This Monday Declan turned 8 months old. He is (finally) starting to have a reliable nap schedule and is sleeping longer stretches at night. We have pretty much transferred him to his crib and he usually stays there till about 5 am. He is still breastfed and we are working on introducing more finger foods. His eating habits really deserve their own post though. He changes what he likes meal to meal which can get frustrating at times but I am trying to keep introducing new things!
Our little guy is constantly on the move!! He just started to crawl with his stomach off the floor this week. He can pull himself up to standing and is starting to be more reliable with getting back down. He loves to point at everything and tries to feed his food to you if you let him! He hasn't said any full words yet but has started to says his m's and g's. His babbling has also started to sound more like words and he will talk to his reflection in the sliding glass door.
Declan so far has 5 teeth and is working on the 6th. He chews on everything and is drooling all the time. We tried the amber teething necklace but I didn't find it super effective. Before naps and at night I usually give him a Hylands chamomilla tablet. They are different then the teething tablets which have some controversy I guess because of the belladonna. I find the chamomile tablets are helpful in settling him down when his teeth are obviously bothering him. These are the ones we use:
Declan continues to love every dog he comes in contact with but Kota is his BFF for sure. He lights up every time she comes in the room and they are really starting to play with each other! Kota will bring a toy for Dec, wait for him to reach for it, then quick pull it a few inches away. He thinks it is hilarious! I'm so thankful that they get along so well and I'm sure they have many more adventures to come.
I highly recommend the teething necklace in some of these pictures. It was such a lifesaver for us on the plane and has grown to be Dec's favorite toy. We actually lost them the second day in Italy and I ordered them as soon as we landed back in the U.S. They are also great to wear while nursing for distracted babies like mine! Here's a link for them:
I've learned a lot in the last eight months. Nothing is more apparent though than how fast these little people change. In the blink of an eye they are on to the next thing. It's exciting but also a little bittersweet. Something he does all the time today he might never do again. It really does fly by as surreal as that seems in the moments when he won't nap or its 3 am and he's climbing all over pulling my hair. I feel so blessed that I get to spend my days with him. Now I'm off to finish the dishes during the quiet of nap time.