8 Months, Loris

Last month I didn’t really cover all the things Loris was doing because she’s been doing alllll the things at once.

Okay so up until this point Loris has accomplished — rolling from front to back, back to front, sitting up on her own, pulling herself up into a standing position, and then hanging onto whatever she can for dear life while also trying to lick whatever she is holding onto, she gets into the crawl position only to launch her body forward like a torpedo, she has 3 teeth, waves sporadically, can sign milk, and has started to say the very beginning of real words.

I am convinced she is saying “dada” but Andrew hears “mama” and Wallis of course hears, “Wallis” ha! It really does sound more like, “yeah yeah yeah” and “hello” but we’ll see. Wallis did say mama first – but most babies say dada first, so if that does happen, I would just like to say…it means nothing, ha! Okay okay sorry, but when Wallis said mama first no one batted an eye, but I know when Loris says “dada” it’ll be, “ooooh she loves her dada, she’s a dada’s girl…” blah blah blah 😉

A funny story that I want to remember, is the other day Loris had just finished a bottle of milk (her dad had been feeding her) and when I walked up from downstairs she was sitting there so chill and I said, “what have you been up to?” And she looked at me, raised her arm calmly and started signing milk, ha! It was hilarious, Andrew said, “she understood the question??!!” Ha! Who knows, but the timing was brilliant and I haven’t stop chuckling at that little fist all week.

We are in the 3rd month of solids so far, and it has gone great because she likes everything, but feeding her is a nightmare. She is obsessed with feeding herself and then holds on to the spoon in her mouth with the grip of 10 men, she also likes to drop some food on the high chair table and then put her face into it and blow bubbles….basically she’s wearing two bibs, one of which is a smock just to try to keep the stains down. She still spits up quite a bit, so I am already dealing with all those stains, and NOW solid food stains! I am not even sure why she owns a single piece of clothing.

Wallis didn’t even like to get her hands messy. I was constantly having to wipe her hands. Loris loves to see the food squish between her fingers and talk to it. I wouldn’t mind any of this if it didn’t mean a Pollock painting by the end….and I have to do it THREE times a day, so anyways I let it be because I am not the kind of parent to squash a kids joy, but inside, inside I’m crying.

Like Wallis, Loris is a terrible sleeper. Her naps are sporadic in the sense we never know if they will be 30 minutes or an hour, typically 30. She wakes up all throughout the night and has to be resettled, and then one full awake feeding which means 2 hours before she gets back to sleep….so basically we are up all night. This happens for a while and then she’ll have a day where she sleeps incredibly and Andrew and I will hope that whatever she was going through has finally passed….but then we’re back to where we started.

The first year of Wallis’ life was manic like that too. It isn’t as though we don’t have a routine, we very much do, but both girls just seem to have so much going on at once both physically and mentally, that their sleep does suffer, and so does ours. Wallis started improving once she turned 1 and by 2, she was sleeping well enough. She is still an early riser but we also put her to bed early…so that works out for now.

The biggest issue for me when it comes to the sleep is that Andrew is better at keeping Loris asleep (he was with Wallis too). If I come in the room, Loris starts kicking her feet, talking, and laughing. She cries to stay with me…but if Andrew goes in there, she just goes right back to sleep. He tells me, I am not cold enough, that he acts nearly dead like, ha! I really do try though, to show zero engagement, but Loris just doesn’t buy it.

I think for most parents, sleep is a constant stress until the kids are older. I imagine Andrew and I won’t know decent sleep again until Loris is 5 and Wallis is 9. Typing that was painful.

I really am trying hard to get Loris to crawl before she walks, but she is obsessed with walking, just like Wallis was. So who knows…she loves to jump too, which cracks me up. She looks like a baby chimpanzee, but if she’s standing up she’ll start jumping, she does it in her walker too as if trying to get somewhere faster…mercy, she’s going to be my undoing, isn’t she? When I type this stuff out, it starts to hit me…oh happy 8 months Loris, you really keep us laughing!

She waves sporadically but when she does while attempting to crawl, it’s amazing, ha!
This was because I wouldn’t let her fully immerse her face in her bowl. As you can see, she’s doubled bibbed. The alphabet bib was for Wallis because she loves to sing her ABCs and she does, every time I put this bib on, ha!
She’s one of those happy babies 😉
Andrew requested to be cropped out. This was Mother’s Day morning and it was my first with 2 and I loved it!!
I swear both Wallis and Loris have this old fashioned look about them. Wallis (as a baby) looked like a 1930s child paper doll and Loris looks like she could be in a 1940s diaper ad, ha!

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  • Reply
    Kenneth Sanders
    June 7, 2020 at 5:52 pm

    Thank you for the monthly report, we look forward to it. Loris is beautiful and so is Wallis. You should be an Author. You write so well.
    Love Aunt Sharon and Uncle Ken

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      Tiffany King
      June 11, 2020 at 2:44 pm

      Oh my goodness Uncle Kenny and Aunt Sharon, that is so sweet of you! Thank you for keeping up with my girls, I hope they can see you both someday soon! Sending you both big hugs! ❤️

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    Joleane King
    June 8, 2020 at 4:51 am

    Wonderful descriptions and photos of sweet Loris. She’s a charmer with a mischievous smile… watch out mama!
    Thanks for the monthly updates.
    Love ❤️ NanaJo and Grandad.

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      Tiffany King
      June 11, 2020 at 2:43 pm

      ❤️❤️❤️ Thank you!!

  • Reply
    June 11, 2020 at 12:23 am

    I love seeing the pictures of sweet Loris, and hearing of all she’s doing! ❤️ I swear, your girls go through three years worth of development in the first year! It’s wonderful, but not easy on the parents!
    And I’m sure 100% she knew what you were saying! That little one is dying to communicate with you guys! So sweet!! 🥰

    • Reply
      Tiffany King
      June 11, 2020 at 2:43 pm

      Thank you sweets, you always make me smile! Loris might give James a run for it pretty soon, ha!

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