Tuesday, August 23, 2011

7 months and we're still alive!

Tommy, you are 7 months old!!! ALREADY!! I can't believe it. I can't believe you're that old, I can't believe it's gone by this fast and I can't believe we're both alive and thriving :) I wasn't sure I would make it through the first year of parenting, but so far, so good!

At SEVEN months old, you are:

*22 lbs!! Whoa boy! You're getting so big and sometimes when I look at you, you look like a little man already.

*28 and 3/4 inches long. The other day, your aunt Brooke was holding you, and you were longer than half her body! You're gonna be tall like your daddy!

*CRAWLING!!!!!!!!! ALL OVER THE PLACE!! You crawled for the first time at about 6 1/2 months old (August 12th). And man, once you figured it out, you were gone. For the first few days, you were really funny because you just couldn't figure out how to coordinate your left arm and right leg, so you would kind of just drag one or the other. But you sure have it figured out now!

*pulling up on things. Let's just say you keep mom and dad (and aunt Brooke) VERY busy! You pull up on things that aren't quite stable (like the laundry basket, for example) so you're taken a couple spills already. But as long as we don't freak out, you don't freak out. You just grunt a little and then move on your business.

*hearing a couple of new words--one being NO! and the other being THOMAS JAMES!!! They're usually used together :) Now that you are mobile, you gravitate towards the fan we have and towards any cords you see. Yeah, we say those two things a LOT. (See the fan in the picture background? He's rarely any further from the fan than that!).

*wearing size 3 diapers. They're a little big on you, but the size 2s just weren't big enough. Too bad there aren't half sizes :)

*wearing 6-9 month clothing for the most part. You can wear a few 6-12 month things but they're kind of big on you. I think we're going to have a problem with pants. I put a pair of 12 month jeans on you and they were too big in the waist and already too short for you. Mom might have to break out the sewing machine!

*wearing size 3 shoes. Some of them don't fit because your feet are big like height wise if that makes sense. But I bought you some of the CUTEST little shoes and I can't wait to make you wear them in the winter. You don't seem to mind having them on too much.

 *doing a few things that you think are REALLY cool tricks :) You constantly do little push ups just with the front of your body and you smile like you're just the best thing since sliced bread. You also do push ups where your butt is just straight up in the air, which you also think is hilarious and cute. And it is!

*have said your first word! Haha, okay not really. But you're saying Dadadadadada all the time. You don't quite know what it means, but your dad loves it! You also said Nana....which was on accident, but coincidentally, she was right there beside you when you said it :) The other day I was saying, "Tommy, say Mamamamama." You looked me right in the eye, laughed and then blew spit on me. Hmmmm, this better not be a pattern for the future!

 *meeting lots of new friends! Aunt Brooke started baby-sitting Mal Horyna and you LOVE her. You guys have already had a few little squabbles, but it's pretty funny and cute :) I don't think you're to the stage yet where you KNOW you're hurting eachother but you are. You just get so excited and start swinging your arms and you guys end up hitting eachother. But I think you'll be besties for life (and get married someday, too, right?). You also met Mr. Landon Hobbs! You guys didn't hit it off so well....you weren't wanting to share your teddy (we're working on sharing) and Landon REALLY liked your bear :) But that's okay. I know you'll meet again in the future and get along great!
Mal and Tommy

Tommy and Landon
*sleeping pretty well. The last week or so you've been putting up a fight at night time, but it's really random and seems to have no pattern to what nights you do it, so we're working through it. I think the few times you have, you were just so tired but didn't want to miss any excitement :) For the most part, you sleep 9pm-7:30am and wake up once between 2am-4am for a bottle.

*easy to entertain. Your favorite toys are empty water bottles, aunt Brooke's Zumba sticks and hangers. I literally have an empty water bottle in your toy box because you love it so much. You just sit and crinkle it for hours at a time. Sometimes you just randomly freak out and scream at the bottle and then bite it. Scary, but funny!

*loving baby food more and more. You see the jars and get super excited and start bouncing up and down. You're still kind of picky and get a little gaggy if you don't like what you're eating. But for the most part, you enjoy it! You've started eating five star meals like ham, pineapple and rice, chicken and garden vegetables, cinnamon raison granola, and the list could go on and on. Who could resist meals like that?!? You don't drink too much formula anymore. You have maybe 3-4 bottles a day that are 4 oz and then 1 8 oz bottle to go to sleep and 1 8 oz bottle when you wake up at night. Okay, so that sounds like a lot, but it feels like you aren't drinking NEAR as much :)

Your little (or not so little) personality is really starting to come through. It's fun to watch and crazy how much you change in so little time. It's like you figure out one little milestone and then you're just going nuts with learning new things. I can't wait to show you all the new stuff the rest of this year will bring!! We love you, sweet boy!

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