Things I love about my 8 month old

Every month MM gets cuter and I love having a baby more and more… Still not worked out whether he is actually getting easier or we are getting more competent (or a bit of both!?) but this month I am in love with the following:
– his beaming smile when he sees his mama
– his beaming smile when he sees his own reflection in the mirror
– generally just his beaming smile
– the way he jibber jabbers all day long and pauses at opportune moments so I can get a word in like a real conversation
– how he says ‘mama’ and ‘dada’ for no other reason than when he does H and I get so excited we clap and cheer him
– the way he puts his arms out for us
– the excited look on his face when he rolls over
– the way he copies everything (we should have really started watching our language as no doubt his first *real* word will be an expletive!)
– how he remembers that all the doors and drawers open and close and will insist on spending at least 10 minutes checking they do indeed still open and close on entering every room in the house
– how he can’t yet sit properly or crawl but insists on ‘walking’ everywhere (my poor back!!)
– how he cackles with delight when we pull funny faces and/or kiss his tummy
– how he likes it when we sing to him and if he likes the song will ‘sing’ along
– how he will be all whingey with us one minute and then suddenly be lovely and attention seeking when we have visitors
– how he’s a perfect excuse not to have to speak to one of those annoying people trying to get you to sign up for stuff in the street as he’s either screaming or sleeping (and if I stop he’ll wake up)
– that his favourite TV show is Tipping Point and I know it’s an hour of silence!
– that he’s the cutest child in existence (obviously not biased!!!)
– he knows how to kiss (well sort of…. When we ask for a kiss he gobs his mouth onto our cheeks!!)


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Dummies have magical powers…. And other motherhood u-turns!!

Like most people (I am sure) I had millions of ideals about what motherhood was like. These were obviously shattered into a million little pieces when the baby arrived.

In no particular order:

1. I was adamant I was never giving my child a dummy. While they look quite sweet in the mouths of babes sucking away peacefully they look grim on a toddler (or older!) and I’ve heard how difficult it can be to get rid of them in older kids as the dummy fairy is usually required to exchange the dummies for a fairly expensive bribe!
– in reality MM likes to suck and usually falls asleep sucking. When I stopped breastfeeding I realised I needed to somehow replace the sucking as when I put him down in his cot ‘drowsy but awake’ he would immediately think it was playtime and therefore rebuking all plans of him going to sleep! The dummy really does have magical powers…. You pop it in, wait a few minutes and suddenly he’s asleep! Only problem is is that he usually spits it out once asleep and then he’ll wake up wondering where it is! This is why we end up co-sleeping as its easier to lean over to put in a fallen dummy than traipse across the hallway and have to get out of bed to put it back in!!

2. Co-sleeping. I felt that this was a bad idea on so many levels…. Firstly there was increased risk in squashing the baby, secondly it felt like it would create too much dependence and thirdly there is a fairly obvious impact to any intimacy with dear old hubby!
– in reality when MM refused to go back to sleep in his own bed at 4 months old and wanted to be held all night it was the only solution to all of us getting any sleep. Also, I don’t even think I move when I’m sleeping next to him and it’s nice to be able to hear him breathing softly next to me. Plus waking up next to his beautiful little face every morning (even if it is 5.30am) makes me smile! I assume at some point he will grow out of this and sleep all night in his own bed (currently he makes it until 1/2am in his own bed!!!)

3. Kids with snotty noses. Gross! Why can’t people just wipe their child’s face?!?!
– in reality babies hate their faces being wiped. Especially their noses! MM turns into a ninja when I try clean his face…. It is literally impossible to get near him. You have to turn it into a game and even then he screams if you do manage to wipe near the nose region. And then even when you do manage to get to it; 10 minutes later it’s snotty again. I’ve learned that some battles are just not worth it!

4. Not giving in to the baby’s every whim; it’s just going to set you up to fail in the long run right?
– in reality…. If it stops the screaming do it!! Do whatever gets you through the day (and night)