Do you know what the one thing is that is guaranteed to always make me smile?
Hailey turned 7 months old on the 15th and just like that we’re closer to one year than a newborn.
The biggest news around here is that Hailey now sleeps in just jammies!
I know that may not sound like much, but we swaddled her until abut 5.5 months, then transitioned to the Magic Sleep Suit and now our bedtime routine is nurse, bathe, jammies, book and bed. We lay her down, she grabs the pacifier, turn on the white noise (which is next on my list to try and cut out) and tell her good night. She snoozes from 7pm-7am.
Speaking of routine, our days look like this: wake up at 7:00, nurse. Play. Nap 9:00-10:30. Nurse. Play. Nurse 1:00, 4:00 and 7:00, with a short (45 minutes) nap around 2:00. She eats real food twice a day- once in the morning and once in the afternoon. Sometimes I feel like I’m milk-loading her in the afternoon trying to get in 5 feedings, even though it seems like she’d do fine on 4. I’m just not sure I want to let her go down to 4 feedings yet until I talk to the pediatrician.
Her hair is growing and it now sticks out over her ears. I call her my little ragamuffin.
On the same note, my hair has stopped falling out by the handful, so that’s good news But I do have little baby hairs beginning to grow in and have some pretty crazy flyaways.
We’re still doing baby led weaning and loving it. I do a combo of giving her big pieces of food to handle herself and feeding her small pieces of food that I pull apart. She’s also tried a squeeze pack of puree and really liked it, once she figured it out.
So far we’ve tried a wide variety of fruits and vegetables, bread, cheese, lentils, Greek yogurt and egg yolks. I’m just going to throw in a quick note that diapers have changed a bit with the introduction of solid food. Joy.
I think food exploration will be even more fun when she has the capability to chew… still no teeth!
We haven’t been following the wait-3-days-before-adding-in-new-foods rule. I don’t know what made me feel so cavalier about going ahead and just letting her eat. I’m not saying it’s a good idea for everyone, but it seems to have worked well for us.
Hailey enjoys making lots of noises. She babbles and shrieks, but no definite words (like mama.. darn it!) She enjoys swinging, bouncing in the jumparoo, cruising in the stroller, standing on mom and dad’s laps, riding on dad’s shoulders, the ABC song and books.
She wears size 2 diapers and 6-9 and some 9-12 month clothing, though some 6 month stuff is pretty snug. She does not like tummy time. She’ll be content for a few minutes before she’s over it. When she gets really frustrated, she can scoot herself forward like an inch worm, but no crawling over here. Good thing because I have yet to baby proof.
She’s such a happy girl and her giggles just melt me. She likes playing with Koda, which right now mainly consists of getting licked.
With the beautiful weather, we’ve enjoyed trying out local parks. She loves watching bigger kids and swinging. She also loves flying down the slide while doing the train (c’mon and ride it!)
Totally kidding. I have not sent her down the slide solo, but thought the picture was pretty funny.
Our biggest challenge comes when she’s tired. Girl needs her sleep, just like momma.
I still can’t believe how much she’s filling up the basket now, and can only imagine what she’ll look like in here at 1 year!
Ok, I’m off to try and teach Hailey how to say mama, but I had a few requests from my survey (thanks for filling it out!) about answering questions from readers, so if you have any Hailey-related questions, fire away! Have a good one