Eight Month Narrative Report

Just because I miss being a teacher, here’s Z’s 8th month narrative report:

PHYSICAL

You can easily roll over from your back to your tummy, then back again. You’re starting to crawl, without your tummy touching the ground. Maybe a little more practice can get you going to do crawls for longer than 5 minutes. There’s no need for assistance when sitting, and you’re starting to pull yourself up to sitting position when you go off-balanced. You are also showing interest in trying to walk as you take steps when your feet are touching the ground.

The development of your fine motor skills are at par. You know how to use your fingers in order to get something. You’re just starting to realize that both of your hands can work together. Hand and eye coordination seems to be developing well as you can put things in your mouth.

SOCIO-EMOTIONAL

People who see you always say you’re a happy and cheerful child who always smiles and give a warm feeling. Though stranger anxiety hasn’t kicked in, separation anxiety is slowly taking place. But, you quickly adjust when Mommy leaves the room.

Children seem to give you joy as you always want to play with those you see, or even just hear. In the playroom, instead of crawling, you bask in the big children’s games and just stare in awe.

COGNITIVE

Your memory skills are developing extremely well as you remember what to do in a certain event. For example, in a car, you would know that you can “drive” the steering wheel, even if you haven’t been in a car for a week. You’re also starting to respond when your name is called. Babbling and cooing are getting daily appearances.

Ok, I tried making it unbiased but I’m really proud of my little guy! He has been amazing since day 1 and here we are starting his 8th month. I wonder what his surprises will be!

Z goes to HK – Meeting Mickey Mouse!

We planned to do Disneyland on the first day so that we’ll have a lot of energy and catch the fireworks since we’re staying in the Disneyland Resort. Well, it was what we planned but it didn’t happen that way! Z was so amazed, stressed, distracted that he always wanted to go under the nursing cover and sleep! And because the weather was a bit erratic, we felt moist and hot at the same time that we decided to go back to the hotel even before the fireworks started. So much for planning, huh? (good thing I wasn’t on a total OC mode then. You can never be OC with schedules when with a baby. A lesson learned months ago!)

At least my goal of Z meeting the famous mouse happened! Look at the happiness on his face:

Peek-A-Boo with Mickey Mouse

I know he wouldn’t remember a thing about this trip but this picture says it all. My heart melted.

Oh, he got to ride “It’s A Small World”! He didn’t know where to look at! Too much visual stimulation for the wee one.

As usual, there are lessons learned after this experience:

  • Expect rains even when the weather report tells otherwise. Be prepared for the little ones’ articles of clothing and rain equipment.
  • Download the HK Disneyland app to help facilitate in looking for changing rooms, toilets and restaurants where you can sit and nurse. We find the people there not so friendly.
  • Don’t scrimp on pictures! The print-outs can be costly but they are nice souvenirs to show the baby when he grows up. The 8×10 print-out with borders and add-ons cost HK$ 130.

I can’t wait to go back to Disneyland when Z can go on rides! I know he’ll love it there!