My Dearest Sullivan,
I'm losing track of time and you are growing way too fast. Your eighth month came and went in the blink of an eye (which is why I'm writing this post for you almost two months late!). I keep a little journal with important things I want to remember each month, which is a good thing because the memories really do start to blur from one month to the next, but I'll keep this post short and sweet.
This was a busy month! We started weekly music, dance, and barre classes. Most music classes you are very vocal and it has been determined that you have a high internal pitch (which the instructor tells us you inherit from your mother, ha!). Dance and barre class are more for me, but we do these classes with your best little bud, Harrison, and his mommy, and it's always fun for us to watch you two interact at the end of class. We also did a lot of hiking in the ravines and we tried you out in the backpack carrier for the first time and you loved being up so high.
You're a pro at sitting up now and you are starting to recognize faces. You love skype-ing with your Nanny and Papa in Nova Scotia and even over the computer, your Papa Fraser makes you laugh! You get really excited and your face lights up when daddy comes home from work. You aren't crawling yet, but you can get around amazingly by pushing yourself backwards. The only thing that stops you is when you back yourself into a corner!
Your appetite for solid foods has really exploded this month! You love your oatmeal in the mornings, mixed with fruit, avocado or pumpkin. We've also been making a lot of green smoothies and you are a huge fan. Sometimes you let me spoon feed them to you, but mostly you prefer to drink them out of a little plastic cup. You can also drink water out of a straw now and are pretty darn proud of it! You are working on your pincer grasp - you are able to pick up small pieces of food, but can't figure out how to let go of the food in your mouth. You are still breastfeeding voraciously, about every 3-4 hours, and will take a bottle of expressed milk when needed. And your first tooth has poked through, finally!
This month you weighed 17lbs, 4.5oz and are 27 and a 1/4 inches long. You're still wearing the same clothes as last month, 3-6 month pants and tops, and 6 month sleepers, although you're finally starting to grow too long for them. Your little waist has a hard time fitting into bigger sized pants, and often I find I could fit two of you in one pair!
Sullivan, considering how much your daddy and I love our sleep, I never imagined I'd have a baby that didn't love to nap. But you, my dear son, just do not want to nap. You will sleep in the car though, and I'd be lying if I said I didn't drive around for an hour some days just to get a nap in! And you still have the odd nap in my arms on the couch. Some days you let me put you in your crib for a nap, but other days you are not having it. Thankfully, you are going down easy at bedtime and sleeping through the night.
This past month you had your very first cold ever. Stuffy (and then runny) noses are no fun for anyone, but especially not for a baby who hates having his nose wiped! But I'm thankful you've been such a healthy baby thus far.
The most exciting thing that happened this month was a visit from your Aunty Vanessa. She flew in from Vancouver and spent 4 days with us and we had so much fun with her! She came to music class with us, we went for a hike, and you two got lots of bonding and cuddle time in. It was hard to say goodbye to her, but hopefully we'll see her again real soon!
I love you to the moon and back,