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Seven Months

Posted May 01 2013 6:00am

I can’t believe we are now closer to the one year mark than to the newborn stage. Weird.

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We went on a family grocery trip a couple of weeks ago, and while Daniel & I were loading the cart, I set Adeline on the shelf at the self-checkout lane. The employee told me that she weighed 15lbs! So, whenever I’m curious about her weight, we’ll just take a trip to Kroger !

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Adeline usually eats 2-3 meals per day. She doesn’t always care to eat real food for breakfast, but she’s usually pretty enthusiastic about food around lunchtime and she’ll eat a good amount at dinner as well. In addition to fruits and veggies, she has tried egg yolk, chicken & pork. I’ve tried incorporating some spices and herbs into her foods as well, she went pretty crazy over chicken sprinkled with dried basil. We’re plowing ahead with Baby Led Weaning and I really like it. We have moments of gagging, but that just helps me realize that I need to giver her smaller pieces of food.

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We’ve been working on the signs for “eat” and “more”, and Adeline has definitely come up with her own way to communicate to us that she would like more- she grunts while flexing her arms and legs. I need to get this on video soon!

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Adeline sits very well and she has been doing a lot of rocking back and forth while she sits. She has also learned to “catch” herself with her arms when she starts falling over, and she bends forward (and looks like she’s about to break in half). No crawling. Barely any rotating or scooting when she’s on her belly. BUT- the desire and intention to move is present. Last month, you could put a toy to her right and she would look at it, but she wouldn’t even try to get close to it. Now, you can tell that she wants to figure out how to get to something. She likes standing up, but would rather sit independently.

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I mentioned in the 6 month update that we were fluctuating between 2 and 3 naps. We’re definitely down to a solid 2 naps. The morning nap is usually 1.5hrs after she wakes up, and the second nap is 2 hours and 15 minutes (on the dot) after she wakes up. The late afternoon nap is the one that disappeared, although she will sleep in the car if we are in there for a while at the right time.

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And… towards the end of the 6th month, she started sleeping through the night about 50% of the time. She goes to bed around 6 or 6:30pm, and she has slept until 7am. Unbelievable. If she does wake up, it’s around 4 or 5 to nurse and then he’s back down. We also haven’t had to “fight” for bedtime lately. This is kind of how the last part of our day goes:

3:30pm Nurse
Play, Bath, Take a Walk, Wait for Daddy
5pm Nurse
5:30pm Dinner
5:50pm Diaper Change, Reading Book/Piano Time
6:00pm Bed (occasionally nursing to bed, not often though)

It’s been great. I don’t think we “did” anything to help bedtime. I think getting into a bit of a routine helped, but I think that a lot of the changes (aka not crying for an hour) just came from her maturing and understanding bedtime a little bit better.

Adeline started saying “mama”, but only while simultaneously crying. However, she definitely knows certain words (Adeline, momma, dada, dog, Silas, eat, nurse [she love this one]) and she will try to show you that she likes (or dislikes) what you are saying to her. We think Adeline says “yes” by making this duck-face and blinking her eyes:

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It’s ridiculously cute, but I’ve also been trying to emphasize nodding “yes” and shaking my head for “no” just so that others might be able to understand what she needs wlEmoticon winkingsmile Seven Months

IMG 7165 thumb Seven Months I just thought that picture was HILARIOUS! She wouldn’t move once I layed her down on the patio. Her legs stayed off of the ground while her arms were glued down. I guess we can add “laying on concrete” to her “new experiences” list this month! I still want to do a “day in the life” post… we’ll see if I actually get around to it. Till next time!

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