Seven Months

Our kid is hilarious.

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She really is – she’s turned into such a delight.  A smiley, determined, intense, wee firecracker of a baby who we’re just enjoying so much.  Moose is a tiny scientist, and it’s been so interesting to watch her try to figure out the world.  Everything in her radius must be grabbed, shaken, patted, turned and chewed to see what it does and what kind of noise it makes.  She watches everything, and wants to participate in all of it.

Food continues to be a big hit, in almost all forms.  Baby-led weaning has been a really good fit for us, because Moose will absolutely not let anyone feed her.  Her fine-motor skills are good, and it’s fascinating to see how well she actually manages finger foods.  She chews well, very rarely gags these days and will reach into her mouth to pull out a chunk of food that is too big.  We’re giving her soft foods, of course, (our families think we’re crazy not to be doing purees, but it’s not like we’re giving her hot dogs and grapes) and she’s loving every minute of it.  My favourite part of baby-led weaning has been including her in our meals.  We have the lobster chair that clamps onto the table, and she’s just so content to sit with us.  She keeps a keen eye on what’s on our plates and will reach for things that she wants to try.  We’re even (gasp!) managing restaurants again.

Moose finally started sitting on her own, after what seemed like ages of violent refusal of all forms of sitting.  She’s still prone to toppling over but she’s surprisingly steady.  That’s Moose in a nutshell – she’ll do things on her own time, and then never looks back. In the last few days she’s starting to try to crawl, although I suspect we’re still a ways off from her actually getting anywhere.  Right now it looks a bit like swimming – she knows that her arms and legs are involved, but can’t quite sort out how.

Night sleep is still good, although I fear that we’re never going to drop that 3am feed.  To be fair, I haven’t actually tried to wean her from it yet, but she does seem hungry.  Our plan is to start reducing the number of minutes nursing at that feed gradually, but I think I’ve been putting it off because I’m enjoying the lack of nighttime sleep training.  I’m looking forward to a longer stretch of sleep, though.  I am for sure going to jinx this by putting it in writing, but one morning last week it was like Moose got the memo about napping – she suddenly starting having two 1.5 hour naps a day.  Just started one day, after her whole life’s worth of catnaps.  I suspect that sleeping on her belly is working for her.  It’s changing my life.

Notes from the month:

  • After screaming her head off the first time we put her in a park swing, Moose decided on the second try that swings are awesome.  She LOVES the jolly jumper, so I was pretty sure she’d be all about the swing.
  • She’s eaten almost too many foods at this point to list – favourite are cucumber, baked apples, squash, oranges, sweet potatoes, any form of meat, rice cakes with peanut butter, and broccoli.  She has yet to reject any vegetable, although she is quite suspicious of avocado.  I give her most things in stick-shaped pieces or wedges with the skin still attached, and she’ll suck or chew off the edible parts.  She loves to gum on strips of meat or eat shredded pieces.  She’ll eat yogurt on a pre-loaded spoon and we’re trying to convince her to do the same with iron-fortified oat cereal, but it’s definitely not her favourite.
  • I’ve been taking her to a baby and toddler Suzuki music class, and she loves it.  I also love it – she’s captivated by the instruments and the bigger kids, tries to copy what everyone is doing, and I would never have dreamed that she could stay so engaged through a 45 minute class.  I really can’t say enough good things about it.
  • Still no teeth – they’re killing me.  They seem so close! The homeopathic drops and Motrin are our friends these days.

We’re about to move to a new house, and I feel surprisingly bittersweet about leaving the place that we brought Moose home to.  It’s strange to think that after all our planning, she won’t remember this house.  The new place is nearby, and once we’re in it will be great – a kid-friendly street across from a good school.   A good place to make new memories, I think.

It feels like this first year has sped up so much – it will be so interesting to see what the next few months bring.

Every single shot involved shaking or chewing on the bunny.

Every single shot involved shaking or chewing on the bunny.

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About tamarainwriting

I'm a queer, married, child and youth counsellor, in Toronto, Ontario. My wife and I had a beautiful stillborn son and we have an amazing one-year-old daughter. It's a complex journey.
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8 Responses to Seven Months

  1. Yay BLW! It’s funny to me that you’re enjoying restaurants now – I found it much easier to go when SB would sleep through the meal, or nurse and then sleep. Now nothing within her reach is safe, and a considerable part of my salmon ended up on the floor… Perhaps Moose’s fine motor skills are better.

    • I think our problem was that Moose has never slept through me eating a meal in her life! She’s a disaster on our laps (cutlery, glasses of water, choking hazards, she must have them all), but in the lobster chair she’s awesome. Although she has just discovered dropping things over the edge, so we’ll see. 🙂

  2. She’s so stinking cute. Gus is a little older (a week) and is just starting to crawl but sucks at fine motor so i’m jealous of that. We take his monthly pic with a jellycat fox- it’s getting funnier but much harder. 🙂

  3. Caitlin says:

    She is REALLY adorable!!

  4. Allison says:

    Her toes!
    I mean, it sounds like she’s doing great! Newborns are lovely, but it’s so fun to watch them once they start interacting more with the world around them.

  5. MJD says:

    Our family has been doing Suzuki for the past 9+ years. We started with toddler classes and we now have two cellists and a classical guitarist. It’s a very rewarding experience if you can stick with it!

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