Arabella is 8 months old. Wow. She is figuring out crawling. She can crawl (forward!) for really important things like a little girl’s purple rain boots, her stuffed giraffe, a piece of red lint, her pacifier, but not for mom. It is always better to crawl away from mom. It is more than a little scary to have mom leave that comfy spot behind her.
She has been red-faced off and on for the last few months. The pediatrician says all children get red rashes when they eat new fruits. It seems there is a fruit correlation, especially strawberries.
Bella has a beautiful smile. She has the cutest dimples.
crawling and smiling
Bella is a happy baby. When Henry walks into a room, she lights up. But even for the second tier – mom, papa, Miranda, Grandma, Grandpa – she always has a smile. She giggles when tickled. She wants to stand up all the time. She is pulling herself up in the couch (from the floor), her crib, my leg.
She also loves food. People food, not baby food purees. If you eat a pancake or turkey or mashed potatoes, she wants that. She is having a hard time with liquids. She still nurses – but if anyone else is in the room, it is too exciting. She is not a big fan of formula. A sippy cup is fun to shake upside down, but drinking? Not too much makes it inside her. And a bottle is just not cool. In the vein of people food, we have experimented with juice boxes and straws. If you squeeze the juice box, she swallows the juice. She hasn’t quite gotten the hang of sucking on the straw. Soon I hope. It is hard to find enough times in the day to nurse in a quiet, preferably darkened room.
I can get it!
Because I am bad at remembering things like this – our typical day goes like this:
wake up between 6:15 and 7:30. If she nursed 2x in the night, she is less hungry. If she only nurses 1x, she wakes up earlier and wants breakfast. I am trying to make sure we nurse before we go down to breakfast.
Play and watch the big kids until they go to school.
Between 9:30 and 10, she gets tired. if there are not exciting distractions, she nurses and naps.
Between 10:30 and 1, she wakes up and is ready to play. Climb. Eat lunch! Lots of lunch! She has not seemed to want to nurse here. But she does eat a hearty lunch.
Between 2 and 4, she usually wants another nap -which brings us to between 2:30 and 5, she wakes up.
5 – 5:30 Supper with the family.
After supper, she plays. Maybe papa is home. Or Grandpa watches her. A low key playtime.
Sometimes she naps from about 6:30 until 7:30. If she naps then, she’ll go to bed around 9. Without a nap, she is down around 8.
When I go to bed around 11-12, she usually nurses again. If she does, she’s good until 5-6. If she doesn’t nurse, then she wakes up around 3 for a drink.
What else will I want to remember…she never goes away. Well, she does, but not routinely. She doesn’t take Miranda to school or Henry to preschool or pick him up. It is a pleasure to have grandparents in the house. She often comes grocery shopping or other shopping – but often is like 1-2 times week. She is not as social as Henry was at this age. She is perfectly smiley with anyone we meet, but her little fingernails dig into your arm as your hold her. She isn’t really happy to be passed around. She expresses her displeasure very clearly with a stuck out bottom lip. If you do not relent and return her to the safety of mom/grandma/her toy/the floor (or back up) she screams. She has a very loud scream.
She seems like the easiest baby in the world, but I think most of that is a function of the environment. 4 adults plus 2 children who are loving, caring and safe give her a pretty secure world. Am I suggesting she’s a recluse? No, she did fine in music class. And she likes other babies and people. They just might not want to pick her up without ample warm up time. But she isn’t mellow. Miranda was not mellow. But Miranda and I suffered from having only each other to cuddle for many many hours a week. Henry was mellow – it’s just a whole different kid.