nathan at 7 months

This month brought all sorts of milestones for Nathan. It seems like overnight he went from an itty bitty peanut to a much older baby who can sit, eat, and crawl!

Growth

Nathan’s last pediatrician appointment a few weeks ago showed that he is keeping on pace for growth–he is consistently tracking at the 25th percentile for weight and 75th percentile for height. He’s just the right amount of squishy to me 🙂 He fits most comfortably into 9 months size clothing right now.

Likes & Dislikes

We have entered into the teething phase, so I would say Nathan’s favorite activity these days is chewing. He is constantly gnawing on whatever is closest to him at the moment. He’s also a big fan of what we call “the office,” also known as the activity gym in our family room. This thing is pretty ugly, but I keep reminding myself that it’s only a temporary fixture in our living space. As for dislikes, they’re pretty simple: being alone or being confined.

Eating & Sleeping

Nathan finally started sitting up on his own about two weeks ago, so he has graduated from purees only to some finger foods. I still make a batch of purees to send to daycare for lunch (e.g., roasted sweet potatoes + parnsips, blended with some of my homemade broth), but he gets solid food at breakfast and dinner at home. Most of the time, I can just cut up our meal into tiny pieces and serve it to him, which makes mealtime about a thousand times easier. Favorites this month have included zucchini muffins, spaghetti squash, and scrambled eggs. Of course, as a dietitian, I love this phase of watching him discover flavors and textures. His milk consumption has slowed a bit with the more frequent solid foods, but he probably still gets about 24 to 28 ounces per day. As for sleeping, teething has made things worse. He is getting up twice per night these days, and the whole “not wanting to be alone” thing has definitely made sleeping more difficult. We’re doing the best we can to get the rest we need…

Other Quirks:

-All in the span of about a week, Nathan started crawling, sitting up, and holding his own bottles, which I consider to be the trifecta of infant independence. Our pediatrician tells us that he’s closer to a 9-month-old in terms of gross motor skills. If that’s true, I’m bracing myself for an early walker…

-Nathan had his first exposure to the beach. We went to Florida this month, so he got to take a dip in the surf and feel sand between his toes. Of course, he ate some sand along the way too.

-He’s rarely silent. Nathan has discovered his voice, so most of the time he is letting out his halting, guttural laugh, “chatting” with his brother, or producing the most adorable baby coos and squeals (which I do not remember Caleb ever doing).

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