Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Seven Months & Some Serious Skills

Caroline turned seven months last week and it is AMAZING to me the skills she seems to be learning on a daily basis. This baby girl is taking longer naps too - I think her brain is trying to play catch up! Sunday morning Ryan found a very sharp little tooth trying to come up on her bottom gums. It's not visible yet but it's definitely there!



I snapped this picture of her in Falls Park on her seven month birthday. We'd been walking on the Swamp Rabbit trail and got out of the stroller to get closer to the ducks (she's fascinated by all animals but particularly ducks and Ryan is so thrilled about this). Sitting up unassisted has been a gradual skill. She's been able to do it for awhile, but she's so used to having the bobby pillow behind her that she'll just fling herself back. She's learning though!

I walked into her room one day afternoon last week to find her awake from nap and up on all fours just having a blast. She was so tickled with herself. She's also started cuddling into my shoulder and giving me a hug when I pick her up from the crib. It's the sweetest thing. 



And the seven month sticker is the first to get totally destroyed during our photo shoot! 




Crawling is going to happen any day now. Pepe is not so thrilled about this development. He'd prefer it if we all just gave him a personal space bubble. In the picture below, she'd made it about four feet across the floor to get right next to Pepe. It makes Pepe so nervous! 


Our schedule is very much the same with bottles at 7 a.m., 11 a.m., 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Although that last bottle usually gets started by 6:30 p.m. or so. She has six ounces at all the bottles except the last when she has eight ounces. 

We usually start supper around 5:45 p.m. She's eating three ice cube sized servings of vegetables (butternut squash is by far her favorite) and meat (pureed steak is the only meat we've had so far). She's also had broccoli, carrots, yellow squash, green beans and sweet potatoes. Supper is followed up with a bath (so fun!) and then the final bottle. Then she'll play until 7ish when we'll read a book and go to bed. She usually falls straight asleep without a peep. But if she fusses it's for her passie or Duckie.


Playtime after bath and bottle has quickly become one of our favorite times of day. She's so happy and eager to show Ryan any new skills she's learned during the day!  

I noticed our first bit of separation anxiety over the weekend. Fortunately, she's still easily distracted by her toys! And she's starting to reach for us which is so wonderful. She's happy to be dropped off at the church or gym nursery and gives us big grins when we come pick her up.

A friend told me about The Wonder Weeks app and we've followed it since Caroline was born. It's based on a research by Dutch scientist Dr. Frans Plooij (he did a lot of his early research in the 1970s with Jane Goodall on infant development in free-living chimpanzees).  Basically, the app tells you (based on due date) the time frame your baby will hit development milestones. So currently, Caroline is in Leap 5 and discovering the perceptual world of relationships (between weeks 22.5 and 26.5). So far, it's been spot on. The app tells you the signs that indicate the leap is happening like:

-baby starts to protest when being dressed or when a diaper is changed
-baby grabbing or "talking" more often to a teddy bear (Duckie in our case!); a sign the baby is looking for comfort

And then the abilities that develop during the leap like:

- shows immense interest in details such as zippers, labels or stickers
- tries to untie laces (and in C's case lick the bottom of my tennis shoe)
- protests as dad or mom walks away
- imitates sounds with her tongue
- stands up with a little help or pulls herself into an upward position

These are all signs and abilities that I'd noticed but didn't really connect them to a development leap until reading about them. The app also gives you a calendar to look ahead as to when you can expect leaps, fussy periods and happy periods. Anyway, the nerd in me loves this kind of information!

Happy seven months to our precious, dipple-kneed little girl! 

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