And just like that, our best boy is 7 months old. HOW HOW HOW? I will never know how time passes so quickly once you have babies, and I am not a fan of it. However, every single stage is my favorite – there’s no denying that. I say I love one stage, but then the next one comes around and I love that one just as much. It’s such a gift seeing your baby grow and develop and morph into the coolest, squishiest human!
For the most part, Barrett is still happy as a clam, and just along for the ride. He loves his big sis fiercely, and seeing the two of them interact literally melts my soul and makes my heart flutter. I don’t even know how to describe it, but it’s just sooooo freaking cute.
The jury is still out on what color hair he’s going to have, and what color his eyes will be. In some light, his hair has a tint of red, or strawberry blonde, and in others, I can totally see the new growth coming in as blonde and I imagine him being as blonde as Adeline. His eye though, no idea! I’m keeping my fingers and toes crossed for blue, but they are still pretty dark. They’re not brown, I don’t think, but they’re also not bright blue by any means.
7 months wasn’t a hugely eventful month, but it definitely contained some milestones and memorable moments. It was the first month where he stayed home with us full time, and we also sleep trained this month. I will never take for granted the ability to be able to work from home with him, but hear me when I say – it.is.hard! I love being able to put him down for all his naps, and keep him on a strict schedule, but it has been a tough transition for sure. I can tell though that it’s really helped his overall mood, and he hasn’t really been sick since we pulled him from daycare which is nice.
Basically, we love our little (big!) guy and I can’t imagine not knowing him. He’s hilarious, and constantly makes us laugh. Adeline loves him so much, and I’m so glad they are finally starting to be buds! Let’s get to his update…
Barrett is still rockin’ that big boy status at 18 lbs and change. At 6.5 months, he was officially up to the 18 mark, so I would imagine he’s still hovering right around there. Clothing wise, he can still wear some 6 month stuff, as well as anything that’s 6-9 month, and a few 9 month things like jammies. His jammies for sure he needs 9 month in now, as his 6 month jammies he’s about to bust out of completely. He’s still scrumptious as ever, and some days I think I could literally eat him up. His thighs are still my favorite, and his proportions crack me up – he currently has a long torso, and short stumpy, fat legs.
- Mostly the same as last month, which is a huge list, but also –
- Sitting in the highchair in the kitchen to eat
- Purees of just about all varieties, I can’t even keep track anymore of what he’s had now
- When Adeline plays with him, especially she plays peekaboo, or sings to him, or go “HI!…..HI!….HI!” he just thinks she’s hilarious.
- Anything Adam does. He still thinks Daddy is literally the greatest thing ever. (Even though he still loves me the most, let’s not get too carried away here.)
- Stroller walks – almost always falls asleep, especially bundled up under a blanket
- Rolling all over the floor
- All of his chew toys, music toys, or crinkle toys
- Watching Baby Einstein or Little Baby Bum on Netflix (Ok, I’m not really giving my baby screen time you guys, but while I work sometimes I’ll have it on in the background for him to listen to, and look up at the bright colors occasionally.)
- Being tickled – his thighs, the tops of his shoulders, under his chin/top of his chest
- Sleeping on his tummy (!!!!!!)
- Being on a schedule (FINALLY! And it’s gotten to be SO predictable too, praise!!)
- Grabbing his paci on his own. He’s been doing this for a while now, but lately he’s gotten so good at it, and while he nurses he will literally steel it out of my hand, and pop off and sneakily pop it into his mouth.
- The church nursery
- Being held and jumping up and down or dancing
- Falling asleep on his own, being laid down awake
- Sitting up (not unassisted yet though)
- Being able to see out of his car seat, like he now wants the cover up if he’s awake so he can look around
- Also mostly the same as last month, but also –
- Being put into the carseat
- Being laid down when he still wants to be held
- Getting the least bit overtired or hungry
- Getting off schedule – if I try to push him too far off schedule he gets really upset (again, so thankful I’ve finally got him on a good schedule!)
- Having his head scrubbed too hard in the bath (for cradle cap and dry skin)
- Having his eyes wiped (still has those clogged tear ducts, lots of eye gunk)
- Being startled
- Sleeping on his back
- Laying on the ground for too long
So I spoke to our new routine in last month’s update, but now that we’ve got Barrett on a more predictable schedule, I’ll briefly touch on it again. Most days honestly revolve around surviving. Work days, at least! Weekends – all bets are off and we just have fun!
Here’s what a typical workday for us looks like as of late. And a good day, at that. Because not every single day goes this way, of course. Because duh, baby.
- Between 6-730am: Barrett usually wakes up during this time frame. Lately it’s been closer to 7:30, which is super nice! He’ll nurse as soon as he wakes up and gets his diaper changed.
