Baby David: Eight Months

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He loves to moved around and put everything in his mouth.

A couple days ago, David turned eight months old. I really enjoy the stage he’s in right now. He can sit on his own and play with toys for long periods of time without getting bored. He smiles and laughs all the time. Here are some fun facts about David at eight months:

  • He still has a toothless, gummy smile.
  • He’s getting really close to crawling. A couple weeks ago, he learned how to lay on his stomach and scoot himself backwards (and get stuck under couches haha).
  • Just in the last few days, he’s begun scooting forward.
  • He has great balance and learned this month how to sit on his own.
  • He’s becoming more distracted while eating and likes to roll out of his boppy and roll around sometimes while drinking his bottle.
  • He likes pretty much all food but bananas (which still makes me sad because I love bananas).
  • He likes when we play the song “The Middle” by Maren Morris.
  • We started bathing him without his bath seat. He really enjoyed that for about a week, but now he seems to not enjoy bath time. Consequently, we’ve started using the seat again.
  • He says “dadadadadadada” all the time.
  • He enjoys going on walks and kicking his legs while he’s in the stroller. Whenever his legs are dangling in any seat, he’ll always, always kick his left leg up and down.
  • We’ve pushed his bedtime back to about 7:30. We’re not super strict about this because it depends on when and how long he napped that day. But he’ll generally always go to bed between 7 and 8 p.m. He generally wakes up between 7 and 8 a.m.
  • He’s started eating solid foods at twice a day. Here’s what/when-ish he eats: 8 a.m. – 2 ounces of rice cereal and a 7-ounce bottle; 12 p.m. – 4.5 ounces of baby food and a 4-ounce bottle; 4 p.m. – 8-ounce bottle; Between 9 and 10 p.m. – 8-ounce bottle.
  • He enjoys going to the grocery store and sitting in the front of the cart.
  • He’s become a much better napper. He naps twice a day for 1-2 hours each time. He goes down for his first nap between 9:30 and 10:30 a.m. and again between 2 and 3 p.m.
  • We took him to the doctor for a non-routine appointment for the first time last week. His eyes had been red and puffy for a few days and he developed bumps on his arms and legs. He had no fever and was acting totally normal though. Turns out the eyes are probably just irritated by pollen and the bumps are nothing to be concerned about and will go away.
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He scooted backwards from his mat and ended up under the couch.

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Trip to Iowa

The Friday before Memorial Day, we headed to Iowa. We left Friday evening and drove a few hours to a hotel. We got up the next morning and drove the rest of the way. We drove home the following Saturday.

Highlights of the trip include a cookout with the extended Longenecker family, a Memorial Day service at the Walcott Cemetery (where John’s Grandpa’s name was read), eating delicious Whitey’s ice cream, attending the Nauvoo Temple, and simply enjoying time together as a family.

Our trip also included the funeral of a family friend of the Longeneckers. The passing of this friend was unexpected. It was a tender time. I wrote about my experience attending the funeral in my last blog post.

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David’s first experience at Happy Joes Pizza. He liked watching the train.

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“Little” David sitting in the chair his great grandma bought for “Big” David when he was a little boy.