Saturday, August 24, 2013

7 Months

7. Months. Old. I can't believe it as I type that.

Baisden is turning into such a little rascal. I think she has gotten her daddy's sass. It's very cute, and of course, keeps us giggling and enjoying every second with her. She is very active, gets bored easily and continues to be good at communicating her likes and dislikes. She is a great eater, although she has decreased her milk intake some this month. I suspect teething...we have yet to see one pop through but her gums definitely bother her. We are blessed with a child that loves to sleep (most nights we get about 12 hours).

Her mouth is usually open these days. I think it's her way of showing excitement. It's kind of hilarious and I can't help but smile. Especially since her mouth takes up like half of her round little face.

I am really enjoying my evenings with Baisden. I am usually home in time to feed her supper and then we go on a walk for fresh air. She has started to drop her evening nap, so we have lots of play time together. We play on the floor and she rolls and rolls, squirms and rocks. My favorite is when she kicks her legs. Reminds me of a penguin. She wants to move so badly. Judging by her rocking, I don't think it will be long.

The other day I put her in a chair to take a few pictures and she was trying to pull up on the arms of the chair. She will pull up on me with just a little assistance. She is strong!

She loves her Animals bath book and grunts when we get to the cow. But then she grunts again when we get to the pig at the end so I guess it is not on purpose. At least she is learning that they make noises.

She is eating thicker purees, Mum-Mums and grabbing at some chunks of food like avocado and banana. Girl loves some avocado! She has great hand-eye coordination. Feeding her purees is getting hard because she wants to do it and grabs the spoon, which makes things very difficult! Thank goodness a neighbor introduced us to Mum-Mums. I think I'll try yogurt soon too.

This girl loves to be naked. Without fail, every single bath is dramatic. She is happy as a lark until I lay her on the changing table to diaper her up and get her PJ's on. Her body tenses up, her back arches and she screams until she is fully clothed and has her Vitamin D dropper in her mouth. And it's a cry with no tears...staring me down, fussing at me with everything in her. She has some major lungs. I think she needs a microphone stat.

The other afternoon, we walked up to the park in our neighborhood and let her swing. It's something I had been wanting to do for a while and just hadn't gotten around to it. We should've gone sooner...she was in heaven! Mouth open the entire time.

Baisden continues to think Buster is the funniest thing around. When she is fussy, we call him over and all is well. Josh has started having her ride him and the giggling is contagious. Wherever B is, Buster is not far behind. We call him her shadow.

The only real challenge we are having (if you can even call it that) is blocked tear ducts. At our 6 month check up, the pediatrician referred us to an ophthalmologist and we went yesterday for a consultation. We learned that blocked tear ducts are very common (15% of babies have them) but that most cases clear on their own by around 4 months. If they don't clear by then, they likely will not clear on their own, with massage, warm compresses, etc. So they require a minor surgery. The doctor pressed so hard on her little face yesterday to see if he could open them up which made her scream bloody murder and in turn, made me cry. She will probably have to have the surgery but we are going to wait until she is closer to a year and be hopeful that there is still a chance they will clear on their own! I realize that we are very fortunate for the health of our child, and that this is really not a big deal at all.

It's been a fun 7 months with you along for the ride, Miss B!


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