8 Months of Ace

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It was a busy month for Ace and our family. Ace and I finally got on a really good activity schedule that gets us out of the house at least once a day. We went to twice-a-week Adult and Tot swim lessons at the local rec center and started going to two different library  story times. Also the weather was very mild most of the month here in Denver, so we had many more opportunities to resume our walking (and swinging in the park) schedule. My family also came in to town a few times this month so we had fun hosting visitors.

Growth

We have no clue what Ace weighs or how tall he is because measuring him has become impossible at this stage. He has decided that his infant scale is a death trap and he will let out the most pathetic cry when we try to place him on it. I guess we will have to rely on doctor’s visits to monitor his growth like most parents. And pictures of him next to his panda bear.

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Milestones

Ace moves all around the floor in every direction independently except for forward. He still refuses to get up on his knees so he does a combination of army crawl, rolling, and pivoting to get where he wants to go. Ace is by no means “efficient” in his pursuit of movement, and therefore he wears himself out easily.

Currently his favorite toys are his Leapfrog Learning Table and whatever we put in his “discovery box”. We received a hand-me-down fabric shape sorter box from my sister-in-law and after reading this post on HelloBee, I started filling it with random (but safe) objects from around the house for him to discover. Ace’s favorite objects so far have been a wooden spoon and a dish towel, which works great for playing peek-a-boo.

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At this point, Ace’s biggest motivation in life is to get my beloved 18-year-old cat Millie. I feel terrible for her because I don’t think living with a baby was supposed to be part of the deal when I adopted her 8 years ago as a single woman. However, Ace is her biggest fan! I am willing to bet that his first word will be “kitty” being that he makes a /k/ sound every time he sees her. The few times that we have let him get close enough to her, he has squealed and grabbed a fist full of her hair. She avoids him like the plague.

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Eating

Ace loves 95% of the food we give him. We introduced so many new foods this month, that I stopped keeping track of all of them. I have also started adding in some simple spices such as cinnamon, bay leaf, and pepper, plus letting him try our food without omitting the spices. Ace also loves drinking water from his sippy cup all on his own. So far his only finger foods have been Mum Mums, Happy Puffs, egg, banana, and cooked apple chunks, but we will be adding in a ton more this month.

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I have slowly started to drop some of his breastfeeding sessions and he is now down to 4-5 sessions a day. I am waiting until his 9 month doctor’s appointment before I drop any more, but I have to say I can’t wait. FREEDOM is near!

Sleep

In terms of the middle of the night feeding that I declared would be gone by this month, there is good news and bad news. The good news is that Ace slept 12 hours through the night three times this month and his middle of the night feedings have been getting later, usually after 3:30. The later feedings are usually a good thing because he will typically go back to sleep and sleep in later than usual, until 7:00 or 7:30 instead of 6:00. The bad news is that, of course, he is still typically getting up once in the night and that our three nights of letting him “cry it out” have been fruitless. Hmmmph.

Likes

  • Swimming class.
  • Socializing with other babies at storytime.
  • Eating Mum Mums, avocado, eggs, cottage cheese, cream of wheat.
  • Riding in the Baby Bjorn with Dad, although it is TIGHT.
  • Kitty!
  • Peek-a-boo
  • Touch and Feel books
  • Having the song “Mairzy Doats” sang to him, especially by his grandma. I had no clue how old this song was. See here:

Dislikes

  • Being weighed on his infant scale
  • Being left alone in a room. Even for 5 seconds.
  • Diaper rash.
  • Loud sounds: food processor, toothbrushes brushing (electric and manual), shower curtain opening.
  • Being cleaned up after meals.

On to the cute baby photos from this month:

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Self-Portrait with iPhone

Self-Portrait with iPhone

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