Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Seven Months

My Sweet Gentry,

You turned 7 months old on the January 8th.  You are growing up so fast.  It's hard to believe that you are already 7 months old.  You will be a year old before we know it.  You are becoming more independent every day.  I'm so proud of you.  You have made our family whole.

Let's see what you've been up to this month.

Your growth has slowed down.  You are the same weight (19 lbs.) and height (29 in.) as Jubal was at 7 months now, which is average.  You're no longer on the "larger" side of the spectrum.  You wear 6-9 month clothing and we just bought your first size 4 diapers.  Not because size 3 is too small, but because size 4 will help you make it through the night without waking up wet.  Bless you!

You are trying to sit up by yourself, but haven't mastered it.  You haven't started crawling yet, either.  You roll everywhere you want to go.  Ha!  I have a feeling you'll be crawling this month, though.

You eat really well.  You like baby food with veggies & meat mixed rather than just plain veggies.  You really like apples & chicken, and sweet potatoes & turkey.  Your favorite fruit is apricots, but you will eat any fruit and you love them all. 

For breakfast you usually have rice cereal mixed with some kind of fruit.  You eat more at breakfast than any other meal.  For lunch you have a veggie & a fruit.  You eat about half of the container of the veggie, and most of the time you finish the fruit.  For supper you have a whole veggie/meat mixed and a whole fruit.  Right now your mouth hurts from your two bottom teeth coming in so you haven't eaten very good the past couple of days.

You have cut back on your bottles a little.  Since you eat more, you drink less.  Your pediatrician only wants you drinking up to 20 ozs. now anyway, so it's all good.  You usually drink two or three 4 oz. bottles during the day and then one at night to go to sleep.  You enjoy your juice now.  You drink two 6 oz. bottles of juice a day.  You prefer pear juice over apple juice.  We use the Gerber brand like we did with Jubal just because it doesn't have citric acid in.  You have now started liking it chilled.  At first you would only drink it room temperature.  I think you like it cold because it feels good to your gums.

You still sleep great.  I'm so thankful we were blessed with babies that slept through the night from birth.  I think you both got your love for sleep from me.  Ha!  While I was off for Christmas vacation, you would stay up a little later (9:30-10p) and sleep a little later (8-8:30a), but got right back into your routine when you went back to daycare.  You usually go to bed between 8-8:30p and we wake you up between 6:30-7a. 

Bless your heart!  You have had a time with your teeth.  Finally, your bottom right tooth has broke through.  Your bottom left is right behind it.  It just broke through the gum day before yesterday, but we sure are glad it did.  Maybe you can get a little relief now.  You give your teething ring the devil, screaming the whole time.  I feel bad for you when I can't seem to soothe you at times.  Thankfully, that's not very often.

Your smile is infectious.  You have the cutest little dimples.  You love to be talked to and smile so big when we do talk to you.  My favorite grins & giggles come when your daddy gooses your neck, though.  You can't take it.  It's so funny to watch you tense up and grin with your little eyes closed.  I love your sweet giggles when you get tickled.

Your big brother adores you.  You're pretty crazy about him, too.  I hope y'all always love each other this much.  I know there will be sibling rivalry and brotherly fights, but I hope y'all always have each other's back and love each other like none other.

We all love you so much, Gentry.  You have been such a blessing in our lives.  You are a wonderful little person and I can't wait to watch you grow & learn.  The Lord has certainly blessed us.  Not once, but twice.  I hope you always know how much you are loved and wanted and I hope you never let anyone take that beautiful smile off of your face.  You are mama's sweet angel.  Don't ever forget that.  I love you, my son. 

Always & Forever,

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