Saturday, March 12, 2016

Seven Months

Our baby boy is seven months old today. Seven months?!? I can't really wrap my head around that because a part of me feels like it was just a few days ago when we were bringing him home from the hospital...while another part of me has no recollection as to what life was like before he arrived. 

A few notes from Huston's seventh month of life...
  • Based on our unofficial home estimates, we think he weighs about 16.5 pounds and is about 26.5 inches long.
  • He's wearing mostly 6-9 month sized clothes...but some of his pants are 12 months for length while some of his shirts/onesies are still 3-6 months. His footie pajamas are size 9 months and fit really well. He graduated to size 3 diapers about midway through the month. They still look a little big, so I'm sure he'll be in that size for quite awhile.
  • He's still doing great on the solid {pureéd} food front. He eats "real" food 2-3 times per day...some days he wants nothing to do with it in the evenings. I think apples were the only new food we've introduced since last month, and he seems to really like them. We also tried the MumMum cracker-type things. He did really well with it the first time we gave him one {see the pic below}, but he's only wanted to play with it {bang it on his high chair tray} since then. He takes five 5-oz. bottles per day {5:00-6:00 am; 9:30 am; 12:30 pm; 4:00-4:30 pm; 6:30-7:00 pm}. We've been experimenting with a little bit of formula mixed in with the breast milk because it seems my milk supply is starting to decrease. He does really well with bottles that are 1/3 formula and 2/3 breast milk...but the one time we gave him straight formula, he wanted nothing to do with it. We'll keep trying...and in the meantime, I'll keep pumping, pumping, pumping. Oh, he's also holding his bottle on his own...but only on his terms {when he wants}. We also introduced the sippy cup {of water} this month...his interest in that is also on his own terms.

  • We've learned that our little man's target bedtime is right around 7:00 pm...which means sometimes it's as early as 6:30 {which makes this momma sad because I don't have much time with him after work} and sometimes it's as late as 8:00. He definitely lets us know when it's time to get the bedtime bottle little rub of his eyes means he's ready to go down for the night. If we're on top of our game and get him a bottle within about 5-10 minutes of the first eye rub, he'll fall right to sleep on his own after taking the bottle. However, if he has to wait too long for his bottle, he becomes a fussy little monster and fights sleep. Either way, once he's down, he's pretty good about sleeping through the night. He sure does wiggle around a lot though...his head is usually facing the other end of the crib by morning.
  • Naps are becoming a more regular occurrence, but the length of naps is a total toss up. He's been napping in the morning and afternoon, but they range from 15 minutes to two just never know! 
  • He sits on his own and is very stable/steady to play with all the toys within his reach. However, if he falls while trying to get something outside of his reach, he can't quite get himself back in the sitting position. 
  • The boy is soooo ready to be on the move! He's started to army crawl, but he still gets pretty frustrated with that. He'll set himself up on his hands and knees like he's going to take off crawling, but he just rocks back and forth a couple of times and then collapses. He'll be mobile before we know it!
  • Huston absolutely LOVES his walker. Letting him use a walker is the only "rule" that I've knowingly broken {so far!}...but he loves it soooo much and we're always right there when he's in it, so we'll continue to go against the pediatrician's advice on this one thing. The floors on the main level of our house are either wooden or tile, so he can really zoom! I was super impressed with his ability to maneuver the walker around "road blocks," but I think that his ability to back up and re-route when he crashes into furniture or walls might just be by accident/out of frustration from no longer being able to move forward.  

  • We don't have any doorframes that are wider than just a standard-sized door, so we had to pack up the doorway jumper when he started getting a little wild and was THIS.CLOSE to banging his head into the side of the doorway. However, his love for jumping/bouncing has not subsided...he just has to be held up to do it now {a good workout for Momma's arms!}. It's obvious that Maria does this with him a lot during the day while saying "Brinca! Brinca! Brinca!" {to jump/to bounce in Spanish} because anytime he hears "Brinca!" he gets a huge smile and starts kicking his legs to jump! 
  • Speaking of Spanish, it's so awesome to hear Maria going over the colors and pictures on his blocks in both English and Spanish. I should probably order Rosetta Stone ASAP so we can keep up with our babe! #BilingualBaby
  • He still loves to be read to, and we try to do this every night before bedtime. His favorite books {or at least the ones that get the best reaction} are the Old MacDonald book that has a finger puppet {that he constantly tries to grab} and the Barnyard Dance book {he laughs and laughs at the animal sounds...especially the chicks going "cheep cheep cheep!"}.
  • Baby boy is ticklish...especially around his ribs! 
  • Diaper changes are a nightmare these days because our little midget is a WIGGLE WORM! We've pretty much abandoned the changing table for the floor because he wants to roll...roll...and roll some more while we're trying to change him/get him dressed. 
  • He's started reaching out to Momma and/or Daddy to hold him...melts my heart!
  • He has TWO teeth: the bottom two front teeth.
  • A few more things that took place during Huston's seventh month...
    • He celebrated his first Valentine's Day...
    • He had his vision/eyes checked at his well-visit {everything is normal}...
    • Abbey came to visit...
    • Uncle Landon, Aunt Kelli, Nais and Mills came to visit...
    • He attended his very first music class...
    • He was baptized...what a very special day! {more to come soon!}...
    • He got to spend time with all of his grandparents...
H with Grandma Jo and Granddad Brock  2/27/2016
H with Grammy  2/29/2016
H with Grandpa Ted  3/5/2016
H with Great-Grandma Lois and Great-Granddad Huston  3/6/2016

A few more pics from Huston's seventh month of life...

#BlueEyes  2/16/2016

Flirting with Olivia  2/20/2016

Family Snuggle Sunday  2/21/2016

Who's this handsome boy?   2/21/2016

Just readin' some books  2/24/2016

Cruisin'  2/25/2016

Reading some Bible stories  2/29/2016

Playing the piano with Dad  3/5/2016

Chillin' with Dad  3/7/2016

Showing Lily some love  3/12/2016

Kickin' it in the BIG bed...who needs toys when you have a water bottle?

Bouncing on the trampolines at Kinsleigh's birthday party  3/12/2016

Dear Huston,

Wow, baby are SO MUCH FUN! You are so playful and full of life...ALL.THE.TIME! Now that you can interact with us more, we spend most of our time playing with you and literally laughing out loud. You are so very entertaining...and it seems like you surprise us every single day with something new that you've learned to do. 

I'm pretty sure I tell you "I love you" no less than 100 times per day, but that still couldn't relay the magnitude of the unexplainable, unconditional love I have for you. So many people told me that I couldn't possibly comprehend the love I'd have for a child until I was actually a mom...turns out, they were right! I knew that I would love you in a way that I never even knew was possible, but I wasn't quite prepared for these overwhelming emotions that sometimes bring {happy} tears to my eyes just by watching you sleep. You are a miracle, sweet boy...our perfect little miracle. We thank God for you every single day! 

We love you times infinity...and then some more! Thank you for making the past seven months the very best of our lives. 

All my love,