December 17, 2015
Mabesy girl is 7 months old! It has been a big month for this girlie with a lot of milestones. So let’s see what all (as a friend from church calls her) Jim Jr. has been up to this month!
Mabel weighs 17 pounds 8.5 oz (64%) and is 26.5 in(52%). She is still wearing 9-12 month clothes and size 4 diapers. She’s still riding in her infant car seat, but I’m thinking about switching her over to Abigail’s convertible car seat and getting Abigail a new high backed booster.
This girl LOVES to sit! She isn’t one for rolling- like no thanks.But she’ll sit and sit. And she has started to realllllly stretch as far as she possibly can for things that she wants, so I don’t think it will be much longer before she’s figuring out the all fours thing and on the move. (Though, I could be wrong. Abigail was content to sit for forever too and didn’t crawl until ten months)
We waited until we were moved in and settled, but we finally set up this little girls high chair and got her started on some solids! I’m starting with purees first, just to get her accustomed to swallowing and making sure she doesn’t have allergies- and then we’ll move on to baby led weaning. Fun!
So far she has liked squash, sweet potatoes, and LOVED avocado. Applesauce and pears got an underwhelming response and prunes made her gag in disgust.
Still no teeth! Every day makes me think that she is working on them and then another day goes by and nothing to show for it. So, who knows!
Another big thing that happened this month in the new house is this girl moved to her own room, crib, and ditched the swaddle. Which yes- meant some sleep training.
Her biggest sleep “problem” was that she would not go to bed at night. And for months I’ve let her do her thing because, hello, she’s a baby. But as we were closing in on 7 months old, an 11 pm bedtime just wasn’t really working for me.
SO. We kept our bedtime routine for her and started laying her down somewhere between 7 and 8. She would go right to sleep and then an hour or so later wake up and want to come out and party. I’d go in and pat her and give her her paci and turn on her giraffe and then leave. And it was SO HARD.
And yes, she cried for a super long time. Not like, shrill or shrieking or panicked. Just…..persistent. But after 4? 5? days, she finally figured it out. And now she goes to sleep at her bedtime and stays there.
Of course, I say that- but what I really mean is, she is sleeping in her crib all night and doesn’t cry anymore. But, I still feed her around 10/11, 1/2, and usually 5/6 before we start the day. So we still see a lot of each other throughout the night 😉
Would she smile for me? No she would not.
Would she smile for sister? Oh yes. yes she would.
We also dealt with Mabel’s first illness this month. She started sounding like she was losing her voice. A hoarse baby? so strange. Anyway, I attributed it to a cold, but then she started this really yucky sounding cough and sounded kind of rattly to me. So we took her in to see the pediatrician for the first time(for a sick visit!). Fortunately her ears and chest were totally clear, so the pedi deemed it just a yucky sounding cold.
That night and for the next few days after she kept a fever though and it was so pitiful. Poor baby!
Mabel still loves her Solly wrap, orange pacifier, splashing like crazy in the bathtub, her bumbo seat and tray, her family unit, and her new favorite toy is the Fisher Price Nativity Set. She will play with it forever! She loves hitting on the music and grabbing all of the people up. Adorable.
Mabel’s bedroom is the first room in the house to be completely decorated and finished. It is so lovely and sweet and so many of the things in there are some of my favorite things in our entire house.
Important things that happened this month:
Moved to a new house
First sickness(just a cold!)
Moved to own room
Started sleeping in crib
Stopped swaddling and switched to sleep sacks instead(a surprisingly easy transition, after one crazy round of nap time with her newly discovered arms/freedom)
Starting riding in the carts at the store like a big girl
Sweet, sweet Mabel girl. We positively adore you! We’re so crazy thankful that you are ours. Happy 7 months baby!
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