So I have really slacked on writing these monthly recaps for Neil. I have taken a picture every month. Several months I have started writing them or at least made some notes, but they never got written. As I’ve mentioned before, since I have a business that is always needing more attention from me, I always feel like when I have computer time I need to be working. I let that keep me from recording so many things for the last 1.5+ years and I’m trying to do better.
I hate to start doing these at 7 months but it’s better than nothing. And if I can decipher my old notes well enough, I’ll go back and write some little recaps for Neil later.
So Neil at 7 months!
Last month (on New Years Eve I think, so just before he turned 6 months old) we started having him sleep in the computer room in the pack ‘n’ play because having him sleep in our room was just not working for any of us anymore. We have kept on with that and it’s been really good for all of us. He goes to bed SO EARLY but he literally demands it. His nap schedule varies during the day depending on our activities (especially since he always prefers to sleep at home than on the go) but he is done, done, done and ready for bed about 6:00 PM. I tried pushing him later by having a later nap and it just didn’t work so I’ve given in. The good thing about it is that I get a long break from him before I go to bed which is much needed. Love this boy but he is a handful (more on that later….) He slept through the night for the first time a few weeks ago (meaning straight through until morning.) But then he got sick and started waking up around 10-11 PM again. I got in the habit of waking him up and feeding him before I went to bed so that I didn’t have to risk him waking up 30 minutes after I fell asleep. But I’m back to letting him sleep until he wants to wake up and it’s going well. The first night he didn’t wake up until 3 AM (a normal wake up time for him) and last night he slept from 6:30-5:50 AM then slept another 45 minutes or so after that. Hopefully we’re heading towards a new normal of no wake-ups.
As I said, naps vary from day to day. He had been sleeping in his pack ‘n’ play for naps in January but then he got sick and they started being so short that one day in desperation I plopped him in the swing (that I had been almost ready to put away) and he slept awesome. So he’s still napping in the swing and for the most part I just put him in there wide awake and he talks to himself until he falls asleep. Obviously we need to change this habit before too long but I’m not overly concerned about it.
In general, Neil’s temperament tends to be on the grumpy side. We’re treating him for reflux but I’m not sure if that’s it or if he’s just high maintenance. Addie was a high maintenance baby too, although by this age she was already on the move so I think she was less grumpy. He gets bored of things quickly and then growls/groans/whines/cries until something else interests him for a brief time. It was tricky for awhile because he was too big for the bouncy chair, didn’t really like the jumperoo anymore, and couldn’t sit up well enough so there was not much I could do with him. He’s too heavy for me to carry around for very long. Now he’s doing a good job of sitting for longer periods while propped up with the boppy so there’s some more happy time each day. That helps a lot. But many days we’re still taking a car ride (most often in the mid afternoon) to get us from nap time to bed time because he’s so grumpy I just can’t stand it.
I think he’s pretty close to sitting unassisted, which is a huge change! He has been able to roll from tummy to back for awhile but just got good at back to tummy in the last couple of weeks. But oddly, now he doesn’t really go tummy to back anymore and just gets mad when he’s tired of being on his tummy. Seeing how quickly he’s getting good at sitting gives me hope that he’ll soon pick up the back and forth rolling too. Our pediatrician recommended we get a walker to help him have some movement and also to strengthen his hip girdle for sitting. The one we got was lame and he couldn’t even reach the floor in it but after my mom did some refashioning of the seat, he can reach the floor and moving around a bit. At first he could only go backwards but already he can now go forward a bit too. It doesn’t entertain him for long but at least it’s something. For the most part I’m fine with him not being on the move yet, it’s easier to have him in one spot! But I do wonder if it would help his temperament which would be a huge relief for all of us!
His fine motor skills are awesome. When he gets grumpy in the car I can hand him a toy (or his wubanub binky that he likes to bite/suck/chew/gnaw on sometimes) and he can easily maneuver it around to play with, at least until he drops it too far out of reach. He picks up little puffs on his high chair tray but hasn’t quite figured out how to get them out of his little clenched fist into his mouth. He pinches me all the time and also pulls hair, which really ticks Addie off when he does it to her! He likes to hook his thumb behind my shirt/ his shirt/ a burp cloth and suck on that. He has a hanging toy on his car seat that he is good at pulling down and sucking on and then it climbs back up.
He loves to look at himself in the mirror or a reflection. He likes to play peekaboo. He laughs at everything Addie does and sometimes she will perform for him. I taught her how to feed him puffs and that’s a happy activity for both of them usually. Though I have to watch so she doesn’t stuff his mouth with 20 puffs at a time because he’ll keep opening up for another one if she offers it even if he has some in his mouth. For the most part he doesn’t care about the TV being on but will occasionally watch a few moments of Henry Hugglemonster or Sesame Street. He likes the laughing baby app on my phone (though not as much as he used to) and you tube videos of laughing babies.
He loves to eat. We had some nursing troubles early on but he’s a pro now. He’s so noisy and flaps his arms around his side or on his head, or grabs and pulls at my shirt. He’s easily distracted if there’s things going on in the room (like Addie running around) and so we can’t successfully nurse in public. And nursing with a cover on is a huge distraction to him and he will just play with it instead of eating. He will eat any food I’ve given him (we do combinations of banana, avocado, sweet potato, butternut squash, carrot, apple, pear). I introduced him to Baby Mum Mums recently (because Addie used to love them) and he is a huge fan. He figured it out right away and loves that he can feed himself. I don’t remember Addie making quite the mushy mess that he does though! It’s so worth the few moments of quiet so I can do something, even if there’s a big mess to clean after.
He has 5 teeth and the cutest little grin. He will smile for most anybody but is still stingy with his giggles. Nobody gets as much laughter out of him as Addie does. He loves to stand up while someone supports him and stomp his feet. And he also loves to hang his head over the side of a lap or chair and look at things upside down.
Weight at 7 months 9 days old: 19 lbs 13 oz