Ren, you're 7 months old! You keep getting more and more interactive and fun. Here's what you're up to:
*I have no idea on your weight and length, but based on last month, you're probably in the 18 pound range.
*I just moved you up to size 3 diapers. They still seem a little big, but we'd run out of 2s from your diaper shower and I have a box of 3s. Plus, you're technically in the weight range for the 3s, and too big for the 2s. Proves my thought that you're long and skinny.
*You're in 6 month to 12 month size clothes. I think the romper you're wearing here is 12 month and it's a bit big, but not much. The problem is all in the length with you. Most 6 month things you're too long for.
*Your schedule is still pretty much the same. You go to bed between 8:30 and 9. You get up once or twice to eat, usually at midnight or 1am, then around 5am. Sometimes you skip the first feeding and that's awesome! But sometimes I have to get up and pump.
*You nap in the morning, once or twice (for 40 min to 1 hour each time) depending on how late you slept in. Then we usually all go down for a nap in the 1pm hour and sleep for 2-3 hours. You still have a weird thing about your afternoon nap. You always wake up after 45 minutes or so and want to be awake even though I know you're tired. So I pat your bottom and lay with you in my bed until you go back to sleep. I've been napping with you every day since you're in and out, and since you need your pacifier put back in all the time during this nap. Then I stay up late after you're in bed at night to work. This schedule has been working for the most part for us.
*Your daddy slept on the couch downstairs for about 3 weeks due to a cough he just couldn't get rid of. So I got in the habit of bringing you to my bed after your 5am feeding. You seemed to love it because you would sleep in til 8:30am most mornings, which you did NOT do in your crib. We're still transitioning now that Daddy's back in bed. There's not as much room for you in there, but sometimes you won't go back to sleep at 5am in your own bed.
*You are SO CLOSE to crawling. You've got the leg part figured out, just not the front part. Just in the past few days, you've started getting up on all fours (instead of just sticking your bottom in the air) and rocking before kinda face-planting. You want to crawl so bad. You would probably be crawling if we didn't have hardwood floors upstairs...I'd probably put you down on your tummy a lot more if it was soft and carpeted, so your tummy time isn't super often.
*You still roll over pretty much the second I lay you down anywhere. And somehow you can move around quite a bit just from your rolling and rocking.
*You sit up a little. If you have something that's eye-level or above to look at, you are able to sit for awhile. But if you're looking at the ground, you just bend in half and your face ends up by your toes. Sometimes you'll fall backwards or to the side. We've got to work on that balance.
*You still love to do your weird, deep man-yell/cry. It's not always when you're mad, sometimes you just love to yell.
*You have a fake cough you do. Daddy thinks you're just experimenting with different noises you can make, so when you find a new one, you do it over and over.
*You love love love your bouncy seat. We went to 3 stores looking for a new bigger, sturdier one, but couldn't find one.
When I laid you down to take this photo, it was a job to keep you on your back. You just wanted to roll over, as evidenced by the photo below this one.
*You are still so smiley. You smile at strangers, and then bury your face in my neck, like you're bashful or something. You smile when Daddy gets home from work. You smile whenever we smile at you. You smile sometimes when Sutton is crying because you think he's laughing.
*You love to be tickled. Daddy knows all the good spots. Sutton knows some too. There are so many times where I think he's being too rough with you and I'm getting ready to tell him to stop pushing on your tummy or rubbing his head on your tummy, and then you'll let out this funny belly laugh. I suppose boys are tougher than I expect.
I got some new backdrops for my studio, and Papa Bruce made me a little baby bed. So we tested them out and had a little 7 month photo shoot. I think we really captured your personality!
*You are still refusing food. I have tried so many times to feed you purees, and you don't ever eat a single bite. It all comes back up. You'll eat puffs - we tried those for the first time on August 30. You like them. And the other thing I've found is that you love to suck on food. So I let you suck on fruits like cantaloupe and apples. The other night you were acting interested in my dinner, so I let you suck on a piece of chicken and you LOVED it. You probably sucked on the same bite for like 10 minutes. But any time I'd let you have a little piece to try to actually eat, you'd act like it was the end of the world and spit it out. So you're liking the flavors, just not the actual swallowing.
*It seems like you've started eating more often. We were on a pretty regular 3-hour schedule, but now you've started wanting to nurse sometimes every 2 hours. Sometimes you still go 3. We just never know. I'm grateful that I get to be home with you most of the time so that I can follow your lead with feedings and don't have to try to plan ahead since you're not as regular anymore.
*You've started getting really impatient when it's time to nurse. I will get you in position and start to get ready, and you just start yelling at me. It's like you know what's coming and you don't want to wait!
*Pooping has been on and off. Sometimes you'll still have the super runny blowouts, sometimes it will be normal. Everything else is normal though so I've let go of worrying about it.
*At night time, we usually put Sutton to bed first and read a story or two. Then I rock you in your room and sing or hum. Sometimes I feed you then too. Sometimes you're out within about a minute, and other times I'm in there rocking and singing for 20-30 minutes. You sleep with a noise machine on an ocean waves sound, and a fan blowing on you.
*Your brother is your favorite person. You love him so much and are always smiling at him and trying to be by him. He loves it. For now. Often, we'll watch a movie while laying in my bed, and you'll be between Sutton and I. You will roll towards him and reach out your arms. I tell him that you want to cuddle with him, so he'll put his arm out for me to lay you in his arm so you two can cuddle together.
*I think you're taking a toll on him subconsciously though. Big bro has been having a rough time lately. Lots of crying. So....so much crying. Lots of tantrums. Lots of yelling. Lots of impatience. I think it's partly his age, but partly because he was used to getting all the attention before you came and he's realizing that it won't be that way again. He loves you so much, but he is figuring it all out.
*Your momma is still figuring stuff out too. I know we have it so good, but it is really hard to juggle two kids and a business. There have been times where you're crying for no reason other than you want to be held, but I have to send "one more email" or get "one more photo edited and posted." I feel guilty all. of. the. time. I look at you and can't imagine my life without you, but then I try to figure out where the last 7 months have gone and realize I've been so busy, so stressed, that it's all a blur. If I could just sit and hold you every day all day, I would!
*You love bath time. You lay in your little bath sling and just kick your legs like crazy to splash and splash. You yell sometimes too. It's like you think it's funny to make a bunch of noise. You've really started trying to roll off your sling though, so I can't take my eyes off of you for a second.
*You like to play with toys. Everything goes in your mouth. You play with toys in your high chair a lot while we're eating, and you always start with a tray full of toys and about 2 minutes later, there's nothing there. You knock them all on the floor or in your lap.
*You also love to play with everything in my makeup bag. Your brother did this too when he was your age. I sit you in the Bumbo on the counter while I'm getting ready, and you just start taking stuff out of my makeup bag and trying to chew on it or throw it. Crazy kid.
*Your hair is starting to look redder. I think you're gonna be a redhead just like your brother. You've also got this little curl right on top of your forehead, so we'll see what that turns into.
*You've just started this new thing when I'm putting you to bed at night, where you scratch your head. I try to hold that hand down, but you pull it away forcefully. I also have tried to cover your head with my hand, but you'll just find a different place to scratch. Your cousin Carson has given himself scrapes on his head doing this, so I don't want you to get into that habit! Sometimes you'll also just play with your ear.
*You're not the biggest fan of your carseat and you grow tired of it after you've been in there awhile. You have started leaning forward when we go to unbuckle you, cause you know we're getting you out.
And our monthly comparison: