Fearless Baby Update!

by amy on 11 February 2014

I can’t believe I haven’t updated y’all on Fearless Baby since October! She has grown + changed so much since then. For my last update + pictures (newborn through 4 months old), click here.

So, what’s 8-month old Fearless Baby up to these days? Moving, constantly! Unless she’s sleeping, she is always in motion — barrel-rolling, scooting, bouncing, dancing to music, or rocking on her hands + knees, *almost* crawling. She’s very vocal these days, making lots of ma-ma-ma + ba-ba-ba sounds. And she’s eating solid food – she’s tried lots of fruits + veggies, but her favorite food thus far is Greek yogurt – the more tart, the better. And bread! Give her a baguette + she’s happy for hours.

We have a solid schedule that we follow every day, which pleases the super-organized me immensely. =) In between her morning and afternoon nap, we have a 3-4-hour awake block, + we almost always go out + socialize during that time — we go to Kindermusik, storytime at the library, lunches + coffee with friends, or run errands. And every evening, in the hour before we start her bedtime routine, I put her in her doorway jumper in the kitchen, and she bounces, laughs + watches me prep dinner. It’s one of my favorite times of the day, as I get to combine my two favorite hobbies — cooking, and spending quality time with my sweet little daughter.

If you love baby updates, you can follow me on instagram and twitter, where I post lots about the little lady. I’ll do another Baby update here in 4 months, when she’ll be *gasp* ONE YEAR OLD!

Fearless Baby - 8 months old

Fearless Baby - 7 months old

Fearless Baby - 6 months old

Fearless Baby - 5 months old

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1 Megan @ Girl by the Lake February 11, 2014 at 8:23 am

AHHHH! I love these posts! I simply cannot handle her cuteness/adorableness/amazing little smile. I can’t wait to see how she grows and develops!

Again, so stinkin’ cute.

2 Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray February 11, 2014 at 8:43 am

I love watching her change in these photos! Such a big change between months six and seven, I think. :)

3 amy February 11, 2014 at 8:45 am

I think so, too, Tara!

4 danielle February 11, 2014 at 8:50 am

She is so cute!! We did Kindermusik too and we loved it. Looking at your itty bitty makes me realize how big mine are :( They grow ups so fast.

5 Heather February 11, 2014 at 9:34 am

Would love to know more hou your schedule and how you did it. I have a 6-week old and am looking forward to a routine to start in the next few months.

She’s perfect!

6 amy February 11, 2014 at 9:35 am

Hi Heather, congrats on your 6-week-old! I’ll try to summarize our schedule and how we did it, without boring you. =)

First, I didn’t attempt any sort of schedule until she was about 6-8 weeks old. Until then, I let her both eat and nap on demand (which meant that she was eating every 3-4 hours during the day, and usually just once during the middle of the night, around 2 or 3 AM).

I used an app to track her eating/sleeping/diaper activity every day, pretty much from day 1, and when I started to see a pattern emerge, I basically encouraged her to keep following it. Meaning, I noticed that she was roughly eating at the same times each day, and roughly napping at the same times each day, so I would offer her food at the same time every day, and put her down for a nap at the same time every day. Over the course of a week or two, she really took to it, and seemed to eat/sleep even better.

She was on 4 (usually 45 minutes-1.5 hours) naps a day until she was about 4 months old, when she dropped her early nap and reduced down to 3 naps a day. She only stayed on that schedule for a few more weeks, and then dropped down to 2 naps a day, each 1.5 hours long, which is still what she’s doing now.

My goal was to have her on a 12/12 hour schedule, meaning that she’s up for 12 hours a day, asleep at night for 12 hours, but it’s really more like 13/11 for us. Her basic schedule is this: Awake at 5:30 AM. Eats. Plays. Naps 8:30-10 AM. Eats. Plays/we usually get out of the house. Eats. Naps 1:30-3 PM. Eats (solid food). Plays. Bath + bedtime routine start at 6 PM. Eats. Asleep around 6:30 PM for the night.

I know that is probably way more information than you needed/wanted, but I hope it helps! If I could sum up what I’ve learned, I’d say to take note of what your baby is already doing naturally, and encourage her to keep following that same schedule. Chances are patterns in her schedule might naturally be emerging soon.

Congrats again! And let me know if I can help with anything else!

7 Dixya @ Food, Pleasure, and Health February 11, 2014 at 9:39 am

too adorable.. sending her hugs.

8 Leah | So, How's It Taste? February 11, 2014 at 11:02 am

Aw, she is just the cutest…and so fashionable!

