Ava // seven months old.

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Ava is seven months old!  She hates being overtired, tolerates restaurant meals, and loves so many things – eating in her high chair, bath-time, rolling, sitting up and observing, chewing on toys, talking/singing/being sung to….  She is such a sweet little girl.

She continues to be very vocal.  Her range is impressive.  Some of her little shrieks are kind of jarring!  She’s also discovered how to whisper, which is absolutely adorable.  Mostly though, she jabbers.  Her syllable of the month is “da”.  Kevin got the cutest video of her saying “da da da da da” and it made me realize that I never recorded her saying “ma” back when that was her chosen sound.  So while I know that “ma” was not necessarily associated with me as mama or her first word by any means, there is still no video proof that she said “ma” before “da”.  Rookie mistake, mama, rookie mistake.  ;-)  She’s been tucking her lower lip and upper lip in too, which gives her a very thoughtful look.  Another sound Ava’s loving is kind of a snort.  She scrunches her little nose up and breathes through it, in and out, really fast.  It’s kind of an impatient sound, but I think she just likes how it feels/sounds.  And she’s figured out that it cracks Kevin and I up, so she often does it just to make us laugh!  Speaking of laughing, she is giggling more and more and we love it.  It’s still such a treat to hear her little laugh.  We’ve been ramping up our use of baby signs:  mom, dad, more, milk, all done, cat, diaper change, please, thank you, book.  She’s very focused and so observant – hopefully this will allow us all to communicate before she’s able to tell us verbally what she needs.

She’s learned to nibble with her little teeth and she’s tried some solids.  She’s had avocado, sweet potato, Mum-Mum rusks, asparagus, chicken, banana, all colors of bell pepper, steak, salmon, applesauce, nectarine, prune puree, parsnip, bread, carrot, broccoli, eggplant, spaghetti squash, tomato, and probably a few other things I’m forgetting.  She seems to really like asparagus and bell peppers the best (I think they’re just really easy to pick up, hold, and gnaw on), but she hasn’t hated anything yet (cedar plank salmon was probably her least favorite item and she wasn’t interested in avocado at all when we offered it a second time!).  Feeding her solids is super casual – we usually just make sure she has at least one thing with each dinnertime meal.  She’s so good at grasping the food and bringing it to her mouth.  We tried to feed her one bite of puree just for kicks and she wanted no part of us sticking a spoon in her face, so now we just pre-load spoons with the mushy stuff and she manages to get a little in her mouth.  Ava seems to love her high chair and she has come to expect that she’s about to get to “eat” (play with) some solid food.  She gets this really curious, focused look on her face when we put her in the high chair!  She tolerates restaurant meals.  She gets bored sitting in her carseat but she’s not big enough for restaurant high chairs, so we’ll often hold her at the table, but even that bores her a bit.  We try to make sure we have some Mum-Mum’s in the diaper bag or that there’s something on our plates that she can eat.  The majority of her caloric intake will continue to be breastmilk.  Since getting her two bottom teeth, she has occasionally given me a little love bite while nursing, and that’s not so fun.  Overall she’s pretty good and hopefully she’ll get bored of the biting soon.  {Please, God?  I mean, I know You have bigger issues than my breastfeeding woes, but…}

Speaking of teeth, we think she has a few coming in on the top.  She was a little warm a few days ago, a little fussier than normal, and we think we can feel the little ridges and see little white shadows in her upper gumline.  I wasn’t expecting this next round of teething to happen so soon after the first two teeth popped up, but she’s handling it like a champ regardless.  She’s still in a variety of clothing sizes (6 month seems to fit best overall) and we recently transitioned to size 2 diapers.  We went to a breastfeeding mom’s group today so I could weigh her and she weighed in at 13 pounds 5 ounces.

