I’m making a promise to myself to set down the stupid Candy Crush game when E is sleeping and actually do some damn blogging.
Speaking of the word “damn,” E is starting to try forming real words, so I’ve also made a promise to myself to quit swearing in her presence. I told my coworkers to expect me to cuss a lot more at work from now on because it’s my designated swearing time. In all seriousness, E’s favorite word right now is “gaga” and B is convinced she’s saying “dada.” So naturally I’m on a mission to get her to say “mama” first. I read somewhere once that more babies say “dada” first because it’s easier for them to make the D sound than the M sound, but…B and I are very competitive.
E turned eight months old this week. She’s crawling now and it’s still 75% an army crawl but she’s starting to figure out she can get around on her hands and knees. Even army crawling she’s too fast for me sometimes. I can’t leave her in a room unattended for more than ten seconds at a time now. I’ve found myself feeling grateful for her exersaucer because it’s the one and only place I can put her down when I’m trying to get all of our stuff ready to head out the door in the morning.
E has always been really easygoing with new people, but in the past few weeks stranger anxiety has kicked in. It used to be that E would always light up when she met someone new but now she stares at them skeptically, frowns, and then turns to me and starts to cry. It’s so out of character for her that it’s been a strange adjustment for me, but I know it’s just her age and that eventually it will pass. In the meantime, I’ve started warning new people that they might make her cry and it’s nothing personal.
It’s been three months since E’s first two teeth came in on the bottom, and the top two have finally broken through her gums. The process has been long, painful, and full of sleepless nights. Oof.
The best news of all is that E’s eczema is almost nonexistent these days! We switched from breastmilk to hypoallergenic formula almost two months ago, and for the past month E has not had any eczema issues. I feel certain that the daily peanut butter I’d been eating hadn’t had time to filter out of my system when I was still pumping. I’m so glad we had the allergy testing done!
Lastly, I’m happy to report that E is finally growing some hair! It took seven months but I no longer have a 90% bald baby girl. HA!