Lily Rae is seven months old today!
I imagine that every month I'll write about how quickly time is passing, but I especially feel it every month on the 21st when Lily's age increases. Her daddy and I have decided that we want to keep saying that she is six months old for a little while longer!
Here's what she's up to.
Eating: Lily is now eating a pretty good variety of food. So far she likes all of the fruit we have tried (bananas, peaches, apples, prunes, and pears), and some of the vegetables. Carrots and sweet potatoes are her very favorites. She will eat squash and sweet peas only if I mix them with other veggies, but she absolutely does not like green beans. She is still eating her oatmeal and rice cereal, and we have now added barley cereal and brown rice cereal, as well as the cereals with fruit mixed in. She has recently started eating some of the stage 2 combination foods as well. There's not a whole lot to report about her eating lately. I'm very glad that she finally got over her loss of appetite after her six-month shots and is eating well again. While I haven't completely given up on making homemade baby food, the vast majority of food I've given her this month has been store bought. I love giving her the homemade stuff out of the freezer when it's available, but the fact is that it's hard to find a free Saturday or weeknight to make and store new food. Hopefully we can experiment with some other foods soon.
Sleeping: Oh dear. Sleeping. It's really not horrible, but it's not as good as it used to be. I've read about and heard others talk about the six/seven month sleep regression and I think we've been dealing with it at our house. Also, we "weaned" Lily from swaddling and I think that has made a difference also. We did it gradually, leaving one arm out for several weeks first and finally trying it with both arms free. That first night was awful! We actually went back to leaving one arm out of the swaddle for a little while before trying it again. Lily does pretty well now sleeping in her sleep sack with her arms free. We decided to stop swaddling because she had started rolling over. I'm glad we went ahead with it, even though she never does roll onto her tummy in bed. Just in case, though.
Anyway, we have had a few rough nights this month with Lily randomly waking up during the night. Most of the time she just needs a touch and some humming/shushing to settle her, but a few times we have spent an hour or longer trying to get her to go back to sleep. And I think that the right time has finally presented itself for moving her from the bassinet to the crib. It's a transition that we're going to tackle in the next week or two, and I think everyone will sleep better once we do it. Of course, we will still hear her on the monitor and respond when she needs us, but having her in her own room will mean that we won't constantly worry about waking her up when we walk across the noisy floor, use the bathroom, or even turn over in our creaky bed! I certainly will miss having her in her little bassinet in my room, but I feel like the time is right.
Milestones: Lily is better at sitting up now. I'll put the Boppy around her if I need to walk away because she occasionally will fall over, but she is doing much better with it on her own. When Lily is playing on her tummy, she has started pushing up a little bit on her knees but no scooting or crawling yet. Boy, will our world change when she figures out how to get around! I know it's just around the corner.
We have really been enjoying our outings with Lily lately. She can now ride up front in the shopping cart at the store, and she's also big enough for her upright stroller now. Last weekend we spent an afternoon shopping at the mall and Lily loved being pushed around in her stroller. We've made a few trips to the park this month also and she adores being outside.
That's what's new with my sweet Lily-girl this month. We're getting ready to leave tomorrow to spend a whole week with my family in Louisiana! It's Easter, of course, but it's also my sister's birthday on Monday and she (a teacher) and my nephews are on spring break from school all week long. We are so looking forward to some much-needed family time with them and with my mom. I love this time of year, and I wish you all a very happy Easter weekend!