I'm glad I waited a few days after your actual 8 month "birthday" to write this post, because you started crawling! What an exciting thing to note and to start off your post with. I knew it was coming, because you'd been army crawling/scooting yourself for a few weeks. I could tell you were thinking about it, because you'd shift your weight in your arms and often put all of your weight on one arm to reach for a toy while in the crawling position so I could tell you were practicing. You are still a little unsteady, and sometimes you still prefer to army crawl since it's faster but you are officially crawling my little go-getter! You get your legs up under you so fast, we consider it a hop. You really just thrust them under you with a funny little "boing!" as you assume the position. Carter didn't crawl until 11 months, so I'm really not sure what to do with a baby that is so mobile so soon! And, you go everywhere! From the living room to the corner of the kitchen you are covering lots of ground. I almost stepped on you the other day when I turned around because I wasn't expecting you to be right behind me so fast! I think your theme song should be The Beach Boys "I Get Around". Carter is having a hard time with it because you like to get into his puzzle pieces when he's doing a puzzle on the floor and he'll often tell me "get your baby". He's realized he has to put things up high to keep them out of your reach. However, I'm sure that's not going to last long and you'll be pulling yourself up soon. You seem quite content to get wherever you please. You can even go from sitting to crawling by slowly plopping yourself over. Sometimes I don't even think you mean to, but you're just so intent on getting something that's out of your reach that you topple over. There's a fun video of you crawling on my Instagram.
Still no teeth! It's been four months since they seemed ready to come through, and you've even had a decent amount of crankiness, yet no appearances! I hope they come soon! You're chewing on your hands a lot.
You seem to have restless arm syndrome--if that's such a thing. You are constantly swinging your arm...especially when you're nursing. You love to thump, thump, thump me, or your own forehead, as if beating out the rhythm to something. Even when I think you're asleep your little pendulum is still a goin'! You are constantly waving and circling your arms and wrists, as you can see you're doing in these pictures.
You are in love with my phone and want to hold it and will even lunge for it. You've gotten it by my surprise many a times. You also love to play with big brother's cars. You like to be in the crawling position and have a car under one of your arms and you just go back and forth, back and forth with it. You'll also do that with balls too. You like to hold big brother's puzzle pieces too. Sorry--you probably will play with whatever big brother has out. You seem content to explore just about anything, especially food--squishing bananas, mandarin oranges or black beans in your hands.
You adore your jump-a-roo jumper that you got for Christmas and jump so hard I swear you're going to break it. You'll go forever and I don't know how you have the stamina. You jump with such vim and vigor that it sounds like the whole thing is just crashing and banging against the springs.
You've been loving screaming at incredibly high pitches. You are also now making consonant noises with "m" and "d". Your father and I affectionately like to think you're saying "mamama" and "dadada".
You are still a bottomless pit, nursing probably 6 times a day plus three meals and snacks. Perhaps this is normal, but I've never had this problem of a baby wanting to eat and find myself not knowing what to make for you sometimes! You've finally accepted purees, but definitely only want to have the fruits. You seem to like real brown rice (not the cereal/pureed stuff) and have tried bits of real chicken that I had slow cooked. (Sorry, I can't bring myself to give you the jarred meats from the store, just the smell of it makes me want to gag, I can't imagine eating it.) You even like plain black beans and I can just pop one at a time into your mouth. Avocados seem to be hit and miss, but I don't think there's been a day that you don't enjoy almost an entire container of coconut milk yogurt. You still can't figure out how to put food in your mouth, and you don't seem in a hurry to figure it out either. You're content to be fed by us. If you're touching food you're too busy smacking it against your high chair or squishing it in your fingers, or dropping it off of your chair onto the floor. Between you and your brother I can never keep our floor swept enough.
You are waking up earlier in the morning and it's hard for me, as silly as that is. You wake up around 7 a.m. now and I am not a morning person at all. I know 7 a.m. is a normal time to wake up for most people but if you could go back to 8 that would be great! We try to put both of you down around 7:30 and you still wake up once a night to nurse. The last few nights you've made it all the way until 7 a.m. but I'm afraid it's just a fluke since you've done that before and go right back to wanting your middle-of-the-night-snack. You fluctuate between taking 2-3 naps. Two for sure, and every once in awhile three. I think you could still use three as your afternoon nap is early in the afternoon and by dinner you are rearing to go to bed, but by then it's so close that we usually keep you up. Your morning nap is your best and you usually get 1.5ish hours in, but sometimes your afternoon naps are as short as a half of an hour. I can't believe you can go off of your short little naps, but you seem happy and no regrets about it. You can still sleep in my arms and car seat which is great when we're out and about or at church. I love that about you!
Speaking of being out and about...because you are so adorable you draw a lot of attention. However, unlike your brother you are not one to smile at people! It's kind of funny. People will go to all sorts of effort to be silly or make you laugh and you just stare blankly at them. Your brother was a ham and still is for people so it's funny to see such a stark difference. I think you will be more serious like your dad. Speaking of holding affection, sometimes when your Dad or I kiss you on your cheek you turn your head slightly away. It's kind of funny like "ug, you're kissing me AGAIN?". Your smile is definitely worth the wait though. You seem to have two: a tight lipped one and then a ear-to-ear/I'm-going-to-break-my-face-because-my-mouth-is-open-so-wide-smile. I love both.
You've started splashing in the tub with your hands as well as your feet.
Your legs are still quite dry, but I'm still eating whatever (including dairy and wheat). I'm not sure if I should try going off one or the other, or if it's good for you to get used to it. For now, I think we'll keep it as is. I gave you a piece of my bread from Kneader's while my mom was in town for Christmas and she took just you and I out to lunch. You seemed to do just fine, so here's hoping you can have wheat. People keep telling me to give you dairy, but I am just beyond terrified from what happened when I gave it to Carter the first time and he had to be rushed to the ER. I think I'll try it soon. It's just so hard because I feel like Claudy should be home in case you have a reaction, but then what will we do with Carter? I don't want Carter around when we do, not necessarily because I'm worried about a contact reaction, but because he always wants to eat what you're eating and I'll feel bad. Ug. I hate these type of situations. I don't want to hold you back, but I don't want Carter to feel left out. Being a parent is hard!
You have started holding our your arms when you want to be held which is so tender and sweet.
Now that you're crawling, if you crawl into enemy territory (i.e. your brother's toy areas) he will take you by the ankles and drag you away. You've never cried or seem bothered (probably because you're thinking you'll just go right back) but I worry he'll hurt you and keep getting after him. You take some abuse from him and rarely cry or even make a face. I've only seen you cry once when he's taking a toy out of the million times he's done it and I think it's because you were super tired.
You love to make a clicking sound with your tongue and do it often. I can almost tell where you are by listening for it. It's quite funny.
You are just knocking out milestones like a pro. I didn't know what that was like, since we had to work hard for Carter's and it's just such a joy for them to come effortlessly and when it seems like you want them to. Nothing seems to hold you back and your gentleness and patience is not unnoticed. Your inquisitiveness and concentration is adorable to watch. Nothing makes my heart melt more when your brother really gets you giggling or when he likes to give you kisses. I can't wait until you can kiss us all back!
We love you Calvin. These 8 months have been a blessing. Onto 9!