It's been almost a month since you turned 7 months old and I'm just now getting around to posting this. That should give you some idea of how quickly time is passing as each month is just rolling into the next. Good thing I keep little notes in a journal or I would have a hard time remembering each little thing you do and learn. You are now closer to your first birthday than to the day you were born. I look back at the photos of your first few weeks of life, and I cannot believe that you were so tiny and scrawny such a short time ago. It's truly miraculous how quickly you turned from a newborn into a baby with a such a strong willed personality. You make your Daddy and I laugh every single day and we can already see that you are going to be quite the little charmer. We fall in love with you more every single day.
One of the biggest milestones you hit this past month is sitting on your own. I still make sure something soft is behind you in case you topple over as you still lose your balance from time to time. I can imagine how learning how to sit has given you a whole new perspective in life and I can see just how proud you are when you are sitting up. Toys are more fun now as you can manipulate them in different ways, but best of all, it allows you to watch me when I'm in the kitchen and you're sitting on the rug in the family room. As long as you can see me and you have some toys to entertain you with, you're pretty content to sit there and play. And when sitting is no longer fun, you are able to roll onto your stomach and scoot yourself around backwards. You are so close to crawling and I just know you will be quite the mover once you can move forward!
We also started you on solids this month. This was actually a lot harder for me to do as it truly meant you were no longer just a baby dependent on my nursing you. Of course, you're main nutrition is still breast milk, and you still nurse every 3 to 4 hours during the day. We're attempting to do baby led weaning with you which means we are giving you food to pick up, play with, and attempt to put into your mouth all on your own. So far you're a huge fan of avocado on toast, hummus on toast, roast chicken and sweet potatoes. I'm not sure how much makes it into your mouth, but you are having a great time learning and exploring all about different tastes and textures. Still no teeth, despite some rough nights of teething, but you are chewing your food with your gums.
As far as weight gain, you are a few ounces heavier than last month, at 16 pounds and 9.5 ounces and you've grown 1/4 of an inch, making you 26 and 3/4 inches tall. I swear some days you feel way heavier than that! You're still a little guy, but the health nurse says you are following your own curve on the growth chart and that's what matters. You're still fitting in the same clothes as you were last month, the majority of those being 3-6 months and some 6 month sleepers and you're still wearing size 3 diapers.
You're still sleeping well in your crib at night, with only the rare nighttime awakening. You're getting easier to put down and will even let your daddy put you to bed sometimes. Naps on the other hand, are still a daily battle as you do not like to sleep during the day, save for the times you fall asleep in the car or in my arms. How long can will you let me keep holding you for naps?!
This past month was a big month because you went on your very first plane ride all the way to Nova Scotia so we could visit your Papa and Nanny. You were the best little traveller (you get that from me!), and any fears your daddy and I had flying with you have been eased. Considering the time difference from here to Nova Scotia is three hours, you adapted very well once we got there. Your daddy and I were so proud of you for being such an easy going baby the entire trip. You even slept really well in the playpen there, something we weren't sure about as you've never slept in one before. We took you to the beach for the very first time, the same beach your daddy grew up going to. I know you won't remember any of that trip, but it was still really special to take you there.
Sully, you are such a delightful baby, your smiles and laughs light up any room, and you grow cuter by the minute. Some days I can't believe you're mine! Your daddy and I are grateful for you every single day.
I love you to the moon and back,