Happy Sunday. We enjoyed a beautiful Saturday at the beach (while it rained torrentially at home) and are relaxing today (instead of “relaxing,” I should say “nursing what is most likely a mild quad strain” thanks to my own stupidity pushing through a really tough cardio barre class Thursday night). Baby M seemed to love the sunshine, breeze, and sand, but he was NOT a fan of the water. Baby steps, I guess…
Anyway, I’m a week late, but it’s time to catch up on Baby M’s 7 month update!
Oh, this kid has so much personality!
He’s still the happiest baby 90% of the time–but he’s learning the concept of distance/separation now. Often when we’re getting ready in the morning for work, I’ll put him in his activity center. He’s happy, happy, happy—until I walk away to fix my hair or finish packing my lunch.
He still loves:
- our cell phones
- his remote control “I’ve got a remote, and I’m ready to roll!…”
- Toby (his tiger wubbanub)
- Sophie the giraffe
- watching big brother, Iggy like a hawk
- pulling my hair and necklace (I seriously need to invest in one of those teether necklaces, or else he’s going to break the chains of mine)
- standing up (with some help)
That’s right. After getting more serious with solids after last month’s check-up, Baby M has become a pretty good eater.
His favorite for the first couple weeks was homemade sweet potato puree (sometimes mixed with coconut oil), but now he’s tried pears, peaches, peas, green beans, prunes (due to some constipation issues the last week), squash, bananas, and a few veggie/bean blends (that actually taste pretty good!).
We haven’t made any more of his food (besides the big batch of sweet potatoes), but I want to change that. It’s just so easy to steam veggies and blend them up! Seems like it will save money, too, although even the non-organic, run-of-the-mill baby food jars/packets are preservative-free and seem healthy enough.
Baby M’s not crawling, but he will scoot backward and sort of sway back-and-forth on his hands and knees. He’s fallen over a few times because he tries to STAND instead of crawl. He’s also pulled up a few times with very little help from us. I wouldn’t be surprised if he skips crawling and goes straight to standing/cruising, but we’ll wait and see.
One of his biggest developments is: TEETH. Like his mommy, Baby M has gotten his canine teeth first—with a couple bottom teeth on their way. He looks like a little vampire right now—but the cutest vampire you’ve ever seen!
Despite his good appetite, he’s still a little string bean, but now I have NO doubts about his health. Even at his 7 month weight check, the pediatrician told us he’d accepted the fact that Baby M was going to be like his daddy—tall and lean. He told us his development is right on target—he’s just a little guy.
He’s continuing to be an awesome sleeper. I know it might prove to be more difficult when he weans from breastfeeding, but he usually falls asleep for an hour or so on us, gets a final breastfeed around 9:00, and will sleep until the following morning (between 5:30 and 6:30).
For whatever reason, he still hates baths! He’d been doing better the last couple of months, but he usually cries when we bathe him. Maybe we need to move from the sling to letting him sit up in his tub?
He’s also not a fan of lying on his back (unless sleeping). Diaper changes are full of screaming and kicking, so much so that I dread changing him. Luckily he’ll calm down when we turn on his mobile or snow globe. I’m hoping this passes because he used to LOVE diaper changes!
I absolutely love this age he’s in. It breaks my heart to know he’s becoming more independent and further from the newborn stage, but he’s such a riot when he giggles and makes his crazy faces. He’s so curious, always looking at his surroundings and scrutinizing things. I know all babies are pretty observant, but he seems to analyze every last detail! Maybe he’ll be our little scientist or researcher one day.
Happy 7 months, little bazooka man. We love you!
If you’re catching up, you can find Baby M’s other monthly updates on my Baby page.