We made it past the half-way point, and so begins the journey toward one year. Completely, totally, and utterly hard to believe. Seven long months of joy.
Long gone are the days when snapping pictures of Cullen involved me standing above him while he kicked around on the Boppy pillow. These days, he’s the one standing.
I don’t know how other moms do those weekly photos with the stickers, where babies lay on their backs on top of colorful fabric. This is what happens if I try to convince Cullen to lay on his back for 0.2 seconds.
My sweet little baby with the old man hair has turned into a shaggy little firecracker that never stops moving. Here he is at nine weeks…
And now seven months. Someone pinch me.
My mom and mother-in-law both keep hounding me to cut his hair, but I love it. It’s shaggy, curly, and ridiculous, and it makes me smile.
So much changed this month. We have a whole new morning routine that involves sitting together for breakfast. Homemade mashed banana for him, eggs and English muffin for me. Predatory dogs always circling. They are very aware that high chair = mess and FOOD.
We’re working on painting his nursery this week, which is fun but challenging. Most painting has been done in the evenings since I can’t do it and watch him at the same time. We moved his crib down the hall temporarily, so our house is a bit of a disaster zone right now. He tries to help when he can!
We spend a lot of our time during the days with other mom and baby friends. It’s so fun to see how different babies are – even at the exact same age. I am realizing that there are two types of babies – those that are relatively chilled out and calm, and those that are like Cullen.
Everyone who meets him notices it within just a few minutes – this child never stops moving. It makes him very fun and entertaining, but man is it also exhausting. He doesn’t like to sit or be held, and he is constantly looking for what he’ll do next.
Climbing and standing is the latest trick, so I spend most of my day following him around and trying to help him avoid any big falls. I do my best to let him learn how to do things himself, but he’s also in a phase where he pulls up on things and then can’t figure out how to get down. His forehead has a lot of bruises.
He’s interested in anything that is NOT a toy. Doorstops are the most fun and noisy! After finding him with a tiny plastic cap in his mouth (terrifying!), I learned the hard way that all doorstops needed to be baby-proofed. Other favorite things are strings, tags, cords, phones, and remotes.
He’s also really interested in the dogs, and they are my best babysitters. I am a little nervous to see this relationship develop once he starts walking and really chasing them. So far they seem to like his attention, but they can also easily get away from his crawling if needed.
Speaking of babysitters – we had our first real (not someone related to us) babysitter last week! I was nervous because she had to actually put Cullen to bed, but it was a huge success. He sucked down a huge bottle (!!) and went to bed easily. Now that we’ve crossed that hurdle, I’m looking forward to doing it much more often. Mom and dad need some date nights!
His current favorite thing is this awesome name stool. (We got it as a baby gift, but you can find it here.) It is the perfect height for pulling himself up, and he likes pulling out the name puzzle pieces and throwing them across the room. He is such a boy.
Standing in the crib is also a favorite. Unfortunately it is so fun, it makes napping seem less appealing.
He’s had two bottom teeth for several months now, and he’s currently working on two top teeth that are just breaking through. This has led to some very cranky days, and many sleepless nights. Now that the teeth have cracked the gums, I’m hoping we are over the hump!
As far as sleep goes, on a typical night, we still get up once – usually around 2:30am – for a feeding. The last two weeks that has looked more like 2 or 3 times each night. In seven long months he has not slept through the night once. Not a single time. Which means that I haven’t either! He’s lucky he’s so cute!
Seven Month Rundown:
- Solid Food: Loves sweet potatoes, carrots, bananas, and pears. Hates squash and peas. Thinks it’s funny to spit foods that are yucky!
- Bottles: Took one from a babysitter this weekend! Hallelujah!
- Teeth: Two going on four. Ouch!
- Noises: Dadada and a goofy growling laugh.
- Weight: I’m guessing around 18 pounds? No weight check this month.
- Likes: Bath time, strings, climbing, standing, eating books, water bottles, measuring cups, banging blocks, and his reflection in the fireplace glass.
- Dislikes: Getting dressed, all of his toys, being in the stroller too long, not knowing how to walk, going down for naps by himself.
And since you haven’t already seen 4,000 photos, here’s a short video of the little 7-month monster in action! I’m amazed at how much more he learns and changes each day.
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