Day in the Life of an Eight Month Old

While we were in Jacksonville for the 4th of July holiday, something else happened that I haven’t mentioned yet.

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Gabriella hit the big 8 month mark! So hard to believe!

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Instead of doing my normal ‘I can’t believe she is already 8 months old… and the whole ‘each month keeps getting better’ (which it REALLY does!), I thought I would do a post about the day in the life of an eight month old. I figured it might be a bit more fun, and you can see what my day consists of. Smile

So here you go, a day in the life of Gabriella:

Between 7am & 7:30- She wakes up. (I actually set my alarm & wake up anywhere between 5am & 6am- depending on how much work I need to get done.) We bring her downstairs, and play with her for a bit before feeding her breakfast.

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This morning happened to be a little bit of oatmeal, fruit and homemade baby pancakes. (recipe to come!)

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I feed her after Craig leaves for work (around 7:45am) and we watch a bit of the Today Show before heading out for my morning run.

Most days I will nurse her around 7:45am/ 8am before I run, to top off her little tank. (& also for some relief- ha! Nothing like running full of milk. Winking smile )

8am – 10am/ 10:30am : We run, well, I run and Gabriella naps.

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She will usually fall asleep about 30 minutes into my run, and then I will run anywhere from an hour and a half to two hours- just depends on if I am doing a long run, speed work, or an easier run day. I typically run at least 8 miles a day, and once I finish my run I will walk until Gabriella wakes up. (& to cool down) Once she is up, we head to the park.

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She loves just watching other kids run around, she will just stare & laugh. Once she is done at the park, we walk home while she chugs her water. (it’s hilarious!)

11:15am – 12pm: Pool time!

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I’ve been trying to take her at least three times a week. She loves it, and she really tries to swim- I believe it’s a natural instinct that they have. She kicks her little feet like a frog and LOVES to be dunked under water. The very first time we ever did it, she cried for a second, but then was fine. Now, she wants me to do it! Crazy little girl. It’s definitely a good thing though, I don’t want her to be scared of the water. She is a water baby! I almost have to drag her out when it’s time to go home. She’s always a little prune when she gets out. Smile

12pm – 12:45pm: Craig comes home, I make him lunch & he will play with Gabriella for a bit. She will also have a little snack.

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She loves Gerber Puffs or plain Cheerios. That day happened to be vanilla puffs, which are also my favorite. Bite for me, bite for G. Winking smile

Sometime between 1pm & 1:30pm I will feed her (nursing) and then put her in the crib for her nap.

Between 2pm – 3pm (sometimes, if I’m lucky even 3:30pm) She wakes up from her nap. It’s ROUGH when she only gets an hour nap, which was yesterday. Eek! Little time for me to do ANYTHING. I use her nap time for work and to clean the house once my work is done. But Tuesday she had other intensions…and those intentions were NOT to work.

Around 3:30pm: Snack time

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^a picture that I plan on showing her future boyfriends Winking smile

This girl LOVES yogurt. I always have a ton of Stonyfield in the refrigerator for her, but I happened to see a new line from Yoplait for baby yogurt, so I tried it.

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I think Gabriella was getting mad at me for stealing a bunch of bites. Ooops Open-mouthed smile It was SO good!!!

Depending on her nap, anywhere between 2:30 & 4pm we just play. Lately her favorite thing is seeing how far she can ‘test Mommy.’ We have a ‘baby jail’ around the entertainment center & stairs so that she can’t get to these things.

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That would be the whole process above. The whole time while she is crawling over there (OH, and girl can CRAWL full on now, there’s no stopping her), I am saying ‘Gabriella, NO. No Gabriella, come here.’ Repetitively. Hopefully this is not a sign of what’s to come. Winking smile

Her favorite toys happen to be ANYTHING in the entertainment center…especially DVDs. Thousands of toy & she wants those. Little stink Winking smile

4pm – 5:30pm: I go on another walk with her, usually I go with my neighbor. (She has a 2 year old son that Gabriella just adores.) Sometimes I will run again, just depends on where I’m at in my training. We walk/ run for an hour & then I’ll bring her to the park again sometimes.

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Between 5:30 & 6pm Craig gets home. He will take Gabriella and play with her, while I start dinner- or at least prep dinner.

Between 6pm & 6:30pm: Dinner time for Gabriella!

