Dear Rhys Michael,
This has been a tough month on all of us. Valentine’s/President’s Day weekend, you got very ill, the sickest you’ve ever been! There was a high fever of 102*, a sore throat, spit up, redness, and just an overall bad feeling. We knew it was bad when you preferred to be held rather than play. Because of this want of being held due to your illness, you didn’t sleep in your crib for almost a whole week! We had to hold you, so I slept on the couch downstairs with you in my arms. You would wake up every 3 hours or so. It was miserable for all of us. Then, you got a small bout of pink eye, but you were over your other illness and the happiest boy in the entire world!
Weight: 17.2 lbs, 18th percentile (7 months: 16.5 lbs, 16th percentile)
Height: Between 27.5-28 inches…too squirmy, 38-48th percentile (7 months: 27 inches, 38th percentile)
Nicknames: Bucky, Sweetheart
Eating and Teething
You have 4 bottles of 4-6 ounces–we offer 6 ounces every time, but you don’t always finish your bottle. Not only do you recognize food, but you also recognize the containers of food and get excited whenever we take out the infant puffs can or the yogurt bites bag. You love, love, love to eat and many people have commented on how well do with eating and how jealous they are that their picky eaters who are older than you don’t eat like you. You are also getting better at picking food up yourself–you still rake it, but are now using both hands to try and make sure the food gets to your mouth. You also realize if you drop food or it falls out of your mouth.
– fried banana, applesauce, mango, pears, peaches, bananas, strawberries, lemon
– mashed potatoes, fries, tator tots
– peas, green beans, carrots/squash/sweet potato (BAD reaction)
– bread, biscuits, rolls, toast, cheerios, noodles
– infant puffs (chedder and veggie dip), animal crackers, potato chips
– yogurt banana smoothie, berry yogurt bites, cottage cheese
– oatmeal, rice cereal
– egg yolk, swai (fish)
– baby food chicken and apple, baby food mac and cheese and veggies, baby food chicken and mixed veggies
– baby food vanilla bean custard with bananas, all fruit popsicles, apple juice
Still no teeth. You still have white-ish gums, chew voraciously on everything, and drool constantly. They need to break through!
Daytime: You wake up between 6:30-7:30 every day. You have almost completed the transition from 3 naps to 2, and they’re getting a little more consistent. You nap at 9:00-9:30 for an hour or so. Then you nap at your babysitter’s from 1:00-1:30 to about 3. Sometimes you’ll take a quick cat nap before dinner, but for the most part, you’ve dropped those.
Nighttime: You will doing okay the first half of February, waking 1-3 times a night. We’d pop in your pacy after 10 minutes, and you’d fall back asleep, or we’d rock you for a few minutes. Then, the second week, that all started to do downhill as you began to get sick. Then, it all collapsed. After you started to recover, you were used to being held during the night and it was really hard to train you again. But, we bought a music/lightshow/mirror to put on your crib, surrounded you with blankets, bumpers, dolls, pacies, and toys, and started Ferberization. Now you are back to waking up once a night. We’ll let you cry for 10-20 minutes, pop in your pacy, turn on your music, and you quiet right back down. When you wake up in the morning, or after your naps, you pull up and turn on the music and lights yourself. It has really helped. Earlier this week, you actually, for the second time in your life, slept solidly, without waking once from 7-6:30!
Relationships and Socializing
You love people and you definitely have separation anxiety. You want an adult in the room at all times. If you do, you are able to play by yourself for hours on end. If not, you immediately act as if we’ve abandoned you to a terrible fate! You love sharing. You also love talking. You have started singing to songs in the car, sometimes with passion (short, loud bursts between long, melodic sounds). You also love playing chase–it is one of your favorite things to be chased by Momma and Daddy. You get excited when Daddy comes home–as soon as you see him, you smile so wide, reach out towards him, and jabber. You got a new babysitter this week, and have adapted just fine. You have two new friends, 4 month old Onyx, whom you tend to ignore as he isn’t as mobile as you, and 2 year old Jasper. Jasper adores you, and you are good playmates with her.
Milestones hit at 7 months:
– “oh-ma”, “da-da”, “gloy gloy”, hissing with the sides of your mouth, raspberries, “mmmh”, “yayayaya”, and “hi”.
– crawling and getting into sitting position on your own
– pushing and pulling doors
– chasing after toys, picking toys up when they’re dropped
You love to talk and yell. Sometimes you’ll just crawl back and forth and just go “aaaaaah”. You’ll tell us stories, too. You like practicing whispering.
You are super fast with crawling now, and you know exactly where you want to go. You have started pulling up on furniture now, and will stand with one hand off, balancing. You are also cruising, walking along the furniture. You try to climb up the stairs–you were able to do one stair once, but haven’t been able to since and it makes you frustrated. You also love to have us help you walk and you take such big steps. Your favorite place to walk/run with us to or crawl to is the bathroom!
Playing and Problem Solving:
We have stacking rings and you like playing with them with Momma. Momma will hold each ring over the tube, and you’ll push them down, or I’ll help you put them on the tube yourself. You also love to play with your monster truck–you are able to push it back and forth on its wheels. You realize that you have to shake your arm to make rattles work, and you like doing that. You have even started reaching for objects dropped out of the tub, and almost fell out once!
You are vocalizing your thoughts and opinions more. If you’re impatient, or upset, or frustrated, or trying to get our attention, you’ll make a sound like, “Hey!”. You do not like being put down for a np, or being in your highchair for long. You definitely have separation anxiety, but, other than that, you are a super happy, hyper boy, and everyone comments on that fact.
– bath time
– his music/light machine
– moving and pulling up
– being with people
– going down for a nap
– when someone leaves the room
– getting frustrated
– anything that make you stay still (diaper changing, getting (un)dressed, swaddling)
– not paying attention to you fast enough
How I love you. Each day, I keep counting down until the end of the school year and the beginning of staying home with you 24/7. It amazes me you are already 8 months old–I just birthed you! But, at the same time, it astounds me that he is only 8 months old–you seem so much older. I love just looking at you, talking to you, holding you, and staring at your beautiful blue eyes.
Stay the happy boy we love.
Momma and Daddy