This month brought a lot of change to our lives. Luckily, you don’t know what it all means yet, so you don’t know to be scared of change or worried about the future. Every day is brand new for you. Some time around eight in the morning rolls around and you wake up, smile at me, and our day begins.
We started you off on baby led solids last month, with some banana and avocado. You enjoyed them well enough and we added in other things like cucumber, asparagus, rice rusks and teething biscuits. It amazes me how messy you can get with so little food. Then we added in purees because you didn’t like carrots or sweet potato in a soft-solid form. The first day you loved sweet potato and ate almost two ounces! Your interest in them has since tapered off to taking a few bites here and there, but no rush. I’ve heard a thousand times, “foods before one are just for fun.” Definitely fun! And you’ve definitely done some tasting of things that you aren’t exactly supposed to have now. Sweet things like italian ice.. “But it’s dairy free!!” Your Grandma lets you get away with so much! You also decided that you absolutely must sit and eat something when we go to restaurants. We weren’t prepared for this sudden shift from wanting to be held while we ate, to wanting to sit on your own and eat. So you’ve also attempted to eat a piece of bread at Panera and a french fry at Red Robin. You were unsuccessful both times, thankfully, but having a piece of food in your hand stops a screaming fit. I know the whole restaurant appreciates that. Let’s just say that Mommy and Grandma carry at least a rice rusk or teething biscuit with us at all times now!
You are growing up way too fast! I would ask you to slow down, but it’s so much fun watching you learn and grow. You’ve been army crawling for about two weeks now, pulling yourself across the living room floor, usually in the direction of Sicily, the big fat cat. Just in the last day or two you starting getting up on your tip toes and elbows to move around. It looks like an odd combination of a plank and the downward dog yoga position. You still aren’t that interested in sitting, but at least you can now. Last month you would topple over as soon as we helped you into a sitting position. Now you’ll play for a little, then hurl yourself forward. Grandpa says it’s a clever way to get around. You get farther by launching forward than you would army crawling. Baby proofing has definitely commenced. Floors are cleared, outlets are covered and we’re working our way up, clearing off higher surfaces because we know it will only be a few short months until you’re pulling yourself to a standing position.
And now, to recount exactly now un-little you are… You’re weighing in at eighteen pounds, and have grown to twenty-eight inches long/tall. Big boy!! We saw another seven month old at the commissary yesterday and he was still comfortably sitting in the same infant car seat you had. To think you outgrew that seat by comfort a few weeks ago and needed a convertible. The convertible seat we had bought before you were born was too cramped feeling and didn’t have strap covers so Mommy splurged on a Diono Radian RXT. One of the longest rear-facing seats on the market with great safety ratings. You love the memory foam shoulder and butt pads too. That seat puts you to sleep better than either of the ones we used before, which is awesome for car trips. So much less fussing in the car now.
Overall, you are doing great. So, so happy visiting Grandma and Grandpa. You also got to meet your Aunts for the first time this month and I would say they love their little nephew. Over half way to your first birthday and my mommy friends are already planning their December birthday bashes. What should your theme be? Until next month, bumble butt…
I love you to the moon and back and a seventeen hour drive,