Month 8 with watermark

This Time Around
Maybe I just don’t remember for Parker’s first year but I have found myself really questioning all of my decisions with Caity. Maybe it’s just we are trying so many new things that it’s like I am a first time mom all over again. Luckily I keep referring back to Parker’s calendar from his first year and it gives me a good base line for what we did when. I noticed that in his 8th month he tried Indian for the first time so when my parents were visiting last weekend we ordered some. She loved it!

I’ll talk more about this in my next Motherhood Confessions post but I have been battling the mommy guilt a lot lately. Caity loves to cuddle, it’s what we did for hours and hours the first 6 months of her life to survive through the colic. With two kids though I desperately need that afternoon nap time to regroup and just have some alone time. Last week we went balls to the wall and started sleep training. She has done wonderfully and made more improvement then I could even imagine. She still lets out a cry when she feels me stand up from the chair because she knows I am going to put her in the crib. It honestly makes my heart hurt every time. I think to myself, “all she wants to do is cuddle” usually followed by, “soon she will be to big to cuddle and one day she won’t want to at all”. As soon as I leave she calms down and goes back to sleep which I know is so good for her. It still hurts though…

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Nursing
We are moving right along into month 9 of nursing. I tease that this one really loves her milk on tap. The biggest hurdle right now is this teething cause damn it hurts! I am realizing it’s the most painful right before a tooth breaks through. Her poor little mouth hurts so bad she can’t latch which makes it excruciating for me. As soon as they break through it gets better until the next one comes. I never dreamed I would be able to nurse this long. Even through the growth spurts and minor challenges here and there we have managed.

I’m still amazed by the lack of nursing mommas I see in public. Don’t get me wrong, I think you should nurse wherever you are most comfortable. But there has to be more than what I have seen. Iv’e gotten more comfortable nursing in public and most of the time don’t even think anything of it. I feed Caity when she is hungry (or thirsty) which makes for a more enjoyable time out for everyone.

In an effort to start transitioning her to something other than nursing I had the opportunity to review the Joovy Boob and their new Naturally Nood Nipple. It is by far the best bottle and nipple I have come across and even though she isn’t completely sold on it yet, Caity hasn’t minded drinking some of my milk from it.

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Milestones & Memories
This has been a huge month for Caity and her development.

She is now rolling around the room and is able to go from a sitting position to her tummy.

She is also eating some puree and more solid foods each day. She gets about 1 container of baby food a day and then snacks on MumMums, Puffs, or Yogurt Bites during breakfast and lunch. For dinner I give her bites of what ever I am eating. She absolutely loves eggs, mac & cheese, and just last night had a few bites of my spaghetti meat sauce. I have to make sure I am either feeding her or she has something to munch on during meal time or she gets really hangry. We also have started introducing a sippy cup but she is biting on it more than drinking.

If you watch her closely you may also catch a glimpse of her little dainty wave. That is always an adorable milestone for a baby because they usually do it backwards since that is what they see when you do it to them.

Caity is sprouting TWO teeth with a few more on the way I believe.

The biggest, and most exciting, change this month has been her sleeping habits. Last weekend I decided it was time to go balls to the wall and get her trained. Never in my wildest dreams would I have guessed I would be set on sleep training but I am exhausted, stressed, and I know she needs the quiet alone time. I decided to dedicate this week to staying close to home and get Caity in her crib for both her morning and afternoon nap. We purchased these Blackout Curtains and I set up the travel Essential Oil Diffuser with Lavender. Today is day 4 and she is improving each day. I always believed sleep begests sleep so I wasn’t surprised when she also slept 8:30 pm – 6am on Sunday night and 8:00 pm – 5:30 am Monday night. Last night she would have slept longer but I woke up and needed to either pump or nurse.

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Letter to Caity
Oh Caity, you are happy except when you are not. You love interacting with other people and looking around when we are out and about. When you get overwhelmed you make it known and are instantly better once you are close to us. I think that is one of the reasons you love being worn. You can experience the world but feel safe close to me. I don’t mind it one bit! You love trying new foods and are happy at meal time as long as you are eating something along with everyone else. The bigger you get the easier it is to play with your big brother and I can tell you are trying your darnedest to get this whole crawling and standing thing figured out. I can’t believe how big you are getting and how anxious you are to explore the world around you. I cherish those quite moments we have at night as you drift off to sleep and I can just sit and stare at you.

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