Thursday, February 28, 2013

Greyden - 7 months!

Seven months?  SEVEN?

I feel like he was just born yesterday.  This is craziness.

Anyway, here is a monthly pic of our littlest man. :)

And the roundup of the monthly pics so far:

1 week, 1 month, 2 months, 3 months, 4 months, 5 months, 6 months, 7 months

Dearest Greyden,

Oh how I love your sweet face! You are becoming such a smiley, happy boy. Always grinning and sticking out that little tongue of yours.

(We call you our little "tongue boy.")

You get so happy and excited that you just kick, kick, kick your legs and shake, shake, shake your arms. It's adorable.

Your eyes are turning more and more hazel, and your hair seems to be staying brown. The birthmark on your nose looks like it may be fading and shrinking a bit. Still no teeth, although you drool EVERYWHERE, and I don't see any chompers coming in the near future, either. That's ok, though, because your brother started biting me while nursing when he got teeth, and I'm not ready to venture into that territory again quite yet (or ever).

At your 6-month checkup you were 19lb 2oz (75th percentile), 28.5 inches long (96th percentile), and your head was 17.5 inches around (68th percentile). So you are still a big boy! I keep waiting for you to plateau and start dropping on the percentile charts like your brother did, but it hasn't happened. And meanwhile I'm struggling to keep up with dressing you. You wear size 2 shoes and size 3 diapers. You have the chubbiest arms, legs, and feet I've ever seen in my life. You now wear mostly 9-12 month clothes, and most of the 9-month clothes are too tight (although I keep shoving you into them). In fact, I even bought you some 18-month onesies and they fit you just fine (although they're on the looser side). Crazy!

At your 6-month checkup you were "below the mark" in two of your developmental categories (psychological/social and gross motor), which didn't make your momma here feel great, but I know that you will do things in your own time. And you better believe me that I wouldn't care if you laid on your back for the rest of your life, I'd love you just the same. But anyways, you still refuse to roll over. Two days after turning six months old (Jan 30th) you rolled over front to back for the first time, and then you did it like 30 times a day for the next couple of days. Then all of a sudden you stopped. And you haven't started again since then. I think you rolled over once last week. ONCE. Apparently rolling over just isn't your thing. You finally started picking your chest up off the ground using your arms on Feb 2nd, and now you're becoming quite the strong little man and hold yourself up really high. Still not getting up on your knees yet, though. You love sitting up, and you're pretty good at it, too. You can sit up for quite a long time - I'd say 30 minutes or so before you start getting fussy and tired and want to be in a different position. In fact, you sit up so well that you now get to ride in the big-boy section of the carts in stores. I let you do it for the first time at Target on Jan 30th (same day you rolled over for the first time), and boy did you love it!  I also now let you take baths in the big bathtub with your brother.  You seem to both enjoy it quite a bit. :)

We gave you puffs for the first time on February 24th, and it was so fun to watch you try to rake them into your fist and stuff them in your mouth. And then I was shocked when last night you actually used a pincer grasp to pick a few up! You go little man!

Speaking of puffs, you love to eat. I now feed you three meals of solid food per day and I nurse you five to seven times. And then about 5 out of 7 nights you still wake up to eat (which really wears me out on work nights)! But even more important than food to you? Knowing what's going on. I can rarely nurse you if anyone is in the room or if anything is going on around us. Because if there is, you will nurse for about five seconds and then yank off to look around. Then you'll nurse for five more seconds and then yank off to look around again. No lie, it kinda drives your momma a little nutso, and it's not always so pain-free for me, either. So lately we've been spending a lot of time nursing in isolation. :)

On Feb 24th I trimmed your hair for the first time, so I guess that counts as your first haircut? You had these wings growing over your ears, and it looked a bit silly considering the back of your head has barely any hair at all. So I trimmed them up and now you look all snazzy again. :)

At around 6 1/2 months you started "talking" a lot more, and your favorite "words" seem to be "dadadada", "mleh mleh", "mneh mneh", and "bleh bleh". Your favorite toys are Sophie the giraffe, your toothbrush teether, and your squiggly colored infant toy. I'm pretty sure I could give you just those three toys on a rotating basis and you'd be one happy camper. Oh, and you've started showing some signs of bashfulness and also some signs of affection which melt my heart. You'll sometimes look at me, grin really big, then grab my face with your hands and press your slobbery face into mine. Oh it's so so sweet!! I especially love it because you are not at all a cuddler, so I cherish every bit of affection I get.

Well I think that's about it for this month. You sure do bring joy to our lives little man! We love you!

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