This month was just the BEST yet. Our lives aren't perfect, but we are content in our roles as parents and are enjoying every moment of this journey. I feel like we are really getting ourselves on the same wavelength (you and us, as your parents)as far as how everything goes with us day-to-day. I feel like you are less of a little baby and more my little buddy or sidekick! Month seven brought a lot of changes for us.
This picture was at the beginning of one of our best days together, the first week of your seventh month, and I just knew this month was going to be a good one. We'd cuddled and had (your) breakfast in bed, and then we went out to the backyard to watch the sprinkler. You are still in your PJs. We've only done it once or twice, but this particular morning it was so cool and lovely outside. The day went on to include fun playtimes and solid naps, so I tried to just savor every minute.
We've already established that your seventh month was a big one, going to Cleburne to say goodbye to Pop, a visit to the splash pad, your first overnight away from Mom and Dad, celebrating Mother's Day and AJ's graduation...the list goes on.
As far as our day-to-day though, you continue to grow so fast! Here are some "M" adjectives to describe your life right now.
Maturing - We went down to four feedings/day the weekend you turned six months. I should say four milk feedings and three baby food feedings. I still breastfeed you in the morning, that is such a special, relaxing time for us, but the other three feedings are pumped bottles. I started doing this just to make sure you were getting enough milk when we dropped a feeding, but now it is just easier! This has really allowed us to maximize our days and get your down to two naps as well (sometimes you still take a little catnap in the evening, but you really just have a solid morning nap and solid afternoon nap.) Your naps are now drama-free! Praise God! No more screaming all the way through. I don't know if it was your reflux, teeth, just fighting sleep or what, but once you began your seventh month, you got it! Your naps aren't really consistent in length; your AM nap is anywhere from 45 min-2 hours, and your PM nap is anywhere from 1 hour to over 3 hours! One thing about feeding you do not like is your bib, and this has birthed yet another song in our house. "The Bib Stays On" to the tune of the 1985 Glenn Frey classic "The Heat is On."
"The bib stays on. The bib stays o-on. The bib stays on. When we eat."
I think God blesses parents with the sudden ability to be songwriters.
This is what happens when you take your bib off. You also looooove that sippy cup.
Multiloquent - You are such a talker. Sometimes you will talk for up to an hour as you are falling asleep, so sweetly in your bed. You also talk when you wake up. That allows Daddy and I some time to get up (on the weekends, if we haven't already) or finish up whatever we were doing during your nap. I wish we knew what you were saying! Soon enough.
Mobile - Almost! You are so close to crawling! I am not in any hurry for you to be crawling, but I think our days of having a stationary baby are numbered. You definitely can move around - you scoot on your tummy or roll to get wherever you want to go. You are currently getting on your hands and knees to rock back and forth.
We also have to give you a toy to distract you and keep you on your back during diaper changes or else you will flip right to your tummy.
You are starting to prefer your tummy, period, and you sleep on your tummy or your side like your Mommy.
Side note - no you still aren't taking pacis, I just put these in your crib for you to play with/suck on if you were interested. No such luck.
Merry - I think my favorite part of this month (besides you not screaming through your naps) has been watching your sense of humor develop. You are starting to notice the little incongruities of life and they make you laugh, like:
- when we chew on your toes
- when we sneak up on you
- when you knock over your tower-stacked cups
- when we blow in your face
- when you see mommy through your crib slats
- when I sing and dance for you
- when one of the cats runs through the room
- when you get tickled
In general, you are a really happy baby and we are blessed by that. Here's a video of me getting you out of bed in the morning.
Mimicking - For the first time last week, you did what another baby did. Ashton stayed here while Miss Tiffany ran an errand. He was sad to see her go, so he started bawling. You watched him for a minute, figured there must be something terribly wrong, so you bawled too. Y'all just sat there, crying, for about ten minutes. I tried to capture it, but the second the camera came out, you both just looked at me like "why on earth would she be taking a picture?" You also wanted your cup when Ashton had his cup. Hilarious.
Meticulous - You are really starting to explore and pay close attention to the world around you. You will play with hair, mouths, jewelry and noses while we hold you, and you will finger every ribbon on your taggy book as you are falling asleep.
You also have a consistent sleeptime ritual in your crib. You love to cover your face with your lambie love and kick those legs.
Massive - You are growing, girl. You were 17 lbs. 11 oz. at your six-month check up, but I think you are at 20 lbs. now, based on weighing you at home. You are no longer content to lay in your baby car seat while it's in the stroller. Many times you prop yourself up, like you did here, at the zoo. This picture of you and your dad from the back just makes me laugh. You were so anxious to see what he was looking at...and here are just a couple other fun pictures from our visit.
You may notice you are wearing your onesies your Aunt Liz made for you for Christmas in a lot of the pics. She made you one with a sun, one with a panda, one with some hedgehogs (or porcupines?) and one with some dinosaurs. You wear these out (cause they are comfy and I know you will grow out of them soon!) Oftentimes I don't really put you in an outfit when we are out and about. Sorry, love. You are comfy in a onesie, and I am fine with that!
Here's what I predict for month eight: crawling, your top teeth (you were quite fussy today - the teething fussy kind!) and unfortunately, separation anxiety. You are still such a good independent player, but you have started noticing more and more when Mommy and Daddy are around or not around (especially at naptime!)
Time will tell - we love you sweet girl.
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