8 months

Exploring, crawling, trying-to-walk, little lovebug.

8 months

 It’s definitely much more challenging to take the monthly pictures now! 

Crawling away

Here are 8 things about 8 months:

1) Liv figured out how mobile she can be, and rarely wants to be held while we’re at home. I wrote about how I’ve become a little bit of a helicopter and am trying to relax, but the thought of her bonking her head on the tile -which has actually happened a couple of times now- scares the bejeezus out of me. We moved the pack n’ play back downstairs, so after she’s eaten, I can get about 10 minutes of her playing in there while I frantically run around the house, cleaning up or putting away dishes. 

It’s a lot of fun to see how much she’s learned and to watch her see and explore for the first time, but whew! It’s also exhausting. I knew it was coming, but for our at least one daily outing -it’s good to plan one adventure a day to get out of the house- it’s a nice break to wear her in the BabyHawk instead of chasing her around. Do moms with walking kids do this, too?

She’s been scaling the couch, her crib and pack n’ play for the past couple of weeks, and will take a big step away when she’s feeling brave. She’s still trying to figure out the balance aspect, but once that happens, watch out! I’m so happy we baby-proofed as early as we did.

Eating the o 

2) Eating! She continues to love to eat solid foods and I still love making and sharing food with her. 

Some new favorites:

-Pinching up bites of avocado, banana or puffs

-potatoes (especially nana’s breakfast potatoes.. I’m obsessed with them, too)



-salmon (!)


(it was part of my dinner salmon, so I just scraped the pepper off for her)

She’s a “green” girl like her mama- if it’s green, chances are that she’ll love it. She still goes crazy for the broccoli, spinach, apple combo and the green bean, peas and pears mix, as well as the other combos I regularly make for her. (<– since that post was such a hit, I’ll be doing another one with totally different recipes soon)

One thing I’d love to try this month: baby pancakes. Please let me know if you have any awesome baby pancake recipes. Breakfast is one of my favorite meals with her, because we’ll eat together. This month was also her first time trying a restaurant high chair, and she’s great in it, eating puffs and playing until the meal arrives. We look forward to our Friday Chipotle dates with her Uncle Kyle.

3) Lately, she’s been extremely clear of her likes and dislikes (she’ll shake her head “no” or blow raspberries, and points at something when she wants it), 

and her little personality shows more and more each day. When I take her somewhere with me, I feel like I have a little friend with me and like she understands what I’m saying to her. She can wave “hi” and “bye” now, and can play “peekaboo”- all I have to say is “where’s Livi? Where did she go?” and she’ll crouch down and hide behind something. When she’s ready, she’ll pop out and I’ll say “peekaboo!” and she’ll get a kick out of it. Her belly laughs are my favorite thing in the world.  

4) Baths. Liv loves taking baths-  we play with the rubber duckies and I sing the only bath song I know (“Splish Splash, I Was Taking a Bath”) and we’ll splash and kick, but are there any fun bath time toys? I think siblings make bath time way more fun- Kyle and I used to crack each other up making bubble beards when we were really little. I’m trying to figure out if this month is when to retire the baby tub and let her take baths in the regular tub. Any mamas have advice?


5) She’s still making noises like crazy- my favorite thing is to see my mom whistle at her and Liv makes a high-pitched pterodactyl sound in response. She’s been saying “mama,” “dada,” “nana,” and “baba” for a couple of months, but just last week, she looked right at Tom and said “dada.” He wins. Sad trombone, haha.

6) I’m finally starting to get into some baby projects I had been neglecting. I finally donated a huge box of formula and newborn diapers to teen pregnancy outreach, put pictures in the frames I had set up in her room, and booked her 6-month photos… two months late. Better late than never, eh? 

7) Separation anxiety is in full effect. Every time someone holds Oliv after I’ve been holding her, she looks at me, opens her arms and cries. I know it’s good for her to have other people hold her, but my heart soars little to know that she wants her mama. I’m happy for any snuggle sesh I can get, especially since she’s so active now. 


