Monday, March 19, 2012

Seven Months

It's hard to believe seven months have come and gone with our sweet baby girl.  This month was one of the most fun so far.  There weren't a whole lot of brand new happenings this month, but there were definitely some big improvements on things she had already begun to do last month.  Here are some highlights of month seven:
  • First time to leave Texas:  Emily's sweet granny (great-great grandmother) passed away just a few days before Emily turned six months old.  She was almost 98.  Granny absolutely adored Emily and we were blessed that they got to spend six months together.  Her funeral was in Louisiana, where she lived for many years, so Emily got to leave the state for the first time.  She cried as we crossed the state line and cheered when we returned.  A little Texan after my own heart!
  • First time in the church nursery:  On February 26, we took our little girl to the nursery at church for the first time.  It was well past time for her to go and I'm so glad we finally sent her.  It was nice to know she was being well taken care of while Lucas and I were doing worship.
  • Sitting up:  Emily is now sitting up completely unassisted and doesn't fall over anymore. :)
  • Independent play:  While last month she was able to entertain herself in her bouncer or exersaucer, now she can really sit on her blanket and play with her toys by herself.  It's nice for her to have more options for fun!
  • Eating:  Emily has now tried all kinds of foods.  She eats sweet potatoes, bananas, peaches, squash, green beans, pears, mixed fruit, carrots, apples, and oatmeal cereal.  She LOVES her puffs and yogurt melts, as well.  For the most part, she is a really good eater as long as the food is warm. 
  • Formula:  I am still breast-feeding for the majority of her milk, but we began giving her more formula this month to supplement the breast milk, mostly at the sitter and at night in addition to her nursing.  She has done great with it and has had no tummy issues at all.
  • Hands and feet:  This month, Emily has found her feet as far as chewing goes.  I wondered when she would do this, and she finally has.  Nothing tastes as good as toes!  She also discovered a new trick she can do with her hands just last week.  She holds them out in front of her and rotates her wrist, just mesmerized at what they can do.
  • Sleep:  She is sleeping wonderfully.  Over Spring Break when we didn't have to get up so early, she slept about 11 hours each night and took two hour and a half to two hour naps each day.  She's been sleeping pretty good this whole time, but we haven't dealt with a middle of the night fussy baby in weeks (other than the week at my parents while Lucas was out of town.)
  • Talking:  This month was one the one where she really began to babble.  She can say G, D, B, Bl, K, and M sounds.  At first, it was a lot of Ds, but now she has moved onto Ms and says mamamamama all the time.  I know she isn't talking to me specifically, but I still love it. :)  She also sings "aaaaaaaahhhhhhhh" pretty often when she's in her carseat.  Sometimes it will last the whole trip from one place to another.
We didn't have an appointment this month, but from our measurements, Emily is 17 lbs 9 oz (60th %,) 29 inches long (off the charts %,) and her head is 17 3/4 in (80th %.)  She wears a size 2 diaper and six month clothes.

And our sweet girl's funny faces:

Beauts McGoots,
Don't you just love all the ridiculous names we've come up with for you?  I mean, seriously.  Where on earth do we get this stuff from?  Regardless, you are the light of our lives.  I can never express to you what you mean to us and the joy you bring us.  One day you will have your own little girl and you will know what I mean.  I love you, sweet girl!

Hanging out with Mimi and Papa

Enjoying the Dallas Arboretum

Sitting in the big girl part of my whale tub

My first booboo, courtesy of the coffee table drawer

Spending some time in Louisiana

Just brushing my teeth

I love my Mimi!

And my Papa, too!
Just watching a little Backyardigans on the iPad

Breakfast date with mom and dad

Being silly

Loving the church nursery (Emily is in the middle)

Chewing on my shoe, just like my Uncle Brett

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