Clara @ 8 Months!

posted by Andrea | 05/25/2018

I feel like I just wrote Clara’s 7 month post… and here we are at 8 months already (in patriotic attire for the upcoming holiday!)

Our chubby little bundle of sweetness is finally starting to show a bit more of her personality — which seems to be about 3 parts laid-back, and 1 part “I’m here and you are going to acknowledge me now”!

I’m excited to learn more about her little personality as she continues to grow — either way, she really is such a great complement to the entire rest of our family.

She is SO loved!

As you can see by the pictures above, Clara is officially sitting on her own!

Her main mode of transportation is to roll wherever she wants to go, but she has started to do a little army crawling and even get up on all fours and rocked back and forth.

She’ll be crawling soon enough, and then we’ll have to block the stairs, put all our tiny game and toy pieces up high, and keep the bathroom doors shut (one of my least favorite baby stages.)

As is the case with most youngest children, Clara is very easy-going and ever willing to come along for the ride.Β 

It will be a sad day for me when I need to switch her out of her infant carseat because it has become such an easy way for her to nap when we run errands, visit parks, head to the library, go for walks or bike rides, or even just do yard work (she loves being outside). I simply time our outings with her naps for that day, and everyone is happy.

She is somewhat petite — maybe she’ll fit in this seat for a while yet!

For anyone hesitant to have more children, I will say that the older kids definitely do their part to entertain the baby (so really, it’s not nearly as difficult as a first or even second baby!)

She is fascinated by her older siblings, and for the most part, they love having her around.

 

I’m sure Clara will enjoy having Dave and Nora around more for summer vacation — and I know I’ll really enjoy having an extra adult home all day, every day!

I have a feeling Clara and I will get some special bonding time over the next 10 weeks as Dave is often willing to take the older 3 on special outings or plan fun activities for them.

I’ll definitely enjoy a little extra quiet time at home with this sweet girl!

Until next month, Clara Jo!

Happy Memorial Day weekend!Β 

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  1. Emily

    05/25/2018

    Happy 8 months Miss Clara! Seriously, it seems like you just had her! πŸ™‚ Hope your family has a lovely Memorial Day weekend!

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    Andrea Reply:

    Thanks Emily! Happy Memorial Day weekend to you too!

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  2. Ann

    05/25/2018

    If you have a light weight car seat, milk it for as long as you can! It is so nice to just take it out of the car without interrupting a nap! We finally moved our love a month after her first birthday because she is a chunk and our car seat is HEAVY and I just couldn’t lug it any more. However, every time she falls asleep in the car I long for those days!

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    Andrea Reply:

    haha — yes I do!

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  3. Alicia

    05/25/2018

    She sounds exactly like my 4th baby boy! He is so laid back, soo sweet, and loves nothing more than watching his older brothers, who love to make him laugh.

    I can’t believe its already been 8 months, it seems like we were just pregnant!!

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    Andrea Reply:

    i know — crazy how quickly 8 months has gone (certainly faster than the 8 months they were inside!)

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  4. Kimberley

    05/25/2018

    She is ADORABLE! But all of your kids are, Andrea! So happy for you and for your family. Enjoy your holiday weekend!

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    Andrea Reply:

    Thanks Kimberley πŸ™‚

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  5. DeeDee

    05/25/2018

    Andrea, she is the cutest little dumpling ever!

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    Andrea Reply:

    thanks πŸ™‚ We think so too!

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  6. Barbara

    05/25/2018

    Curious how you block your stairs? My granddaughter is 16 months and we bought a baby gate to block to the top of stairs when she started crawling, but it has been nothing but a pain–coming loose and tearing up the sheet rock. The way her stairs are configured there is no other option than the gate we chose. If we put a love seat in front of the opening, she simply climbs up on that and I fear it is only a matter of time till she tumbles over the top of that and down the stairs. Since you have had a lot of experience with stairs and babies, I hope you will share what works for you. Thank you.

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    Tina Reply:

    Sounds like you might need to mitigate the stress on the wall by putting in a piece of wood and attaching that to the studs then screwing the gate in the wood.
    When i lived in a two story we put a very high gate at the child’s room upstairs pressure mounted. The gate door was also hard to open( you had to push it sideways then pull up on the gate door). So between the bedroom gate and the stair gate we felt like he would be secure.

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    Andrea Reply:

    oh nothing so fancy as a gate πŸ™‚
    We literally just shove our ottoman in front of the stairs so they can’t get up.

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