I’ll probably say this every month, but I cannot believe you are already 7 months old! Your half birthday came and went, and I am sure these next months will go by just as fast.
At the end of July, your 6 month birthday, you were 15 pounds and 27 1/2 inches long. We went back for some shots at a couple of weeks ago, but they didn’t measure or weigh you since it was just a vaccine appointment. After reading, The Vaccine Book: Making the Right Decision for Your Child (Sears Parenting Library) we opted to put you on an alternative vaccine schedule, so we have to go every month. I still get so nervous every time we take you in for shots (that’s a whole other post/issue).
As far as eating goes, well, you love it. You are such a good eater. You are still breastfeeding every 2 1/2 to 3 hours. If it’s just you and daddy you seem to go a little longer between milk feedings.
We’ve been doing our own version of baby led weaning for the past couple of months and you do pretty well. We have had a few times you just stuff too much food into your mouth and end up choking, again, you LOVE to eat! This month we’ve been trying to give you two meals a day, breakfast and dinner, just this week we’ve been adding a little afternoon snack while I eat lunch. A few of your favorites this month have been sweet potatoes, oatmeal, bananas, grits, corn on the cob, Mommy’s meatballs, Daddy’s chili, and Uncle Jimmy’s eggplant.
You have started sleeping through the night most of the time, we have had a night here and there when you’ve been up at 3am, but it seems to be getting better. After dinner, depending on the mess, we usually have a bath. After a bath we sit downstairs, nurse, and then read a book. You say your goodnight to Daddy and we head back upstairs to the nursery around 8:30/9. I sit and rock you while singing Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, and a couple of songs I learned as a ZTA in college. Sometimes you fall asleep in my arms, others I lay you down in your crib and you go to sleep on your own. Sometimes you cry as soon as I leave the room. You usually sleep until 5 or 6am. Then you get in bed with me, nurse, and fall asleep again for an hour or two.
This month we picked up an Exersaucer at a garage sale and you absolutely love it! You love your bucket of shaped blocks too. You don’t actually get how to put them back in with the lid on yet, but really enjoy chewing on them or banging them on the floor.
You’ve mastered the army crawl, and get faster everyday, and it’s only a matter of time before you are up on your knees! You go right for everything you aren’t supposed to. There are lots of things on low shelves that need to be packed away. You also love going for the the dog’s toys, and the dog too! We’ve started using the Pack ‘n Play aka baby jail, to try to keep you contained, but that usually only lasts a short time.
You are all smiles after a good sleep, and have cutest laugh. Daddy can always get some big giggles out of you! You are very curious and interested in touching the texture of everything or putting it in your mouth. I love watching you, watch the world unfold around you. We say everyday how lucky we are to have such a good, happy baby. I wish time would slow down, but I also can’t wait to see what the next month has to bring.