Mom & Baby: 7 Months

Happy 7 Months, Kevin Troy! You are absolutely the funniest, sweetest, smiliest, cutest little man! Although I am kinda biased… 🙂

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Baby

This has been another month of great development. Probably the biggest one is that he has mastered the skill of sitting unassisted! We have been working on it for a while, and one day I sat him down and he just stayed there smiling proudly. Now, sitting is his position of choice. He’s not a huge fan of lying down anymore…

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Unless it’s on his tummy! Despite my anxiety, he has become a tummy sleeper. Even if I put him on his back, he will eventually roll over. He’s a great roller so I’m not worried about it. He actually sleeps much longer and deeper when he is on his tummy. In the picture below he was playing on his activity mat, then out of nowhere he rolled himself over and passed right out. It was hilarious!

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He’s in all 3-6 month clothing, size 2 disposables at night (although they’re getting snug), and cloth diapers the rest of the time. He is very close to moving into his 6-9 month stuff though. We actually went to the doctor a few days after he turned 7 months (for a staph infection I’ll talk about in his 8 month update), but he was 17 pounds and 1 ounce. That means he’s gained over 2 pounds in a month, and almost 4 pounds in the last 2 months. He’s packing on the pounds lately!

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See for yourself… Here are the monthly comparison shots: 1 month to 7 months.

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I think part of the reason he’s put on weight recently is that he loves to eat solid foods. This month he has tried a lot more new foods- mango, peaches, zucchini, apple, pear, peas, spinach, butternut squash, oatmeal, yogurt (that he vomited up- definitely still sensitive to dairy) and Baby Mum Mum teething biscuits. Right now we have him eating twice a day, at breakfast and dinner time.

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He gets really excited when it’s time to eat. I’ve done a combination of making my own food and giving him pureed food in those little pouches. He loves it all. Although he is very independent and prefers to feed himself. He even tries to steal the spoon 🙂

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We have really been trying to sit down and eat dinner together as a family and not like zombies in front of the TV. This is something we both did growing up and we want to continue it with our children.

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Another big step that we took this month was offering him a sippy cup for the first time. We put breast milk or water in it. The first time we gave it to him he knew exactly what to do. He grabbed both handles and stuck it right in his mouth. He does need some help tipping it up, but I’m sure he’ll get the hang of it eventually.

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No sign of crawling anytime soon, except that when he’s on his belly he will try to push his butt up with his legs. He doesn’t know what to do beyond that though. I know it’s still early for crawling and I’m in no rush to get him to become mobile. He’s going to be a HANDFUL once that happens, and we still have baby-proofing to do. He does love ‘standing’ and holding onto things. He can do even hold himself there without help for a few seconds.

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He’s also really active when it comes to playing with his toys. He’s very grabby and always trying to get something close to him, whether it’s my phone, a toy, my hair, my necklace, my face… whatever he can grab, he will. He has also figured out that he can ‘throw’ toys, and that when he drops them they make a sound. He will do it over and over again and thinks its hilarious.

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He’s still gnawing on anything and everything he can get his hands on and drooling a ton. His gums are swollen and red and I can see two little squares underneath them from the front. I have a feeling his teeth will pop through soon. He is also constantly playing with his tongue and running it over his gums.

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Drool!

With the teething comes a little bit of increased fussiness and the constant desire to be close to us. In order to get things done like make dinner, I have put him in the Ergo with little teething pads attached to the straps and he loves it.

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The other trick is taking him outside. He loves the fresh air and is instantly happy if we sit with him on our front steps, walk with him to the mailbox, or walk with the stroller.

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Sleep this past month was still not good and teething made things worse. He was sleeping 8 hours and it was usually broken up by him waking up a few times. When he turned 7 months we finally decided enough was enough and we started sleep training. We are on night 6 tonight, and it’s going SO WELL. I’m going to write a full post on it once we get a little further into it.

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One thing that has helped his sleep has been consistently making bath time a part of his nightly routine. He really loves it and it gets him to wind down and calm down at the end of the day. He also loves Daddy’s baby massages afterwards!

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One very exciting thing that happened this month was that Kevin’s new baby cousin was born! Austin was born on March 18th at the same hospital and with the same doctors and nurses that delivered Kevin back on September 12th. He is so cute and Kevin loves him already.

