Arlo: Eight Months

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Once again, it feels like we are now the proud parents of a totally different baby! Arlo has changed SO much in the last month, he’s SO much more mobile and sooooo much happier as a result.

He’s discovered his ability to stand and now that is ALL he wants to do. He’s only pulled himself up once, which I think is largely due to a lack of things low enough to pull up on, but anytime we try to set him down now he immediately stands and we have to fight him to get his butt on the ground! He’ll take tiny steps too while holding onto something, but he is very unstable and falls a LOT. I think he’s gonna go right from his scoot-crawl to walking.

He’s also been a champion at trying and liking new foods lately! His aversion to textures has disappeared and now he’ll eat all sorts of things. My favorite method of feeding him right now is giving him teeny tiny pieces of whatever we’re eating, like eggs, turkey, broccoli, etc. He is slowly starting to show signs of a pincer grasp but for the most part still just shoves his whole fist in his mouth and sees what stays in. Haha! We haven’t done a ton of the traditional baby led weaning stuff because it was too stressful for me. He is incredibly strong and gets giant pieces off of everything and I can’t take it, so other than giving him some big chunks of bread or cucumber, the tiny pieces works for us! We also still do about one jar of organic baby purees a day. Oh and Arlo LOVES water, he thinks he’s very cool when we let him drink out of our glasses, too. Our only remaining eating/bottle struggle is that he doesn’t want to sit still so even though he’s hungry, it’s sometimes a fight to get him to sit still long enough to eat.

His new favorite party trick is the high five! I’m trying to teach him to wave, clap and sign “more” but he has no interest in any of that yet. LOL! Anyone have tips for how to successfully teach sign language??

He is very into taking things out of other things right now. If we load up his diaper bag or his car seat with toys, he’ll take each one out individually and entertain himself for quite some time. Also loves Tupperware like a typical baby! He met over 50 of our friends and family while we spent the last month back east and was such a champ. He really loves people and doesn’t seem to have too much stranger danger! He’ll flash a smile at pretty much anyone that looks at him the right way. And he does this new squint/laugh/squeezes-his-fists move which cracks everyone up every. time.

The only bad news currently is his nighttime sleep has gone completely out the window. He sleep trained himself at about 2 months and I was all cocky like “I don’t know WHY parents are so tired all the time, sheesh!” And then our sleeping angel baby started waking up anywhere from 3 to FOURTEEN times a night and now I’m just gonna go slap myself across the face for you. He didn’t even do that when he was a newborn so it’s been a hard pill to swallow. To be fair, he got hit with teething, his first cold and then travel to a new place and time zone basically all at once so I’m hoping we can get him back on track now that his jet setting is done for a bit. He does take two or three long naps during the day so we are grateful for that!

Sleep or no sleep, we’re loving this total goofball more and more with every new bit of personality we catch a glimpse of! Once he finally starts talking, I KNOW he’s gonna have so much to say. Oh and it goes without saying that we are unbelievably excited for his first Christmas!!!!!!!!

And that’s baby A, eight months!

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