I decided to group these two months into one blog post because not only did they just fly by, but they felt somewhat the same in terms of development and growth. Months 7 and 8 were full of fall festivities, Reagan’s first NFL football season, and our first ever Halloween as a family. So many firsts and highlights wrapped up into one season. I officially maxed out my phone photo storage and am already anticipating Christmas and the holiday season. I’m going to have to brainstorm a new baby photo storage game plan.
PEDIATRICIAN CHECK-UP & GROWTH: Miss Reagan Marie won’t go into the pediatrician until her 9 month check-up and shots, but i’ll be sure to update as soon as that happens. She is such a healthy little baby and I say a prayer of thankfulness EVERY SINGLE DAY for that. She has outgrown most of her 6 month baby clothes and I have been on the lookout for “fall and winter” baby clothes. We suddenly hit this point and I realized I didn’t have any warm clothes for her to wear. WHOOPS and PARENTING FAIL on my part. I can always count on Carters.com for a good selection and a 60% OFF sale. Reagan has been growing and growing and keeps getting chunkier and chunkier. I was super sad to pack away most of her tiny baby clothes, but its kinda fun to look at the larger selection of baby clothes in bigger sizes. Newborn to 6 months is mostly colored onesies and we are so ready for skinny jeans and dresses! She did rock some super cute Halloween outfits and of course our first Family Halloween Costume was epic. I will forever remember it.
EYE COLOR, HAIR COLOR, & THE BIGGEST BABY SMILES: Nothing has really changed in this department. Eyes are still blue, hair is still sparse, and the thigh rolls are still rolling! When she stops growing I feel like I can breathe for a second and just take in all the cuteness. It doesn’t last long though and we are quickly onto the next big milestone etc. She has been all smiles lately and is seriously one of the happiest babies I have ever seen.
SLEEP: Aww the sleeping situation. This is ever changing and never consistent. We seem to have hit the dreaded 8 month sleep regression and Reagan is waking up several times a night. We have been mixing it up and trying a few different sleep techniques and strategies. We eventually just gave up and decided to ride the wave with patience and love. She wakes up a few times a night but will go back to sleep with a pacifier and a hug. Its really not too bad at all and we are counting our blessings on what a good baby she is.
FEEDINGS: Reagan has been such a big girl and eating in her high chair for a few months now. She takes mostly formula but we do solids 3 times a day still. So far she likes pretty much everything we give her. We do mostly Oatmeal and Plum Food Pouches. She doesn’t have any teeth yet, so i’m waiting to start giving her real food until I feel she is ready. She has become a pro at throwing things from her high chair, including food and her bottle. She is a quick little lightening bug and will put her hands in whatever we are serving her, loves to bang her hands on the tray with Daddy, and isn’t quite sure what to think of the sippy cup we keeping giving her. Mostly she plays with it and chews on the rubber nipple. With patience, I know we will get there. She is very independent and doesn’t like to do things until she is ready. We have already experienced the “stink eye” several times.
SCHEDULE: With me deciding to head back to work, we worked to really simplify our schedules and it has been working for us. Jeffrey takes Reagan on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday. And i’ve got her during the week while he is busy working from home. Jeffrey and Reagan have their own special “Daddy Daycare” schedule that usually involves lots of playing, reading, CrossFit box visits, walking the dogs, and doing projects around the house. He keeps her nice and busy and she is always ready to take a long afternoon nap by the time noon rolls around. Our days together are a little more low key. We ease into the day with a bottle, a little news and some election coverage, do a few projects around the house, eat some food, maybe run to Target or the grocery store, work on our Halloween costumes, and then make some dinner and relax while we wait for Daddy to get home from CrossFit.
MILESTONES & PLAY: I have really enjoyed this phase of having a baby. Suddenly Reagan is her own little person and she is growing into her personality and mannerisms. She loves to play and be goofy like all little babies, but she is especially talkative and sweet around us. We just love her to pieces.
She isn’t sure what to think about strangers and has the sweetest little habit of sticking her lower lip out when she isn’t sure about someone. She is extremely comfortable around us and women in general. Anytime there is a man around that she doesn’t know, or even DOES know, that little lip comes out. She doesn’t cry, she just looks for Mommy or Daddy and won’t relax until the culprit is gone. I think its safe to say her “stranger danger” meter is definitely working. I don’t want her to be afraid of people, but its definitely a good thing to embrace your child’s sense of caution. I want her to be able to trust her instincts, and if something or someone isn’t quite jiving, I want her to know its ok to let us know that she is uncomfortable. We will always do our best to protect her and I know overtime she will learn who she can be around and who is a stranger.
She loves to sit and has officially started to roll around on the floor. No crawling yet but she did finally master the art of rolling on both sides. She will roll across an entire room and literally disappear before our eyes. She smacks her hands when she is happy and has learned how to scream. She loves to experiment with her voice and is always making all kinds of funny sounds. She puts everything in her mouth and has learned how to scoot backwards. We joke that she can’t crawl because she is “high-centered.” That little belly of hers is always getting in the way. She will stand on her own if she has something to hang onto and will take the occasional baby step if we are propping her up under her armpits. She loves to be independent and wants whatever we have. She loves it when we sing to her, the ABC’s are her favorite. No matter how fussy she is, a couple of corases will calm her instantly and put a BIG smile on that little face. She hates to be left alone anywhere but is perfectly content playing by herself in a room where she can see us.
She loves going “out and about” with us and is a very good traveling baby. She is never fussy in public, thank goodness. We love the grocery store and Target. We walk through the aisles and I tell her what everything is and what ingredients you use in certain dishes etc. We do colors and touch different objects. It is so fun. She does get pretty excited sometimes and will let out the biggest happy scream. Its embarrassing, funny, and adorable all at the same time. We take the puppies to the park and touch leaves and pumpkins. She loves animals and is always excited when another dog walks by. We swing at the park and meet other little kids and babies. This is such a fun age because she is actually interested in the world around her and wants to interact with everything,
We went to the pumpkin patch and apple orchard for family pictures and dressed up as lions and lion tamers for Halloween. She loved greeting the trick or treaters but got really scared by a few of the costumes. We watched football games with Daddy and helped Mommy make a “practice” turkey for Thanksgiving. Overall, we had a wonderful Fall and are ready to kick-off the Holidays with Thanksgiving and Christmas. Bring on all things festive!!!!!!