Baby girl turned 8 months old a couple week ago, so I am WAY behind on this update. Quinn is Miss Personality these days as she tests the waters with different emotions which brings out different reactions in Scott and me.
We haven’t had her officially weighed since her last well baby visit at 6 months, but she’s about 21+ pounds and is wearing 9 month and some 12 month clothes, size 3 diapers, but she’s about to outgrow those.
In the morning she has been waking up around 5:30-6 a.m. Gone are the days of the 6:45 a.m. wake-up. Le sigh. She still is hit or miss on her naps at daycare. Some days she does really well, while others it’s a complete joke. However, when she’s home with us on the weekends, she definitely plays catch-up and will take 3-4 hours worth of naps PER DAY. She’s just a social butterfly and wants to be in on the action at daycare.
She’s still a belly sleeper, but as soon as she stirs, she throws her right arm in the air and reaches back behind her back to roll herself over. Scott and I usually try to rush in there to roll her back over and pat her butt before she gets too awake and sometimes that can buy us an extra 45 minutes of sleep.
This works about 20% of the time. Reason being … she’s a little trickster. When we’ve rolled her back on her belly, she crosses her arms and buries her face. After 5 minutes of butt patting … when we think she’s fallen back asleep and are creeping out of the room … she pops that head up, whips herself over and starts kicking her legs and smiling real big.
It is the most precious thing, and you can’t help but laugh, until you realize she’s definitely not going back to sleep. SO, Plan B. We take her in the guest bedroom and one of us (Scott) will lay with her and sometimes we can get back to sleep. I can’t complain too much since she pretty much sleeps 11 hours straight. Plus, I would be lying if I said I didn’t love the extra snuggles.
She’s eating more and more solid food. At daycare she puts down about 3 tbsp of oatmeal in the morning and at night we do 1.5 tbsp of oatmeal with 2 tbsp of a veggie/fruit. This next month (aka now since this post is late!) she begins the food program at daycare and is given 2 meals (grain/fruit in the morning and a grain/veggie in the afternoon) in addition to her three, 6.5 oz bottles.
So far she has tried: avocado, banana, peas, sweet potatoes, butternut squash, summer squash, pumpkin, apples, strawberries, pineapple, mango, peaches, pears, blueberry, carrots, spinach and turkey.
All of this has been pureed, but I think I’m going to start moving toward soft, bite-sized foods, like: pasta, egg yolk, diced soft fruits and veggies, soft cheeses (chedder, jack, gouda), shreds of meat, multi-grain cheerios and yogurt/kefir.
Laughing – Quinn is pretty stone-faced. But this month we have really seen her open up and smile A LOT more. We can find her tickle spots pretty easily and lately, if someone is laughing, she’ll start laughing too. Scott still is the best at getting her to laugh! I love her little gummy smiles.
Yelling – This is her newest communication method. She’ll do a short burst “Ah!” or do a yell/grunt and then look at us. If she doesn’t get a response, she’ll do it again. She definitely likes to be loud.
Waving Bye – A couple weekends ago she started to wave bye. We first noticed it when I was feeding her dinner and she would wave her fingers and say “buh”. One of the daycare girls told me she started doing it there too. She’s not 100% consistent, but we’re getting there!
We are definitely in the thick of favorite toys. It’s funny because we went on vacation and only brought a handful of toys for her to play with. Then, once we were back at home and she had access to ALL her toys again, she lit up like a light bulb. “There you are!!!” Below are her current faves.
- Sophie the Giraffe – This is her favorite teether. She loves to gnaw on the head. Also, for some reason we missed that the giraffe’s name is Sophie and have called it Zuli this whole time. I have NO idea where Zuli came from!
- Kitty Rattle – These were a gift from her aunt and she LOVES them. They are actually from Ikea. They are machine washable and I end up throwing them in with her clothes all the time.
- Baby Einstein Musical Toy – I can’t remember where this came from, but we got it at one of our baby showers and just recently brought it out. She is obsessed with this thing! I honestly don’t mind it either. It’s not one of the annoying toys … I’m looking at you Vtech Beep Beep Baby Keys!!!! One, two, three start the engine, turn the key, we’re going on an adventure, just you and me! I’m a yellow car! [gaaaahhhhh! So annoying!]
- VTech Sit-to-Stand Walker – Quinn loves to stand and she gets the biggest grin when she’s holding onto this thing. It also keeps her entertained for a long time so I can do a quick load of laundry, or get ready in the morning.
- Jungle Mat – This is one toy that she has loved for many many months now. It’s so easy to tote around since it folds flat. She loves looking at herself in the little mirror, as well as standing and slapping the top of the green thing.
- Fisher-Price Jumperoo – Mimi scored this second-hand and Quinn’s little legs are finally long enough to reach the ground on this thing. And now that she can reach the ground she is a jumping machine! It also cracks us up when she holds onto objects to spin herself around in it. Haha! This is another toy that buys us 15 minutes to make dinner, eat, etc!
- Sassy Sensory Ball Set – Aunt La La gave these to Quinn for Christmas and she has loved them ever since. The middle “blue ball” is a favorite for playing catch with daddy and the right “hard ball” is the LOUDEST rattle ever. She absolutely loves loud rattles, so we bring this one out sparingly since it drives us crazy!
- Indestructibles books – My friend Robin introduced these to us and they are awesome! Quinn can chew on them and they are machine washable! They still feel like a book and are great to bring to church or when we go out to eat. She loves chewing on them and crunching the paper.
This past month the weather warmed up quite nicely so we’ve been trying to be outdoors as much as possible. We ventured to our local park and also added a swing to the back yard.
Also, if it’s nice in the evenings after work, I’ll grab our picnic blanket and we’ll just lay and play outside.
Or hit up the hammock in our screened-in back porch!
– Standing up. She gives us a puppy dog wimper any time we are near her and she doesn’t want to sit anymore.
– Kicking her legs
– Bath time (in the big tub!)
– Music (especially Scott’s guitar and mandolin)
– Banging on her highchair
– Getting dressed
– Having her nose wiped
– When I try to see if she has any teeth yet! (Still none!)
– When we walk out of the room
This month held a couple of firsts. Quinn experienced her first trip to the grocery store and LOVED IT. Haha! So much to look at.
Easter was this past month as well. The day before we had brought her to the doctor who told us she had an ear infection. So, the next day she was still not feeling the best. Hence “Quinn the Easter Grump” look in all the photos. 🙂 … also in her defense, she had just woken up from a nap and wasn’t quite ready to be social.
She also experienced her first STL Cardinals Opening Day! Last year at this time I was just starting to show.
It’s amazing the difference one year makes! We might have to make this photo an annual tradition. 🙂
That’s about it for this month. Other than going to the doctor the day before her 7 month birthday, we haven’t had to go back (knock on wood!). We’re hoping this trend continues! I’ll go ahead and leave you with this pic …. I love her eyes. They are the most beautiful things. Also, don’t mind the food on her face. We never do seem to get it all off!