Tuesday, September 4, 2012

7 months

August 14th, 2012, Annabelle turned 7 months old.
Weight: 14 pounds 6 ounces
Height: 26.5 inches

Sleeping habits: Not too much has changed since 6 months. Annabelle is still waking up in the night to nurse. We moved into our new house, shortly before Annabelle turned 7 months, so I think now that she has her own room things will change. I don't plan on letting Annabelle cry for long periods of time, but being able to let her fuss in the other room a little bit if she wakes up in the middle of the night will make a big difference in the quality of my sleep, I believe! She is still napping about 3 times a day. I think she will be giving up the last nap of the day soon, but she is still hanging onto it on most days. I guess she is making up for those sleepless nights. Wish I could join in on all the napping she does :)

Eating habits: We have continued on the adventure to solid foods. Annabelle is still not really a fan. She is picky, picky, picky! I made her a batch of homemade baby food, pears, squash, and peas and she wouldn't eat any of it. I think maybe it is the consistency, not thin enough for her, but still! She has her favorites, which are sweet potatoes and apples. We will continue to try new foods... I'm sure she'll give in at some point. She has started eating the dissovable puffs, which she seems to enjoy. She likes being able to feed these to herself.

New discoveries/development: Annabelle continues to sit on her own and is much more stable while sitting, not falling much at all. She is also starting to somehow move around a little bit while she is sitting. She will lean way forward for a toy she wants and pull herself a little bit with her arms. She has gotten in a crawling position a few times and she definitely wants to move herself, so we will see when that comes!

Places I went: The big trip Annabelle made between 6 & 7 months was from Tucker, GA to Marietta, GA. We moved into our own house! yay! She now has her own room. We are loving our house and are so excited to be in our own place. I will try to get around to posting pictures of the house soon.

Annabelle brings so much joy to our lives. She is starting to show her personality more and more. Such a sweet baby. She loves giving her Mommy, Daddy, and brother big wet kisses. We love you Annie!

6 months

I CANNOT believe that Annabelle is 1/2 a year old. Time has seriously flown. She has been quite a different baby from Jonah so far. She is much more high-maintenance than her brother, but I guess that goes with being a girl. She is sweet and squeezable. She can be quite fussy and loves to be held... and we love holding her.

At 6 months, we started with a new pediatrician in Atlanta, at East Cobb Pediatrics.
Annabelle's weight: 13 pounds 7 ounces (15th percentile)
height: 25.75 inches (70th percentile)
She is on the small side, but is growing on her own little curve, so the pediatrician was not concerned. She seems to be right on target for her age as far as development and she did well for the doctor. She did have to get several shots, so that was not fun :(

Sleeping habits: Annabelle is not sleeping through the night. We have been staying at my Aunt Katie's house and Annabelle has been in the same room with us, so I hear every little whimper and so I end up getting up and feeding her in the night. I must say, while those middle of the night feedings are exhausting, there is something that is so sweet about them, a sleepy baby, that is usually cuddly and just needs to nurse for a minute or two and be put back to bed. Something so sweet about the silence of the night and a cuddly baby. Yes, I would probably prefer to sleep straight through the night, and I know it will come, but those sweet cuddles in the night are something that oddly enough, I will miss. Annabelle is still napping about 3 times/day. She has a morning nap, an afternoon nap, and then a late afternoon quick nap. She just doesn't want to give that last nap up.

Eating habits: We saw the pediatrician for Annabelle's 6 month appointment a week before she actually turned 6 months. At the appt. the doctor said she could start on solids. We had held off a little longer than some babies because of the condition Annabelle was born with, called laryngomalacia. She basically has a 'soft' larynx that can be floppy and slightly block her airway causing her to sound wheezy. The doctors have said she should out grow it by 18 months. It seems better at times, but not better at other times. When we started baby food with Annabelle, she was not so thrilled with it. She would not eat it at all actually, she just spit everything back out. The very first time she tried it she ended up throwing it all up. Thankfully, it has gotten slightly better. The first thing she ate was oatmeal cereal... not such a fan! Annabelle is still nursing 5-6 times/day and she still will not take a bottle... she's a stubborn one!

New discoveries/development: Annabelle is rolling more and more. She is quickly becoming semi-mobile and will roll to get something that she wants when she sees it. A week before she turned 6 months, she started sitting on her own. I am excited about this milestone because this is something that seems to make her happy. She likes to be able to sit and play with a toy or just sit and look around at things. She loves playing with her hands and feet and is making more and more adorable baby sounds!

Places I went: Annabelle left for Indian Springs Campmeeting a few days before her 6 month birthday, so she actually spent her 1/2 birthday in Jackson, GA at the campmeeting. She had a great time down there with her family and meeting new friends. A family tradition that I hope she will grow to love.