seven months

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December 15, 2012 by Heather

Dear Parker,

You are officially closer to being one year old than you are to being, well, zero.  Congratulations, son.  And also let me insert the obligatory but oh-so-true “how in the world are you seven months already” so we can just get it out of the way.  Really, though.  How?

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In the past month we have done the following:  celebrated Thanksgiving, celebrated Andrew’s 27th birthday, decorated for the holidays, hosted Christmas in the Cove at our house (had around 140 college students come through), gotten sick, and just today we celebrated Christmas with my side of the family at Nana’s house and you had a big time opening your very first gifts.  Actually by the time present-opening rolled around your britches were in a wad.  But you still had fun, and you got some really great toys that I know you will love.

You with all the big kids.

You with all the big kids.

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I feel like this month, more than all the other months, has gone by super duper fast.  Maybe it’s because we’ve been pretty busy.  But you and I manage to spend most of our days far away from the fast-paced side of things, and I enjoy it so much.  You wake up around 8am and I feed you breakfast and we play some.  About an hour and fifteen minutes later you are ready for a nap.  When you wake up we play and cuddle and then sometime later you are ready for lunch.  Depending on when you woke up from your morning nap, you will usually want some more crib time in the early afternoon.  After that nap (and some milk) we will usually go for a walk if it’s not too cold.  We’ll watch Curious George and Blues Clues and Parenthood and wait for Dad to come home from work.  We have a big time, you and me.

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(my favorite part of this whole picture is your tiny thumb)

I guess the biggest milestone this month has been you learning to sit up on your own!  Listen, I have really been looking forward to this.  I love sitting and playing with you face to face, and I also love that you can entertain yourself better now.  All around, it’s a great thing.  It’s also the cutest thing I have ever seen in my life.  You are a small guy, and seeing you sit upright like that just doesn’t seem possible!  You have wonderful posture, too.  I’m so proud.

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Your Christmas tree in your room.

Your Christmas tree in your room.

Everyone says that it won’t be long before you are crawling, and I’m not so sure if I’m ready for that!  You aren’t really pushing up onto your hands and knees at the same time yet, so we’ll see.  There has been one occasion where I went to lay you on your stomach and you pulled your knees in and just sat there kind of like a cat for a minute or so.  You knew you were doing something different because you just kept staring at your hands with a confused look on your face!

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Onto the facts:

Weight:  At your 6 month checkup you were weighing in at a whopping 13.4 lbs, putting you in the 1% classification in weight.  You are perfectly healthy, though, and I wouldn’t want you any other way.  Your littleness is one of my favorite things ever.  We are, however, trying to beef you up some.

Height:  I think at that same appointment you were measuring around 24 inches long.  I have it written down somewhere.

Size:  6-9 months in clothes for the most part, still some 3-6 pants.  Moved onto size 3 diapers this week.

Eating:  Nursing 4-5 times a day and eating 3-4 solid meals a day.  You have a huge appetite, as usual.  Your favorite foods are butternut squash, peas, pumpkin, bananas, pears, apples, and blueberries.  You hate carrots and you really don’t like green beans, but you’ll eat them.  You don’t like straight avocado, but I mix it in with the bananas.. muahaha.

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Playing with:  anything and everything within your reach.

Sleeping:  You go to bed around 7pm and wake up between 5-6am staaarving and mad.  Here’s the deal I make with you and myself:  if you wake up before 7, I am going to feed you and put you (and myself) back to bed.  If you wake up after 7, we will stay up.  Because you’ll go back to sleep, and Lord knows I will too.  You have a morning nap and an afternoon nap.  The morning nap is absolutely necessary, and the afternoon nap is kind of flexible.

Saying:  mamamamamamama mama mmmmmamama.  You also do this thing I call singing soprano because it is super high pitched and you open your mouth really wide and gaaaah, it kills me.

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Learning:  I guess the next thing to learn is how to sit up from being on your back or tummy, and then how to crawl.  You are also still working on holding a bottle with a little juice in it.  Is it too soon to teach you how to vacuum and fold your own laundry?

Loving:  Watching “tv” in the kitchen (baby Einstein on youtube), playing in the floor by yourself!!!!, meal time, going places in your car seat, when Dad comes home, having raspberries blown on your belly, taking Tylenol, laughing at the pets, playing with rubber ducky in the bath, and, of course, watching me sing and dance like a lunatic.

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Not loving:  basketball games, missing a nap, having to wait while I get your food ready, and getting your diaper changed if you wake up during the night.
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My Sweet Little Parky, you are just the best.  Here’s to another month of ups, downs, and a whole lot of love.  Also, I hear Santa Claus is coming to town.  Maybe he’ll bring you that high chair you’ve been hoping for.  Oh, and some fun stuff too 🙂

I love you always,

Mom (a.k.a. mmmmama)
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“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord,
“plans to prosper you and not to harm you,
plans to give you hope and a future.”
Jeremiah 29:11

 

 

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