Time to squeeze in another Mercer update just before he turns 9 months old and I'm behind even more!

7 Months: I have to look back at Mercer's baby book for these posts since I'm doing them so long after the fact, and here's a direct quote from his book, "Not gonna lie, you've been a real turd this month." Ha! I like to be honest in their baby books. It's funny to look back on (months and years later) and to have real memories rather than just the highlights. Plus, I'll be able to use it against them later with specific details ;) So anyway, yep, we were still struggling through his entire 6-months-old month. He wasn't napping well and he started waking up earlier at night to eat (2:30ish) and earlier in the mornings. So sleep was a big thing. I think this was around the time I started offering him a bottle as well before bed just in case he wasn't getting enough from me, or in case it would hold him over longer. He started regularly babbling "Mamama" and his bottom 2 teeth came in, he started sitting up on his own and had his very first Halloween (alien!). That seems so long ago!

He Loves - Being held and in the Ergo; Adelaide, anything, and everything to do with her! Not to toot my own horn, but he's loving Mommy! It melts my heart the way his face lights up when he sees me :) He also starts to cry when he sees me come in from somewhere else ( and I don't come right to pick him up), that part isn't so cool; his favorite food is pears and he loves Pat-a-cake and Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes

He Doesn't Love - Long naps, playing on his own, car rides, pureed peas


8 Months: Quote from his baby book "It's been a slightly better month. Thank goodness!" Still in that wanting to be carried around all the time phase. Just being held wasn't (still isn't) ever enough though... continuing to follow in Adelaide's not-an-easy-baby footsteps, he needs to be held while I'm standing and moving around, or jumping on whoever is hold him's lap. He started getting up on his hands and knees and rocking (and started crawling just after he turned 8 months old) as well as sitting up from lying down, so the mattress got dropped! He had a couple of nights (which I'm pretty sure I remember Adelaide having too) where he woke up crying several times and when I looked on the monitor, he'd just be in his crib on hands and knees crying, like his body was forcing him to practice even though all he really wanted and needed was to be sleeping. Funny and sad at the same time. He started saying "Mama" a lot (rather than just babbling "mamama", though not necessarily always in reference to me :) He finally started pushing that night feeding to 5-6am and became a big fan of table food, especially anything he could feed himself. He's still super smiley, even on his grumpy days it's easy to get a smile out of him :)

He loves: Being held and carried around; Adelaide, of course; feeding himself peas, zucchini, plums, sweet potatoes; banging things, he gets the most satisfied look on his face when he makes something "bang"

He doesn't love: Car rides or being put in his car seat, that's his favorite time to show off how good he is at planking, it's pretty much a guarantee he'll cry on our way home from anywhere :(

Excited to say that at 8 months old (now), things have been so much better, finally! More on that to come when I get to his 9 month update.... probably around the time he's about to turn 1 :)


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