Gwendolyn At Eight Months

I can't believe Gwen is eight months old!

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Gwendolyn is still in 3-6 months and 6-9 month clothes, so we're still making her summer clothes work.  I'm never sure what size to buy her for fall clothes though, because she grows at such crazy rates - at the beginning of the summer I wasn't sure if we were going to make it until the end in the same clothes, but they still fit!  She's in size 3 diapers and size 2 shoes.  Her feet are so delicate and skinny - I love it.

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Gwen is still taking maybe four bottles during the day and usually at least two at night.  We also feed her baby food twice a day right now, and she loves it - she gets upset if we forget to feed her one of her meals.  We keep adding new foods in gradually, and she seems to like everything, but I think we've decided that peas don't agree with her.  She threw up a couple times this month after eating peas.  It was so sad.

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Sleep - oh my goodness.  For this entire month Gwen has been waking up 2-4 times per night.  She hasn't slept through the night once since she turned seven months old, and I have no idea why!  I've adjusted her daytime schedule, tried feeding her more baby food during the day, tried weaning her off feedings at night.  None of it is working, and it's almost worse sleep than when she was a newborn some nights. 

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At first I thought it was a combination growth spurt and teething, and I still think that's probably right, but no teeth have popped through yet.  And I'm just trying to remember how long growth spurts usually last.  After a whole month like this I think she's gotten into the habit of waking up in the middle of the night, so if she wakes up sooner than 3 hours I'll give her some water in it, and then she usually goes back to sleep.

I remember Wyatt going through a really rough sleep patch around 7-8 months too, so I'm just waiting for it to pass.  This last week seemed like it might have been slightly better as far as sleeping goes, so maybe there's a light at the end of the tunnel.

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She sucks her thumb when she's tired!

She is still getting up on her hands and knees, but instead of crawling she just kind of lunges forward onto her stomach and then gets up on her hands and knees again - and she moves all around the house that way!  It's so cute and funny.  She has figured out how to move her knees forward, but she hasn't figured out how to walk her hands forward yet.  So the lunge-crawl it is for now!  I love it.

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Wyatt and Gwen still have a great relationship, but since Gwen has been getting bigger I have to keep reminding Wyatt to still be gentle - he wants to play with her a little too roughly sometimes.  Another year and they'll be able to chase each other around!  Wyatt also started wanting to feed Gwen her food this month.  I just turned around one day and Wyatt was giving Gwen bites of his applesauce, so I let him feed her two jars of her baby food.  It was so cute!

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She babbles a lot, but I've been trying to help her figure out different consonants, and she'll make the "mamama" sound now - I can't wait until she figures out that that's me!

We also went swimming for real for the first time this month - as in, Gwen actually got in the water (8/18/13).  And she loved it!  I think the trick is finding a warm pool since we went to a hot springs.

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She has the sweetest personality, and I feel like her sense of humor is developing - I started playing peek-a-boo more with her this month, and she thinks it's so funny.  She smiles any time someone talks to her or smiles at her - she loves attention.  She laughs when I kiss her feet or tummy.  Sometimes she'll be playing on the floor and I'll say hi to her, and she'll get this big grin and lunge-crawl as fast as she can toward me.

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She is still touching people's faces, but not as much as last month.  She did, however, give me a big slobbery baby kiss the other day (8/26/13)!  I was kissing her face on the couch and playing with her, and she grabbed my cheeks, grinned, and pulled my face toward her mouth to give me a kiss!  I think this one was definitely more of an intentional kiss, and it melted my heart.

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My Sweet Doll Baby,

Gwen-Girl, you are growing so fast!  I love what a sweet personality you have, and seeing you begin to develop a sense of humor is such a blessing.  Your laugh is a precious sound to me - it just bubbles up from somewhere in your belly.  When you laugh, you laugh with your whole body, and I love that.  

