On August 10th this munchkin turned 7 months old and I cannot believe that’s possible.
He. Is. A. Ridiculous. Human.
That I made. With some help from Jon. MAN I don’t want to screw him up.
Along with how tough breastfeeding could be, and that you should always make sure your nugget will take a bottle, another thing nobody really prepared me for was HOW FLIPPING messy mealtime is. Woah.
I have compiled a list to keep track of things we’ve loved and used to death and couldn’t live without (for my own records and to share with friends that have babies) and that Bumbo chair will NOT be on it. So dumb. SO DUMB.
But this hat will be….
It’s funny because obviously Leo has had a lot of ‘firsts’. Most of his life is made up of ‘firsts’. But watching him experience the thrill of a swing for the first time made me smile so big I thought my face would crack. This parenting gig is really good stuff.
He looks like a little bald potato in these outdoor photos. Haha. It’s tough when your hair doesn’t show up! : )
Hardest thing about month 7 was all of the traveling and moving around we did. It hadn’t affected him in the past but the last trip we took (to the lake and Ada, right on the tail of a weekend in the mountains) he bounced ALL over the place and it affected his eating habits, weight gain and sleep schedule. It only took us a week to get back on track but it gave me mounds of anxiety until then.
Easiest part of month seven has been the transition to solid foods. This baby LOVES to eat and he’s made it a breeze for us (save for the mess).
Worst part of month seven has been his newfound disgust with riding in the car in his carseat. He’s not a fan.
Best thing that happened was Leo gained a bit of independence by spending a night with Grandma Mindy, and taking several bottles! He did great and it was awesome for this momma to have (wayyy too many) cocktails out on the lake with our friends!
Most Unexpected thing about month seven is how much he already seems like a little kid…not a baby! I feel like his personality is so clear (I hope) and I always have to remind myself of how little he still actually is because he seems so grown all of a sudden.
Most Loved Baby Item in month seven has been his Ikea highchair! $20 and a breeze to clean. I also purchased this cushion to go with it as he likes to bounce around a ton and the highchair isn’t the cushiest. I’m not a huge fan of the red and blue striped so I also ordered a custom chair cover from this Etsy shop (the one I ordered is sold out, here’s one similar) and this genius mat that I hope helps with cleanup!
Funniest thing he’s started doing is mimicking me saying ‘mama’. Pretty sure he’s just copying what I do with my mouth – but it sounds like mama to me and is music to my ears.
Milestones are plenty again. Adding tons of food to his diet, working hard on sitting up solo, scooting across the new basement floor, mastering the art of picking up cheerios, and olympic swim training in the bath.
Favorite Memory from month seven HAS to be spending time with Leo at the lake (THANK YOU JANET) just the three of us. The cabin is an incredibly sentimental place for Jon and I and it was beyond special to have time there, just us, as a family. I know this might sound like hyperbole, but it made me so happy and feel so fulfilled, that when it was over I cried for almost a day straight. : )
Loved this post, Ali. He looks all grown up … in a child’s body. So many expressions. Be sure to send all of your great advice and things to buy and not to buy to Sarah and Steven. They will love to have it once their baby finds them.