Wednesday, February 20, 2013

7 months

Another month goes by for our little one, and this has been a big one!

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We started sitting right at the beginning of the month, and almost simultaneously, we were ON THE MOVE. He started crawling at 6 1/2 months.

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One week after he started crawling – when he was still shy about going long distances – he was pulling up on stuff. Lord help me, he’s going to be walking at 8 months old!

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Now, although he’s been crawling for a few weeks, he’s just in the last week actually going somewhere. He will now crawl across a room – usually after his mommy!

Sweet sleeping boy with his arms tucked under his belly – just like his sister when she was a baby.

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And he sucks on his sheet.

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Oh how he LOVES Gus and LOVES his sister.

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He gets excited about things and shakes his little arms and pulls them to him. It’s so cute!

He knows his name.

He took a bath in the big tub sitting up by himself.

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Baby led weaning is going great. We started off very slowly because really he didn’t show much interest. Then, about 6 1/2 months, he fell in love with strawberry. Then one night he ate two avocado wedges, a half a kiwi, and some broccoli! And that was right after I had nursed him.

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I think he’s got the idea now! He’s had avocado, sweet potato, banana, strawberry, kiwi, chicken leg, bell pepper, noodles, broccoli, asparagus, blueberry, and pear. I  tried carrot sticks (long ones I cut for him and roasted), but he bit a big chunk right off. I took it away! He surprises me how well he does. He plays with his tongue and gets the food where it’s supposed to be. He gags sometimes, but he swallows it a lot easier than I thought he would. I’ll be honest; it’s a little scary at times!

He likes TV – better than Blair even. And he likes animals. He also likes lights and music. He loves outside and going for a walk/run in the stoller.

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He rides in the car well. He still sucks on his blanket or his lip, and he’s started sticking his tongue out of the right side.

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Sometimes he seems to favor his left hand, so we’ll have to see how that plays out. Maybe he’ll be a lefty like his mama!

We still don’t have a set schedule except that he eats pretty much every 3 hours on the nose. He still naps at least for an hour between each feeding. Sometimes he’ll skip a nap and take a really long one. He still gets up at night sometimes – anywhere from 2 to 5am.

A basic day when we are home:

7:30 get up and nurse, play

8:30 nap for an hour

9:30 play

10:30 nurse

11:00 go outside, play (sometimes a snack)

11:30/12:00 nap for an hour

1:30 nurse

2:00 snack

2:30 nap for a few hours

4:30 / 5:30 wake up, nurse, eat in highchair while mommy fixes supper

6:30 bath

7:00 / 7:30 bed

This is a very variable schedule. Sometimes he’ll skip one of the short naps – especially if we go somewhere. And I just put him in the highchair when it works for us.

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This is the smilingest, happiest, most easy-going baby you will ever meet. He beams at whoever gets him from his crib. If he’s whining or crying in there, it is stopped by a smile as soon as he sees me. Sometimes when we’re playing he’ll smile and bury his head in my shoulder. I love it. And I sure love that he loves his mama.

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