- 7:30-8am: He’ll play on his mat or lay in our bed while we get Adeline dressed and fed and out the door for preschool.
- 8-9/9:30am: I’ll work while he plays in the living room usually. I’ll also use this time to drink my coffee and eat something for breakfast.
- 9/9:30am: Around this time Barrett is very visibly (and audibly!) ready for his first nap of the day. I’ll nurse him and put him down between 9:30-10, but most days he’s down and asleep by 9:30am at the latest.
- 9:30-11:30am: Barrett *typically* takes a pretty good two hour nap, which allows me lots of work time!
- 11:30am – 1:00pm: This time varies a little, but he’ll play, I’ll work, I’ll also nurse him again, and feed him a puree.
- 1:30-2:00pm: Around this time Barrett is ready for nap #2. I’ll usually nurse him again for just a few minutes, then lay him down.
- 1:30/2 (varies) – 3/4pm: He’ll usually nap for at least an hour and a half in the afternoon, but sometimes he sleeps past 4 and gets a solid 2 hour nap in. Again, while he naps, obviously I work.
- 3:30 (varies) – 5pm: Barrett will play while I work, nurse again, and Adam and I take turns watching him/getting Adeline, and wrapping up work for the day.
Once the workday hours are over, it’s dinnertime, one of us will try to workout, then we’ll start the kids’ bedtime routine at 7 if we can.
Barrett is usually down and asleep by 8 at the latest, most nights closer to 7:30pm though, just depending on if he got a bath or not. He will nurse, then I’ll lay him down immediately, whether he’s asleep or awake and he’ll fall asleep just fine on his own. Lately, he’s been waking up once before midnight, which is slightly annoying, and most nights I’ll just go change him and nurse him real quick and put him back down because I’m usually still awake anyways. If it’s the weekend, sometimes we’ll let him try to CIO through this wakeup, but during the week we just don’t have it in us, HA! For the most part, he’ll then sleep until the morning. If he does wake up again, we’ve been letting CIO and put himself back to sleep, and that’s been working like a charm.
Weekends are somewhat similar, but not as structured 🙂
- Valentine’s Day
- First time falling asleep on his own
- First time napping and sleeping regularly on his tummy
- First time getting on a predictable schedule
- First time sitting up allllmost unassisted (so close!)
- First big big big belly laughs and case of the giggles
- First time in the Jumperoo
This marks the first month where Barrett has been home with me for the entire month. Because of this, it’s really changed our breastfeeding journey, mainly because I’m not longer pumping 2-3 times a day. Obviously since he’s home with me, I’ll just nurse him. But if I leave to run errands, or am gone at night, I’ll still have Adam give him a bottle from either the freezer stash or something I’ve pumped ahead of time. My freezer stash though is still going strong, but I’ll need to start digging into it somewhat soon so it doesn’t go bad. (As a reminder, breast milk stored in a traditional freezer is usually good for 6 months, and 12 months in a deep freezer.)
Barrett will typically nurse when he wakes up in the morning, then again around 9:00, 11:30, 1:00, 5 ish, and bed time. That sounds random, but he almost always now goes down for a nap around 9:30 and 1:30, and honestly, I’m still nursing him right before because it’s just easier that way with my work. So he takes naps around 9:30 and 1:30, for about 2 to 2.5 hours each. He’ll eat a puree around lunch time, and again at dinner time. He’ll sometimes take a third nap around 4 or 430, but it just depends. At bedtime he’ll nurse at some point between 7 and 8. The purees he gets are usually either the pouches, or some organic gerber jars/containers, and I’ve already lost track of which foods he’s had. The only thing he hasn’t like so far is sweet potatoes. Here pretty soon we’re going to start letting him try small bites of food on his own, and wean him off the purees. I say that, but purees are SO easy, and Adeline loved them for the longest time. We’ll just see how he feels about it!
Little Things I Want to Always Remember
- His belly laughs and how ticklish he is
- How he responds to Adeline
- How sometimes I’ll smell his head and I swear it instantly lowers my blood pressure and takes me back to the sweet newborn days
- His toe fuzz in the bathtub
- How snuggly he is at bedtime and nap time with me, especially when he lays his head on my shoulder
- When he smiles and light ups as soon as he sees me if I’ve been away
- When he wakes up happy after a nap, and he’s kicking and bouncing all over his crib and starts giggling when I walk in
- Riding on Daddy’s shoulders
- Again, when Adam holds him around the corner and goes “yoohoo!” (you have to be there, but it’s adorable and hilarious!)
- Blowing raspberries on his belly
- His wild man hair every morning
We love you Bear!