Showing Austin to Kevin for the first time.

Showing Austin to Kevin for the first time.

Although we are trying to teach him the difference between ‘grabby hands’ and ‘gentle hands’ 🙂

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Body

My body went through some good and bad things this month. First, the good: my milk supply has almost TRIPLED thanks to Domperidone. I went from pumping 4x a day and producing only 6 oz. total to pumping anywhere from 16-18 oz. from those same 4 sessions. We still use formula daily but the amount is much, much less, 1-2 bottles a day max. It is so exciting to have my supply back and has made me feel so much happier. My hormones feel more stable and my period has once again gone away. My last cycle started on March 1st and there’s no sign of another period in sight. We’re being SUPER careful just in case though. No brother or sister for baby Kevin quite yet… 🙂

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With my increased supply has come out of control hunger. I am so hungry. All. The. Time. I’m finding myself snacking a lot and trying to eat bigger portions at meals. Kevin will put more nut butter in my oatmeal and avocado on my sandwich and I’ll eat more at dinner. I’ve also done a ton of eating unhealthy food like cookies, chips, and candy (thanks to Easter!). Despite all this eating, my body is burning through it and I am below my pre-pregnancy weight. I don’t get it. I didn’t take a picture this month though, because I look basically the same as last month.

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I was also hit this month with ANOTHER stomach bug. This one happened the first night of my Spring Break. Kevin (my husband) got it first. I started feeling sick on my drive home from school the day after Kevin had it. I laid down and within a few hours I was vomiting, having diarrhea, and I had a fever of 102.1. It was horrible, but then within 24 hours it was over. Two of our friends got it too along with my dad and sister who came to visit a week later.

Finally feeling better after my stomach bug.

Finally feeling better after my stomach bug.

Running. Oh how I miss it. I have honestly not run very much between last month’s update and this one. Time with the baby is so limited since I leave for work at 7:30 and get home around 5, and I don’t want to leave him to run. By the time the baby goes to bed and we eat dinner it’s either too dark or too late. And I can’t manage to get myself up in the morning because I need sleep so badly. I’m basically only running on the weekends (if that). It’s okay though, because I’m not really training for anything until this summer. I have a few short races lined up but that’s it. I kind of like this no pressure attitude toward running right now.

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Mind

I am doing SO WELL mentally and emotionally lately. Spring break, a visit from my family, and a few random snow days (in March!!!) really helped me recharge and see the light at the end of the tunnel. Soon summer will be here and I will able to spend a lot more time with the baby. I can’t wait!

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We had a lot of good family time this month. We celebrated Easter and had some really nice, relaxing days on the weekends spent hanging out and just being together. I was able to put work aside and truly enjoy these times, and that made me feel so much better.

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I took a huge step this month and spent a night away from the baby for one of my best friend’s bachelorette party in Atlantic City, New Jersey. I love my friend to death and was super happy to celebrate with her, but I was also really sad to leave the baby for the first time overnight. I had a good time, but it’s kind of awkward to excuse yourself every 4 hours to go pump when the rest of my friends from high school and college don’t have kids yet. I accidentally fell asleep (a.k.a passed out) when I got back to the hotel and didn’t pump. So when I woke up the next day my boobs were rock hard and leaking everywhere.

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I bought these alcohol test strips to make sure all the alcohol was out of my milk. Those strips turned BLACK when I put them in the milk. I had to dump a good amount of it out, basically all of my first and second pumping session the following day. That hurt my heart 😦 No more drinking like that for me!

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Overall it was a good test for  me, but at this point in my life I am just not interested in being away from my family for long periods of time. I missed the baby and Kevin and they are my priority right now. Things have completely changed for me in the past year and I am just in a different place in my life than many of my friends. They are super supportive and understanding though, thankfully. I am looking forward to the day when we ALL have little kids running around 🙂

We love you Kevin! Can’t wait to see what month 8 brings!

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One response to “Mom & Baby: 7 Months

  1. S happy to know that things turned so well for you this month! Kevin is really getting crabby, so cute! 🙂
    It’s amazing how the drug worked for you to increase the supply. No wonder your hunger level went up too.
    We also started sleep training, looking forward to read your experience.

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