Sunday, October 19, 2008

8 months old

Hunter is 8 months today!

I know I say this every month but man how time flies!! Ok, so I am going to do my usual rundown, bare with me this is for my own I will remember all of this one day. I am making my blog into a hardback book as kind of his baby book/scrapbook so sorry about the extreme detail.

He has 4 teeth (2 top centers and 2 bottom centers). He wears size 4 diapers and 12-18 month clothes.

Highlights for month 7:

He does the conventional forward crawl
He pulls to stand on everything
He cruises along furniture or the wall
He lets go and stands alone for about 5 seconds
He walks assisted with 2 hands sometimes 1 hand
He climbs up the stairs (we are very close behind)
He tries to get to standing alone without holding onto things but can only get to a squat postition, he hasn't gone all the way up yet.

His favorite words are daddy, Grr and Brr. He says daddy ALL the time and will repeat after us but still refuses to say momma (I think its a game because he smiles at me and gives me this look when I ask him to say momma...I think its a control thing the little stinker!)

He has entered the "independent stage". He gets mad if we try to help him hold his bottle/sippy cup or feed him, he wants to do it all by himself. Since he isn't very proficient at feeding himself with a spoon we give him his own spoon at meals and he dips it in the food and puts it in his mouth (with nothing on it of course) but as he opens his mouth for his spoon we sneak our spoon (with food on it) in his mouth. He gets this really big proud smile/look on his face like he is such a big boy. It's pretty cute but it makes mealtime interesting because he gets VERY mad if he realizes that we are helping and will just turn his head and refuse to eat anymore! He started yogurt and meats this month and loves them. For a few days he refused to eat anything but yogurt (he got over that though and is back to a well balanced diet). He also started throwing his spoon and sippy cup when he is done...I am not a fan of this one.

He cries when we take toys away from him, when we walk out of the room or if we do something he doesn't want. He has definite opinions about what he wants but can't yet communicate it so he whines or throws little tantrums until we finally figure out what it is that he wants (after going through a list of things of course), and then he returns to his usual happy little self. He can't communicate but he understands a few words, he knows dog, bottle, drink and more. He cries when I sneeze (it gets him every time) and he hates when I pull a new trash bag out and flap it in the air to get it open...that one scares him too.

I love it when he... reaches out for me, plays with my hair, watches me when I talk, talks to himself when he thinks no one is looking, scrunches his little face up and breathes real fast when he is trying really hard or right before he does a big task. I love how his favorite toy is an empty water bottle or empty bucket. It's so cute how he thinks its the funniest thing ever when daddy spits (I know it sounds pretty redneck but Hunter thinks its hilarious). I love how he screams if I don't give him my undivided attention (I am sure this will get old but for now it's cute). I love his little teeth when he smiles, he has a cute little gap between his two front teeth that are just coming in and when he smiles his little teeth show through.

He loves...playing with other babies, he will reach out and try to touch their faces. He loves touching all faces specifically noses, lips and hair. He always plays with my hair while I feed him a bottle he kind of twirls it around his hand (I love that). He still loves everyone he meets, he hasn't met a stranger yet. KC, our dog, is still rather high on his list but she has taken a back seat to the computer, he loves to type on the computer and loves close the lid on the laptop especially while I am typing, as if to say "hey pay attention to me mom!!". He loves to scream at the top of his lungs. He loves going to the park and swinging. He loves biting...I do not enjoy this as he drew blood on my arm the other day...little vampire. I had to firmly tell him which he responded by laughing (I don't think he quite understood-HA!). He loves reaching for electrical outlets and trying to chew on electrical cords (he is sooo his father's son).

Since the grandparents are probably the only ones who have actually gotten this far into the post...he LOVES his Grandparents and knows who they are, he gets really excited and reaches for them when we go see them.

All I can say is the last 8 months have been the best times of our lives and I can only imagine how much more fun we will have in the future! We love our little "scooter" (as Jordan calls him), our little "cutie patootie" (as I call him)...I wonder which nickname will be more socially acceptable?

Here is kind of a goofy video Jordan did of Hunter the other day...can you tell he has too much time on his hands?



Sarah W. said...

You are such a good mom!! That is one thing i wish I would have documented the little details that are fun and easily forgettable!

Adrianne said...

You sound like such a proud, patient and amazing mom!!

*Braden is into touching other peoples noses also ;)*