Every day, Ethan seems to learn something new. He works on something the day before and then the next day, boom, he's up and doing it. Forget, crawling, now he is standing and trying to walk along furniture. He is 8 months tomorrow, and within this last month he has learned to crawl, sit from crawling, stand up on things, sit back down from standing up, mimics what we do. It's amazing. Absolutely amazing.
I think we are now done with purees. He is eating pretty much what we eat. Tonight we had fish and quinoa, so I put some quinoa on his tray with some steamed carrot pieces and he ate it. He loves the baby puffs...and although not very nutritious, it keeps him busy. I still make our main focus to be breast milk for another 4 months, but he is doing well with cut up finger foods.
Sleeping is going well. It has changed from a couple months ago. He now sleeps until about 8am, and then goes down for an hour and 45 minute nap about 3 hours after he wakes. Then again in the afternoon. He has been going to bed around 8:30pm, which is nice because we can take our time with dinner, or when we go out somewhere. He no longer need to be rocked to sleep. He goes to bed awake. When he does wake up, he occupies himself for a while. It's nice.
He is such a happy baby. Full of life and so fun to be around. It's such a blessing to have a little guy like him around in our lives. Makes you really appreciate the simple things in life. He is still pretty cuddly. Even though he is very independent and wants to do things on his own, there is always room for a little cuddle here and there. Or moments to just chill with him outside on my lap, watching nature, or the dogs.