7 months as of January 26, 2014
Weight - 18.4 lbs.
Weight - 18.4 lbs.
Clothes: You are wearing all 6-9 month or 6-12 month clothes. Your pj's are all 9 month.
Sleep: You sleep from 7:00pm-7:00am and have always taken 3 naps/day -- 9:00am, 1:00pm, 4:00pm. Your morning nap is always your longest, ranging from 1-2 hours. Your afternoon and evening nap ranges from 30 mins-1 hour. The day that you turned 7 months old "you decided" that you didn't need your 3rd nap of the day, so you are down to just your 9:00am and 1:00pm naps, of which are both about 1.5-2 hours long. Due to losing this last nap, you now get your bath at 6:00pm, bottle at 6:25pm and you're asleep no later than 6:45pm.
Health: You've had your cranial band for 5 weeks now and are doing very well with it. You wear it about 22 hours/day and don't even realize when it's on. We've gone back for several adjustments and are already seeing a very noticeable change in the shape of your head. Also, you were diagnosed with Eczema at your 6 month appointment. You have it on your shoulders and sides of your torso and I've noticed within the past couple of days that you have a few patches that have sprung up on your face. I put special lotion on you, we always have your humidifier on in your room and you've now gone down to taking a bath every 3 days, which has helped clear up your dry, irritated patches of skin dramatically.
Diet: You now get 4 bottles/day and eat 3 meals/day. You're still on Similac Sensitive. You take 3 5 oz. bottles throughout the day (7:30am, 11:00am and 3:00pm) and 1 8oz. bottle as your last bottle at 6:30pm. You eat rice or oatmeal cereal mixed with formula at 8:30am. I make all of your baby food out of organic vegetables and fruits and have made sweet potato, green bean, peas, carrot, squash, red apple, fugi apple, banana and pear thus far. You love everything! You eat vegetable baby food at around 12:30pm and fruit baby food at around 5:00pm.
Likes: smiling, talking, sucking fingers, playing with feet, baby food, getting a diaper change, going on walks, playing with all of your toys, bouncing in your jumper, sitting up, falling over and onto your belly, standing, fake coughing, blowing raspberries
Crying: You cry now. And I think I've figured out why! You're one smart and sneaky cookie, my son -- You have realized that your crying and whining gets you what you want. Whether it's a toy you dropped or can't reach, dad's or my attention, if you want picked up, if you need your diaper changed, etc. Crying is definitely your way of "talking" to us and the second we tend to your need/want, you quit crying or whining. You're onto us and we're onto you!
Milestones: Eating 3 baby food meals a day is an incredibly huge milestone to reach. So is the fact that we've weaned you down from 5 bottles to 4 bottles, with a goal of no bottles at all come summertime. About a week after you turned 6 months old you sat up for the 1st time and have loved to sit ever since. You cut two teeth, your central incisors (lower middle), right after you turned 5 months and just a few days ago I felt your gums and realized that you're cutting your maxillary teeth (upper middle)... well, you've really just cut your right one, but I can tell that your left one will be coming any day.
Dear Trace, I think I say this every month, but this month really was my favorite thus far! You aren't a newborn anymore and that's a good thing... for me anyway. My days are filled with so much laughter and so many "conversations" with you. You've gotten so much more vocal and funny! When Dad and I tickle you, blow raspberries on your belly or kiss your cheeks you giggle like crazy. It's so easy to make you laugh, and hearing that precious sound is definitely my favorite. I love your baby babble. I know you've said Dada a few times, but it sounds more like an accidental dadadadadadada than anything. It's the cutest ever! You've also learned how to get your way by crying and whining. Very smart, little dude, very smart of you. Because it works just about every time. With every breath you take, I love you more and more. We're really starting to be able to tell who you look like, which is a complete combination of both Dad and I. We think you have your dad's eyes, lips and toes whereas you have my eyebrows, nose and face shape. Sadly, we just discovered that you have the Hanahan family ears -- please don't hate me too much. Blame Papa! But those large ears of yours sure do hear well, and that's what matters. Rocking you to bed before naptime and bed is the best part of my day. You are so still. Just a complete cuddlebug. But I also love that moment right after you've woken up and I walk into your room. I sing the same song to you every time I enter -- rise and shine and give God your glory -- you hear that song 4 times a day and I'm convinced that it's become part of your "waking up" routine. You wiggle around and get so excited when you hear it, knowing that Mom's just come into your room and that I'm about to scoop you up to bring you downstairs to eat and play. If you had a motto, I think it'd be 'eat hard. play hard.' Because you do both so incredibly well! Keep it up my little stud, you're on a roll... Ps. Your poops are gross. Like, really gross. Like, 6 wipes gross. Real food is quite the game changer in this realm. Can I potty train you yet?