Saturday, June 23, 2012

8 Months!

Who could resist this little face? Smith is now 8 months old and as sweet as ever. ( I started this post right when he turned 8 months and now it's been 2 weeks since then!) I guess I should probably get this published at this point. It's amazing that in 2 weeks, he's already changed a lot again.

Quick updates at this age:
He's crawling FAST and pulling himself up to standing already (yikes)
He's starting to mimic us all the time, with sounds and actions
He's clapping and dancing and starting some sign language
He wakes up happy every single time
He cries instantly when he hears Zane or Emmy cry
He ate his first meal of all finger foods tonight and did great - how did he get this big all of a sudden?
He's starting to hate being in the car
He "yells" at Z and E when they grab and kiss him, or take a toy away
He looks for them all the time and he tries to follow them around the house
He knows where we are now when we hide around a corner and comes to get us
He's wonderfully sweet and joyful

I love his tired eyes when he first wakes up

Our guy is ON. THE. MOVE. Wow, he is getting more confident in himself and also more curious. this day, he crawled right on over to the screen door to see what Zane and Emmy were up to and pushed on it a few times. It wasn't long at all before he figure out just to go crawl right out through the opening.

He has an awesome crawl! He gets on all 4's, but then still uses his right foot instead of knee, so he mostly uses that to move and drags his left knee and leg along. Better than scooting but not a perfect crawl. :) Love it.

More crawling videos, from when he first started. I need to take new ones now that he's faster and more coordinated.

This one, he starts going about half way through

Not crawling because he hates the grass. His expression is funny. Turning in circles

He wants to grab everything now too of course. When the kids have something he wants he lunges at them, pulls their arms or shirts toward himself to try to get whatever he wants. Then, he'll follow them to the other side of the room if they move. He doesn't give up easily - probably a good life long trait to have.
He is also opening everything!! He gets so excited about proud of himself when he does this. So he has pinched a few fingers, fallen over, etc. etc. He is also obsessed with doors. Any door that he can get his hands on, he wants to open and close again and again and again. He likes to try to move other big things, cabinets, chair, etc. too.
I can't stand the anxiety this stage brings on me. Just constantly hoping that he doesn't hurt himself and trying my best to prevent as much as possible. Not to mention the little toys all around that are choking hazards!

Smithy Dude has also had to sleep a lot on the go lately. Having two older siblings pretty much guarantees that he usually can't take both full naps at home in his bed. We have fun stuff to do!

Here he is falling asleep or sleeping in all sorts of places. Hahaha. Love it (even though I do feel bad sometimes).

Zane's t-ball game
Zoo with friends
On a family hike

In a swing at the park

Smith was hanging out with another baby born 2 days before him, the daughter of friends of ours. He just wanted to grab her ears, nose, arms, whatever he could get his hands on. He especially loved taking her toy. We have a lot to practice with manners. j/k

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