Since when has my baby started calling me when I leave the room ?! I mean I've heard of babies crying when their parents aren't in sight, but my child full on calls me and since she has now mastered mama beautifully, she calls out mama!!! It works and I come running everytime it is full on Bambi Style calling but totally adorable.
As I mentioned last month the weaning has improved so so much and I know she will actually eat at mealtimes rather than purse her mouth completely shut, which she went through a phase of doing. I can also finally tell she has some favourite foods and meals, she makes little noises when she’s really enjoying her meal!!. Her favourite breakfast is banana with weetabix and she loves tomato based meals and sauces she seems to really like flavoured foods which is good and I hope that means she won’t be too fussy as she gets older but we will see! Her meals have started to take over her milk intake too and at 8 months she only has a maximum of 2 feeds during the day (not including breakfast feed and nighttime.) If we are out and about if she’s desperate for milk I take a bottle of expressed milk if I know we are going to be out all day. Or, for an emergency I do carry a follow on milk ready made bottle but she rarely has this and to be honest she sometimes just has water and misses the feed completely. If there’s a lot going on around her she does not want to miss what’s going on !
Clapping her hands is a favourite trick of hers now too and everyone gets a round of applause if they sing to her, give her a toy she wants or iggle piggle comes on the tv!! She copys clapping if you are doing it and also understands what “clap your hands” mean and will do it if you ask her to. Her association to words is brilliant and she understands what so much means! I’m constantly talking to her so I think this helps a lot even when we are out and about People look at me as if to say who are you talking to. My baby of course ! If you ask her for iggle piggle she will pick her iggle piggle toy up. If you ask for a kiss she will give you a kiss. And she obviously knows who mama and dada are. I think it’s made me realise actually how much does go into there little heads and giving them the stimulation they need at this age and beyond is so important.
She has also become very good at pulling herself up onto furniture and if it wasn’t for a last minute successful attempt at crawling I was pretty convinced she was just going to let go and start toddling around. However she has got it ! literally overnight she has finally mastered crawling and gets into everything! This is definitely the moment you realise all the things that need baby proofing. Our home is quite small but she just gets into everything!! It is so amusing watching her explore everything and find new things and this new found freedom has definitely helped with wearing her out ! She has been sleeping so much better since she’s used up a bit more energy so there is a bonus for me now permanently needing eyes in the back of my head!
As for the sleeping in her own room I’m pleased to say she is still in there ! We have a healthy mix of her starting off in her own room and at some point around 4-5 she comes in our bed until 7:30 ish so I’m happy with that and this means we all get a half decent nights sleep. She has no space awareness though so as soon as she is in our bed me and Reggie have the equivalent of a small single bed to share whilst our tiny daughter sprals across the rest of the kingsize bed. Not cool! Its a good job she is so cute !