Thursday, January 23, 2014

Jack {7 months}

Sweet Jack. You are officially over half way to one year old. This last month you have started doing SO many new things. Your personality is coming out more than ever and I'm starting to see glimpses of how you may be as a toddler.
You're still as sweet as ever and all  your daddy and I have to do is look at you and we get a big, teethy, ear to ear grin. It melts our hearts.
Just like last month, these monthly photos are getting harder and harder to take as you are constantly trying to grab the camera. And this month crawl off the chair:)

A few days after you turned 6 months old, one of your little bottom toothies finally broke through and the second one followed soon after.
Those little teeth are SO adorable and combined with your little chunky cheeks and smile I just want to smooch on you all day. With your teeth came your ability to eat new foods and you have yet to meet a food you don't like. You get baby food fruit and vegetable at lunch and dinner with oatmeal added to dinner as well. You also get puffs as a little snack and you've gone from grabbing a hand full and shoving your whole fist in your mouth to starting to use your pincer grasp.
You've tried just about every baby fruit and vegetable that Gerber makes and you like them all. As far as real table food you've had little bites of mashed potatoes, peaches, tomatoes, strawberries, bananas, cheese, yogurt, and bread. You do great at "chewing" and using those two little teeth. You take 6 oz bottles every 4 hours, sometimes 5 and get a sippy cup with water during lunch and dinner. You've gotten pretty good at holding and drinking from the sippy and you don't do too bad with an open cup with mommy's assistance of course. 
I wish I would have written down your weight and height at your 6 month well child check up, but I had a mommy fail and forgot. I do remember you are in the 50% for weight, 75% for height, and I think 80 or 90% for head.

You're still in Size 2 diapers and wear 6 month, 6-9 month, and 6-12 month clothes as well as some 12m sleepers for the length, but it won't be too long before I'll have to put away the 6 month clothes. You wear a size 2 shoe and have so many, but most are still too big for your little feet. Out in public, shoes are starting to become more necessary since you've taken a liking to pulling off your socks and/or trying to eat them.

Sleep at night is still pretty much the same. You go to bed between 7:00-7:30pm and wake up for the first time between 10:30-11:30. You get a bottle and diaper change, then it's back to bed until you wake again anywhere from 1:00 to 3:00am. You usually wake up for the day between 7-7:30am. I've seriously considered the Cry It Out Method, but I'm not quite ready to do that yet. One thing that has gotten better this month though is nap time! You now have pretty consistent nap times with the first nap at 10:00ish and the second one at 2:00ish. Sometimes you'll take a little power nap around 4:30pm, but we don't let you sleep past 5:00pm. You are also napping in your crib instead of someone (ahemm, MeMaw) holding you.

Bath time is still a hit and you've discovered your man bits. You also love to suck on the wash cloth and can throw quite a fit when I don't give it to you after there is soap on it.

Speaking of fits, you've started to let us know when you want something whether it's a toy or our attention by letting out a loud shrill or a big grunt. You also make this sound if you're in your high chair and you've run out of food:) We've started working with you on signs so you can use those instead of screeching. You're also imitating our actions including blowing raspberries, clapping, and banging your hand on the floor.

This month you've mastered sitting un-assisted and will sit for long periods of time. The biggest accomplishment this month is that you are crawling! You've only managed to go backwards so far, but man are you getting fast. You also get from the sitting position to laying on your belly or the crawling position purposefully and not just by falling over. If you're sitting and playing on the floor and I go to another room and come back, you'll be all the way across the room. Your room is already baby proofed, but I'm not looking forward to doing the rest of the house.

You still love to chew on Sophie, but have lost interest in your play mat. Who has time to lay on a mat when you can crawl! I also think you are officially too big and heavy for your swing so we'll probably move that out of your room this month. Other toys you like include your exersaucer, books-both the cloth ones and hard board books, alligator ball popper, connectable rings, light up piano, and then let's not forget the remote and my iPhone. We also bought you a Johnny Jump Up. You've been in it once and didn't know quite what to think, but I have a feeling it will grow on you.

This month also brought lot's of new sounds and babbling including "mmmm"-but I haven't heard "mamama" anytime recently. 

With each day that you grow bigger, Ben gets more and more excited about having a brother to play with. This month you all played numerous times in the "fort" he built you. He drapes a sheet from the chair in your room to the closet, and you and him sit or lay under it with his lantern and play and laugh. It makes me so happy that you have each other.

We love you so so much sweet boy!
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