Likes: anything that makes noise, the doorstop (which is probably some kind of safety hazard- she loves the “boing!”)

Door stop

books, walking (while someone holds her arms and she takes huge steps),


dogs, being outside, drinking from my water bottle, art (if there’s art on the walls and I say “Liv, look at the art!” she smiles and puts her hand out to touch it), beans, chasing Bell,

Chasing bell

having her hair brushed, the TV remote

Dislikes: diaper changes (she rolls over and crawls away if I don’t do it fast enough), getting dressed, wearing sunscreen, getting her face cleaned, Jillian Michaels podcasts- I tried to listen to one in the car and she screamed bloody murder. I switched back to Zumba music and she was fine… 😉

More monthly updates:

7 months 

6 months

5 Months

4 Months

3 Months

2 Months

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  1. Niki on September 11, 2012 at 4:57 pm

    Oh my gosh, she’s soooo cute!! She looks like so much fun, I think it’s such a great idea to do these monthly updates. I’m hoping to do something similar next year when we have our first and make a sort of scrapbook out of it.

    Quick question, we are looking into clothe diapers and I remember you talking about them. I was just wondering if you guys decided to use them at all? If not, what made you change your mind? Just looking for some real world experience as we make our decision 🙂

    • Fitnessista on September 11, 2012 at 5:10 pm

      they’re really not as great as i thought they’d be. they make her clothes fit funny, and while they’re easy to wash and care for, i just don’t love them. we rarely use them anymore, and when i got brave last week and put one on her, she had a massive blowout. tom and i were laughing so har- he was like “just throw it away!”
      and i said, “i’m not! it was like $20”
      washing it off… not so fun.. haha

      • Kathryn on September 11, 2012 at 5:28 pm

        We are using cloth diapers too (my daughter is a week younger than Liv :)) and I agree, not as great as I thought. We are sticking with it (unless we are traveling) since we invested a decent amount of money and its easy enough, but I dont love them as much as I thought I would. Supposedly babies get less diaper rash and are easier to potty train when you use cloth which keeps me going 🙂

        • Sarah on September 16, 2012 at 12:46 am

          I think you just need to find the ones you love! They do make clothes fit a little funny (ghetto booty on a baby is coo cute though) so you have to usually wear the next size up. Try Fuzzibunz, they are adjustable, not as bulky as most, and about $25 a diaper. Sunbabies is a great one too, they are a little bulkier but you can get 6 diapers for $40 so it’s not such a big investment if you just want to try ’em out, and they have the cutest prints!.

          Gina- I looooove your blog! I have never left a message on any blog before but I just found your website as I sit here and make baby food and now I’m at a standstill because I can’t walk away…haha.
          You need to put Liv in the big tub, fill it up about 1-2 inches let her go on here tummy and kick and splash, I swear she’ll love it! My little one just turned 7months and we started her in the big tub this week- best decision ever! We got some cheap little fish that can squirt water (off well.ca) and she can’t get enough. Just make sure you have a video camera ready.
          Have you let Liv try Quinoa yet? I just finished making some, it smells so good I can’t wait for my little one to try it tomorrow. Anyways, LOVE all the fitness, food and baby stuff!!!

  2. Liz @ Tip Top Shape on September 11, 2012 at 4:59 pm

    These pictures are killing me! She is too cute!!! Love that she likes salmon, too!

  3. Sarah on September 11, 2012 at 5:02 pm

    Isn’t it exhausting? I’m constantly trying to keep Eli from killing himself. So far I’ve been successful! But he’s certainly giving me a run for my money. On his 10 month birthday, he got TWO busted lips. From sitting. Or going from sit to crawl. It’s so awful when they get hurt 🙁

    Livi is adorable! Have you played anything by Raffi for her? For whatever reason, Apples and Bananas and Baby Beluga are the cure all for Eli! Love Raffi 🙂

    • Fitnessista on September 11, 2012 at 5:09 pm

      seriously! i feel like her purpose in life right now is to try and injure herself.
      liv loves raffi, too! (and so do i…) 🙂

  4. Kristen on September 11, 2012 at 5:04 pm

    I think as soon as she’s a steady sitter and can easily transition between sitting and crawling positions, switch her to the big tub! You will be amazed at how much joy bathtime can bring when she gets to kick and splash and play in that “big” tub.

