Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Brody's 7th Month ~ Almost mobile!

Brody at 7 Months:

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Size: We aren't sure what he weighs this month since we haven't been to the doctor, but we expect it is somewhere around 18 to 19 lbs. He wears a size 3 diaper and mostly 6 to 9 month clothes although a few pieces say 6 to 12 months.  The cooler weather means he is enjoying getting bundled up more now.

Developmental Accomplishments: Brody still only has the 2 bottom teeth.   He has been sitting without support for the last two months.  He isn't crawling yet, but when you place him on his tummy to play he will reach and twist and try to get a toy out of reach.  He is working hard to push himself forward and trying to lift that tummy off the ground, and he can turn himself in a circle trying to get something.  He definitely experiences "stranger anxiety" as he knows when someone new is holding him.  At Thanksgiving, he met lots of new family, and when they held him, he would look at them and his little lip would start quivering and he would look around for Mommy or Daddy and even shed a little tear or two although he didn't cry much.  He loves standing up while holding Mommy and Daddy's fingers and Daddy is teaching him to take steps.  Ha!  I have also noticed that he likes to bang on objects (like my computer keyboard) and can grasp objects in both hands and bang them together.  One of his favorite objects to play with lately is a cup so maybe we will teach him what to do with a cup soon.  I also swear he is starting to say "mama" and "dada" in the proper context.  When he cries and is fussying when he is tired, he often says something that sounds very much like ma-ma-ma-ma when Mommy is holding him.  He also screams out "Ma!" when Mommy is cleaning his nose or doing something else he doesn't particularly like.  Last week when we were in the kitchen getting ready for Thanksgiving, I had put him in his high chair to play and watch us work, and when Daddy had to leave to go to the store for a minute, he reached his arms toward the door and said something suspiciously similar to "da-daaaa!"  We think he is going to be an early talker like his big brother who said many words by the time he was a year old. 

Sleeping: Although he has been sleeping through the night for most of his life now, nap times are still a little rough.  He is just too busy to want to take long naps during the day.  By 6:00 in the evening, he is exhausted though and usually passes out until we give him his bath and his final bedtime feeding. 

Eating: He still loves to eat, especially baby food! He has now tried baby organic yogurt and some mixed fruit baby foods.  He still eats two jars a day, but we may move up to three soon.  He usually gets 4 bottles of formula (6 oz. each) a day with cereal, but we think breastfeeding has about come to an end so he will need more.  I have been happy that I have been able to keep up breastfeeding this long with our crazy schedules, but my milk supply has been diminishing quickly lately.  I was pumping at work, but now I can barely get an ounce when I pump.  I am glad that it has been a gradual process of weaning us both from this precious process.  I have cherished our special time together, but I just want him to get what he needs.  It is really proving difficult for Mommy to let go of this special time with her baby.  He is really growing too fast!


Some pictures from Brody's busy 7th month: 

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Brody with his best bud!


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They have so much fun together.


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And enjoy being silly together too.


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Yep, Mommy adores him!


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Beautiful baby.


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He loves a blankie!


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Seriously, I have never seen such a happy baby!  We must be doing something right around here!


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Of course, he is the happiest when big brother is around.


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And big brother just dotes on him like little old grandma.


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"Who you calling pretty?"


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"Me?"


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Nana pays a visit.


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And Papa too.


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Cutie dressed for church.


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So cute and happy.


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It's play time.  He's so busy these days and loves playing with his trucks and tractor and animals.


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And finding things to put in his mouth of course.


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Now this is some good food.  Blueberries Beets & Bananas...yummy!


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"Mmmmmm....purple stuff is good!"


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All dressed up and looking fine!


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So sweet.


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Handsome boys ready for church.


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Brody started taking baths in the big tub with big brother this month.  He does very well sitting up.


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Awwww, so sweet!


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I do love that face!


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Loving his teddy bear from big brother.


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Big brother loves him!


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Mutual affection!

More Preschool Fun

This month has been just full of fun events for Evan at school.  Mommy is sad that she can't join in all the fun, but she does enjoy getting to hear about all the fun and definitely enjoys all the pictures she gets from his teacher.  I am so happy with our choice of preschool, and I think Evan is too! 

GYM TIME

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Evan loves getting to do gym with Mr. Charles. 


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RECYCLING IS FUN!

For the second field trip of the year, Evan's class got to go to a local recycling center that puts on quite a show for kids.

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This wolf taught the kids all about recycling and his trip to outer space.


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Some unique recycling art.


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This tree was made from recycled products.



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Evan sitting with some of his buddies watching the show.

A Preschooler's Thanksgiving

Evan the preschooler had a wonderful Thanksgiving celebration with his little school friends.  Although parents were not able to attend this event because of space concerns, we are thankful Evan's teacher took some great pictures for us. 

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Evan the pilgrim works on his hat.


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Evan the grocery store clerk.


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Evan the grocer checks out his friend Daniel's Thanksgiving shopping.


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Evan and friends Jack and Julia (yes, they are twins) aboard the Mayflower. 


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Evan's class celebrating.  Apparently only Evan and his friend Daniel wanted to be the pilgrims. 


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On the way to the feast, they had to partner up with someone from the other class and walk to the banquet. 


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And hold hands!


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The feast.  The kids made the decorations and brought the food.


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Evan is thankful for his feast!

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