Thursday, February 28, 2013

Seven Months

Distracted... so typical of his personality right now :)

Milestones and Firsts...
  • He has two teeth that popped through on the bottom, both at the same time! I saw them peeking through his gums two weeks ago on February 14th. He has done pretty well with it. I bought every teether out there and the Hyland's teething tablets, but breastfeeding seems to comfort him best. Those little teeth are so darn cute when he gives us a big smile.
  • He is still on breast milk, but I am supplementing one bottle at daycare with formula right now. I beat myself up about it, even though he does fine with it and he still gets lots of the good stuff. Despite pumping as much as I can, my supply is steadily decreasing. I just cannot keep up with the four 6 ounce bottles a day he takes at daycare. He is also getting less interested in breastfeeding. He is easily distracted and wants to play instead. Silly kid. I always breastfeed him when he is with me so he's just a hybrid eater now :)
  • Poor sweet baby contracted RSV. He did have a fever for one day, but otherwise he is just coughing a lot. He is getting nebulizer breathing treatments and they seem to help loosen things up in his chest so he can cough it out. He hasn't been sleeping well at night, poor thing. I have been a zombie at work.
  • He is eating solids three times a day - fruits and veggies at daycare and another meal in the evening with us. He loves everything he tries. He seems to spit up orange foods, so we are avoiding those for now. For purees, he has had oatmeal, apples, bananas, peaches, peas, plums, sweet potatoes, carrots, pears, spinach, blueberries, raspberries, spring veggie mix with brown rice, chicken with brown rice, turkey vegetable dinner. He has also tried some regular foods: avocado, zucchini, bananas, lemons, carrots, mashed potatoes, and salmon. He has also had vegetable puffs and he really likes them. I love Plum Organics baby food - I just picked up some new combinations to try that look delicious: cherry/sweet corn/greek yogurt and zucchini/banana/amaranth.

Check out his mashed potato hillbilly teeth hehehe. That happened on it's own. We were all laughing so hard.
  • He loves to sit in the shopping cart. All smiles.
  • He is army crawling all over the place. He is constantly on the move. Even if you are holding him, he nearly jumps out of your arms when he is excited or when he sees something he wants. He also gets up in a regular crawling position all the time and rocks back and forth.
  • He throws his toys across the room. I've almost been knocked out by a flying rattle a few times.
  • He is still putting together consonants and vowels. He says "wa, wa", "ba" and "ma." I am still waiting for "mama"
  • He has mentally grown up a ton this month. Examples: when I am sitting at a red light, I will talk to him and peek over the edge of his car seat, and he will look up at me and give me a big grin. When I pick him up from daycare, he spots me walking in and gets very excited and anxious to see me, and does his shrieking squeal and starts jumping. He watches what Daddy and I do and wants to be involved in everything.
Video of that shriek/squeal I love {and Mr. G Hopper, one of his favorite toys}:
  • He is sitting up really well. He still tips over sometimes, but he is pretty darn sturdy now.
Valentines Day

Other tidbits about being 7 months old...
  • He loves bath time and sits in the bathtub now instead of laying down. I need to schedule his last five swimming lessons. I miss those.
  • He loves to be outside. If he is ever fussy, sitting outside is a sure way to make him happy. I am really looking forward to this summer, spending time at the pool and at the lake. Our new house has a membership to a wonderful lake with a beach and picnic areas. I am so excited!
  • He hates to lay down on his changing mat. He would rather roll over and lay on his tummy. It makes diaper and clothing changes a challenge.
  • His laugh is still my favorite thing ever. I could spend all day making him laugh.
  • Besides the vomiting from the RSV, the spitting up continues to improve.
  • He is sleeping better at night. Most nights he goes to bed at 8pm and gets up around 5am, with the exception of this past week with RSV. On average, he takes two naps every day. He is sleeping less and less during the day.
  • His hair is getting thicker and longer. It's very light with a reddish tint. We both have dark hair, so I wonder how his will end up.
  • His eyes are still a dark blueish with some green/brown toward the center.
  • He is wearing 6-12 month and 9 month clothes.
  • He is wearing size 3 diapers.
  • He weighed 18lbs 2oz. at his doctor appointment a few days ago.

We love you to the moon and back!!!!!!!!! Being your Mom is the best thing that has ever happened to me and I wake up every day happy and thankful that you are here.



  1. I cannot believe that he is 7 months old already! What a seriously handsome little guy! He is just beautiful :)

    Try not to beat yourself up over the supplementing thing. I had to do the same supply just wasn't enough and no matter what I did it kept decreasing. I eventually had to exclusively FF, and J is healthy as can be. I tell myself that he got breastmilk for almost 7 weeks, and some is better than none - so your little guy is definitely getting the best of both worlds! :)

  2. His eyes are beautiful!

    7 months must be a crucial time in their caloric intake because it was crazy how many of us on my birth month board had to start supplementing after exclusively breastfeeding at the exact same time, me included. And I felt guilty and beat myself up about it too, so I get that. I stopped pumping in it's entirety after a couple weeks of that and continued breastfeeding when I was with her.

    1. You have no idea how much your comment helped, thank you! I guess it's just comforting to know I am not alone :)

  3. Also the hillbilly teeth picture is too, too funny! He's like whaaaa ma?

  4. He is too cute!! I love the mashed potato teeth...hilarious!

    Thank you so much for your thoughts and prayers. The support mean so much :) xo

  5. I just love him! The shrieking/squealing melts my heart!

  6. Hi!

    My name is Mikko and I'm a Finnish design student. I'm currently working on my master's thesis that deals with products that breed social interaction. One of my examples is shopping carts with a seat for a baby, and I've been looking for a picture of a cart like that to put in my thesis. I came across that picture of your son sitting in the cart, and that is by far the best picture I've found :) Is it OK, if I use it in my thesis?

    Kind regards,

    Mikko Tamminen