    You need one of these, though: http://www.amazon.com/Skip-Hop-Spout-Cover-Whale/dp/B001WAJVZM/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1347397011&sr=8-3&keywords=bathtub+protector

    A lot of companies make them, but this is the one we have and love. We also tried the Boon Flo and threw it out because it got moldy. Anyway, brands aside this thing is a lifesaver because it prevents them from bonking their heads on the spout.

    I would also recommend taking baby swim lessons. I learned tons of things I could do to help my little one be more comfortable in the water, and I see a huge difference between my daughter (who didn’t take the class) and my son. Anyway, the baby swimming stuff will teach you a lot of things you can do in your bathtub so she won’t be afraid when she gets older!

    • Fitnessista on September 11, 2012 at 5:08 pm

      awesome, thank you so much! she’s really steady when sitting and can easily go from sit to crawl, so i guess it’s time. i’m worried she’s going to want to stand in the bath tub, though :/

      • Kristen on September 11, 2012 at 5:16 pm

        Oh, mine always wanted to do that! But they understand so much more than I ever gave them credit for. . . a time or two of, “sit on your bottom, or I’m going to get you out!” (and then following through, of course) and that pretty much did the trick. She will have so much fun. . . you’ll want to give her baths twice a day 🙂

        • Fitnessista on September 13, 2012 at 12:04 am

          i’m so excited now 🙂

  5. natalie on September 11, 2012 at 5:04 pm

    Your baby is adorable. I’m not able to have children due to health reasons. There was a time when I couldn’t look at baby posts. A couple of years down the childless track I’m now doing ok..I love to read about Olivia and how she’s changing..I feel like I’m not missing out completely…I just wanted you to know you’ve helped heal a broken heart …thank you ?

    • Fitnessista on September 11, 2012 at 5:07 pm

      thank you so much for reading, natalie.
      sending so much love to you <3

  6. Stephanie on September 11, 2012 at 5:05 pm

    It’s amazing how fast she’s growing!
    You’ve done a great job and I love your updates here!

    • Fitnessista on September 13, 2012 at 12:05 am

      thank you, stephanie!

  7. Kayla on September 11, 2012 at 5:08 pm

    She’s so precious! You darn hispanics have the best hair, haha! My Salvadorian friend’s baby came out needing a haircut, it was over his eyes 😉 My babies are bald as bowling balls until 2 years old (still cute tho, hehe). Olivia is seriously a doll! And I can’t stop cracking up at that ‘taking a huge step’ picture. She’s so ready to take off it looks like. Such fun updates 🙂

    • Fitnessista on September 13, 2012 at 12:05 am

      thank you so much!
      it’s funny because i was bald until i was a year old- she already has way more hair than i did!

  8. Brittany on September 11, 2012 at 5:10 pm

    I love how she says nana and baba because my grandparents are called nana and baba!

    • Brittany on September 11, 2012 at 5:12 pm

      Have you ever tries puffs? When I’m with my niece and nephew (who are 2 and 11 months) we eat puffs together! They are so good!

      • Fitnessista on September 11, 2012 at 5:18 pm

        haha i eat them all the time, too! they’re delicious

  9. Jamie on September 11, 2012 at 5:14 pm

    I totally understand you not wanting to post as much as she gets older, but I’m going to miss all the cuteness!!! She is just sooo adorable! My niece is 3 now, but has lived overseas since she was born, so I never really got to see her grow. I feel like the adorable pictures of Liv sort of makes up for it 🙂 Love the monthly updates!

