Graham – Seven Months

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You love: To pull yourself up and stand. You even like to let go and really stand on your own. You can go 10-15 seconds without having to steady yourself. I can’t believe it! You have even taken a step towards me but soon fall. We became members to the Virginia Beach recreation centers this month, which is great because they have play areas for you and swimming pools with a zero to 1 foot entrance. You love to swim! Each time we go you get more and more courageous! You have dunked your face, try to walk, play with the fountains/sprinklers and sit without mom holding you! You love to see what mom and dad are doing in the kitchen and you have found the cabinet doors. You haven’t learned how to open and pull out what is inside but you are very close. I will need to baby proof some of our cabinets now. You have discovered the stairs also! You do such a good job going up but you don’t know how to go down at all and you are pretty fearless and just decide to go head first down the stairs…mom purchased a baby gate to prevent any head damage you may want to cause yourself, haha at least until you figure it out! Towards the end of the month YOU have finally LEARNED TO NAP and YOU LOVE IT! You have also mastered this month to sleep in your crib from 8pm- 4am. Thank goodness! It didn’t take long either…a couple nights of letting you cry for 15-20 minutes and you had it mastered. You are going to be so smart!

You dislike: Getting dressed! It is a struggle for mom and dad to get you dressed and put on a cloth diaper! You just want to go-go-go! So we either have to double team you ie; mom gets you ready and dad distracts you or we have to just hold ya down and get it done as quickly as we can! I am proud to say that sleeping is no longer a dislike! So mom and dad give you new foods to try weekly. One evening we had crab cakes. Mom thought it would be a good idea to give you a little taste, well a couple little tastes. NOT a good idea!!! You broke out in a rash all over your belly and back about a half an hour after! (pictures) You didn’t seem bothered by it but the rash got worse before it got better so mom called your pediatricians office and they just said to monitor you and if you have any facial swelling and/or breathing difficulty to bring you to the ER. Thank goodness that you didn’t have any of those symptoms but looks like you may have a shellfish allergy :(. The doctor said we will investigate that more once you turn one but no more shellfish!

Achievements: SLEEPING and NAPPING in your crib!!! Pulling yourself up to stand. You can say mom but its really only when you are sad that you say it. You don’t mind when we dunk your head under the water! You are a dare devil and you like to push the limits…you have fallen down some stairs and have fallen off the bed! You cry for mom and few seconds you are back at it again. You move so fast!!

Teeth: 2, drooling has stopped, yay!

Height: 27.5 in

Weight: 23 lbs

Looking forward too: Taking a few more steps, to communicate with you using the sign language that I am teaching you. Saying mom and dad.

Someday you will be too big for my lap but never my heart! You are such a funny, cute, cuddly, precious little boy! I can already tell that you will have a big heart! I love being your mom!

I love you,

Mom

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