Thursday, June 4, 2015

Reece at 7 Months

I'm trying to be a little more timely about this post...especially since once both of my kids are home from school, I may never have time for blogging again! Wednesday was Cade's last day of school and Kindergarten graduation was last night (so to come!). Today, was the last day of school and so the craziness of goodbyes, packing, packing, and more packing officially begins! I've got lots of pictures to post, but I'm not sure when I'm going to fit it in...

I actually managed to get Reece's pictures done on time this month, but I was pretty sure that I was going to need a re-shoot this time around. Every month I take the shots and then I worry that I don't have any that are usable. Then I start culling and realize that I have far more than I can use, and then I struggle to narrow it to just a few for a reasonable length blog post.

Reece got his first tooth, the bottom right, a couple of weeks ago, so he had a couple of rough days. Other than that, this kid is just about the happiest baby I've ever seen. Eric's convinced that he's happier than the other two were, but I'm not sure. I remember them being pretty happy most of the time, too. Everyone (even the white people!) is constantly commenting on how smiley he is and what a great demeanor he has. We're pretty lucky. This week he started a new's the goofiest thing you've ever seen, but his entire face gets into it. Pretty cute!

Since he's gotten over the despair of having a tooth break through, he's started to really enjoy his solids. This month he's had honeydew melon, bell peppers, and cucumbers in strips (baby led weaning for the win!). He's also had cinnamon (loves it in his oatmeal), blueberries (an acquired taste), and cauliflower (not a fan!) purees. He started having 2 meals a day about 2 weeks ago, and I think he'd be perfectly happy to add the 3rd, but I'm not sure I'm ready for that!

We're still waiting (im)patiently for the time when this kid starts sleeping through the night on a regular basis. Since he started teething, he has been waking up a couple of times between 7 & 10:00 before we got to bed, which isn't very enjoyable. He runs the gamut of sleeping straight through (from about 7:00 to 5ish) to waking up 5 or 6 times in one night. Most consistently, he wakes up at about 3:30am and talks until about 4:30 or so. Ugh. At least he's happy, I guess.

He still isn't very mobile. He doesn't roll much, though we now know that he can roll both stomach to back and back to stomach, he chooses not to. I think it's because he's pretty content either way. He definitely wants to sit up these days. If you lay him on his back, he will pull his neck up, as if he's just going to rise to a sitting position. Unfortunately, he can't hold himself up very well yet. He's doing better with the boppy or sitting between my legs, but the muscles just aren't there yet. I think my abs are in about the same condition.

I think this kid is our first to outgrow a stage of clothing and be into the next before he's officially reached that age. He started popping out of the 6 month pajamas before the weather was too warm to wear them. Even the 6 month onesies are starting to get a little tight, so we're pulling out the 9 month stuff for summer. Quite an accomplishment! We're still making the cloth diapers work, though with all that we have going on, we're not using them very often. And, thanks to advice from my aunt, they're smelling much better now, too!

It's time to wake up the little stinker now, because of course on the day when I don't need him to nap as late (we've got places to be, kid!), he decides to sleep until almost 4:00. On the day when I need him to sleep until 4:00 (because he had to be up until 8:30), he wouldn't sleep past 1:00. Aye! Anyway, we have pictures to take, birthday parties to attend, MERS to avoid (I kid...we're not worried at all!), and noraebang outings to enjoy!

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