Happy 7 Months Aubrey Joy!

You’re already almost 8 months by the time I post this, and half of this information is different now, but here is what was going on when you turned 7 months! 

  
Another month has passed, and a million more smiles that you’ve put on my face.
LOVES

  • Bathtime
  • Outside
  • Standing up
  • Dogs
  • Food

DISLIKES

  • being in the car longer than 20-30 minutes
  • missing naps or napping in new places
  • letting mom look in her mouth for new teeth

You’re still in 9 months clothes, but at the rate you’re gaining weight it won’t be for long.  The last time we weighed you, you were 20 lbs and 4 oz.

You still have two teeth, but it won’t be long before the top two pop through. 

You are developing so quickly!  Right after you turned 6 months old you mastered sitting up on your own, and within a few days you were pulling yourself into the crawling position and rocking.  A few days after you put yourself into the crawl position, you figured out how to pull yourself up and stand!  I cry every time you do something new for the first time.  I’m not ready for all of this growing up!  You are becoming so mobile!  You pull yourself with your arms, you roll around, and you just figured out the crawl motion.  You plop back to your belly after a couple movements, but I’m sure that within the next week or two you’ll have crawling mastered.

  
Bedtime goes so much more smoothly now, and I am so thankful for that.  I used to put you down, and then you would wake up 2-4 times before you finally fell asleep.  I felt like I was constantly in your room. Then you would wake up 3 times a night.  It was exhausting.  Now after you go to sleep, you stay asleep and I can actually run around and clean the house! You go down around 7 and wake up around 7-7:15.  You wake up 1-2 times a night, and a couple of times you would wake up once before I fell asleep, and then sleep until morning.  That was a glorious night of sleep for me!

 

We celebrated your first Christmas, and it just made me so happy.  I looked around on Christmas morning and just felt so incredibly blessed.

   

  

  

 

You try desperately to pet the dogs anytime they are near, but they are learning quickly that you yank on their ears and tails.  Occasionally sweet Daisy will give in.

 

You got to hang out with our family from Virgina, and you and Jackson just melted my heart.

     

We gave you a sippy cup for the first time, and you aren’t really sure what to do with it.

  

Bathtime is your favorite.  You are splashing all around and we couldn’t keep you still if we tried. (I love your bath tub pictures, but I won’t be posting your adorable little behind on the Internet) 

You’re personality is coming out, and it just cracks us up!  We are so looking forward to every day with you!  We love you sweet girl!

Happy 7 months Aubrey Joy! 

 

  
   

 

 

 

 

 

Happy 6 Months Aubrey Joy!

So I’m about a week late, but better late than never right?? This month flew by in a whirlwind!


LOVES

  • Teethers
  • Baby Einsteins Music Toy
  • Watching Mommy cook
  • Rolling all around the floor
  • Playing with food
  • Bathtime
  • Going for walks
  • Chewing on a shoelace (I’ll explain…)

HATES

  • The “Witching Hour” starting at about 6:15pm
  • Bedtime
  • Having her nose wiped

You are the cutest little chunk I have ever seen!  You weighed in at 18 lbs and 9.5 oz and 26 1/4 inches.  You are in the 90th percentile for weight, and the 75th percentile for height.  You’re rapidly outgrowing all of your 6 month clothes, and you’re wearing 6-9 month clothes in almost everything.  You’re in 12 month pants, but I blame the cloth diapers.


You just LOVE rolling around the floor with your activity mat and exploring all of your toys.  You’re figuring out you can move, and you love it.  Of all the toys we’ve given you, you love a shoelace (it’s clean!).  I used it one day to tie your baby einstein toy to your high chair because you kept dropping it.  When I put you on your activity mat, you grabbed the shoelace and brought it with you.  Now you play with it and chew it all the time.  You also love to play with tags you find.


The dogs absolutely mesmerize you, and you so desperately want to play with them.  Brody doesn’t really want anything to do with you, but Daisy has more patience.  She will lay and let you yank pet her.  We have to sit with you and protect them from your strong grip.  When Laila comes back for Christmas, I think you’re going to be blown away by her.

  
We are on a solid 3 nap schedule, and you go down so easily.  You love the mobile in your crib, and we know you’re awake when we start hearing classical music playing.  You wake up and start to play, and you learned to turn your mobile on by yourself.


Aubrey is officially sleeping in her crib!  We REALLY struggled with bedtime for about 2 weeks.  I would put her down to sleep and she would wake up withing 15 minutes, and LOSE it.  She would scream so loud and so long until she threw up.  There was nothing we could do to console her. No amount of walking, rocking, singing, or nursing helped. Once we got you to sleep, you were fine, we just had to get over the screaming bit.  It lasted about 2 weeks, and I DREADED bedtime.  All of the sudden, it stopped.  The last week or so that you were in your 5th month, you decided maybe bedtime wasn’t all that bad.  You still wake up 3 times a night (between 11-12, around 2am, and between 4-5am).  This makes for 1 tired Momma.   When your dad goes in at night, you lose it.  He doesn’t have what you’re looking for.  We also started putting you in a Zip-a-dee Zip when you go to sleep, and I’m pretty sure it’s magical.  If you weren’t swaddled, you wouldn’t go down in your crib, but you were getting close to rolling over while swaddled and it was time to say goodbye.  When we started using the Zip-a-dee Zip we discovered you’re a stomach/side sleeper (like your mommy :)).


 You got your first teeth this month!  You have your two bottom teeth, and they came in 1 right after the other.  Teething didn’t seem to affect you too much other than wanting to gnaw on EVERYTHING.  There was a weekend I thought it was really bothering you, but I think you were actually sick (I blamed the symptoms on teething).  Seeing your little teeth when you smile makes you look so big! Now that you have teeth we added a step to our bedtime routine!


Church falls during your nap time, and so you usually get kicked out of the nursery every week for being a sleepy monster.  You get so stimulated while we are there, you refuse to take a nap.  One day I’ll be able to sit through a church service again.

We started Baby Led Weaning (BLW) a week or so before you turned 6 months.  You really don’t eat much right now, but you are LOVING getting to play with the food and taste everything.  You freaked your dad out a couple times by gagging yourself (there is a difference in gagging and choking), but you’re getting the hang of it.  You’ve tried sweet potatoes, carrots, cucumbers, red peppers, avocado and banana.  So far you’re a fan of food, and the dogs are a fan of you dumping everything onto the floor for them to eat.



Bath time remains one of my favorite times.  You love being in the water, and sucking on your toes or the wash rag.  You are so much more aware and you try to steal the cup out of our hands when we are trying to rinse the soap off.


You love reading books, but it is getting more difficult to read them to you.  The whole time you try and grab the book and eat it.

You are sitting up for a few minutes with your hands in front of you, but you still end up toppling.


You’re so happy, but it’s very difficult to get belly laughs out of you.  We do everything we can to hear that little chuckle, and it is like music to our ears when we get you to laugh.


We always heard people say, “Enjoy it! They grow so fast!”, but I don’t think you really realize that until you’re going through it watching your baby learn, reach milestones, and grow!  I feel like we were just in the hospital, meeting you for the very first time, and now you’ve been in our lives for 6 months!  We love you so much sweet girl, and we are so excited to continue watching you grow.


Happy 6 months Aubrey Joy!