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8 Lessons I’ve Learned from My 8 Month Old

Everyone said time would fly by but I seriously cannot believe that June is already 8 months old.

From the 6+ month mark, it feels like things are moving just as fast as June is! She is sitting up on her own, recently learned how to clap her hands and love trying new foods. While she isn’t fully crawling around yet, she is definitely on the move and we think she’ll put the pieces together on a full crawl any day now.

Now that it’s officially the holiday season, we have been in full cuddly mode around the house. All I want to do is nest up with my girl and snuggle, enjoy our very first holiday as a family and watch her grow each and every day. These past few months have genuinely been the best of my life. I feel so incredibly grateful.

It’s funny how month after month that goes by in the first year, I’m given new lessons as a new mom. I wanted to share 8 new lessons I’ve learned this month which you can find at the bottom of this post!

8 Lessons I’ve Learned from my 8 month old:

  1. Be flexible. I’m very type-A, planner type but we’ve loosened the schedule quite a bit this month and it’s been really great for all of us. We get to enjoy beach days like we did last weekend and not stress so much about “nap times.” June adapts really well to this too!
  2. June is watching! It’s crazy how quickly she picks up on every little thing. Now that she knows how to clap her hands, she uses it as a way to try and communicate with us. It’s both thrilling and heart breaking. I want her to be able to talk!
  3.  She has different cries and we now feel like we know them. I can tell when June cries because she’s tired versus hungry versus hurt. It’s been so much easier now that we’ve figured this out (thankfully she doesn’t cry too often!).
  4. I knew that June would be the most wonderful addition to our lives and I knew that we would love her in a way that we’ve never loved anything before. But now that June is getting a little older it’s different. It’s like she’s the best addition to our little gang EVER. I can’t even imagine just Grant and I alone now because we have this awesome person who is a part of us and it’s the most amazing feeling ever.
  5. June loves trying new foods! It’s been the most fun introducing her to all sorts of new foods and getting to tell her all about each one she is tasting.
  6. The other day June was over-tired and crying on the changing table. She was in a full blown fit and during her melt down she started clapping her hands. I started to cry. I know she was just trying to communicate with me, but in that moment I was brought to tears because even during the hard times my little girl was clapping through it and it made me feel so incredibly proud of her strength.
  7. Trust my gut! It’s easy to get lost in the world of Google and it’s also hard to not know what is wrong when things are off. Whether it’s her sleeping schedule, her feeding, her diaper rash, her crying…. etc… etc… I know now to trust my gut with what is going on with June because I know her the best.
  8. There is no competition in June’s development and for me that is very surprising and very new. I am a pretty self-competitive person and I worried that I would push June too hard to develop and make progress. One of my greatest joys is that I feel zero pressure to have her development at a different pace than she is. In a world of social media posts and outside pressures, it can be really easy to get wrapped up in how quickly other 8 month old’s are developing. We have a lot of other baby’s around us, but I can honestly say that I could care less about who is doing what at what age. I’m just so happy to have a happy and healthy baby!

What lessons have you learned as a parent? Leave a comment below! I love hearing from fellow mamas. 

xoxo jacey

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