Seven Months

10 Apr

Dear Charlie Bear,

This month started out a little rough, to tell you the truth. Because we started solids, you came down with some bad constipation. You were straining and hurting, and when things finally got free you had some bleeding. I felt so terrible for you and wish I could have taken that pain. I called the pediatrician and they recommended mixing in up to 6 ounces of apple juice in your breastmilk or formula per day. We went right out and bought apple juice and you were back to normal the next day. Poor thing! At least now we know how to solve the problem, right?

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We had our first dose of some amazing spring Colorado weather, and I tried to take advantage of it as much as I could. We went on walks, went to the park, and just got out of the house.

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On the afternoon of your six month pediatrician checkup (which was a week late, whoops!) your Daddy and I took you to a restaurant and got you a highchair for the first time. You loved being able to sit at the table with us, and we loved actually being able to eat our food! Because you’re so small, we had to bring a blanket to wedge into the highchair, but I’m sure you’ll round things out soon.

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You’re starting to get a little bit of stranger anxiety. Sometimes when someone else is holding you (even Nana or Gramps), you’ll look over at me and start crying. I’m hoping this phase passes quickly, because there are so many people who just want to hold you and love on you!

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The weather is really starting to get nice, so we’ve been trying to get outside for walks more often. You love going for walks – it seems to calm you down nicely. On nice weekends we try and take a walk to the park so you can go on the swings which you love. Your Daddy also took you down the slide for the first time.

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The main event of most days is EATING! You absolutely love solid foods. You get three solid meals per day. Your favorites are sweet potato, chicken, steak, apples, pears, and peaches. You’re not too fond of carrots, but you’ll still eat them. Your face lights up when we get out the package of Mum Mums. You LOVE those things!

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At the end of the month, you went for your first swimming lesson. Truthfully, it was kind of a disaster. You were cold and scared and just cried the whole time. Luckily you have persistent parents, and we tried again. The second time was much better and you actually seemed to even enjoy yourself. We haven’t started with dunking you underwater yet because we want to make sure you’re totally comfortable with the pool before subjecting you to that.

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Seven Months:

Words: Mamamamamama. It still counts.

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Movement: You’re all over the place! You’re pulling yourself to a stand, rolling over, standing and holding onto things, sitting up, getting on all fours. You’ll be crawling before we know it. Such a big girl!

Teeth: Still no signs.

Firsts: Pulled yourself to a stand on 3/13/12. Got on all fours.

Loves: Still bathtime with Daddy. Swings at the park.

Food-based likes: Pickles, lemons, pears, oatmeal, breastmilk, sweet potatoes, chicken, steak, Mum Mums, apples, toast, and AVOCADOS.

Music-based likes: Quite fond of Twinkle Twinkle this month.

Hates: Having your face wiped clean after meals, the swimming pool at your first lesson.

Annoying features: The huge mess you make while eating. I don’t mind it too much, I just hate listening to your Daddy complain about it!

Weird-ass features: Your “talking” went to a whole other level this month. You found your voice and you’re not afraid to use it.

Finds hilarious: Kissy faces, the dogs, Daddy throwing you in the air, playing peek-a-boo, throwing food on the floor.

Finds terrifying: Nothing this month.

Sleeping: You sleep better than your poor parents. Bedtime is around 8pm and you sleep soundly until about 6:45am, at which time you play in your crib quietly until we come get you at 7am. THANK YOU, BABY! 🙂

Diapers: Smallest setting on cloth during day, size 3 disposables at night.

Measurements: Don’t have official measurements, but everyone agrees that you seem to have had a growth spurt since your pediatrician appointment.

Nicknames: Charlie, Charlie Bear, Pumpkin, Boobooface, Best Baby in the World

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