It’s hard to believe, but we’re closer to the one-year mark than we are to the day he was born!

This month, like last month, he was very interested in the paper. So was his aardvark, it seems.

Things have changed for Will this month! A month ago we were in the middle of a sleep transition with an unpredictable routine and a crabby baby, but in the last week or so he has really started to settle into two naps a day. They are not as long as they used to be — rarely longer than 90 minutes — but that is fine with me because I have a happy baby who is now able to stay up longer between naps, and that makes a big difference to me. Once Will outgrew the newborn sleep-anywhere phase, it actually became pretty challenging to get out of the house to run errands or visit people without then running into the next naptime, because he generally could only stay awake for two hours or so at a time — and woe betide the mama who brought him home too late for a nap, as I learned back in September.

Now, however, Will can stay up for about three hours at a time — which makes a huge difference. Whew. I think we’re on the other side! (Fingers crossed, of course.)

Introducing new foods has continued to be an interesting endeavor. He still doesn’t seem to love anything, but he eats applesauce, carrots, squash, sweet potatoes, green beans, cereal, and avocado. Twice in the last week, though, I tried mixing oatmeal with applesauce and it didn’t sit well with him — he woke up from a nap absolutely covered in vomit. The first time, I chalked it up to a stomach virus and assumed he’d gotten something in the church nursery, but when it happened again a few days later I checked with the doctor, who suggested that Will’s stomach might not have liked the two different foods together. Very strange — he was able to keep the mixture down for probably 90 minutes or so, and nothing in it was a new food, so we don’t know what the issue was. But we’ve decided not to mix any foods together for a while just yet. Hopefully in a few weeks we can try it again.

The next thing I need to do is research starting to give him finger foods! I wonder how he’ll like it.

Will is also able to sit up pretty well on his own now:

(We played around with different camera settings today.)

He’s not steady enough for me to sit him down in his crib and walk away, but he sits pretty well and doesn’t seem to mind when he topples over reaching for a toy. He hasn’t figured out how to sit up on his own yet, but I’m sure that is not too far away. He also seems to want to get up on his hands and knees and is busy trying to learn how!

His nighttime sleep hasn’t been as sound and predictable as it has been in months past, and there have been several nights punctuated by inconsolable, hysterical sobbing — once when Steve was traveling I just put him in bed with me for the night. It hasn’t happened in about two weeks, so hopefully he’s growing out of it, but it was definitely a challenge and brought us back to his newborn days.

Some seven-month facts and stats:

  • I don’t know his height and weight right now, but at his six-month checkup he was in the 75th percentile for height and the 49th for weight. He is basically perfect.
  • Clothes: solidly in 6-9 now, with a lot of things getting too snug around his cloth diaper. In fact, I put him in a 9-month size one-piece romper today and it was too snug around his diaper! I was annoyed. Another clothing observation: he does not have nearly as much stuff in 6-9 month as he did 0-3. I guess the novelty of baby clothes has (somewhat) worn off!
  • Diapers: we finally upgraded from Pampers “swaddlers” disposables to the Pampers “cruisers”. Ha. He is still in cloth for the most part, but he’s been leaking a bit during naps — I think he’s between snap sizes. I’m going to have to figure something out — disposables for naps? (ugh, no.) Extra stuffing? I might try that first and see if we can get a better fit.
  • Teeth: still none! But he’s been chewing on everything and I wonder if we might see something soon. Who knows, though? My little niece Sophie was sixteen months old before she got any teeth, so we could have a ways to go still.
  • Favorite things: bath time, remote controls, Mommy’s phone, putting his pacifier in by himself, interesting textures, the cats
  • Least favorite things: not much! He’s a happy baby. He still hates being too tired, though, and has a hard time coping.

I am absolutely loving this. The baby stage is so much fun. I can’t wait to see what next month brings!