Seventh and Eight Month photo album is HERE.
I know, I know, this is a two month in one post, but February was a short month and by the time I started to go through the photos we were nearly in March so I decided to just wait. Sometimes the days tend to blend together a little, especially when we don’t get outside because of rain, or because of cranky toddlers and babies who won’t synchronize their tantrums, and I have been bad at writing milestones down too. In any case Ludo is now practically a toddler and while these moments are so much fun, and I love all the interaction we get, there is a little part of me that misses those newborn days. Nostalgia, you little monster!
So let me think back... Ludo started cruising around furniture before he turned 7 months, and now has it down to a perfected art, practically running from one end of the room to the other, his own personal assault course of furniture and pillows. His weight gain has slowed down dramatically, he’s around 23lbs pounds now, but he’s super tall, and so active, that it’s not a surprise. He barely ever sits still, only when he’s sleeping which doesn’t happen as much as I hoped it would.
I do have to say his sleep is getting better again though. He still wakes 3 or so times a night, but now that his 4 top teeth have come through it’s a lot better. I think we were lulled into a fake idea that teething would be easy with Ludo because we barely noticed the bottom 4 come in... We were wrong! The top four also came in altogether but really really bothered the poor kid. At least they are through now so he has a little respite!
We started Ludo on his first “solids” a week or so after he turned 6 months, and he’s just recently graduated to having two “meals” a day. He’s honestly not interested in being spoon fed - I have to hold both of his hands down to get a mouthful in or it ends up on the walls, and he just wants to feed himself. So I go through the motions, and also give him small pieces of whatever we are eating and I guess some of it ends up in his tummy! He does seem to love vegetables more than fruit (especially peas and carrots), and peanut butter on toast that he steals from his sisters. He’s also perfectly happy drinking water from a sippy cup too, but still nurses on demand a lot. It’s a bit easier now that Luna has weaned, I don’t feel so much like I’m nursing children around the clock!
I probably shouldn’t forget to mention that Ludo has been saying “mama” for a bit now, but only when he wants to be picked up, so it sounds like an angry “MAMA!!!” more than a sweet “Mama!”. It makes me laugh, which then makes me laugh, and sometimes I hear the word and have to look around to see which one is actually demanding my attention... Because there always is one!
These past couple of months Ludo has been on a couple of marches (Women’s March and Reclaim MLK BLM March), and they definitely won’t be his last! We have a few more coming up over the next few weeks. We also recently found out that Cesar is nearly all Native American, which has made me all the more intent on learning more about his heritage so we can pass it along to the kids. There are many reasons for this, but most importantly, I want them to be proud of their backgrounds and of where their parents come from, and because certain cultures and civilizations have been, and continue to be, erased, and if we can help stop that we must. (That’s a really simple way of explaining it, I know, but it makes sense in my head).
Anyway! We now have a practically walking, 8 teeth, big boy 8 month old, who likes to smile, laugh, shriek and yell, but who also likes to cuddle to be read and sung too, and who adores his sisters. And who finally has decided that he can also sit up by himself. (I never realized that standing, crawling, and cruising would be more important than sitting up, but Ludo showed me what he preferred to do!). These past months we have had visits from our friends Leslie and Jenny (where Ludo slept for about 3 hours when Jenny kindly pushed him around), and next month will see a visit from a very old friend from The Netherlands, Ciska, who I haven’t seen since 2013! And spring is definitely here (it has been for a while really), so lots of walks and picnics in the park too. Don’t be surprised if next month’s report comes with a video of Ludo taking his first unassisted steps – he just wants to walk and there is nothing I can do to stop him!