Monday, August 8, 2011

Henry: 8 months

8 months

This update is a couple of weeks behind schedule due to being gone, (his monthly birthday is on the 22nd), but better late than never, right? This month has been the most fun as far as his growth and change, and it's like we watch him grow up a little more everyday. With all of this growing comes so many new, fun stages but also less of little baby Henry too. Bittersweet for sure.  As far as actual size, Henry has gotten so much bigger! Right now he's just getting out of 9 month clothing and into 12 month. He's tall and on the slim side, like another Henry I happen to know quite well!  I'm curious to see how long he is at his 9-month check up which is right around the corner.

As far as foods, Henry is a really, really good eater. He's still breastfeeding and going strong. Here's how our day usually goes:

6:45am: wake up, BF
7:30am: breakfast - usually a fruit and oatmeal concoction although this week we'll be venturing into the world of organic yogurt too.
11am: BF upon waking up from his nap
noon: a small lunch or snack - lately it's been a mashed up avocado or other veggie
2pm: BF before his nap.
5pm: BF a upon waking/before dinner
5:15pm (or so): dinner - some sort of pureed veggies
7pm: BF before bed.

Henry also has a sippy cup of water available to him and will drink whenever he's thirsty. We only do water and he's been doing the sippy cup thing since he was about 6.5 months old. He really got the hang out it around 7 months and knows how to hold it, tilt it, etc.  He never really used a bottle, so now if I have to be gone during a regular feeding he'll just drink my milk from the sippy. We use the Nuk Orthodontic Sippy and love them. I also make all of Henry's food, but while on vacation I couldn't do much outside of mashing up avocados and bananas, so to mix it up he also enjoyed some of the Earth's Best jarred food and a couple other types of organic baby food in pouches.

It's crazy what a difference a month makes- you can even see it in the 7 month to this month's photos. 8 months is the most fun yet (told you I'd say that everytime!).  But really, everyday is something new. A new sound, a new "trick," something else to make Hank and I just die from cuteness overload, laughter, or both.

This month Henry:

will wave hello and goodbye
says "mama" (his first word!)
still doesn't have any teeth
tries to stand with no hands - doesn't quite have the balance down yet
bounces and dances to music
laughs a lot
all smiles, all day
loves to be carried on my hip all the time
knows what "up" means and will raise his arms when he wants to be picked up
lots of squealing and funny noises
lots of babbling and "talking"
good at playing independently
loves Madeline so much
sleeps through the night every night

This upcoming weekend I'm leaving to go to California for a friend's bachelorette party and I'm a little nervous about being away from Henry for two nights, but I know Hank will do just fine.  I am so, so excited for some true "me" time though but I can't imagine how it is going to feel not seeing Henry everyday. My heart already hurts a little but I'm also really excited! I'm sure some of you mamas know what I mean. I've been pumping like crazy, getting Hank prepped on what to do, and I feel ready. So come Friday, this mama is getting on a plane and heading off to a fabulous girl's weekend in Manhattan Beach. Wish us luck!

So, happy 8 months sweet Henry. We love you so much. We're already halfway to 9, and I can't wait to see what it has in store for us.

p.s. note to self: for our next baby, take monthly photos SITTING UP. Even if I have to prop the baby up, it will much easier than trying to keep a rambunctious 8 month old on his back. Talk about baby-wrangling- I should film one of our photoshoots, I'm sure you'd get a laugh!

8 months


  1. My little one is almost 9 months as well! On the 24th! They grow so fast! I am glad to know that my little boy is normal when it comes to size! He's in 12 month clothes as well!

    Your boy is so cute!

  2. Aww he is just adorable!! What a happy little guy you have there! How in the world do you find time to blog? I am dying to know. seriously!

  3. aww, he's such a cutie. happy 8 months henry.

  4. I love love love reading these, it's crazy how much sonja and him are alike even though they're 2 months apart. p.s. I think greek yogurt is easier on their tummies, since it less processed, or differently processed... not sure, but she loves it!

  5. We are almost at 8 months! You have given me so much to look forward to!

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  6. Its so hard to keep them still when you want a photo of them at that age. Hes such a sweetie! I'd love to see behind the scenes of a photoshoot with him

  7. such a cutie! enjoy it :)
    Xo. mila

  8. I always say this but he is adorable! I will be out in California this upcoming weekend too. I fly out on the 12th and spend 4 days in LA, 3 days in San Diego, 2 days back in LA, and 2 days in Anaheim. So excited.


  9. Oh my! Henry is absolutely lovely congratulations (:
    I just wanted to tell you how much I like your blog, I first found it through dainty squid, and I read the post about your tattoo experience, and I love it.
    Your previous post, with the wedding video was so moving! The dad's speech was enough to make my eyes water.
    Thanks for all your great posts!
    -Sandra Ponycat

  10. what a cutie! don't you just love this age? it's when my daughter really starting showing her personality. it's so neat when interact.

  11. awww what a cutie!

  12. He looks like the happiest baby ever! Happy 8 months to Henry. x

  13. This is SO adorable!


  14. Gosh, his little smile. Happy 8 months, Henry!

  15. Isn't amazing to watch them grow so fast? He is just so adorable!

    -Robots in Trouble

  16. What a sweet boy! The little girl I nanny for is about to be 9 months. I love this age and feel like she has grown so much. (I have taken care of her since she was 3 months).

  17. he is getting so big! and absolutely adorable by the minute. I took my little guy's month-by-month photos sitting him in a chair but that got a little tricky as well towards the end when he started to be more mobile. he didn't want to sit still and would always try to climb down. fun times!!

  18. Oh he's so handsome and growing so fast! I can tell you're totally in love with him :) I just got back from a mini-vacation away from my two boys and the first day I think I called my husband a million times. I had a great time, but coming home was the best! I hope you have a blast on your trip!

  19. He is so stinkin' cute! I just love your blog, btw. Are you still doing the journal thing? I would love to do the next one!

  20. Happy 8 months little Henry! He is such a little cutie!

  21. He is just so darn sweet. Thanks for sharing his schedule. It helps me gauge my daughter's.


  22. Oh I just love love your blog! I can't believe how much little Henry has grown!

    Can't wait to see what else is in store for your darling family!