especially if it’s not a toy: water bottles, keys, cell phones, straws, plastic cups, you name it. She also has four teeth now, the front two on the top and bottom.
She’s pretty keen on her mama too.
For Halloween she was a pumpkin. We went to a little street festival and she was intrigued by the kids jumping in the bouncy house.
She adores dancing and music and sways side to side, which melts my heart.
Noe has been slower on the gross motor skills front. She still isn’t crawling, although she did backward scoot for the nanny last week. She had been sleeping mostly on her back without much movement until about 3 weeks ago. One day she just started moving and now I watch her roll every which way.
She also suddenly decided to start napping a few weeks ago. I went to playgroup one afternoon and was lamenting about her lack of napping. One of the moms suggested putting her in her sleep sack when I put her down. That afternoon I tried and she slept for 45 minutes in her crib! This was a huge accomplishment for us as most of her sleeping had been on me.
I’m now putting her down for a morning nap around 9:45 or 10 that lasts anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour and then another nap around 2 that lasts 30 minutes to an hour. I can’t tell you how much this has helped both of us. She’s less fussy and I get a bit of time throughout the day to get things done.
Sleep at night is still going well. She goes down around 6:45 or 7 and sleeps until 7 or 7:15. I know this much detail might not be helpful to you but it’s crazy how much you forget in such a short period of time. These posts have been so helpful for jogging my own memory.
There’s been no crawling but Noe loves to stand against things or while being held up. Looking out the window is a favorite.
We took a little trip to Steamboat Springs this past weekend to celebrate Michael’s birthday. We stayed at the Sheraton which was lovely. They have one room suites so we were able to put Noe down and still have a living room and kitchen to have dinner and celebrate with some wine. I highly recommend it.
Overall, she continues to be an inquisitive, loving and sweet baby. I’m so happy to be her mama.
Weight: We haven’t been to the pediatrician since six months and don’t have another appointment planned until the year mark so I’m guessing a little over 20 pounds.
Likes: playing keep away games. She thinks it’s hilarious when her dad pretends to hand her off to me then runs away with her. She also loves the cat. Any time Guy gets close to her she pulls him into her. Poor kitty.
Dislikes: She’s slowly gotten used to tummy time and tolerates it for longer periods of time. I even caught her sleeping on her stomach the other night. I freaked out and had to google whether I should flip her back to her stomach. So neurotic.
Waiting on: Crawling. She just doesn’t want to crawl. I’m trying not to stress about it. Most babies crawl between 6-10 months so hopefully it’s coming soon.
Favorite Noe-ism: her babble. My goodness the girl is a chatty Cathy. Her mimics of coughing are hilarious.
Mom Update: Balance has been the key for me over the past month. I tend to want to spend the weekends hanging out with Michael and Noe non-stop but I realize I need a little of my own time. I’ve been trying to get out for a solo run or yoga class for some me time. Michael took Noe out on an errand run the other weekend as well and I had some alone time in the house to cook and read a magazine. Those little bits of time make a huge difference.
Enjoy and Exhale!