8 months

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weight & other stats: next appointment is at 9 months, my best guess is that she’s about 17 lbs right now.

size: We packed up the last of her 3-6 month clothes and she is in 6 month, 6-12 month, and a few 9 month (mostly pants for the length).

sleep:  Gretchen has been waking up in the middle of the night a few nights a week for the last few weeks, I think it’s a growth spurt thing.  Sometimes she STTN, you just can’t predict.  She still only takes 2 naps at daycare but usually 3 at home.  One in the morning and two in the afternoon.  She naps longer if I let her nap on my chest or in the bed with me so sometimes if I’m in need of a good nap we go that route 🙂  Usually she naps in her crib though.  We are trying to phase out rocking her at nap time, usually if we keep her up til she is super tired she will fall asleep on her own.

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eating:  Gretchen has 5 teeth now and more getting ready to make an appearance.  2 on the top and 3 on the bottom.  Despite her numerous teeth she shows no interest in feeding herself.  We offer her things and she will pick them up and hold them or squish them up but she never brings the food to her mouth.  We feed her a veggie puree at lunch and a fruit puree at dinner.  She LOVES the purees with blueberries in them and gobbled up prunes like it was chocolate pudding.  I think we’ll add solids at breakfast when she is 9 months old, maybe she’ll show more interest in finger foods at that point.  She still averages about 32 oz of formula a day, but there have been some days during a growth spurt where she ate 37oz up to 43oz!  Crazy!  She usually takes 5 oz at a time, sometimes 6 or 7 first thing in the morning if she STTN.  We are trying to teach her to hold her own bottle but it is hit or miss.  She is easily distracted (by the pugs!)

likes:  sitting and playing with toys.  She still falls over pretty often so we make sure the boppy is there to catch her.  She still loves her jumperoo and finally figured out how to actually jump in it.  She will play in there even when she’s tired (we’ve found her nodding off to sleep in it!)  The pugs bring her endless entertainment, she laughs and laughs when they play tug.  She loves rolling all over the place and pushes up on her arms and attempts to crawl, but still hasn’t figured out the mechanics of it.  Any day now!  She loves to grab whatever book we are reading and attempt to turn the pages (usually about 5 at a time!)

dislikes:  The car wash freaks her out and makes her cry.  Not being able to reach the toys she wants.  She is a really happy baby 99% of the time.

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