Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Seven Months Old!

Our sweet girl turned 7 months old! It's hard to believe that she's over halfway through her first year. She has certainly changed a lot from that little lump we brought home last summer! While all of her developments have been fun, we are particularly loving this current stage she is in right now.

January 12, 2013

This month has been a month of movement. Last month she was sitting on her own and fairly stable but not mobile; over the course of the month she learned to scoot backwards, go from scooting to a sitting position, and, on the day we took these pictures, she started crawling!

She is not very quick yet but if she spies something she's interested in, she can get herself to it. If I get down on the floor and call her she will crawl over to me, and she's even pulled herself up to a standing position using my hands! I think taking her monthly bear picture is going to get a lot more challenging now - a bunch of the pictures from this month look like this:


The other big change this month was starting at a local daycare center. BD and I were pretty anxious about the transition; she has never stayed with anyone other than the two of us, and she can be slow to warm up to new people. We took it really slowly to give her lots of time to adjust to her new environment. The first three days, BD or I went and stayed with her. Last week she stayed a few days on her own and seemed to do great so that was a huge relief. Of course, she's already been sick from being exposed to all the germs which is a little heartbreaking for me, but hopefully her immune system will strengthen, and she won't catch every bug.


She has also gotten more interested in Kip this month, and I'm sure that curiousity will only increase now that she's more mobile. He is still way too quick for her to catch him, but she zeroes in on him whenever she sees him. We point and say, "That's our Kip!" and she'll turn her head to look for him. Kip is still not too sure about her, but he will let her pet the fur on his back. We tell her "gentle, gentle" and "flat hand" to try and teach her to not yank on his ears and tail or pull his fur. I know she's too young to understand right now, but hopefully it will sink in as she gets older. 



Seven Month Info

Stats:
(unofficial, weighed at home)
15 lbs 3 oz

Feeding:
She's still not very excited about eating anything other than breastmilk right now. I do feed her a pureed solid about once a day, but I'd guess that less than a tablespoon actually makes it to her tummy. I let her play with the spoon, and I feed her off my finger. She still gets this look of semi-horror on her face whenever we try something new. It's like she still doesn't quite get it that she's supposed to swallow whatever is in her mouth. She kind of holds it in her mouth and looks at me like "what am I supposed to do now?" So far we've tried apples, bananas, pears, sweet potatoes, and butternut squash. Next on my list is green beans -- I keep thinking that maybe I'm going to hit on something that she really likes. Otherwise, we still breastfeed about every 3 hours and once or twice during the night. She takes 5oz of expressed breastmilk from a bottle at daycare.

Sleeping:
She is now sleeping nights in her crib!! Of course, we are sleeping upstairs with her, but that's more my issue than hers. We put her down around 7 (or before, depending on how she's napped during the day). Sometimes she sleeps soundly right away and we don't hear a peep out of her until midnight or later, and sometimes we have to go up and settle her several times before she sleeps soundly. She is usually awake for the day between 6-7am.

She is taking 3 naps a day. She goes to daycare in the mornings and that has put a bit of a kink in her nap routine. She does nap at daycare, but so far it's only been about 30-45min naps. When I pick her up around noon, she naps in the car again on the way home. And then she takes a long (2 hr) nap in the late afternoon.

Clothes:
She's still in all 6 month clothes with room to grow.

Language:
She is always babbling these days - lots of hard consonant sounds. Mostly 'M' sounds with some D, B, and K sounds mixed in on occasion.





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