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Dear Conor - 7 months

Dear Conor – 7 Months

Dear Conor,

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.

Dear Conor - 7 months

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).

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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.

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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.

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This month we picked up an Exersaucer at a garage sale and you absolutely love it! You love the Fisher-Price Brilliant Basics Baby’s First 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.

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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.

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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.

Love,

Mommy

Our First Father’s Day

Isn’t weird that all of a sudden you get to participate in a holiday you’ve never celebrated before? I mean I’m sure we’ve all celebrated and participated in these holidays, but to be the guest of honor is a little different. I don’t know, maybe that’s just me. I’m talking about Father’s day, not that I was the guest of honor, but it’s how I felt on Mother’s Day…anyway, we had a great day celebrating Tim and the amazing daddy he is to Conor.

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We started the morning with mimosas and waffles!

IMG_8214Ended the day with peach crisp and homemade vanilla bean ice cream. Homemade ice cream takes me back to my childhood. Every sweet, creamy bite I had, took me back to summertime, sitting on the porch at my grandpa’s ranch, watching the ice cream maker churn. His ice cream was the best. He was the best. I thought of him a lot yesterday, and wished he too was here to celebrate this day with us.

In between those two we had red chile enchiladas. I seriously feel like all I did yesterday was cook, not a bad thing I enjoy cooking. It was just made challenging by a clingy baby.

IMG_8211It did however force me to teach myself how to nurse my baby in the Ergo, hashtag mom win!

We also had a fun time getting crafty creating the first of many homemade gifts for Dad.

IMG_8175Getting those wiggly toes to stay still is not easy!

IMG_8171 Luckily these little canvases came in a 3 pack!

The one thing we did not do is get a picture of the two boys together, hashtag mom fail. It was a great day though. Conor and I are so lucky to have Tim. His love and devotion to our little family makes me love him more and more everyday. I am looking forward to celebrating him on Father’s Day for many more years to come.

How was your father’s day? Who did you celebrate?