Weâ€™ve surpassed the Â½ way point to a year old, and thus begins the journey of you becoming a one year old. Â It has been seven long blissful months.
This month youâ€™ve become more active by mastering crawling at a fast pace and climbing like a little monkey. Â Sitting and crawling are no longer appealing most the time, youâ€™ve got to be climbing or standing to gain a full view. Â We were downstairs the other night and found you wanting to climb up the stairs and actually made it up a few before I got too nervous and pulled you down. Â I am no longer able to lay you on a blanket and know youâ€™ll be safe. Â You are on the move 100% of the time and we had to purchase a play pen to contain you while I do things like go to the bathroom. Â When youâ€™re not contained by the play pen, you are looking for anything but your toys to explore. Â Youâ€™re favorite things include cords, power outlets, the carbon monoxide detector, zippers, strings and tags.
You are enthralled with Otis. Â You always want to be with him and dart for him across the room when you spot him. Â He loves to lick you to death and you love to â€œpetâ€ him and pull his tail. Â This results in me spending all day saying â€œOtis – no lick.â€ Â Iâ€™m sick of saying this phrase, but I know with time you and him will have a more â€œevenâ€ friendship. Â Your eyes light up when you see him and you screech and smile. Â He might be your favorite.
Weâ€™ve started solids slowly and youâ€™re still figuring out what you like and donâ€™t. Â You are adamant about spoon-feeding yourself with no help from mommy. Â Weâ€™ve given you a few whole foods like peaches, watermelon and bananas and you eat them like a champ. Â You still love mashed avocado too. Â You are not so fond of sweet potatoes and zucchini however. Â We are still working on that. Â We decided to delay grains and dairy for now. Â I am trying to get solids in two times a day this upcoming month because right now, we are at about one time on average. Â Youâ€™re still not totally interested – you could take or leave food.
Each day, I try to take you out on an outing so you can see and experience things beyond the walls of our house. Â We spend a lot of time walking, playing with other baby friends and even going to the gym daycare two times so far. Â I wasnâ€™t sure how that would go because you donâ€™t like when I leave you with anyone except daddy and grandma Nancy, but you actually did okay when the daycare babysitter held you. Â Now mommy can workout by herself in the mornings!
Sleep is still an ongoing issue. Â For three nights this month, you slept for 6-7 hour stretches and then a couple more hours and it made for three glorious nights for us. Â I felt like a new person. Â Unfortunately, that stopped suddenly and we were back to waking up every couple of hours. Â I have tried and tried to decode what makes you sleep better and I still have no answers. Â It doesnâ€™t seem to totally matter if you eat more, take better naps and more tired, etc. Â Weâ€™ve tried lots of methods and I just donâ€™t feel like any of them are consistent – maybe itâ€™s your dad and I that arenâ€™t consistent. Â Even when we let you fuss a little bit, your cries change night to night, so I canâ€™t convince myself that there is nothing wrong very often. Every night is pure randomness and Iâ€™ve accepted the fact that is how our life is going to go for now. Â I know sometime youâ€™ll sleep through the night and when that day comes, your mom will be the happiest woman alive. Â I canâ€™t believe itâ€™s been 7 whole months with not more than a 5 hour stretch of sleep for me. Â Good thing youâ€™re so cute.
We didnâ€™t have a weight check this month, but Iâ€™m guessing youâ€™re somewhere in the 18 lb. range. Â You still have no teeth, but I think they might be coming due to the fussiness, lack of sleep, crying out of nowhere, and gnawing on everything. Â I guess only time will tell.
You really dislike not getting attention, loud noises (although itâ€™s getting better), getting dressed and vegetables.