8 months comes with a lot of "firsts." Caroline has gone from sitting on her own to crawling, pulling up, and standing for a few seconds without holding on. She is growing up way too fast and is becoming a hand-full fast! Now that she is on the move, she is getting into the dog bowls (and making a mess)! She loves Grahams water bowl. As soon as you put her down on the floor, she is on a mission to get to that bowl. You know she is getting close when Tillman starts stay "no no Caroline." She even went over to the bowl when Graham was eating. Graham looked at her like "what are you doing?" He even backed up from his food because she was splashing water everywhere.
She is also clapping her hands and saying MaMa, DaDa, Uh Oh!
One thing is for sure, she is passed the "luggage" stage, the stage where you just carry them around and put them down (and they stay in one spot). Now that Caroline can move, she is crawling every chance she gets...even in the bathtub. You have to watch her like a hawk in the water.
Another favorite spot that Caroline likes to crawl is to the bar stool. She loves to pull up to stand and then bend over to gnaw on the foot rest (gross is right). It is metal and she is teething, so I'm sure the cold of it feels good. Speaking of teething, she still has two teeth (lower fronts). She has been sticking out her tongue a lot lately and she chews on it. I think she is feeling her teeth with it.
Caroline's eating this month has really changed as well. She is now on mostly formula. It breaks my heart. I was hospitalized on Good Friday for kidney stones and infection for several days. I was trying to pump while in the hospital, but I was dehydrated and on a lot of meds. Unfortunately, my body read that as no demand, so I only make about 8 oz a day now. It still works out that she gets a bottle of mommy milk in the morning and nurses before bed. I feel fortunate to still be able to do that for her. She is also eating a lot more food. She gets oatmeal each night and is eating twice at school. Her little chunky legs are so cute!
Caroline did have a virus this month, and she had to stay home from school last Friday. Her fever was 102. With the second child, we are starting to learn what is viral and what the doctor would actually give meds for. This was viral, so we managed her with Ibuprofen and Tylenol. I wasn't dosing her appropriately for the first part of the day, as I didn't think she had changed her weight too much, but she now weighs 18.6 lbs, so she now gets the same dose of medicine as Tillman! Seems crazy, but as soon as I gave her the right amount, she seem to be able to manage her fever. The fever went away in 24 hours. She slept extra late on Saturday morning, so that was good for us both!
She had a rough week this week too. Started off the week not going to school due to a fever. Went to school on Tuesday, just to start throwing up and having the stomach bug. She was home Wednesday and Thursday and back to school today. The stomach bug was the pits. She went through 7 outfits before going to bed on Tuesday. She was in the stroller watching Tillman play outside. Tillman came to me and said "Caroline made a mess!" I knew exactly what he meant. Poor thing was a mess! She slept long and hard on Tuesday night and most of the morning on Wednesday. I would have sent her back to school on Thursday, but I visited her room at the daycare, and all the children were sick, so we kept her home.
She is on the mend and Nick and I really enjoyed keeping her and having some one-on-one time with her. Nick really enjoyed his time since his time is often geared towards Tillman. She got to sleep in daddy's arms and go to work with him on Wednesday. Ironically, it was "take your daughter to work day" according to the radio, so it was meant to be!