I talked about how rough sleep has been for you the last month, Sweet Girl, but there is one thing that I love about waking up with you in the middle of the night.  For some of your feedings I'll make you a bottle and just bring you back to bed with me.  I'll lay you on your side facing me, and I'll prop the bottle up on my neck and snooze while you finish eating.  But then after you are done with your bottle, you are so sleepy and warm.  I'll take it away, and then you usually lean into me and put your hand on my chest, or on my shoulder, or on the side of my face, and you'll fall right asleep.  During the day you are always on the go, so these times of snuggling you at night are so sweet to me.  I'll miss that someday when you never wake up in the night anymore.

I love you Sweet Baby.  You are so beautiful and unique and outgoing.  I love having you as my daughter, and I am so glad God gave you to me.  I'm so glad I have you.

Love you always,

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Amanda said...

Gwen is so precious, Callie! I'm so glad that she and Wyatt already have a sweet bond!

the hanzliceks said...

How is she eight months already?!?! She's adorable!!

Bech and Marley Evans said...

Ohmylanta, she is getting so big! She is absolutely beautiful!

Meghan said...

I love these posts!!! I think I say it every time, but could she be ANY cuter?! What a perfect and happy baby girl. You are so blessed with your sweet kiddos. xo

Sarah @ The Not Quite Military Wife said...

Callie, she looks so much like you!!

Anonymous said...

You dress her so incredibly cute!!! I love it!!! (:

Alli said...

Oh my goodness! She is so adorable! Such a happy baby :) Bug is doing the lunge/crawl things as well. It's cute to watch her scoot around.

Hannah said...

Oh! She is so cute! I could just give her a big squishy hug! I'm sure she gets lots of those hugs from you, how could you resist?! I can't get over how sweet she is! Hopefully she starts sleeping better for you at night soon!

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Melanie said...

She's so cute!! Hope the sleep situation works out soon for you..that can be rough! Have you tried any 'white noise' machines or anything?

Megan|BishopPlaceHandmade said...

She is so cute! Such a photogenic little gal! You look great, too, mama!!!

Jenni Lynn said...

Oh my word, she is just soooo cute!!

Emily Powell said...

such a sweet age!

Unknown said...

Hi, Callie! First, my apologizes... I'm just now getting around to visiting the online "homes" of everyone who participated in Alle's influence class. It was so good, wasn't it? Definitely inspired me as a mama.

Loving your blog so far... Everything from the name to the design. Perfect! And that peach salsa recipe? It looks delicious. My mouth literally salivated. But, I just had to leave my comment on this post because your daughter is such a doll! And I love her name... Gwendolyn. Beautiful!

Anyways... nice to "meet" you. Looking forward to poking around your blog a little more.

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Rachel said...

How is she 8 months already?! wow that's gone really fast.
It's so much fun reading about all she's been up to - she's so beautiful!

Unknown said...

Gwen is such a beauty! We had some trouble with Eastons sleep recently as well and found that adjusting his bedtime back by just 1 hour resulted in him sleeping through from 8-7 (sometimes 1 wake up still) when he was previously waking up to 4 times a night! Also, adding an extra 30 minutes to his awake time throughout the day made a huge difference too! Good luck - I'm sure Gwen's sleep will improve soon! (I too though it was teething and/or a growth spurt but he cut his first tooth yesterday and it didn't affect his sleep AT ALL!)

eliz said...

Beautiful happy baby! I understand about wondering about fall clothes..I am surprise mya still fits in 3 month clothes...she was growing so fast then it slowed down..I can't wait to get her some cute fall outfits!

Brittany said...

wow she is such a cutie!!! i love her big smiles!!! :) she looks like a joy to have! :)

Erica Layne | Let Why Lead said...

She is one seriously beautiful baby! I love hearing about her developments, since she is just a few months ahead of Quinn. I cannot believe Quinn will be eating baby food and babbling before long!

Those nighttime snuggles sound so precious. Makes me want to do the same thing!

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