Somehow, Zoe has gotten to be almost 10 months (what? how?) Here are some of her happenings during her 6th, 7th and 8th month of life so that in the future we can look back and remember when she was at this cute, cuddly little roly-poly stage. This is just part I because I haven’t finished part II yet…but figured I should post SOMETHING before she turns one! 🙂
It’s truly amazing how different kids are, even within one family. When Karis was 6 to 9 months she was all over the place – she literally was never still. Crawling everywhere and taking on new adventures … such as daddy’s booty. This video always cracks me up. Karis vs. Daddy’s booty.
At 8 months we set up a playpen fence to help contain her and keep her safe.
And by 9 months, she was able to climb up flights of stairs
We had to lower the crib mattress height several levels down because she was pulling herself up and standing.
But with Zoe, we’ve had to do none of that. Her crib is still at the highest newborn height!! (at 9 months!) Why? Because here’s what Zoe does.
Roll over? Nah.
She’s such a chill baby!
The yoon fam trying to get zoe to roll.
Rather than flipping onto her tummy to see what was going on, Zoe tended to arch on back and look at the world upside down.
Here’s Jasmine trying bribe her to crawl.
She would roll over very occasionally, and I finally caught it on video at 6.5 months!
But it was hard to capture this, which tells you how infrequent it was at this age.
Anyway, some of the benefits of having a chillax baby is that we can stick her on the table at our first time at Anaheim packing district and not worry about her falling.
And being more chill, she’s been able to hang on her own. For example, here’s a video I captured of her being entertained by this string on a pillow.
She was occupied for a long time. Niiiice for mommy and daddy.
Let me bust out some ole SAT analogies (I think…). Kairs:crawling :: Zoe:self-feeding. What Karis was to crawling at this age, Zoe is to self-feeding.
At first, we did the purees, just like Karis. Zoe took to rice cereal pretty well, but when we first tried some veggies, Zoe was not thrilled. Here’s her first green bean experience.
Things got better though. Eating with HK Emo.
But whenever she was done/full or didn’t like a particular food, she would blow out sharply. Leaving splattered pureed food to be cleaned up. Yay.
Given that my clothes were at risk in the splatter zone, it is good having a 3 year old who can help feed. 🙂
Pretty soon after that, Zoe showed signs of wanting to be self-sufficient during meal times. Here was Jasmine’s note where Zoe was demanding the spoon at 7 months.
And watch her practice chewing with her new 2 front bottom teeth and ADORABLE CHEEKS THAT I CAN’T STOP KISSING.
And very quickly, she showed off her dexterity and fine motor skills in being able to pick up small pieces of food to eat. (Karis cameo at end showing the epitome of convo with a 3 year old)
She loved when I gave her an apple slice to gnaw on. Although I had to stop when I realized she could actually bite off larger chunks.
This is again a whole different experience. Karis had no teeth until way after her 1st birthday and never sat still long enough to want to self feed. She often had to be distracted to eat her pureed food, and she ate pureed food for a really long time. I bought multiple ice cube trays to mass produce and freeze pureed foods.
But with Zoe, I think we are pretty much done with purees. She totally digs feeding herself and she has adapted very quickly to figuring out how to eat thicker chunkier foods (she keeps her fingers in our mouth to help mash food against her gums).
Her favs are bananas…avocados are close second. She will eat things like sweet potatoes, carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, pears, avocados, puffs, steamed apples, squash…
Here’s a video of her early days self feeding finger foods.
With Karis, things were so CLEAN because we ended up just spoon feeding her purees for a long time. We didn’t even really need a bib with her. With Zoe – the food is just everywhere – bib, face, clothes ground… and every so often we shout – OOOOO! SNNAAAP. when she rubs her eyes and hair with hands that are covered in mushy food.
Zoe…participating in Movember.
But while it’s definitely messier, it’s a lot less hands on, which has been awesome because we can all actually eat together.
Love me my Zoe!