That's it - it's all over. My baby is officially closer to one year old than she is to being a newborn *sob*
What? Am I being a bit dramatic? It must be the holidays. They get me all emotional and weepy anyway. Celebrating the holidays has been so much fun with Kaitlin, even though she has no idea what is going on and won't remember any of her first holidays. We started out her seventh month by celebrating Thanksgiving. She was still only eating baby cereal at the time but was doing so enthusiastically (even though it tastes like cardboard to me). We quickly moved her up to more tasty solids - sweet potatoes, peas, apples, avocado and bananas. She has loved all of them (at least she seems to like them) and gets excited about sitting in her high chair and eating with a big girl spoon. Grammy and Pop-pop came to visit for Thanksgiving and were able to get in on the action of feeding her. It sure is messy - but a whole lot of fun!
She continues to grow bigger and stronger every day. At her six month checkup she weighed 15lb 10oz and I swear she gains another pound every week. She is sitting up on her own without any help from the boppy or bumbo (who comes up with the names of these things?) and has been for quite some time. She started pushing herself up to sitting from laying down and has gotten on her hands and knees a few times. She acts like she wants to crawl so bad, but has only gotten as far as reaching really far for things - no rocking or crawling yet (although it's only a matter of time).
Right after Thanksgiving we started getting ready for Christmas. She has loved looking at all the pretty lights on our tree and she loves Christmas music. Our town had its annual tree lighting ceremony and you could meet Santa. We weren't sure how she was going to react to meeting the big guy but it turns out she reacted how she usually reacts - with a blank stare. She just stared and stared at him and pulled on his beard a little (to make sure it was real, I'm sure). In Texas Santa gets to wear his casual clothes - a red polo and shorts for him! Considering it was 70* out I don't blame him.
During the seventh month she went to the park for the first time and discovered how awesome the swings are. She loves them and I try to take her a couple of times a week. She also loves "flying" in the air, especially with Daddy. We did some more real flying as well this month, taking our second trip with her up to New York to see family. I had to fly with her by myself for the first time, and while it was frantic and stressful she was a rockstar and did a great job. She got to meet her second set of great grandparents and has had a great time hanging out with her grandparents, aunts and uncles. She is getting used to having a lot of people around!
I thought for sure she would have several more teeth by now but they have proved to be illusive. Teething is at an all time high though so I hope that they come in soon. She has been drooling like crazy and everything goes in the mouth - if she can fit it in there she will chew on it. And if she can't fit it in her mouth she sure as heck is going to try and get it in there.
A few more things I have learned...
awesome annoying as hell
It has been really fun watching Kaitlin learn new things and start to hit her first milestones. She amazes me every day and I am her biggest cheerleader. However, with every new milestone she reaches it puts a major kink in her routine. Luckily (knock on wood) they don't interrupt her night sleep very much, but naps pretty much go down the tubes. When she first learned to roll over that's all she would do while in her crib for a nap. Now that she has learned how to sit up and how to get on her hands and knees, all she wants to do is practice those new skills when she is supposed to be taking a nap. It's hard to get mad at her considering she greets me with a huge smile and you can tell she is so proud of what she has been practicing, but by the end of the day she is usually super cranky and she ends up having to go to bed really early. We have been trying to move back her 5:30 bedtime to be closer to a normal 6:30-7pm but when she refuses to nap all day it's a little hard to do that. The good thing is she is usually so exhausted by the end of the day, she goes right to sleep - and stays asleep for at least 9-11 hours. I know we have many more milestones to hit - and a lot more teeth to come in - so I am trying to learn to be patient with her lack of naps. I see a lot more wine in my future.
Oh wait, I was already supposed to have learned that a few months ago. Now that Kaitlin is even more on the move, and especially during this busy holiday season, I have learned again to write everything down. I definitely learned more than one thing this last month, and yet I have nothing to show for it because the only thing I can remember is that milestones are a pain in my butt. This serves as your friendly reminder to write as much as you can down when it happens. Because come tomorrow you might not remember a thing.