That sweet face – 8 months


Eline at 8 months:

  • Weighs 15 1/2 pounds and is around the 67th percentile for weight and 65th for height on the Down syndrome growth charts
  • Is wearing a combination of 3-6 and 6-9 month clothes
  • Is increasingly vocal, with lots of vowel sounds, spitting and the occasional guttural “g” or buzzing “b” sound
  • Pays lots of attention to her surroundings, especially when brother is running around the room, and is easily distracted by activity or interesting visuals
  • Startles at loud noises and sympathy cries with other babies/children
  • Loves to be held, tickled, talked to, played with, read to and snuggled and often responds to interaction with big smiles, even from across the room
  • Has tolerated purees relatively well – oat cereal, banana, avocado, prunes and apples so far, with prunes being the clear favorite – and is learning to take bites off the spoon
  • Takes 5 oz. bottles of mixed formula/breast milk five times a day at around 7 a.m., 11-11:30 a.m., 3:30-4:00 p.m., 7 p.m. and 11 p.m.
  • Usually takes a shorter nap in the morning around 9 a.m. and a much longer nap in the afternoon starting around 12:30 – 1 p.m.
  • Goes to bed around 7 p.m. and sleeps until anywhere from 5:30 – 7 a.m. She will usually talk to herself and maybe doze a bit until we get her up around 7 a.m. Sleeps on her tummy and sucks her left-hand first and middle fingers. Usually gets a story and a few minutes of rocking and is then laid down sleepy but awake in her crib to put herself to sleep. I’ve also started giving her a little bunny lovey, which she seems to like to hold as she goes to sleep.
  • Loves to play with her feet, kick her legs high into the air and explore with her toes
  • Is still working on learning to sit unsupported and is not yet ready to crawl
  • Has her first tooth on the bottom right most of the way in and has just cut her bottom left tooth
  • Is on week two of thyroid medication, which has proven to be a hassle (The liquid medication has to be filled by a compounding pharmacy and is stable for only 8 days.)
  • Has appointments at Vanderbilt on the 29th with an endocrinologist for the hypothyroidism and an audiologist for her hearing aid evaluation

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One thought on “That sweet face – 8 months

  1. Judi Doty says:

    Such a sweetie pie!

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