Our baby Lance turned eight months yesterday and I had a moment to look back into my previous post update about his development milestones four months back. The saying “time flies fast” rings so true. Our baby looks different now, and he’s become more active, more responsive, and more talkative! 😀 This is to document his growth once again and to share what he’s been up to these days.
- Motor skills: As he became mobile, he’s constantly exploring and going after what he wants, no longer sitting idly or lying on his bed while playing with toys. He can crawl towards what sparks his curiosity. But he didn’t just wake up one day and started crawling. No, he practiced and tried, each day getting a little bit better. I remember he could only roll to one side at 6 months. At 7 months, he could already roll on both sides, crawl full on and by 8 months, at full speed.
- Our playtime: Imagine both of us crawling on our king-size bed surrounded by huge pillows as our rails. I use some items (wallet, TV remote control, AC remote control, wallet, and dolls) as bait, and he would try to reach them and grab them with his cute small hands. And every time, he would place the item into his mouth like a reward. I’d always have to police him, say “nooo” multiple times, and move him or get it away so he’d be back to square one. We keep crawling forwards, backwards, and sideways until he gets tired. 🙂
- Language skills: At 7-8 months, he babbles and makes sounds with his own language to express himself. His favorites are bababa, bububu, and aaaah! He also raises and lowers his voice as if telling a story, asking a question, or making a statement.
- Social/Emotional Skills: At 6-7 months, he recognizes us apart from other people. He’d begin to cry when he doesn’t see us (his parents) or yaya around or near him in the room. He smiles at familiar faces and enjoys playing peek-a-boo, staring at dangling objects, and grabbing his toys to his mouth.
- Perceptive abilities: He knows how to coordinate new perceptive abilities (including vision, touch, and hearing) and has more control over them unlike in earlier months when he mainly reacted by reflex. He now communicates better when he’s hungry, bored, or sleepy instead of crying all the time.
- First Solid Foods: At 6 months, he started eating whole grain rice cereal. At 7 months, in addition, we put blended bananas, chayote, potatoes, apples, peas, and sweet potatoes (only one at a time) into his cereal. Thank goodness, he’s not yet a picky eater.
- Nap time: We noticed that his nap time is lessened and he’s awake at more times. He takes about two or three naps throughout the day. At night, he has uninterrupted sleep (from 8:00pm-8:30pm to 6:00am-6:30am) most days. Sometimes, he’d wake up just to roll over and call out for milk.
- Likes: He smiles when he hears the sound of a kiss (tsup or mwah), and he likes watching and listening to Super Simple Songs on YouTube. Once the intro plays, his face lights up and he immediately looks at the screen!
Where did time go?
It seems only a few months back when we were both lounging around together during my maternity leave. It’s amazing how he crawls, babbles, laughs, smiles, and grows stronger and faster by the day. At this point, our 8-month-old baby is busy exploring, learning, moving around, and engaged in more “sophisticated” interactions and play. This means we’ll be plenty busy keeping up with him, too! 🙂