7 months update

Filed under: baby's progress,photos — by Lauren on May 20th, 2007 @ 11:21 pm

Anya turned 7 months old yesterday. This past month was certainly a hectic one, what with all of the tummy issues, but our girl has also had a lot of positive moments as well.

7months bear picture

At last, Anya is sleeping through the night (well, from 8:30 to 6 or so) most of the time. I think the thing that made a big difference was her learning to roll over onto her stomach; most nights she sleeps on her stomach or side. She wakes up a couple of times a night, but can put herself back to sleep after a little bit of fussing. That’s not to say every night is perfect. Usually she goes to sleep with less than five minutes of crying, but every now and then she takes a while (30 minutes+) to settle down. Some nights she wakes up in the middle of the night and can’t calm herself back to sleep. We’ll go into her room to try to help her, but occasionally we have to bring her back into our bed. Sometimes we need to do that in the morning as well if she gets up too early and won’t go back to sleep. Overall, we’re pretty happy with how much better her sleep habits are, if you compare them to a month and a half ago.

Anya’s ability to express herself has grown in the past month. Aside from her beginning to use sign language – very exciting – she’s also clapping her hands! She’ll clap when she’s happy or excited and also when we’re happy and excited for her. She’ll even clap if I just say to her “Clap your hands, clap, clap, clap!” (Except when we were video chatting with her grandparents in Tucson, of course). We’re probably going to have a very talkative child on our hands, because Anya babbles plenty. She stopped saying “mamama” though – now, much to Lex’s delight, we hear “dadada” all day long. She also throws in r’s, w’s, and an occasional t or g. She’s still a super giggler and smiler, but now when she’s mad or frustrated she purses her lips, puffs up her cheeks, and makes little fists. It’s kind of sad, but very funny, too.

We have teeth (or tooth, rather)! Anya’s first tooth came in this past Thursday after about a week of pushing up on her gums. She didn’t seem to have been bothered by it while it was cutting through; now, though, she chews on her fingers a lot more and there’s been an increase in drooling. I don’t know whether this is a coincidence or not, but right around the same time we finally got Anya to eat something other than breastmilk/formula (the new formula works for Anya, BTW). Despite what seemed like a promising beginning, Anya has not been a fan of solid foods. We tried rice cereal, oatmeal, bananas, peas, and sweet potatoes, both in baby food and finger food forms, but Anya was not interested and at times was adamantly opposed. The only thing we could get her to eat with any level of success was organic puffed rice cereal, but I think that could have been because she couldn’t figure out how to spit it out and it eventually dissolved in her mouth. We’d been playing with a number of different factors, including what we fed her, who fed her, at what time of day, where she sat, etc. It turns out she’s willing (and eager!) to eat applesauce, but only if she’s sitting in her Bumbo on the kitchen table in the afternoon or evening right before a bottle or nursing but not too close to the time she’s due to eat or she’s too cranky. I tried getting her to eat rice cereal or oatmeal in the Bumbo; she wasn’t into it. I tried getting her to eat applesauce in her high chair; not interested. I’m very encouraged by the fact that she’ll eat the applesauce, though. It’s better than nothing, and I know I can use it to teach her to eat other things in other locations. Anya will eat the puffed rice cereal in her high chair. She likes to try to pick it up and feed herself, and can sort of use a pincer grasp to get it off the tray, but has a tough time getting it to her mouth.

Still no crawling, which is probably a good thing, since we haven’t yet started baby-proofing. We really should get moving on that, since Anya rolls all over the carpet in our family room. She pushes up really well on her arms and can scoot backwards and in a circle to her right. I don’t think she’s completely aware of her ability to control these movements though, so she’s not using them to get into too much trouble yet. She can transition from sitting to her tummy when she’s on our bed, but she’s still a little tentative when she’s on the floor – she did do it a few times today in Lex’s office. I know it’s inevitable, but I’m not ready for her to be mobile!

Though we’ve been to the pediatrician more than our fair share of times this month, there’s no weight or height to report since Anya’s next well check-up won’t be until she’s 8 months old. Because of all of the diarrhea and throwing up, she actually lost a little weight, but that’s okay, she had plenty to spare. Now that she’s eating some solids, she’ll be packing the pounds back on in no time. Let’s hope this month is just as eventful, but only in good ways!

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