Jack: 7 Month Update

Sweet Jack. You are officially over half way to being a one year old. This last month you 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 ear to ear grin that 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 you want to crawl right off the chair. 
A few days after you turned 6 months old one of your little bottom teeth finally broke through and the second one followed soon after. Your little teeth are adorable and combined with your chunky cheeks and smile I just want to smooch you all day. With teeth came your ability to try new foods and you have yet to meet a food you don’t like. You get baby food fruit and vegetables at lunch and dinner with oatmeal at 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 a 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 cup and you don’t do too bad using 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 circumference. 
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. 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 shoes already, but most of them are still too big for your little feet. Out in public shoes are starting to be more necessary since you’ve taken a liking to pulling off your socks and/or trying to eat them.
Your sleeping 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 10:30-11:30pm. You get a bottle and I change your diaper then it’s back to bed until you wake up again anywhere from 1:00-3:00am. You’re usually up for the day between 7-7:30am. I’ve considered trying the Cry It Out Method, but I’m not quite ready to do that yet. One thing that has gotten better this month is nap time! You now have pretty consistent nap times with the first nap at 10:00am and the second one at 2:00pm. Sometimes you’ll take a little power nap around 4:30pm, but we don’t let you sleep past 5:00pm. You’re also napping better in your crib instead of requiring that someone holds you. 
Bath time is still a hit and you’ve discovered your man parts 🙂 You also like to suck on the wash cloth and can throw quite a fit when I don’t give it to you.
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 these sounds 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 also imitate our actions including blowing raspberries, clapping, and banging your hand on the floor.
You’ve mastered sitting unassisted and will sit for long periods of time. The biggest accomplishment this month is that you’re crawling! You’ve only managed to go backwards so far, but man are you getting fast. You can also get from the sitting position to your belly or all fours. If you’re sitting and playing on the floor and I go to another room, when I come back you’re all the way across the room. Your room has been baby proofed for a while, but I’m not looking forward to doing the rest of the house.
You still love to chew on Sophie the Giraffe, but you’ve lost interest in your play mat. Who has time to lay on a mat when you can crawl! You’re also officially too big and heavy for your swingOther toys you like include your Exersaucer, cloth and board books, alligator ball popper, connectable rings, light up piano, and 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” recently. 
With each day that you grow bigger, Ben gets more excited about you actually playing with him. This month you “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 laugh. It makes me so happy that you have each other.
We love you so much sweet boy!

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