9 Beth February 11, 2014 at 12:35 pm

What a little sweetheart! She’s absolutely adorable! And I’m pretty sure we had the same little bunny when my girls were babies.

10 Sarah February 11, 2014 at 1:19 pm

She has the sweetest little face…and look how much she has grown in the past 4 months. Adorable! xo

11 amy February 11, 2014 at 2:05 pm

Thank you so much, Sarah! I think her face is the sweetest, too. =)

12 kelly February 11, 2014 at 2:57 pm

Happy 8 months to Fearless Baby :) She is beautiful and so photogenic Amy! I love her smiles and yay for all her milestones :) That’s awesome she’s on a solid schedule too! Thank you for sharing these precious moment with us and can’t wait to see more updates when she turns 1!

13 Adri February 11, 2014 at 4:14 pm

Oh, she is just so beautiful. I sounds like things are going well, and you are so organized. How wonderful. I love hearing that everything is going well for you and the littel one. And how is Dad doing? I can not wait to see her with her little hands in the flour. Christmas cookies, coming up!

14 amy February 11, 2014 at 4:15 pm

Dad is doing wonderfully, thank you for asking Adri! He is absolutely, head-over-heels smitten for her. =)

15 Karen (Back Road Journal) February 11, 2014 at 4:16 pm

Cute, cute, cute! It won’t be long before she will be all over the place…they grow up so fast.

16 Clementine February 11, 2014 at 4:17 pm

Hi Amy,

Your little girl is just a bundle of sweetness!

Great information that you were passing onto Heather…I was just wondering which app did you use to track the information?

Thank you,

C x

17 amy February 11, 2014 at 4:20 pm

You are so sweet, Clementine – thank you! And glad the info is helpful – I hoped I didn’t get too carried away with details, as I sometimes do! =) The app I use is called Total Baby. It’s about $5, and I *never* pay for apps, but I did for this one because it got such good ratings. It was awesome in the beginning for watching patterns emerge, and I still use it now to track how many ounces she’s eating each day, etc. Here it is! http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/total-baby/id312198543?mt=8

18 sarah k @ the pajama chef February 11, 2014 at 4:31 pm

what a cutie! love that smile.

19 Emily @ Life on Food February 11, 2014 at 6:02 pm

Oh those smiles and cheeks. Babies never get old. She is super cute.

20 Meghan February 11, 2014 at 7:59 pm

Oh, I love these posts! She is the cutest ever and always looks so happy! And that vest – adorable!!

21 Anna (Hidden Ponies) February 11, 2014 at 8:46 pm

She is such a beauty, and looks so full of joy! Just from the pictures you can tell how loved she is, which I love :) Yay for schedules, they make everyone so happy!

22 amy February 11, 2014 at 9:00 pm

Awww, your comment SO warmed my heart, Anna! She is so loved, and I’m thrilled that that shows in the photos. =)

23 Choc Chip Uru February 12, 2014 at 12:17 am

Eep, too much cuteness! You are very lucky :)

Cheers
Choc Chip Uru

24 Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction February 12, 2014 at 9:46 am

She is just so adorable! Love her smile!

25 Lesley Eats February 12, 2014 at 3:26 pm

Love the fashion shows! :)

26 Shannon @ Bake.Frost.Repeat. February 12, 2014 at 5:30 pm

Oh My Gah!!! She is so adorable! I can’t believe she is so big. I know everyone tells you this all the time because they always tell me, but time goes by so fast. Believe me, mine will be 5 years old in June. FIVE!!! She will start school in the fall!! WHA?!?!?!? It’s crazy.

27 amy February 12, 2014 at 7:36 pm

Shannon, one of my mom friends told me, “some days can seem long, but the years fly by.” I think that’s the perfect way of summing it up! =) And thank you so much for your kind words. Your little one is beyond cute!

28 Luv What You Do February 12, 2014 at 9:35 pm

She is soo cute! I am so happy that you shared her pictures! She must be growing up so fast!

29 Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking February 13, 2014 at 4:35 pm

Amy, your sweet girl is positively scrumptious! That smile totally melts me. I can’t wait for my own little Junebug to get here!

30 amy February 13, 2014 at 7:59 pm

Awww, thank you Georgia! I can’t wait for your little one to arrive – you are in for SUCH fun!!!!

31 Ashley @ Wishes & Dishes February 14, 2014 at 12:47 am

Awwww so cute!!

32 Amy (Savory Moments) February 14, 2014 at 5:38 am

Oh my — what a cutie! These photos are all so adorable.

33 easyfoodsmith February 16, 2014 at 11:09 am

She is beautiful and her smile is adorable!

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