Sunday, May 17, 2009

8 months update

Noah turned 8 months old yesterday, and I thought it would be fun to give a little overview of him at this point in his life:)

Eating
Here is a sampling of Noah's daily menu (what he ate yesterday):
Sleeping
  • Usually 2 naps per day, ranging in length from 45 minutes-1.5 hours.
  • He goes to bed around 10:00 or 10:30pm
  • He wakes up around 9:00am
  • He generally sleeps through the night, but lately has been waking up around 4:00am. We just give him his first bottle at this time and he goes right back to sleep.
Development
What he can do really well:
  • Sit upright - on the floor, chairs, couches, etc
  • Change positions
  • Roll
  • Scoot around
  • Explore toys (pushing buttons, turning knobs, etc)
  • Find hidden objects
  • Say "mama" and "dada"
  • Identify other common people/things (Granny, Papa, our dogs, etc)
What he is currently working on:
  • Crawling without stomach on the ground
  • Pulling up to stand
  • Clapping
  • Identifying objects by name (objects in pictures, puzzle pieces, etc)
  • Following simple commands (handing me something specific, putting blocks in containers, etc)
General Favorites
  • Toys: Thomas the Tank Engine-themed wood blocks, shape sorters (here and here), Melissa & Doug knob puzzles, alphabet spinner, learning puppy, exersaucer (though he is QUICKLY outgrowing it!), ride-on Mater, books, push-along Thomas, plastic spoons/pots & lids/other noise-making kitchen items, our dogs & his 4-year-old cousin Abby :o)
  • Shows/Movies: Thomas the Tank Engine, Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, BackyardigansCars, Finding Nemo (I consider these favorites because he will watch them for 15+ minutes, or will return to watching them if still on while playing)
  • Books: any of the Priddy Books (especially the soft ones like Squishy Turtle and Friends), lift-the-flap books (like Peter Rabbit - Peekaboo!), Get Dressed With Elmo, and really anything else I give him
  • Other Activities: bath time & playing in his baby pool (fun with water), going for walks, sitting in rocking chairs
  • Comfort Items: Murphy the monkey (plush animal), Oats the horse(blanket animal), my hair & a paci & a song from me :o)
Music Favorites
For fun:
  • Songs with movements (like "Itsy Bitsy Spider" and "If You're Happy and You Know It")
  • Songs from Thomas the Tank Engine (especially "Little Engines" and "Down By the Docks")...we love this cd!
  • Most any praise music (like Chris Tomlin) and rock music (like Aerosmith)..what a combo! LOL
For sleep:
  • Old standbys like "Jesus Loves Me" and "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star"
  • New praise music like "Center" by Charlie Hall, "How Great is Our God" by Chris Tomlin, "Better Is One Day" from the Passion concerts

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I am absolutely amazed by my son. All he can do, all he has developed...and in just 8 months! He has such a wonderful, friendly personality...and rarely meets a stranger as long as Mama is by his side :o) Thank you for being a part of his life up until this point, and I so look forward to sharing more!!

4 comments:

wrcdgc said...

Gosh it seems like just yesterday I was reading your blog and we were waiting little Noah. He is growing up so fast. He is such a cutie and I enjoy your blog about him.

Donna

Linda / Behind My Red Door said...

Aww what a cute picture of Noah! He really is turning into quite a little man. I am so happy he is such a good baby for you!

hugs, Linda

Colleen said...

My goodness ... I can't believe it's been eight months already, Lauren! Noah certainly appears to be a happy, healthy, and charismatic little man. His favorites sure do bring me back. Brendan was about that same age last year at this time. And now we're fast approaching his second birthday in September.

You guys are in for some big fun this summer! Enjoy that sweet baby, my friend. He's adorable.

Meghan Fravel said...

Hi! I'm so glad you stopped by!!! Your son is so beautiful, what a little blessing. Its nice to know other young mommys serving God, husbands & kids!!