  10. Kim @ Raising The Barre on September 11, 2012 at 5:21 pm

    She looks so much like you! What a beauty. I think it’s hilarious that she is addicted to Zumba music and likes all the same foods you like. What a cutie pie.

  11. Melissa on September 11, 2012 at 5:24 pm

    She is adorable!! LOL at the “dislikes: Jillian Michaels podcasts”

  12. Leslie W on September 11, 2012 at 5:26 pm

    Such a beautiful girl! She’s growing so quickly. 😀

    By the way, I just got my THIRD set of baby bangs with no baby. However, I did have to re-start birth control (even with a snipped hubby) for female reasons so I think it’s the pill! FYI. 😉

    • Fitnessista on September 13, 2012 at 12:05 am

      no way!!!

  13. Jen I on September 11, 2012 at 5:31 pm

    She is super cute! I would say you are safe to shed the baby bath tub now, especially if she is trying to figure out walking. My little guy has always loved baths but he enjoyed them even more after being out of the little tub!

    • Fitnessista on September 13, 2012 at 12:06 am

      thank you- i’m going to give it a try after i can get the nonstick tub liner thing. i’m excited!

  14. Carrie on September 11, 2012 at 5:48 pm

    She is such a doll! 🙂 It’s crazy how fast they grown up. I feel like I was just reading your birth story and now she’s moving and such an independent little lady! It’s amazing how similar your experience is to mine, right down to the likes and dislikes (with the exception of Jillian Michaels. ha).

    When my daugther started to move, we used to take a nightly walk. She loves it and it is a great time for her to relax…and for us to get a break from the constant chasing. We also got a baby corral. We mostly got it for my mom and sister because their houses weren’t babyproofed and it would have been too hard on them to watch her. She doesn’t love it, but it gives her much more room than the pack n play, which we also used in the mornings for a few minutes of sanity before she is off exploring.

    I think that was about the exact time we started putting her in the bath. We just kept the water rather shallow. I think Livi will love it. It sounds like she is very strong and i think she’ll have no problem playing safely. I definitely recommend getting a soft/spongy bath mat that sticks to the tub. They can be really slippery and it was scary!

  15. Sarabell on September 11, 2012 at 6:22 pm

    So precious! I love that personality stage and can’t wait to see my own little one get there. Suddenly everything starts to become so clear, adamant likes and dislikes, giggles, interests… amazing! Thanks for sharing Gina!

  16. Kristen on September 11, 2012 at 6:37 pm

    Have you thought about getting the foam tile squares to put on the tile? They definitely don’t go with any decor but they are great for a baby. I babysit a friends 9 month old last weekend and they have hard wood floors but have the foam tiles. It was great for the baby because when he lost his balance and fell over, it was comforting knowing that he had a softer landing. You can always take them up if you have company coming over.

  17. Kaila @healthyhelperblog! on September 11, 2012 at 6:39 pm

    Loving the walking pic! So presh! 🙂

  18. sarah on September 11, 2012 at 6:41 pm

    I promise you – I don’t say this, hardly ever (probably not enough) but she is absolutely a beautiful baby. I don’t have any little ones for myself but I get really excited when you post about her.

    • Fitnessista on September 13, 2012 at 12:07 am

      aww, thank you so much, sarah <3

  19. Rebecca on September 11, 2012 at 7:00 pm

    Aww she is so cute! I definitely agree with the running around after them so they don’t hurt themselves. I still do that with my son and he’s 2! And it’s exhausting. I definitely recommend switching her to the big tub. My son switched around 8 or 9 months as well. I would just say get something that protects the faucet (so hey don’t bonk their heads on it) and a non-slip mat for the bottom of the tub. Have fun! This age is just so great 🙂

  20. sarah b. on September 11, 2012 at 7:02 pm

    That first photo in the post is stunning!

