It is amazing how fast time goes once you have kids; it feels like only yesterday the boys were born, but at the same time I can’t remember life without them. Now, they are 7 months old! I know in the grand scheme of things, 7 months is still so young, but to me it feels like they are almost all grown…well they definitely aren’t little babies any more!
Both Philip and James are doing so well! They are perfecting their reaching and grasping and are so accurate with what they want now. Once they get the toy they want, it goes in their mouth, or they hand it back and forth between their hands and shake it. They are often trading toys with each other which is so cute to see! At this point in time, it isn’t deliberately sharing…it’s more like one of them has a toy that they other one wants, so they drop their toy and take the toy they want, so the other one picks up the dropped toy, but it works! They are both such vocal little boys and always display their excitement with coos and screeches of happiness, especially Philip!
Just in the last week, they have both started blowing raspberries again, which is so cute! But during meal time, it makes things a bit messy. Which brings me to one of the biggest milestones we hit this month: solid foods! I’ve already touched on this experience in other posts, so I’ll keep it short here. Basically, they love eating! Butternut squash, spinach, carrots, apples, blueberries, you name it and they eat it…as long as it’s not egg, green beans or turkey. They get so excited to eat and almost always open their mouth for the spoon headed their way.
Another big milestone is that they can both sit unsupported now. James loves sitting! If he is fussy, sometimes all we need to do is put him in a seated position and he is happy to just play with toys and watch the world around him from his new perch. Philip also sits unsupported, but is much more interested in moving onto his tummy and crawling to get a toy, or play with the edge of the furniture (thank goodness for baby proofing). James is doing great with tummy time and has started planking and moving backwards and in circles, so crawling won’t be far behind. Once they both start moving, they are going to be keeping me busy!
We went to the pool for the first time this month and it was so much fun! Philip loved the water immediately and started laughing, screeching and splashing. It took James a few minutes to really start enjoying the water, but soon he was laughing and splashing right along with Philip. I was glad that they liked the pool, but wasn’t too surprised since they have grown to love bath time! Philip splashes and plays in the water, while James tends to enjoy the water, relax a bit and chew on one of the bath toys.
They both love being read to and watching the images on the pages, and playing with the cardboard books. They love being sung to, bounced, lifted overhead, and all other games like that. They also love peek-a-boo, and squeal and laugh when we play. And speaking of laughing, they are both ticklish little boys and have the cutest laughs, so they get tickled a lot! They also both watch our dog Nya a lot, and James is especially fascinated with her! They have started to ‘pet’ her with our help and support and they are all getting along really well which is nice; I can’t wait for them to start interacting with her even more and then I know that she’ll absolutely love them!
They interact with each other now by reaching out for the other one…sometimes they end up grabbing the others face, hair, ear, etc. so I keep a watchful eye to make sure they don’t accidentally hurt the other one. They gravitate to each other sometimes when playing, which is so heartwarming to see! They haven’t made each other laugh yet, but they give each other huge smiles so I can’t wait for the day that they laugh with each other.
They are still waking up every couple of hours during the night to feed, but we haven’t tried to train them out of it and don’t have any plans to. They always eat when they wake up, so I figure once they don’t need the extra feeds in the night, they’ll start sleeping for longer stretches. We have moved their bedtime up to a consistent 7:30 pm though which has been nice for Richard and I! And we’re starting to play around with moving it even earlier since their naps have gotten more consistent now.
So much has happened this last month it’s hard to record it all, but I can definitely say it has been amazing and I’m so looking forward to experience everything with these boys next month!