Tuesday, May 7, 2013

elliot | eight months.

another month with our newest little man!  can't believe we're almost to the "more-time-spent-outside-the-belly-than-inside" point & staring one year straight in the face.

here's our little goofball all growed up to eight months.
{compare previous parker & elliot monthly pics here.}

this month elliot has continued to show us more & more of his little personality.  he's a goof.  he's mischievous & i know when he becomes mobile & gets older & older he's gonna be full of it.  he has a quick tendency to grab anything & everything put in front of him when he's sitting on your lap & has been known to knock over glasses or pull plates off tables.  he loves to catch the eye of strangers & give them big cheesy grins & then hide his face like he was shy all along.  he still does his "happy hands" which looks like a mix between jazz hands & spirit fingers when he gets excited.

he has learned how to stiffen his whole body & arch his back when he doesn't wanna be put in his carseat & if he had his way i would hold him all day long.  he doesn't really see the point in being on the floor & would much rather just be carried around the house on my hip for hours & hours.  we're working on this.  he is super close to crawling & is in that stage where he knows he wants to move across the room but is so frustrated by his arms & legs not doing what he wants them to do & falling on his face when they give out.

he loves books & reading stories & has figured out how to turn pages when i get it started for him.  he loves to carry on "conversations" and will make baby noises back & forth with you or blow raspberries or stick out his tongue if you're doing it back.  he has the biggest smile & cutest dimples & is still so squishy & snuggly.  this kid loves to snuggle.  he gives the best, most tightest hugs & buries his head deep in your shoulder & holds so tight to your neck when doing so.  i love his snuggles.

he has started eating solids like a champ & drinking water from sippy cups.  this month he's eaten avocado, green beans, mango, pears, carrots, bread, yogurt & veggie crisps.  he even let sam give him a bottle of pumped milk last week!  huzzah!

he's sleeping great at night.  he goes to bed each night around 7:30, wakes up anytime between 2 & 4 to nurse for 10-15 minutes & then is back asleep until 7:30 or 8.  napping is more hit or miss.  since our morning schedule is pretty busy with errands & stroller strides & things to keep parker entertained, he almost never gets two full naps a day.  let's be honest... naps kinda suck around here.  i still haven't figured out how to fit in two naps but if we miss one he's super fussy & so overtired that  trying to get him to settle down for nap number two can be a battle.  sometimes i swear he doesn't have the ability to self soothe because he'll start to settle down & then work himself back up again & do anything but fall asleep.  maybe he's just stubborn or maybe {more likely} i just don't know what i'm doing in this department.  needless to say, naptime is not my favorite time of the day.

he has formed a mild obsession with his daddy this month.  if sam walks into the room elliot lights up & gives him the biggest cheesiest grin.  if he's nursing & spots sam, he'll unlatch & try to sit completely up to see what sam's doing & then go back to eating.  it's pretty funny.  and he's still obsessed with parker, per the uge.

he's wearing some 6-12 month clothes & some 12-18 month things, weighs 21 pounds & still in size 4 diapers.  he has two bottom teeth & two top teeth that are soooooo close to cutting through, it's painful.

and?  he is still so darn cute.

love this little monster.


  1. Don't worry too much about the nap time gig and having to use a bottle to get him to sleep...it won't be that way forever. Mine was that way but now I can lay him down for a nap just fine. Of course, he usually requires me to lay next to him for a bit. ;) But I don't mind! Does he ever sleep in the car? We did a lot of car naps...but we live kinda out in the sticks and it takes a long time to get any where! He definitely is so darn cute!! :) P.S. e-mailed you a couple clean eats recipes that I love!

  2. Our boys are so close in age! Lucas was born Aug 2nd. I am glad to see that he is not the only one not crawling yet. He is like Elliot and get frustrate he can't get his arms and leg to move at the same time. Lol oh and he is totally obsessed with daddy lately too! ;)

  3. Awe! So sweet! Little ones are the best!

  4. He is precious! Love those sweet leg rolls!

  5. that last picture is MY FAVORITE!

  6. He IS mighty cute :D my son did and still does that spirit fingers jazz thing. He's 2 1/2 and anytime he's super excited there they go! I love that :)

  7. Elliot sounds a lot like a slightly pudgier version of Emmett when he was 8 months old. :) He even had redder hair (I think) which is not fair because I, the mama, have red hair! Yet my children are blonde... boo.

  8. So, I started reading your blog when Parker was not that old, and now your second baby is 8 months! Crazy. You've got some cute kiddos!

  9. 21 pounds! That kid is solid! I love seeing his little personality come out. He sure loves to make faces at me. :)

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