7 Month Update

Another exciting month! This is quite possibly the last month before I am chasing a mobile Caleb all over the place!

Schedule

I quit! No more schedules! We are a routine family, and I like it that way! (More about that here)

Sleeping

Naps have improved a lot this month. We have finally moved to napping in his bed instead of the seat of the swing. Caleb usually takes a long 2 hour nap in the morning, a shorter on the go nap around lunchtime, and then a long afternoon nap. Sometimes we can get him to take a short late afternoon nap, but sometimes not. That tends to be the only nap that he fights. The floor bed is still awesome…I love being able to lay down on the floor beside him before bedtime, and it is nice to not have to worry about his arms and legs getting stuck in the rails. We have had a lot more rolling off this month, however, and we are looking into getting a twin sized mattress so that he has a bit more room to roll around. Caleb is still waking up 1-2 times per night, and we haven’t really figured out why. Sometimes he wants to eat just a little, sometimes he just needs a quick hug and his paci. Sometimes he is wide awake and thinks it is morning and we have to do a little more convincing to get him to go back to sleep. (4am is NOT morning in this house!) Fingers crossed for some full nights of sleep this month! I know we will get there eventually, but we are worn. out.

Eating

Baby Led Weaning is awesome! We have had a blast letting Caleb try new things this month. Neither of us have food allergies in our families, so we have not been waiting 3 days between foods. We believe that “food before one is just for fun”, so we are not the slightest bit concerned about how much he actually ingests. We do solids 1-2 times per day, usually breakfast and dinner. His favorite foods so far are peaches, grilled chicken, turkey deli meat, and a pickled banana pepper (he only got one of these, but man did he love it!) Although these are the ones he has gotten the most excited about, he is yet to meet a food that he doesn’t like! We give him large chunks of food to gnaw on, and he has already improved in his dexterity so much this month. With foods that require a spoon, I put the food on the spoon and then hand it to him. He does a really good job of getting the spoon to his mouth, although this is a very messy endeavor! But, the mess just means he is learning, and I am SO glad we chose this route. It is so much easier than dealing with purees, and much cheaper than buying baby food.

Playing

Lots of rolling, scooting, and almost sitting were happening this month. Otherwise, not much has changed. Finally, on his 7 month “birthday”, he was able to sit up by himself! He is still a little wobbly after about 10 minutes, especially if he reaches too far for a toy, but it is remarkable how quickly his little muscles are strengthening and how much more coordinated he is! We know crawling is right around the corner. Right now he can push himself in circles or backward, but hasn’t quite figured out how to move forward just yet.

Health

Still healthy, and still waiting for teeth! Poor baby has been chewing on his fingers so hard I am afraid he will hurt them, but still no pearly whites breaking through just yet.

Adventures

Our first big adventure this month was a trip to the lake to visit my parents! Caleb got to take his first boat ride! 🙂

Also this month we took a week long trip to the beach with our families and some good friends. We rented a large beach house in the Outer Banks and had a great time!

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