October 21, 2014
I'm about ten days writing this update, which makes remembering what happened before she turned eight months really hard. She's at the point where she's learning something new just about every day. Where she mimics and moves and picks up new things so quickly!
In the past month, she learned my favourite baby trick - clapping her hands! I love watching her blue eyes light up and her chubby little hands come together. Anytime we say "yay!" she claps. Even if she's in the middle of eating or in a fit of tears - we'll say "yay" and she'll start to clap. I can tell she just loves the attention she gets from it! She also started waving, but mid-way through the month traded that trick in for a new (and better) one - HIGH FIVES! Haha...sometimes she'll throw up her hand for a high five and will just wait, silently, until someone notices her and reciprocates.
The biggest news, is that Bea is now on the move! She learned to army crawl and gets just a teeny bit faster every day. I know that by the time I write this update next month she will be flying around this house.
With all Bea's new tricks came some sleep interruptions and separation anxiety. I know that both are common at this age, when babes are learning new skills (especially the crawling one). I was thankful that Kris was home for the bulk of the month and was able to help out at night. We tried a few different tactics to help with sleep, but I think that, in the end, what she needed was some time and some patience from us. At the start of the month, she was waking up every 2-3 hours and by the end she was back to sleeping for 8 hours (and then waking every 1-2 hours until it was time to get up for the day).
The separation anxiety is hard. When I'm within vision, she wants to be in my arms. I wouldn't mind that much if she would let me wear her, but she resists after 10 minutes in a carrier or wrap. So if we went anywhere as a family, I'd have to walk three feet behind Kris with the stroller or carry her in my arms (and she's 20lbs....). Every time I walk to the bathroom and leave her with Kris, she'd cry (until I was out of sight - then she was over it). If we go to Target, she won't stay in the cart for more than 10 minutes. I know it's just a phase and I should appreciate all the snuggles - but MY ARMS ARE SORE. :)
This month is special for a few reasons. Kris was home for the bulk of it, and it'll probably be the only time that we're both off work for, I don't know - ever? It was so nice to have the time together and to be with Bea. She is at such a fun age and I'm so glad we both had the chance to absorb it as much as possible. It's also the last full month of my maternity leave. I'll be returning to work shortly before she turns 9 months and so I'm trying to enjoy this time with her as much as possible (she makes it pretty easy). She's so amazing.