Why it has been so hard to sit down and just do this post is beyond my scope of comprehension. It’s so busy this time of year and I do put myself first a lot of the times, especially when it comes to my workouts but that’s about it. After my workout then I feel as though it’s time to put everything else first. My blogging is definitely a “me” thing. I have no clue how many people read this stuff but I started it as a way to document my life then it morphed drastically into documenting my pregnancy with Emmett and now updates of my kids. But these posts are the toughest. I put so much thought into every little detail of each month that by the time I sit to write about it my head’s about to burst and I can’t do it. I make sure other things get in the way. But it’s December 17th now for crying out loud and my little baby girl is almost 9 months old now and soon I’ll be writing about that!! So here we go again…Another post only this one is about her 8th month of life.
Campbell Beth. Oh my goodness. She has just jumped over milestones this past month. It’s been the best month to date no doubt. As I’ve said many times in Emmett’s updates, the months just get better and better. You don’t ever realize it and sometimes when I am rocking her I just wish to myself that she won’t get another day older and that she’ll stay that way forever but a) that’s just silly and b) that would be terrible because everyday I get to know her better and better as she grows up just a little bit more. This girl is a mover. She started crawling full on just shy of turning 8 months. She’s been up on her hands and knees for a while but over Thanksgiving she really just took off. She finally got that if she just picked up those knees and moved those hands at the same time then she’d get somewhere. It’s been so fun to watch her figure this stuff out. She’s now able to go anywhere she wants to and she’s FAST so watch out!
This girl also started waving this past month. She just picks her hand up, stretches out all of her fingers, throws her arm up and waves! She waves like she smiles. She waits to catch someones attention then that arm shoots up and she gives a nice big wave at the end of it. People stop and remark on how adorable it is. I have to agree. After she shoots her hand up and waves she gives a toothy little grin to the receiver of the wave. It’s about the cutest damn thing I’ve ever seen. Speaking of teeth. She still only has those 2 bottom teeth. There’s been no sight of any others popping through. She drools like a crazy person but that’s been going on for months with nothing happening in there. I suppose we’ll know when our sleep starts getting interrupted again.
So sleep. Ok, I’m not complaining and it’s still been going wonderfully but this girl has been getting up at around 2 hours past the time we put her in bed every night. Without fail we will put her down around 7 or 7:30pm and she’s up again at around 9-10pm SCREAMING her head off for no reason what so ever. I’ll go in, feed her (because I don’t know what else to do) and then she’ll go right back to sleep for the rest of the night. It was getting really old really fast and thank goodness it wasn’t happening at 2am but still! So we decided one night after a particularly tough day with Emmett that we were just going to let her cry it out. It didn’t really happen on purpose. We were sitting in the living room talking about Emmett and the tough day and how to move forward with a certain behavior of his when C started up her usual screaming fit. Chad and I were just too busy to care about the screaming and it got louder and louder until it just stopped. She cried for about 10 minutes and then it was over. Chad just said “Did we just let her cry it out?” And I suppose that’s exactly what we did that night. The next night she woke up but she only cried for about 3 minutes before putting herself back to sleep. It became less and less every night until one night she just stopped doing it. It was a really weird phase. But it was pretty much all of this past month and now it’s over. I of course thought it was related to teething but she still has no new teeth! So I think she was just training us! Little stinker.
Campbell has also started clapping. I remember Emmett doing this at this exact same age thinking that he was brilliant but when we went to his 9 month doc. visit it was on the well visit questionnaire about “can your baby do this?” So I know she’s not brilliant and this is a developmental milestone but it was still so adorable the first time I witnessed it. It’s so crazy too because she seems to clap on at the most appropriate times. Someone will say something funny and she will giggle and clap. If something makes her happy then she’ll clap. If someone does something that pleases her then she’ll clap. It’s both hilarious and adorable (how many times can I use that word in this post!?).
Campbell will also still go to anyone. I don’t think I’ve ever seen her cry when given to a stranger. Anyone can pick her up but she DEFINITELY knows who I am and if she seems me then game over. She will always prefer me over others. I’m just waiting though. It seems to me that after E turned 9 months is when the stranger danger thing hit really hard with him. I have a feeling it’s going to be about 1,000 times worse with C. I do think she has a great bond with her dad though. As much as she loves me, I think she also will be a little daddy’s girl too. It’s so much fun to watch Chad play with her. It’s just a totally different bond that he has with Campbell. Those two had a rough go at it in the beginning but they’ve come around and I can see them being super close. I can also see her wrapping him around that fat little finger of hers.
Campbell also turned a corner with eating solid foods. She will literally eat anything! I was so nervous last month because she really could have cared less about foods but this month is totally different. I don’t know what happened. I suppose just offering it to her enough was it. We never gave up and she eventually came around and started eating like a horse. I am only feeding her once a day, at dinner time, because that’s all that I have energy for but she does get finger foods throughout the day like puffs and teether crackers. Those are especially nice for when I need her to be in one spot so I can get things done or when we’re out at a restaurant and I need her to be happy. Her palate has tried a lot of different foods because Michele has been giving me baby food that she has been making. Her favorites are still the less sweet stuff but at least now she’ll eat a banana or something with a bit more sweetness to it. We are still going strong with breastfeeding and I don’t see an end in sight any time soon. We got sort of lazy with giving her a bottle after I returned home from DC back at the end of September so really almost the entire month of October we didn’t really use a bottle. Well, that sort of blew up in our faces when Campbell started refusing the bottle again this month! It was super stressful and around November 1 we pushed the bottle hard on her and worked all month long on getting her to take one again. Once morning she just took it again! So ever since we have been giving her at least one bottle every other day to make sure that doesn’t ever happen again. I plan to breastfeed her as long as possible. Without sounding totally psychotic, I’d like to make it to 18 months but we’ll see.
C is also now totally comfortable in the jogging stroller and will still sit in her swing while I run on the treadmill if I don’t get my run in before she gets up.
Her demeanor is that of an angel 🙂 No but seriously she has the BEST personality and when I put her to bed at night I literally cannot wait to see her again in the morning. She just brings more joy into my life than I ever thought possible. I love playing with her on the floor, watching her do new things, smiling and talking to her, running errands with her and all around just love having her as my little sidekick. She’s become my buddy and I feel so lucky that we have special one on one time together while Emmett goes to preschool. Happy 8 months baby girl! As the days go I think to myself, “how can I love you anymore than I love you today?” and then somehow I end up loving you more each and every day that passes.