We decided to try giving her pasta (you just over cook it, so that it’s almost mush), and she liked it!

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She wasn’t quite sure what to do with it, she kind of played with it for a while but eventually figured out that it was for her to eat. She also had some sweet potatoes and apples. Girlfriend has quite an appetite. I say she gets it from her Daddy! Smile

Oh, and you may wonder why she is suddenly without clothes…well, we strip her down when it’s feeding time. – Meal and snack time. Just because she is very messy, as all babies are, and sometimes the food will stain her clothes even AFTER using stain removers and letting the clothes soak. (Mom’s out there: have you found a stain remover that really does remove stains entirely?)

Between 7pm & 8pm: Bath time, and then I nurse her to bed.

Since we have been sleep training, and it’s been going pretty well (I say that with caution because every time I’ve mentioned something about her sleeping better, she has a WILD night.) and she is also getting up to eat once- around 3am/ 4am. She may cry or fuss for a bit around midnight, but we just let her cry & it’s REALLY short and she puts herself back to sleep. Thankfully.

And there you go, a day in the life of Gabriella! Needless to say, she keeps me busy!! Open-mouthed smile I LOVE every minute (or almost every minute Winking smile ) of it- I’m so blessed to be able to work from home so that I don’t miss a moment with her.

I also love that I have the best running buddy – she keeps me motivated. Smile Looking down at those chunky thighs while I run just cracks me up. I’m starting her off right….

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…with only the best shoes: Mizunos!!! I really think Gabriella needs some baby Mizunos to match her Momma!

Mom’s out there: If you stay at home with your child, how does your schedule look? Similar to mine? Favorite activity?

Runners: Favorite brand of shoes??

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6 thoughts on “Day in the Life of an Eight Month Old

  1. Wow you run 8 miles with a stroller EVERYDAY? Superwoman indeed. Gentry will ONLY sleep in her crib and it’s about 900000 degrees (no really) by the time I get her up and fed and she’s ready for a nap! Go you!
    emma @ a mom runs this town

  2. 7:30 Nurse J
    8 Get S up for the day/ breakfast
    9 Nap for J/ play with S & bible time
    10:30 Nurse J
    11:30 make lunch for s and me
    12 Nap for J/ do laundry or dishes and play with S
    1:00 Nurse J/ Nap routine for S
    2:30 Nap for J
    2:30-4 time for me to nap, prep dinner, shower, or relax
    4 Nurse J
    4:30 Get up S;
    5 Make dinner
    6:30 take a walk
    7:15 bath time; then bedtime routine for S
    8:30 finish nurse J
    8:30-9:30 time to shower, go online, read, then head to bed
    12 J wakes to nurse
    4 J wakes to nurse

    Repeat 😉

  3. I can’t believe you run 8+ miles every day while being a new mommy! SERIOUSLY, you go girl! And I’m definitely a Brookes runner but I’ve heard so many good things about Mizunos! I actually want to give them a try since so many people like them… If I start running again! I’m glad G is really getting into a good sleep cycle at night. It’s definitely normal for babies to wake up once a night and cry for a little but the fact she’s putting herself BACK to sleep is such a good thing!

  4. Wow, girl! I don’t have a baby and I don’t think there’s any way I could run 8 miles everyday. Amazing! G is the cutest thing and seems to be such a happy baby! I’m pretty sure she’d manage to make me laugh regardless of what might be happening that day! What a blessing!

  5. A day in the life of Sloane
    7:30-8 wake up and nurse
    8:30 breakfast (oatmeal, fruit, and Cheerios)
    Playtime
    10:15 nurse and then takes a nap! I either elliptical or take her for a run in the bob while she naps! Usually 1-1.5 hr long! If weekend I get to go run by myself and get in a long run bc Mitch entertains her when she wakes up! 🙂
    12:45 nurse and lunch (veggies and fruit)
    Play
    3:30 nurse and nap time (30min- hr)
    5:00 nurse
    Play
    6:00 dinner
    7:30 bottle from dad
    8:00 goes to bed and sleeps until the next morning to repeat! 🙂

    Soon plan to turn the nursing with the meals into breast milk in bottles so I can slowly start winging her off/ slowly start winging me off so hopefully doesn’t hurt as bad ha! Goal is to make it to a year! 68 days to go and then let her use what I have frozen before switching her to cows milk! Wish one of those play times was play time with you and G at the park or pool! 🙂

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