Emma Kate: Month 8

Another month gone by! It’s no secret I really struggled with getting used to motherhood when Emma Kate was a newborn, but these past couple of months have gotten so much more fun as EK continues to show more of her little (or should I say BIG) personality.

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We had some great weather this past month, so we spent a lot of time outdoors. We walk at the park 1-2 times a week, swing on the swings, and just hang out in the backyard. I am also starting to do stroller runs with Emma Kate facing the “big girl way” now that she is 8 months old.

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We are down to two naps a day, with the occasional 3 nap day if she is up really early and only takes a short first nap. Crib sleep is going well, most nights she sleeps 11-12 hours with the occasional middle of the night or 5 am wakeup. Naps are still hit or miss, but I think she is starting to lengthen them out. Some are still 30-40 minutes, but some can also be as long as 2.5 hours!

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Mother’s Day out has ended for the summer, so Emma Kate has been going part time to a local daycare and it’s a great arrangement. I can still get things done for work, and she gets to go interact with other babies. They have a webcam which is a blessing and a curse!

Baby girl does great out in public and behaves so well. Recently we have taken her with us out to eat a few times and she doesn’t make a peep! She loves people watching (Bobby says she is nosy like me. Thanks, dear.) and hanging out with us.

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Mom I am SO over that headband!

We are super solid with sitting for long periods of time and rolling onto our tummy, but we get stuck trying to roll back the other way. She isn’t crawling yet but wants to badly and gets very angry still when she can’t reach something. She kicks her legs like crazy but still won’t move her arms. She can go on all fours and just stay there, but can’t move forward.

Eating is going ok, she is a little piggy and eats a lot but doesn’t like anything with chunks in it or things like puffs, etc. She wants me to feed her purees all day long though but she’s just not ready for the next step. I offer her puffs and chunky food often but she just gags and spits it out. Her top two teeth have barely poked through and we think that explains some general crankiness of the past week or so.

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I’m not about to smear your board…

Emma Kate now says “mama” and mostly when she is mad or upset, so it’s pretty pathetic sounding. She also has gotten very clingy for only me. When my parents came last weekend to visit, at first she only wanted me to hold her and doesn’t like when I leave the room (but she is fine when I leave her for school). She is always turning her head to see where I am.

Emma Kate Loves:

-singing songs

– playing with her friends at school and in the church nursery

– watching Bella

– eating (loves bananas!)

– Mickey Mouse Clubhouse

– my phone (constantly trying to take it from me or get to it on the floor)

– people watching

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Emma Kate does not like: 

– when mommy leaves the room

– when she can’t reach a toy

– food with chunks in it/food she has to chew

-getting her face wiped or nose wiped

-being in her car seat or stroller for too long

Just this past week we have experimented with her standing up on her own while leaning on something and she did pretty well! She is so long I know it’s awkward for her to hold her whole long body and legs up. We got her an activity table similar to this one,(Fisher-Price Laugh and Learn Puppy and Friends Learning Table) and she loves it! It helps her learn to stand but also distracts her so she actually stands up for longer because she is playing.

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She is holding steady around 31/32 ounces of formula a day, and eats solid food 2-3 times a day. We are still in size 3 diapers, but are in size 12 month sleepers. Her clothes range from 9-12 months, but certain 9 month things she is growing out of. She is getting really heavy and I estimate she is around 21 pounds or so. One more month until her next well visit and we will find out!

I hope everyone enjoys their day but remembers why we remember the holiday! 

QOTD: Did you have problems with your baby not liking chunky food? Any tips?

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Comments

  1. What a little doll! Happy Memorial Day!

  2. Sweet girl! Can’t wait to meet her this weekend! YAY!

  3. I had the opportunity to babysit my neighbor girl this weekend who is the same age as EK ( give or take a few days), and I thought of you. That does seem like a fun age now that they are so active and developing their own personalities.

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  4. She just keeps getting cuter and cuter Heather!!! I love seeing her personality emerge through pictures!

  5. She is getting so big! And is such a cutie! <3

  6. What a cutie! For the last few weeks, I’ve been scanning our old photos, which include a lot of baby photos, and converting them to digital images. It’s been time consuming, but it will be worth it to have them available on the cloud.

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  1. Emma Kate: Month 8

    Another month gone by! It’s no secret I really struggled with getting used to motherhood when Emma Kate