Seven Months Already??

Merry Christmas!!

Merry Christmas!!

I don’t understand how time is passing by so quickly.  I almost can’t remember a time before our sweet Jane, yet I am astonished at how quickly she has grown.  Her little personality has just blossomed this month.  Previously, she was content to be an observer of everything, but now she is eager to be involved and engaged in what is going on around her.  She flirts with strangers and is very curious about the world around her.  Since she is getting closer to crawling, Jane has figured out how to rock her hips, which she likes to do when I am nursing (it’s so funny!!) and it’s also how she dances.  She is super chatty and continues to charm and delight us; we are absolutely intoxicated by her.  I just can’t get enough of her, which is probably why God finds it fitting to give me extra snuggles with her in the middle of the night.  Ha!

Weight: 21 (ish) pounds (off of the charts)

Length: 27.25 inches (75%-ile)

Head circumference: 45 cm (98%-ile)

P1110389Sleep: Hooray!!!  We have finally made some progress!!  We have started to put Miss Jane on her belly to sleep, and it seems to have helped her sleep in slightly longer stretches, as well as help her settle back in after middle of the night feeds.  This equates to less time in our bed.  We are still holding Jane for pretty much all of her naps, which is actually kind of nice because it means that we can just sit and relax.  She is taking between 2 and 4 naps per day depending on the length, sometimes she skips her morning nap, but she always skips her late evening nap.

Clothing: 6-9 or 6-12 month clothes and very comfortably.

Shoes: 3, but her feet are so chunky that we have a difficult time stuffing her little piggies in them.

Diapers: Size 4

First food... avocado!

First food… avocado!

Milestones: Jane is now a regular in the church nursery, eats some solid foods, scoots, and has a pincer grasp.  She isn’t too keen on solids, but she does like playing and making a mess!  We have tried avocado, steamed carrots, butternut squash, pears, steamed zucchini, spinach, and banana.  She likes the steamed veggies since she can feed herself, and although she lets us spoon feed her, it isn’t her favorite.  She would much rather handle the spoon herself.  As a result of introducing solids, Harrison is a lot more interested in her now!

Successes: Some improvement in sleep and just being able to enjoy spending time with my sweet baby girl.

Jane in a dress that I wore as a baby.

Jane in a dress that I wore as a baby.

Challenges: It is so difficult to leave her!  We are so blessed to have so much family close by that we do not have to utilize day care, but I would still much rather never have to leave her to go to work.  I am thankful for the work that I do and for the honor of caring for babies and their families in times of crisis, but it a lot harder than it used to be.

Christmas with all of the cousins.  They're so cute!!

Christmas with all of the cousins. They’re so cute!!

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