What a month! You are sitting, rolling, babbling, and eating like a champ nowadays. You have a become such a super happy sweet baby. Everyone comments on your adorable cheeks and your big smiles. I love this baby stage. I love the sweet coos and happy noises. I love the leg rolls and the dimpled thighs. You are such a delight.
Sleeping:Well it happened. My wonderful sleeper finally had a sleep regression. We had been holding your hand while you fell you asleep or sometimes holding your arms to your side which had been working for awhile, but it got to be too bad a habit and you started waking up frequently during the night unless we returned and did the same thing.
So, we've been doing some Ferberizing and it's gone pretty well for the most part. I'm finding it easier to do this time because I know that we will all be happier getting better sleep. We also decided to drop the Magic sleep suit at the same time, and you have voluntarily given up the pacifier, which means you are really putting yourself to sleep all by yourself now! You like sleeping on your side- a couple times you've even fallen asleep on your tummy and you seem to sleep even longer then. We still have a few wake-ups here and there (especially the last few days which might be related to your new tooth) but overall you've been falling asleep much faster and staying asleep longer so I'm pleased. You generally sleep from 8pm - 6am.
Naps have gotten somewhat worse, on the other hand. I remember when you were 3 months old and you were still sleeping like 20 hours per day and I was somewhat concerned with how much you were sleeping, haha. You have definitely become much more like your sister as a baby in terms of naps; usually only taking 2 or 3 30-45 minute naps per day. Occasionally we'll get one longer nap. But, you are taking naps in your crib rather than the swing now (we actually sold the swing! It was bittersweet for me. That thing rocked you for so many hours when you were itty bitty. I think it was starting to seriously strain trying to rock a 7 month old though).
Eating: I've stopped keeping careful track of what you've tried because you've had pretty much all the basics and a ton of new things, including pineapple, strawberry, plums, beets, chicken, and turkey. You love your food. Seriously if you see us eating dinner and you are not also eating you start crying. You are eating three solid meals a day. Usually a 4oz container of puree, a handful of puff cereal or rice crackers, and some sliced up fruit or avocado. We've been giving you more "real" food this month and you are already really pretty good at chewing and not gagging. You even had a whole pancake the other day and ate it all up. We've also given you toast, orange slices, pear slices, banana slivers, and frozen avocado slices. Your pincer grasp has greatly improved this month with all this practice. You've also gotten pretty good at drinking water from the straw cup.
For bottles, you have a 7oz bottle when you first wake up, then usually 4 other bottles throughout the day that have ~5oz each, so usually about 27oz of formula per day.
Weight: Heavy enough that I gave up on the infant carseat about a week ago. You are now in the convertible seat! I can't tell how I feel about it. It's kind of a pain to not be able to set you down just anywhere. On the other hand you are a lot lighter alone than with the seat. My estimate using the at-home scale is 19.5 lbs.
Diaper Size: Size 3.
Clothes Size: 6-9M and 9M, and outgrowing some of the smallest of these. You've started wearing a few 9-12M things.
Teeth: Just a few days ago you cut your first tooth, on the bottom right (with the one next to it looking like it will pop through any day now as well). Nora didn't get hers until 11.5 months so I was actually a little surprised!
Milestones/Firsts: First Christmas and New Years. First major sickness (the RSV I mentioned last week turned into a several week ordeal with at-home nebulizer treatments. Trying to get a 7 month old to sit still with a mask on his face for 20 minutes was no fun at all. But you are sounding better now).
I mentioned in last month's post that we were going to get you evaluated by Early Intervention services. Well, good news- you passed, and do not qualify for services. They said you look perfectly normal for your adjusted age and even ahead in some areas like fine motor. Gross motor does seem to be your slowest area but they were not concerned and thought your muscle tone and flexibility were fine. I was happy for some reassurance and I know you will get to moving when you are ready.
You have been doing a lot more rolling this month, both ways, and you are now sitting steadily by yourself, and reaching and playing. You also love grabbing onto fingers and being pulled into a standing position (can't quite do it by yourself yet but I have a feeling you will be pulling up sooner than you will be crawling). You also have really found your feet and it's fun to see you finally playing with and grabbing them.
You have been babbling more and more (way ahead of your sister here, I might add, who didn't babble until 9 months, though she had a pretty mean army crawl at this age). Lots of "dadada" and "gaga"s. Still no mamas, I've been practicing a lot with you and hope you say it soon!
Likes/Dislikes: You love food. You like taking baths and we've started letting you take baths with Nora, which you usually think is pretty fun though you often look like you're a little worried about your crazy sister and all her rowdy bath antics. You love games like peekaboo and "so big".
You've started getting increasingly mad when I set you down and then walk away to go do something. You definitely like having people pay attention to you- mom and dad most of all. You also light up when your sister brings you a toy or talks to you. Still hating tummy time and you don't do a lot of it; however, you roll a lot more so you end up getting some tummy time in that way.
Thank you for being such a sweet little baby, Jack. You make each day so delightful. We love you!