Happy 7 Months, Annalynn!
You are growing like a little weed! You’re 16 lbs 8 0z now, in 6-9 month clothes, and wearing size 3 diapers. Your little personality is definitely starting to shine through. You love to babble, laugh, and explore. Everything goes in the mouth. Everything.
So many new changes this month!
First of all, you are sitting like a champ now. You can sit unassisted for extended periods of time and have no problem reaching for toys, bringing them to your mouth, and sitting back up on your own. Sitting is one of your favorite activities.
You’re still not technically crawling, but definitely becoming more mobile. You’re pretty good at getting where you want to go by rolling and scooting backwards (still haven’t figured out moving forward yet). Seeing a toy out of reach is your number one motivation to get moving.
You know your name! This is huge! I can’t tell you how exciting it is to say “Annalynn” and see you turn your sweet head. Still no nicknames, yet. You’re just Annalynn to us.
On the vocal front, you’ve started copying noises mommy and daddy make. “Yeahh” “Hi” and “whoa” are favorites. You also love to blow your tongue and lips.
Transitioning from the swaddle to Merlin’s Magic Suit was awesome. Transitioning from Merlin’s Magic Suit to just footie pajamas was terrible. You went from waking up 1-2 times a night, to waking up 3-4 times a night (sometimes every hour!). Suddenly you hated your Pack ‘n’ Play, and even putting you down in your crib was terrible. You had no problem sleeping cuddled up next to mom at night, but then I couldn’t sleep! It was a battle for Zzzzss that I was clearly losing.
Everyone I spoke with told me it would take a few days for you adjust, but after a week with no improvement (in fact, I think you were getting worse) I took to the sleep boards and started ordering everything that could possibly help. I ended up buying a fancy mattress pad for your Pack ‘n’ Play and a couple of sleep sacks other parents swore by.
You’re still getting up twice a night, but it’s so much better than it was earlier this month. After some trial and error, we realized you preferred a heavier weighted sleep sack (you currently sleep in the Merino Kids Sleep Sack) and do better sleeping in your own crib throughout the night. You’re 100% a belly sleeper now, which is fine by us if it means you’ll sleep better at night.
You’re also down to only two naps a day.
We’ve entered a whole new realm of food this month with solids.
You had your first taste of solid food (cucumber sticks and avocado!), two days after you turned 6 months. We’re doing the Baby Led Weaning approach, and so far, so good. On top of the cucumber and avocado, you’ve had sweet potato, banana, apple, chicken, eggs, pancakes, broccoli (your favorite!), pear, red bell pepper, ground beef, and a few other items I’m sure I’m forgetting.
I really need to write a whole post about BLW because we’re really enjoying the process. It’s been pretty easy so far (*knock on wood*), and while I’m pretty sure you’re having more fun playing with the food than actually eating it, your diapers tell otherwise.
Whenever you’re visually upset (and the binky isn’t working), the best way to calm you down is to sing. You enjoy “Wheels on the Bus,” ‘Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star,” and “Itsy, Bitsy, Spider.” You also love to laugh and making a funny noise or clapping enthusiastically will always get a smile.
Mommy and Daddy love you so much. Your bright smile lights up our world and your laugh is the best noise in the world. We have a fun month planned ahead with a couple of big trips. We can’t wait to take you on some new adventures!