Henry's 8 Month Update

Henry's personality has very much blossomed over the last couple of months. These are the words I'd use to describe our 2ft 4", blonde haired, blue eyed baby‚Ķ 

Tenacious. Stubborn. Vocal. Passionate. Energetic. Impatient. We certainly have a spirited little boy. Henry knows what he wants and makes it clear to all around if he's not happy with something. (Equally, he laughs loudly and with gusto if something pleases him, and constantly charms strangers with his big smile.) 

Henry has been difficult this month - extremely clingy, tantrums aplenty and overall, very exhausting. He is so active and wants constant attention. It is not enough to be next to mummy, he wants to be on mummy! Heaven forbid if I dare move more than a few feet away from him. Suffice to say, Henry is very much a mummy's boy. It is sweet, but tiring when it's for a solid 8 hours a day. Although the frustration is soon forgotten when we grabs my face, pulls me close to him and covers me in sloppy kisses!

As much as it is testing at times, I know it's completely normal for babies to have a period of separation anxiety, and it's a sign of having a strong bond. As I tell myself daily, better to have a baby who doesn't like to be parted from me than one who doesn't notice or care if I leave. And the way Henry pumps his legs in excitement and lets out squeals of delight when he sees me makes it all worthwhile!

Weight: 18lbs 12oz at his 8 month visit.

Sleep: Still sleeping through the night, thank goodness, but we've had some bad days where he will just not nap, when I count down the minutes until daddy returns home!

Diet: Henry has 4 bottles a day, although he's a lot less interested in milk and the amount he drinks is gradually reducing. We finally had our appointment with a dietician to discuss Henry's cow's milk allergy. We'll be starting the milk ladder soon, fingers crossed he has (or will) grow out of it. For now I'm using Koko Dairy Free as a substitute in his food, which he seems to enjoy, but then anything must taste better than Neocate formula! Henry seems to have gone off being spoon fed my lovingly created baby foods, so I'll be focusing more on baby led weaning now, as he seems to prefer feeding himself.

Clothes: Still a tall baby, being on the 75th centile for height, so he's moved fully to 9-12 month clothing now. He races through the sizes so quickly, I can't believe I'm packing away yet more clothes!

Likes: Being close to his mama. Going for walks. The swings at the park. Turning the pages of books. Lift-the-flap books are particularly enjoyed now. Banging his drum. Shaking his maraca. And everything he's not allowed to touch.

Dislikes: Having his nappy changed. Before I know it he's flipped onto his tummy and his little naked bottom is making a break for it!

Milestones: Henry is finally crawling! He adopts an army style commando crawl rather than a traditional all-fours position, but it enables him to move across the room. Despite now having the ability to explore anything and everything that takes his fancy, Henry only has the desire to crawl towards two things - me, and the laptop! Henry can take a few steps if you hold onto him. He pulls himself up on anything he can get his hands on. Teeth have still not emerged, but I can see around 6 peeking through the gums - let's hope they don't all cut through at once! Henry has now learned to wave which is just the sweetest thing to see, and he's also on the way towards being able to clap his hands.

Each day now we're noticing new changes in Henry. He is growing up so fast and now when we look at him we're seeing a little boy emerging, rather than the baby face we've been used to. I cannot believe his first birthday is just a few months away (I write these updates towards the end of the month, so Henry will be 9 months old next week.) It seems like just yesterday I was pregnant, and now here we are with a child who is rambunctious and playful and has his own character. The very fact he is able to cuddle me and cover my face with wet, open-mouthed kisses amazes me. He is fast becoming more independent and it is bittersweet and scary and exciting all at the same time. He is my world.

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