Wednesday, February 13, 2013

7 Months

Oh, Dorothea. I don't have words to express the joy it is to have her in our family. I just love her. I could spend all day holding her and kissing on her chubby cheeks. Here she is at 7 months:

Stats-According to home measurements she is 20lbs and 26.5 inches which puts her somewhere between the 75-90th percentile for weight and 25-50th  percentile for height. She is so much fun to cuddle with all her chubs.

Eating- She loves it. Nothing she has refused yet. She is especially fond of feeding herself. Also we tried with some rice 'biscuits' and she hasn't had a rash. I don't know if it was weather or just a random rash before or she wasn't ready but nothing appears to be wrong with her skin now. She's had puffs, rice biscuits, peas, carrots, bananas, squash and green beans and enjoyed all of them. She also likes practicing noming on things with her two little teeth on the bottom. They're so goofy looking but still terribly cute.

Sleeping: She is still a fairly good sleeper. She gets up anywhere from 5:30-7am, usually somewhere in the middle. She takes a longer morning nap (about 2 hours) and then a shorter afternoon nap (no more than 90 minutes). Bedtime is 7:30pm and generally she goes down easily though she is starting to resist a little bit on and off now but that doesn't last very long. She'll sleep in her crib until anytime between 10pm-1am then she cries and comes into the bed to eat and sleep. She nurses on and off during the night, I am usually barely awake for it.

I decided this week, however, that she needs to be exclusively in the crib. She is much more able to scoot around now and our bed is too high for me to feel comfortable about her being in it, especially since Johann gets up before me frequently, leaving one side barricaded with a pillow only. The first night it went great. She woke up around 2am and I nursed her for ten minutes and then she went peacefully back into her crib until about 6am. I was actually a little sad to have her out of the bed all night. Apparently Thea felt the same because last night didn't go nearly as well. She only slept in 20-30 minute bouts after her initial sleep from 7:30-10:30pm. Even if she didn't scream when I put her into the crib she whimpered and whined for a good 10-15 minutes before falling into a light sleep. By 2:30am I said 'uncle' and just put her into the bed where she then decided she needed to be attached to me for what felt like the next two hours on and off. Needless to say, I am hoping tonight goes like the first!

Personality: Overall she is still very even. You can do something to make her laugh and the first time it's a big laugh, the second a giggle the third a kind of sigh and then maybe a polite smile. She's also getting more interested in toys, like when I was nursing her this afternoon she kept rolling back in my arms to look at her music table and grabbing at it. She is still just very sweet and likes having her neck, back, bottom, legs and head rubbed. She also babbles a lot, especially "dada" and today Henry and I both laughed when she babbled something that sounded like, "hot dog mmmm." I wouldn't be surprised if her first real word was something food related.
I love how above she looks like she is about to run away. He is crazy but they get along pretty well now days, for a little bit at a time at least. She especially likes getting to play in his room and get her hands on big brother's toys. 

Movement: She is still sitting up really well, scooting backwards really fast (especially on the tile) and can move from a sit to a crawling position but not vice versa yet. She goes up on hands and knees and rocks but then gives up and goes to her backwards scoot. She still really likes standing, only now she tries to let go of our hands half of the time and tumbles accordingly. She can hold on to the ottoman for a few seconds at a time standing but that's about it. The scary part is it seems she is starting to actually care about moving herself, so maybe she'll crawl or walk sooner than my prediction of 14 months.

 Standing girl 

 Well that's a little bit about our little miss. She brings so much joy and love to this home! 


Joshua and Rachel said...

Adorable. I just want to pinch and kiss those cheeks.

Maren and Patrick said...

She is SO adorable. Oh the transition to the crib...I can't blame them; being in bed with Mom is much nicer. It took us months to figure this out, but I feel like we are finally getting it down (fingers crossed). I too felt sad when we moved him, even though I was so excited to be able to sleep in different positions! He tends to get upset around 4-6 am, so I bring him into bed at that point. That way I get both my cuddles and my night's sleep :) Kids should really come with instruction manuals!