  21. Maggie on September 11, 2012 at 7:27 pm

    She is such a beautiful baby! I’m not planning to have kids anytime too soon (I’m only 22 haha), but I look forward to eventually being a mama. You make it look so graceful 🙂

    I don’t know if your doorstops are different, but the ones at my house had detachable little rubber “nubs” at the end to keep from scuffing the walls, and when my sister was a baby she would pull them off and try to eat them. 🙁 We ended up taking all the nubs off the doorstops, just so we had one less choking hazard. It’s so funny, almost every baby I’ve known has been absolutely fascinated by those doorstops!

    • Wendy Heath on September 12, 2012 at 11:16 pm

      The doorstops are a GREAT kid toy, just pull the cap off. No cap, no problem. I’m glad someone posted this, I was going to and decided to scan the comments first… it’s a great sensory toy.

      • Fitnessista on September 13, 2012 at 12:02 am

        good to know, i’ll definitely take the caps off!

    • jen on September 13, 2012 at 9:01 pm

      yep. that was my suggestion. i found that white cap in my daughter’s month when she was about this age and then proceeded to pull them all off. after that she could play with it as much she wanted 🙂

  22. lara on September 11, 2012 at 7:30 pm

    Hilarious that she hates Jillian Michaels podcasts!

  23. Abby on September 11, 2012 at 7:55 pm

    She is such a doll! My daughter also loves green veggies, or any veggies really haha! Now that she’s old enough her favorite thing is steamed broccoli which everyone thinks is weird but I just say she’s just like her mama and smile 🙂 As far as baths go I think she’ll have an absolute blast in the tub without the baby bath because I’m sure you’ll be thought there to catch her if she decides to go “swimming”. Ooh and good luck getting wearing Liv one she learns to walk, Sophia was literally crawling out of her wraps around 10 months because she wanted to get down and walk so badly haha.

  24. britt on September 11, 2012 at 8:57 pm

    happy 8 months liv!!

    i make pancakes for my little guy once a week and they last a few days. i started doing this when he was around liv’s age because he went through a stage where he only wanted finger foods, no spoon fed stuff. i mix 3/8 cup oatmeal cereal, 1/4 cup whole wheat flour, 1 teaspoon baking powder, a lot of cinnamon (i don’t measure, just dump it in 😉 ) together. then add 5/8 cup milk (i used almond milk before he was a year and alternate between almond and cow’s milk now but you could use any type of liquid you like such as formula or breast milk) and 1/2 flax or chia egg. add in a container of baby food for a little sweetness and yummy flavor. now that my little guy is older i use chunks of fruit but he loves it either way. mix it all together and cook like you would any other pancake.

    i hope you like it if you give it a try!!

    • britt on September 11, 2012 at 9:00 pm

      oh, and for the bath tub thing, i was nervous to stop using our baby tub so i bought a little rubber mat to put in the bottom to help with him slipping. and then just had to be super careful for a while until we both got comfortable with it. i think i found the rubber thing in the baby dept at target.

    • Fitnessista on September 13, 2012 at 12:07 am

      awesome, maybe i’ll try that with rice milk! i’ll let you know how it goes

  25. Carley on September 11, 2012 at 8:58 pm

    You should definitely check out weelicious.com
    Amazing recipes for babies, toddlers and the whole family. She has some great pancake recipes too!

  26. Maddy on September 11, 2012 at 9:35 pm

    I loooove the photos and the tidbits! My favorite photo is Olivia playing with her puzzle. She is so adorable and pretty! Sounds like she’s a milestone super star too. Ours was picky at that age, but now he enjoys most of the same healthy foods we do. I think his list of favorites is quite similar to Olivia’s. Every now and then one of his friends will convince him some vegetable is disgusting, but he gets over it pretty quickly.

  27. Claire@NavigatingNorth on September 11, 2012 at 9:46 pm

    Happy 8 months 🙂 As I first glanced through the photos, I could have sworn Oliv was doing a little side plank in the second picture down. Like Momma like baby!

  28. Rose on September 11, 2012 at 10:31 pm

    She is precious! You can take her out of he baby tub. As long as she can sit up on her own she can go into the big tub:)!

