You are seven now months old! In what felt like the blink of an eye, another month has passed us by, little man. And what a busy and productive month it's been, for all of us!
Mommy is enjoying being back in the working world, despite missing you, and we've settled into a great routine. You are spoiled by seeing your Nana four days a week for five hours, while she watches you at our house while Mommy and Daddy work. Even though going back was tough for Mommy the "pay off" is worth it...coming home to see your smiling face and upraised arms to be picked up is so special! It makes Mommy and Daddy both feel so loved.
You also took two trips this month! The first to Maine to visit our great friends and you had a fabulous time playing with their 2 and 5 year old (the 5 year old was WAY more interested in you!). Then to upper state NY to visit your Grammie and G-Pa! You got lots of loving and had some great fun. And Mommy and Daddy enjoyed the whole weekend too, and didn't want to come home!
You are on a roll with changes this month, bubs. You can now fully sit up on your own (from a laying down position) and you've also begun occasionally trying to pull yourself up using the TV stand or exersaucer. We now have no choice but to baby-proof the house as you are into EVERYTHING! This includes (but not limited to) prying fingers near electrical sockets, trying to chew on electrical cords, and putting anything that you find on the floor (lint, dirt, paper, etc.) into your willing little mouth. We can NOT leave you alone longer than a few seconds as there is no doubt, you will be into something you shouldn't be. And diaper changes. Man, oh man, they are like pure torture now, for all of us! Every time we lay you down (whether on your changing table or on a blanket on the floor) to change your diaper, you fight us every step of the way! What a little stinker you are, arching your back and twisting your body, often ending up on your belly on the changing table--frantically trying to crawl away! And the tantrums? Oh yes, you have finally mastered your true potential in tantrum-throwing. You are quite a sight some days when you don't get your way: giant crocodile tears, flailing limbs and wails that could wake the dead! You definitely have a stubborn streak in you (inherited no doubt from both of your lovely parents!).
You've really started exploring with your toys this month too! You finally realized, on your own, how to push the buttons on your musical books to make the music start up. The first time you did it, your face lit up in happy surprise! You also are quite content to entertain yourself by chewing on your toys and giggling at some unknown amusement. You "talk" our ears off now. If Mommy counts, you try to imitate the sounds. You've also "said" Da-da. You say it when you see Daddy walk in/out of a room so we know you are saying it TO him. Now, if only you'd start saying Ma-Ma, too!
You are completely off of baby food. You still drink four bottles a day but we've cut back from the usual 8oz to about 6oz, as you seem to want less (half the time, I think you are too impatient to lay still to drink it! You start rolling around and usually want to get down and play!). Mommy also stopped nursing completely this month as you've become a bit of a biter! You eat approximately 3 meals a day of solid food and you are slowly learning your pincher-grasp. It's not quite there yet but it's only a matter of time. You love big-people food and eating is definitely a good time! You tried for the first time this month: lasagna, Annie's mac and cheese, yogurt and garlic bread. ALL big hits! You've also learned, this month, how to drink out of a sippy cup! At every meal Mommy gives you a sippy cup with some water in it and the first week or two you just played with it: sucked and chewed on the spout and threw it on the floor. Now? You've come to the realization just in the past 2 weeks, that you can actually drink from it.
While you still only have two visible (bottom) teeth, we now know there are FOUR (upper) teeth ready to cut through! FOUR. Daddy said about you last night, "Go big, or not at all, Hunter!" You have not been a happy camper lately due to teething. Lots and lots of spitting up (after every single bottle), endless scratching inside your ears, lots and lots of random crying and even waking up sometimes during the night--something you haven't done in months. Two nights ago, you woke up crying and inconsolable three times throughout the night, and finally Daddy brought you into bed with us to calm you down. The next morning we made a quick visit to the Pedi (you now weigh 19 pounds, big boy!) who reassured us you did not have an ear infection but that you had four teeth with barely any gum covering them. Holy smokes! So Mommy has given you some Motrin and Oragel to help ease the pain. I also might try some natural, homeopathic teething tablets that my boss (an ND) highly recommended. Anything to make our Bubs feel better!
Let's see, what else? Just at the end of this month, another change for you Hunter! You've been spoiled up till this point, with Mommy, Daddy or Nana completely rocking you to sleep before lowering you oh-so-carefully (so as not to wake you up!) into your crib. Well, about a day or so ago, I had to shower for work and you were fighting the good fight and not falling asleep. Mommy bit the bullet and lowered you, still awake, into your crib. While I showered, I could hear you over the monitor, screaming your little heart out. This went on for approximately 20 minutes (although the severity of the crying had lessened which is why I hesitated and didn't go in to get you, after my shower was complete) and sure enough? You had put yourself to sleep! Granted, Mommy cried as well, even though all's well that ended well. Heh. And now only a day or so later, you will go down for a nap/bed with either about 2 minutes of slightly miffed crying or NONE at all! Brilliant!
Another change this month...Mommy has started cloth diapering your cute little tushy! So far so good. We started off, a week ago, with gDiapers using the disposable inserts (at least until Daddy and Nana have gotten the hang of it, and feel comfortable). But this week Mommy will try out the bumGenius diapers with the cloth inserts. You definitely look adorable in the brightly colored diapers, little man! Half the time, Mommy wishes she could just leave you dressed only in a diaper! Just to see that happy, fluffy butt on a regular basis.
You've been a total ball of fun this month, Hunter. And Mommy really feels like time is starting to zip by when it comes to your growth. You amaze us every day! And just like Daddy and I tell you, constantly, we love you SO, SO much and could no longer imagine our lives without your smiling face in it.
Thanks for making us so happy, little man. Thanks for being the sweet boy you are.
Love you Always and Forever,
Mommy and Daddy
P.S. The whole family dressed in orange? TOTALLY not planned! But how hilarious and of course, Mommy thought, a perfect picture opportunity.