Another Month- Seven Months!
My Darling LL,
Seven months. Seven months! How is time passing us by so quickly? You are now nearer to one than you are to when you were born. It is the most bittersweet feeling ever watching you grow- on one hand feeling excited of all the stages we have to come, yet at the same time growing further away from your baby days. Of course you are still a baby, but you are so far past the newborn stage it is scary.
This month has brought a huge amount of discovering for you. First off weaning. We started on the day you turned six months and you so far have taken to it brilliantly. You love your food and get excited when I put you in your chair and put your bib on. I am mostly using purees with the odd bit of finger food, and so far you have had such delights as carrot, sweet potato, banana, apple, pear, pasta star shapes with tomato sauce, and Great Grandma's roast dinner. (the first time you had meat and you weren't sure!) Finger foods wise you have munched on pitta bread with homous, sticks of cheese, toast, tomato and bread sticks. You are doing really well and I hope that it will continue as we start to go on to more adventurous flavours and textures.
This past month has also seen you on a quest to be mobile and has also seen you sitting up. You went from sitting up for all of ten seconds to be able to sit up without me helping you within days. You are so sturdy now and occasionally you have a small wobble and fall over, but for the most part I can leave you now. You lie on your front and you manage to get to where you want to be by rolling about. You can push on to your legs and get an object if it is in front of you but yo can't go very far yet.
This month has also seen your first two bottom teeth poke through- this was a lot earlier than your sister who didn't get her first toothy peg until nearly nine months. They look very cute, and are only just poking through the gums at the moment, but they are making me sad. The bottom ones are sweet, but I am in no hurry for you to get your top ones as i think they completely change your face and smile. I just don't want to lose that gorgeous gummy smile just yet, it is a smile that lights up your whole face and I will be sad for it to get replaced with a more toothy one!
Your teethies, however cute they are, have been giving you trouble the last couple of weeks and as such you haven't been as placid and content as normal. We have had a few days where you have been grumpy unless someone is holding you, which with a toddler in the house plus other things to do, isn't always feasible. Occasionally you will cry but try and smile at the same time which breaks my heart a little bit!
Sleep is still a tricky issue for us. I think I have been spoilt by your big sister who has always been amazing, but with you it isn't as simple. You started off at the beginning of the month being a lot better, you would go until at least five am and then come in our bed, have a feed and go back to sleep, which we all could deal with. If you woke up before 5am then I wouldn't feed you and we would leave you to moan and grumble and eventually you would settle. We then went to Center Parcs and because of fear of waking everyone else up, I got you up a little earlier than I normally would if you stirred around 4am. Since then, I think it has been a mixture of teethies, me wanting to get back to sleep rather than listen to you moaning and groaning, and also the fact you can hear us in the room, but you have been waking up anytime from 3 and coming in our bed, plus your teeth make you wake up and cry occasionally too.
I am in no hurry to miss out on my nightly snuggles with you but we have decided it is time for you to go in your own room. Mads went in hers at six months and you are now seven and a half almost so I think you will sleep better when you don't wake up and hear us moving around. Your Daddy isn't the quietest, in fact when I tell him to be quiet as I hear you stirring, I think it somehow makes him louder!
You are such a Mummy's girl which I don't mind in the slightest- I adore the bond we have, and I love the way that you are starting to throw your arms around me and cuddle me. (or eat my face!) You are a lot needier than your sister, but I relish that about you. I love that you love me so much. You are so incredibly smiley and you make me so proud every single day. I couldn't wish for a more loving, happy, content baby.
Mummy couldn't love you any more if I tried. Thank you for being mine.