  29. Sam @ Better With Sprinkles on September 11, 2012 at 10:49 pm

    She’s adorable! It’s crazy how much difference a few months can make with a baby.

    The Jillian Michaels thing is hilarious – apparently, babies are not her biggest fan.

  30. Diana on September 11, 2012 at 10:54 pm

    She is too precious!!! I used to like fish when I was a baby too. She’ll grow up with great eating habits especially with you guiding her!

    • Fitnessista on September 13, 2012 at 12:08 am

      i hope so- i just want to introduce her to as many whole foods as possible

  31. Marie on September 12, 2012 at 12:21 am

    I think we stopped using the baby bath tub around 2 1/2 – 3 months so I say go for it! My son loves the water and baths are one of the best times of our day. Favorite toys for the bath are boats, duckies, and the bubble wand and bubbles from Gymboree (they are seriously the longest lasting bubbles ever). I love blowing bubbles for him in the bath tub because then I don’t really worry about him getting too much bubble solution on his hands (from popping them) and then putting them in his mouth- he also doesn’t have to compete with the dog who goes nuts for bubbles if I blow them around the other areas of the house. My son also likes the bath crayons, but it was probably more around 13-15 months that he got into those. I concur that Olivia should be able to comprehend and act accordingly if you ask her to sit down or you will take her out. Not that she won’t try (or try every single time you put her in the tub- haha, let’s be real!)… but you just have to keep on it. If you have a porcelain tub I would definitely recommend a mat or the decals that you stick on the bottom- ours is super slick! Good luck and have fun!

  32. Cindy on September 12, 2012 at 4:44 am

    We just switched to the big tub right as my son turned 8 months because all he was doing was standing and the infant tub wasn’t working anymore. We had a we had a few slippery baths and then I got a $10 non slip mat at bed, bath and beyond and it’s helped immensely! My guy loves bathtime even more now – he chases the toys all around the tub. It’s cute!

  33. Keely Barr on September 12, 2012 at 6:54 am

    I didn’t think it was possible, but she gets cuter and cuter as the months go by!! x

  34. Beverly Aragon on September 12, 2012 at 10:14 am

    Love the pic of Olivia taking a huge step. Her expression is like, “mmm hmmm, look at me go!”

  35. Courtney Downey on September 12, 2012 at 11:55 am

    Hey Gina!

    I bought a no slip tub grip mat at Target that is purple with suction cups (in case you’re looking). It’s really soft and keeps Olivia (our Olivia ;)) from sliding all over the place. It’s super easy to pull up after bath time too. I hope you find something that works for you. If you thought she was splashing before, wait until she has the whole tub. I’m soaked by the time she’s turning into a prune and it’s time to get out.

    Bath time is our favorite too. Love the post!

    P.S. I made your dijon chicken with sundried tomatoes and quinoa last night and it was fantastic! Thanks for all the recipes! You’re breaking me out of a rut! Have a good one!


  36. Erin on September 12, 2012 at 5:02 pm

    OH MY GOODNESS the Jillian Michaels thing made me laugh so hard! I guess you either love her or you hate her hahah. She looks precious Gina!

  37. mama on September 13, 2012 at 4:05 pm

    After the baby tub i transitioned to one of the sitting positioned seat things that suction to the bottom of the tub (great description right? ;-)). They have a bit more freedom in them but some security so they dont as easily fall under the water.

  38. Carrie R. on September 13, 2012 at 11:40 pm

    SHE IS AMAZING!!! She seriously gets more beautiful with each month!

    Love seeing her pics, she is too funny walking…how far can I extend my leg? Hmmm… 🙂

    Love the picture of her and Bella. Too funny…she is absolutely a little Angel. And her likes and dislikes are great. 🙂

  39. Amanda Lee on September 14, 2012 at 1:40 pm

    Umm.. can you tone down the cuteness a little bit?? You *and my neighbor’s adorable 4 mo old* are giving me baby fever! 😉

    I know, I know, it’s impossible. Thanks for sharing the Olivia’s progress!

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