Shortly after she turned 6 months old, we switched her night sleeping to the crib in her room.  She did great.  We didn’t sleep well the first couple of nights though – it was weird to not have her in our room!  She’s sleeping well through the night.  Hopefully that continues.  We still cross our fingers and try not to disrupt the evening routine too much in hopes that she’ll always be into the night sleeping.  We try to put her down around 7:30 PM, and if we miss that window, she gets a second wind and won’t go to sleep until around 9:00.  She was waking up anywhere between 5:30 AM and 6:30 AM, but in the past week or so she’s been sleeping in to 7:30-ish.  I did get into a bad routine of nursing her to sleep before bed at night and before naps, and I think that has backfired because sometimes now she is startled awake when I put her down in the crib asleep and starts crying.  We’ve had to do a few little sessions where she cries for a bit in the crib and we go try to soothe her every five minutes or so until she goes to sleep, but for the most part she settles herself to sleep pretty quickly.  Those 15-20 minutes of crying are torture though.  She hates being overtired and she often rolls over onto her stomach while she’s sleeping, so she wakes up on her tummy and that upsets her sometimes.  I go back and forth on whether or not to nurse her to sleep.  Her naps vary from day to day depending on our schedule but she usually gets the chance to take one in the morning and one in the afternoon.  Sometimes they’re 45 minutes long, other times they’re 2.5 hours long.  We officially packed away the Merlin Magic Sleepsuit at the beginning of last month because she rolled over in it.

She’s turned into a rolling machine this month.  She definitely favors her right – rarely rolls to the left.  Her ability to sit unsupported varies day to day.  She falls less everyday so she’s gradually learning that balance and core control.  When she does fall she turns it into a little rolling game and doesn’t seem too bothered by it.  She likes to sit in the Boppy and play with her little handheld toys.  She has a stand/sit and play activity center thing that she likes, and she still likes to play on her little foot piano play mat.  We’ve been spending more time outside and she seems to love that.  Her favorite thing is to be sang to and to talk and sing to us.  She’s so sweet and social!  In public and in restaurants, she’s a serious observer – watching everything around her with those big blue eyes.  Her hair is blond (has a red tint in some lights) and the bald spot on the back of her head has filled in.

If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a million times – she’s amazing and we’re so grateful she’s ours.

{One Month Old}   {Two Months Old}   {Three Months Old}   {Four Months Old}  {Five Months Old}   {Six Months Old}

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9 thoughts on “Ava // seven months old.

  1. She is growing so fast! I feel like she looks more and more like you every month! It’s great that she’s so adventurous with trying new foods! Jake had reached an age where he’s learned how to say, “I don’t like it,” when I give him something new to eat. But *sometimes* with a little cajoling (and a song about trying new food that we learned from Daniel Tiger), I can get him to give it a taste and he likes it. :-)

  2. There may be no video proof of “ma” before “da” but there is blog proof! That counts for at least a little! :)

    I love that she whispers (how precious!) and that she is figuring out things that make you guys laugh and doing them more frequently. How cute is that?!

    Yikes, teeth and breastfeeding is always a rough mix. Hopefully there will be no more bites! I’m glad to hear she’s doing so well with her eating. She sounds super curious about food. And I love that she likes so many different things already! :)

    I can’t believe she sleeps through the night so well already! I know those occasional 15 minute cry sessions have to be so hard for you guys, but at least it’s not all the time! And it’s so great that all three of you are getting regular sleep!

    Sweet, sweet baby. Love her precious face! :)

  3. R does a little whisper too sometimes and it’s adorable! I love her outfit. Happy 7 months! Glad the transition to her crib has been going relatively okay :)

  4. I may be really ignorant, but I didn’t know that you can teach babies signs. That’s amazing! What a great way to communicate with little ones. She is super cute, and seems to have a wonderful personality. Happy 7 months!

  5. So glad she transitioned well to her crib. I waited 6 months too and I think like you said, the first few nights were harder on us, than him! And wow, she’s tried so many foods already! That’s impressive. Aiden was never a fan of avocado…maybe it’s all that Chipotle guac I ate while pregnant. Haha.

  6. How neat that your teaching Ava baby signs! That’s such a great idea! I love that Ava learned how to whisper. That must be the cutest thing. Eek to the love bites while breast feeding!! I’m sure that will be a fun memory when it doesn’t happen anymore! I think it’s adorable that she just rolls around whenever she fall from sitting unsupported. Ava seems like such a sweet, happy little one!

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