Babyboo is seven months! He’s officially mobile, and full of personality. Or “full o beans” as Jamie says 🙂 He cracks us up with his goofy faces, funny noises and long strings of spirited babbles. He’s hilarious. And his little two-tooth smile is to die for!! He’s very curious, and totally mobile, which keeps me on my toes! He’s not crawling on all fours exactly, but he can pull himself anywhere he wants to go with just his arms. His legs wiggle and kick, but they’re not propelling him just yet. He’s going to be VERY fast once he coordinates the two! He’s super strong and loves to play the stand up – sit down game. He likes pulling himself up to standing, dancing a little, and then going -boom!- back down on his booty and starting over. He’s super smart, and is pretty much over the snuggly, jingly toys and is onto figuring out how things work. He holds things in one hand, and explores with the other, eyebrows furrowed. Then it goes in the mouth for a final check!
Foodwise, I’m still nursing and making his fruits and veggies! According to the most recent data on breastfeeding, approximately 40% of babies are breastfed at 7 months (non exclusively, meaning they get solids and/or occasional formula). That’s actually more than I thought it would be! Go mamas! That number keeps climbing each year, which is SO good! When he gets solids, we all eat together at the table. We love taking that time to chat, eat and reconnect. Lexi loves it too, she camps out under Asher’s highchair waiting for those little treats to fall 🙂
Speaking of Lexi, we had a little scare last week. Being a miniature dachshund, we know that it is highly likely that she will have back problems as she ages. One evening, she wouldn’t jump up on the couch with us like normal, and stopped halfway up the stairs. She’d wimper and groan when we’d pick her up. We waited overnight, and when she wasn’t better in the morning, we called her vet. She’s on a steroid and painkillers right now and will be for the next two weeks. After that, hopefully she’ll be back to normal. It sounds like it’s maybe just a small inflammation or injury that will hopefully heal up. She’s only 5, I really hope we don’t have to start thinking about surgery yet! She is doing great on her meds, she’s jumping and playing like normal 🙂
Back to Asher – he is SLEEPING THROUGH THE NIGHT!!! Hallelujah! Up until a few weeks ago, he’d sleep through most of the night, but wake for one or two feedings. Not the worst sleeper, but at 6 months, I was definitely ready for even a single full night of sleep. I had heard great things about Ferber’s book, but had been putting it off. Finally, after a couple sleepless nights, Jamie insisted I get it so we could start “ferberizing”. I was nervous about the cry-it-out part, so we agreed that we wouldn’t do anything until I had a chance to read the whole book. Turns out, the reason baby kept waking at night is that his schedule wasn’t quite hitting the spot. Up until now, I’d been doing the EASY method – eat, activity, sleep, you time. He’d wake and eat, be up for about 2 hours, and nap. Repeat. It made his final bedtime a little too inconsistent. And some days he’d have 3 naps, some days he’d have 4. It was working, and is great for a young baby, but at 6 months he was ready for more structure. He was napping too much during the day, and therefore having trouble sleeping all night long. He was ready to party at 4am! So, following the book’s advice, I shifted him to a 3-nap schedule. On that FIRST DAY, no kidding, he slept the entire night! Amazing!!! Once we had that schedule nailed down, we could start putting him to bed awake rather than rocking him to sleep. The problem with rocking him to sleep, is that if he awoke at night, he’d be confused and not know where he was or how he got there. Instead of falling back to sleep, he’d cry and want me to rock him back down. Imagine you fall asleep in your bed, and wake up on your living room floor. You want your bed back, right? Totally makes sense. But if he falls asleep in his crib on his own, if he wakes, he is able to fall asleep on his own again. The first night was hard, but we stayed strong. I re-read the chapter between checking on him to keep my confidence in what we were doing. He fell asleep by the fourth check-in. Second night, just one visit. Third night and on, not a peep. I lay him down, kiss his forehead, and rub his belly as I tell him I love him, and that it’s bedtime. One last “goodnight baby, I love you” as he watches me close the door. Sometimes a couple little babbles and coos, and he’s down for the night. It’s been 3 weeks, and we are ALL rested and feeling good. I’m a believer!
Enough of the updates. Ready for some pictures? Thought so! Little Asher, on his 7-month birthday 🙂
We’re excited for Christmas 🙂
Show me those teeth!!
Oh by the way, we’re sitting up now. No big deal 😉
Oh miss Lexi… I love you sweet girl 🙂
And Asher loves you too 🙂 Thank you for being so patient and gentle with him.
They’re going to be best friends for a looooong time 🙂