I know I keep saying this, but time is flying. My baby is now seven months old. It seems like only yesterday we brought Allie home from the hospital. Yet when I look back at newborn pictures of her it seems like forever ago that she was that tiny. I’m soaking up motherhood as much as I can, but I really wish I could hold on to these baby days a little longer. Allie is such a good baby and Brett and I are so incredibly proud that we get to be her parents. Today I hope to catch you up on what’s been happening since the past few months have introduced many exciting changes and experiences.
Feedings and Sleep
After Christmas we started Allie on baby food. My good friend Rebecca introduced me to making my own baby food, and I have to say it’s been easy and cost-effective. This site has been my go-to and so far Allie has liked mostly everything I’ve made. So far she has had:
Blueberries (the only thing she did not like)
We introduce a new food to her every three days, so I typically make two new baby foods each week. It’s been fun seeing her reaction to new foods. We have been giving her about two-three cubes of food a day along with her oatmeal cereal bottles and regular formula bottles. She typically eats every four hours and has finally developed a routine. For the past two months she has been sleeping throughout the night for 10-12 hours at a time. And she takes a one to two hour nap in the morning and evening. I’m praying that she continues on with this same sleeping routine since it allows me some free time in the morning and evening. I typically use up that time to catch up on chores and squeeze in some work at my computer.
Allie is still quite lazy, but we’ve noticed so much development from her these past two months. She can literally roll her way across the floor, and she loves cruising around in her walker. She’s so curious and I often find her trying to get into empty boxes or pulling on anything she can reach. She is so very close to being able to sit on her own, and just recently I’ve noticed her pull herself up on all fours. I feel like we’ll have a crawler on our hands in just a few weeks. So I guess soon we will need to start baby proofing our house.
Allie is continuing to make new sounds, and for a while she continuously said Da-da. I think she loves the sound of her voice because I often catch her singing loudly to herself. Just a few days ago we noticed her clapping her hands together – so now, anytime we see her clapping, we sing patty cake and it makes her so happy. Her laugh is so adorable – she tends to get extremely excited when we tickle her. She also had the best time recently with her puppy cousins – Bruce, Benny & Flick.
Weight, Height & Development
At her six month checkup Allie was weighing 17 pounds and 2 oz. and stretching 26 3/4 inches. Her head measured 17.6 inches – which puts her in the 97th percentile. I’m thinking big head – big brain – smart baby. I’ve been comparing her growth chart to mine as a baby and it’s extremely close. In the past few weeks Allie has also cut her two bottom front teeth. She’s getting so big y’all – but we’re seriously savoring every second and love this little girl to pieces.
Some other fun stuff
Allie loves watching Word Party on Netflix. She sort of bounces to the beat of the theme song and often dances like this when she hears music. She also loves playing with toys – especially the ones that make noise. Allie also loves finding herself in the mirror. When she finally notices herself she smiles so big – it’s so stinkin’ cute!
Mommy and Daddy
I thought I would end this post by giving an update on Mommy and Daddy. Brett and I seriously couldn’t be more happier about this season in our life. We are both extremely driven in our careers now, but it seems that we are most happy when we are able to spend time with Allie. In the past two months we’ve also made it a priority to have date night every other week. Allie fits into our life perfectly, but date night allows us to focus on our relationship – which is ultimately important for her. We couldn’t do date nights without the help of our parents and feel so fortunate to have all of them all at an arms reach when needed.
Well, that’s it for now. Stay tuned for more updates and pictures!