Good afternoon and happy Sunday! It is so hard to believe that my little cub is 7 months old. I am loving EVERY second with him. Over the course of month 6, Paulino’s schedule has finally become predictable; and we have such an awesome routine. He wakes up around 7 am, takes two naps (one around 9:30 and the other around 1:00) and then falls asleep for the night around 7 pm. Month 6 was also a big month developmentally =D
Gross Motor, Fine Motor, Language, Cognitive and Social Emotional Development
Gross Motor. Paul is able to sit up without assistance when placed in the sitting position; he is able to transition from sitting into crawling position and vice versa; he is able to roll from his tummy to his back; he is able to support himself on his knees both in the crawling position (without assistance) and in the kneeling position (with support); he is able to lunge his body towards desired people or objects. If we sit him next to something elevated, he will lift himself up to stand without assistance.
Update: A few days after he turned 7 months old, he started putting himself in the downward facing dog position. He is trying so hard to stand. It is so adorable to watch him get into crawling position and then try to stand.
Fine Motor. Paul reaches, touches, grasps, and manipulates EVERYTHING in his line of vision. He is strengthening his hand and finger muscles constantly.
Language/Communication. Paulino speaks sentences using the following sounds: mah, dah, abr, bah, and gah. He will speak these sounds separately as well as blend them together. I think he is about to say his official first word; he is very close to saying “dada.” =D Paul effectively communicates what he wants and needs mainly through facial expressions and verbalization’s. He uses body gestures to tell us when he wants to get picked up or be held by another person; he also uses body gestures when he wants to tell us that he does not want to be held by another person.
Update: A few days ago, he started saying “dada.” His little voice is the most precious thing I have ever heard. Dada is his favorite word, and he says it constantly =D
Cognitive. Paul explores everything he sees using his five senses. He brings everything to his mouth; he knows that he needs to use two hands to pick up big or heavy objects and only use his fingers to pick up light and small objects; he looks to see where sounds come from; he looks for objects that are taken away; when he wants a toy on a sheet, he pulls the sheet instead of crawling; he drops objects and then looks for them, etc.
Social Emotional. Paul’s favorite thing to do is snuggle, laugh, and engage in social games. His favorite games include blowing him big kisses; eating his hands when he puts them near my mouth; singing familiar songs in a silly way; giving him raspberries; acting like I am going to kiss his face but then kiss his tummy; swiping my hair on his body; going under the covers, pretending it’s a cave and that we are looking for big papa bear, and then big papa bear appearing and tickling him; tickles under his armpit and his thighs; sniffing his diaper and saying “pee yeww” when he has a poopy; playing peek a boo; etc. My little cub is such an outgoing, strong willed, cuddle muffin who loves to smile and laugh. He truly was made just for me; he just melts my heart.
Teeth: Paulies front 2 bottom teeth are completely in, and the day he turned 7 months, 3 of his top teeth started cutting. =D
7th Month Checkup
My little Paulino weighs 18 lbs 11 ounces of pure breastmilk =D Since his doctor’s visit, we have discontinued using the silicone teether, and now feed him mashed veggies and fruits for lunch and dinner. This month, we will be introducing grain and additional fruits and veggies. He LOVES trying new food; and he especially likes strawberries, avocados, string beans, peas, and broccoli. He is not a big fan of blueberries, mango, and carrots; though he has never rejected a bite. =)
This month, Paulie received his first Hep B vaccination and second Pneumococcal vaccination; he is officially caught up with the shots recommended at 2 months. The first Hep B shot was recommended at birth, but we decided to hold off on it. Now that he is out and about, I think it is necessary.
Paulie is extremely happy, always smiling, and always on the move. He is an explorer, eager to discover new things in his environment. He studies everything, and then wants to touch it, put it in his mouth, and manipulate it. He will do whatever it takes to get something that he wants; even if it means lunging himself or squirming to it. He strongly dislikes being placed on his back, and I am even teaching him how to calm himself when he cries during diaper changes. I tell him and then model how to breath through his nose and out of his mouth; and he thinks it is the funniest thing ever. He is strong willed and determined, and I love that. Most of all, he loves snuggling and playing with mama and dada. <3
He has been really interested in trees and wind lately. On our morning walks, we have been talking about and touching tree trunks and leaves; as well as talking about the weather. When falling asleep, he stares out the window and enters zen mode while watching the leaves blow in the wind. At night, he still snuggles tight with mama and dada. =D
Trying to take 7 Month Photos =D
Thank you so much for reading and coming on this journey with me, I hope you have a happy Sunday!