Saturday, March 15, 2014

8 Months Old

sleeping habits:
All three are asleep by 9 p.m. (Maddie still sleeps in the pack-n-play in our bedroom for no reason other than I like her nearby.  James and Amelia sleep in their cribs in the nursery.)  All three wake up around 6 a.m. for a morning snack, then fall back asleep until 8-8:30.  Maddie has inconsistently added back a middle of the night feed most nights, anywhere between midnight and 3 a.m. (in addition to her 6 a.m. feed).

Naps have decreased in length this month. Morning nap is from 11 a.m. until about 12:30.  Their afternoon nap is 3:30 until 5.  Naps are taken in cribs or pack-n-plays.

eating habits: 
Last month they were each consuming 30 oz of breastmilk/formula per day.  This amount has decreased to 25 oz per day for James and Amelia.  Maddie consumes 25-30 oz, depending on if she needs a nighttime bottle.

 9 am- 5 oz bottle (breastmilk)
10 a.m.--split 12 oz of pureed fruit, oatmeal

1 p.m.--5 oz bottle (breastmilk)
1:30 p.m.-bites of cheerios, veggie straws, graham crackers, etc

5 p.m.--5 oz bottle (formula)
6 p.m.--eat table food (fed by Jesse and I, not by themselves)

9 p.m.--5 oz bottle (breastmilk)

5 a.m.--5 oz bottle (breastmilk)

James-sits up unassisted, holds his own bottle
Amelia-slides backwards on her stomach all over the living room, holds her own bottle
Maddie-feeds herself dry foods (graham crackers, cheerios, veggie straws), holds her own bottle

-Maddie is months behind in gross motor skills.  We have set up appointments with various specialists to hopefully rule out more serious causes for her delays.
-None of the babies like dairy.  Yogurt and cottage cheese are not well received.
 -They are still incessant droolers, but no teeth.

 -All three have a great appetite and love eating.  Their new favorite thing is graham crackers.
-Maddie qualifies for free Early Intervention services through the county.  She will begin physical therapy at home within a few weeks.
-After five months, we finally received updated insurance cards with the correct PCP.

special notes:
-When at the museum, park, or rec center, I now take the trio out of their stroller and let them swing, play, feed themselves, sit, or have tummy time.
-When Jackson was this age he had separation anxiety anytime we dropped him off at the church nursery or left him.  The babies are so social and smile at overly friendly/inquisitive strangers every day.  They don't seem to mind (yet) being left with someone new for an hour.
-At 8 exactly months old (today) we switched from infant carriers to convertible carseats.  The configuration is the same, but they were getting too heavy and difficult to take in and out of the van using the infant carseats.

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