Poppyseed is 8 months old

I realized today that I never wrote an update about Poppyseed’s 8 month milestones, so here goes.

My dad always used to say, “The older my kids get, the more fun they are” and I think about that statement constantly as she grows.  On one hand, I hate that we are leaving so many fun stages behind us.  They are only so little once, and seeing the time fly by makes me cry – literally.

On the other hand, it’s so true, she is just getting more and more fun as she grows.

At 8 months old…

  • She is still army crawling.  She definitely knows how to crawl properly, but chooses not to.  I spend some time every day trying to get her to lift that little torso up, but it’s mostly a total bust!
  • She is absolutely pulling up – on furniture, on toys, on the dogs, and on our legs.  And climbing!  She loves to climb over things now.  I caught her approaching the stairs last week and she was really giving them the eye.  I thought, “Oh how funny!  She is going to try to climb the stairs, but I’m sure she won’t be able to actually do it.”  Wrong.  When she got to the third step, I pulled her down and accepted the fact that my freedom is quickly vanishing.
  • After 8 months of pretty much just exclusively nursing, I finally took her to the doctor to figure out why she breaks out into a rash each time I give her solids.  I’d tried about 8 foods, all with the same results.  The doctor told me that she thinks that P is actually reacting to something in the environment.  She asked if we could have mold in our house or if we had carpet.  We do have carpet in some bedrooms, and the previous owners of our home had an indoor cat.  She said she wouldn’t be surprised if Poppyseed’s immune system was just a little overworked due to something in our home, and that due to that bodily stress it caused an overactive immune response when a new food was introduced.  She told me I might consider having Oatmeal check the house for mold, replacing our carpet, or getting an air filter.  She did give me the green light to give Poppyseed solids even if she had a rash.  Thank goodness, because my poor baby was hungry!  I started giving her cooked veggies, introducing new ones every three days or so, and then gave her some of her beloved banana.  (She loves banana!)  I also gave her salmon for the first time last night.  It was a hit!  And wouldn’t you know, her rash is a lot better than it was?  It’s not 100% better, but it’s definitely a lot less red and blotchy.  And yes, we are looking into replacing the carpet.  Sigh.  I will say that the rash has really never bothered her, other than one time where I thought that she was scratching at it.  So in reality, I should be thankful that the worst I’ve had to deal with is a rash!
  • She is still nursing about 6-7 times daily, but for shorter durations now that she is getting three little meals a day.  I suspect my milk supply will drop substantially within the next few days/weeks, and honestly I am totally okay with that!
  • She is so talkative!  Still saying ma-ma-ma and da-da-da, but really just making lots of random noise.
  • Still no teeth.
  • Almost 21lbs, and about 27 inches long… but I don’t know what percentages those are.
  • I have definitely noticed that she is getting a little more separation anxiety lately.  She turns and buries her face in my arm when approached by a stranger.  She is very skeptical of other men holding her these days unless they are daddy or a granddaddy.  I kind of like it, but I hope that she doesn’t begin to turn on her loved ones and only want mama!  I want to be able to pass her off to uncles and aunts without her crying for mama!
  • She is sleeping pretty well lately.  I don’t really have her on a daytime nap schedule now that I’m home.  I just kind of watch her for signs of being tired and put her down when she seems to need it.  But sometimes she takes her naps in her carseat when we are on the go.  The holidays were rough, we were always traveling and sleeping away from home.  She got pretty used to sleeping in bed with us, and so as soon as January arrived I made it a point to get back into a nighttime routine.  We do dinner, then bath, and then bed.  She goes down around 7:30pm.  Most of the time I put her little pajamas on her and rock her for a minute or two and put her down in her crib with no problems.  She will just turn over on her tummy and curl up with her little bottom in the air.  But on some nights she has a little of the separation anxiety and cries, so then I usually wait about 5 minutes and then go pat her back and rearrange her in her crib.  She usually quiets down and goes to sleep.  She sleeps from about 7:30pm to 4:30am, when I inevitably find her standing in her crib and crying.  She hasn’t figured out how to sit back down yet, so I end up rocking her for a minute and then lying her back down in her crib, where she sleeps until 6am or 6:30am.  I expect that she will sleep even better now that she is eating solids, but then she will probably start to have teething pains and we’ll start over again!

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Overall, Poppyseed is just a really happy and fun baby.  She loves to play and smile.  I love to make her laugh and squeal.  She is somewhat independent and can sit and play with her toys for a long time by herself, but she is like her mama – she loves being held and acting social, too!

Welp, I could write about Poppyseed and being a mama forever, but I’ll stop here.

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  1. This is what babycenter says but your child seems bigger than these percentages to me…

    Based on the data you submitted, your child falls into the following percentiles:
    Length = between percentile 25 and 50
    Weight = between percentile 75 and 90

  2. What about turning on the bathtub. That’s some kind of milestone if you ask me.

  3. So I know that this is a realllly old post of yours, but I want to thank you for it! I came upon your blog because I saw a pic of Poppy and her rash on Google and it looks just like a rash I have on MY 6 month old. I took her to the Dr and was given the same answer only with less details. Could be carpet allergy, could be dairy in the rice cereal, so on. I almost stopped feeding her solids except it’s so clear to me that she needs them. She’s a hungry girl! I want to keep going, so seeing that Poppy had an improvement after you started feeding her solids on the regular gives me some hope. The theory that solids on top of another irritant makes sense to me, and that her new little body needs to simply adjust to the world. Thank you!!

    • Hey! Wow, I’m glad it helped you. I just now saw your comment (been too distracted to blog lately – bummer!) but I sure hope by now your little one has no more rash! 🙂

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