Presley grew, changed, and learned a lot in her seventh month of life!
Sitting Up: At the end of August, she was pushing herself up to a sitting position and moving around on her belly. Before then, we would still stay close to her while she was sitting on her own, because she wasn't fully stable. Within a week or two, she was completely fine on her own.
Standing: She pulled herself up to standing position for the first time on September 6. It caught us by surprise. Strong girl! She pulls on the couch, her walker, and me (which OUCH, because baby nails are like razors).
Crawling: She worked on it for about ten days and then officially started crawling on September 16. Her movement is even and rhythmic -- almost robotic. She seemed to start crawling almost overnight! I had been anticipating the cute "army crawl" phase, but... it never happened. She got her knees under herself, and boom -- she was crawling. We haven't been able to stop her since! Sitting up, standing, and crawling have given her a lot of independence which means she can entertain herself for up to an hour or so. Hooray for that!
Food: She has tried blueberries, grapes, avocado, applesauce, raw broccoli, raw carrot, banana, and pear. Pear is her favorite! I wouldn't say we're doing full-fledged baby led weaning, but we like the concept and are encouraging her to feed herself and letting her try food in safely sized pieces for her instead of pureeing all of her food. She is still nursing as well which I am very happy about. (I don't love pumping, but I'm glad we can still share our nursing time together.)
Sleep: Since August 31, she has slept through the night in her room four times. Three of those nights were within one week, and we really thought we were onto something, but then seven month sleep regression reminded us that just when we think we've figured out some aspect of parenting... we haven't. ;) For the last week, she has been waking every 2-3 hours. I read in an article that sleep regression happens at the time that babies acquire new skills, and it's very true for Presley! A baby with new skills was compared to an adult coming home from a wedding or big party; it is hard to settle down and get to sleep, and even when awake again, the excitement takes over again. Presley has been waking up in the middle of night to talk, play, and crawl, and then she struggggggles to go back to sleep. For example, last night she went to bed at 8:45 PM. She woke up at 10:15, 12:55, 3:00, and 4:45, and then she was up for the day at 7:40.
Sounds/"Talking": She hasn't made any ba-ba or da-da babbles yet, but we know her language. She scream-talks for fun, screech-talks when she's getting upset with us (usually for not picking her up), laughs with vocal fry, sighs "ahhhhhh" when she is happy (the way people "ahhhhhh" after a delicious swig of soda), scrunches up her nose and breathes heavily when she's frustrated (see next photo), and fake-cries in the crib to get attention.
Other little tid-bits:
- She helps when we dress her by sitting still and putting her arms through her shirts. She knows the drill.
- We call her our Luna Lovegood flower child. She is happy, sweet, observant, curious, and pretty easy-going. We hope she always marches to the beat of her own drum.
- She likes The Furchester Hotel which is a Sesame Street UK show. We've watched a few episodes on my laptop. Our favorite is The Veggietones episode! So cute!
- She smiles when I "fly" her over my head, swing her around in a blanket, spin around while holding her, throw her in the air, and blow puffs of air in her face. Basically, she is a thrill-seeker in the making. Oops!
- Occasionally, she leans back and smacks her lips while nursing. It makes us laugh every time.
- I'm obsessed with clothes for her. I never thought I'd be that into her outfits until she was older, but I went out on Sunday to pick up the most adorable cat-face shoes for her and accidentally spent an hour talking myself out of buying the whole store for her. I also internet "window shop" for headbands all the time. Somebody stop me!
We are so proud of you, Presley!
You bring us joy that continues to multiply every day!
* No official measurements until her next pediatrician appointment in November. She is probably about 17 lbs.