Lucas: 7 Months

Ohh, my sweet Lucas. Happy 7 months to you!

Lucas 7 months

As the months fly by, Lucas’s curiosity continues to grow and grow. Not only is this little boy almost always on the move, but he’s constantly aware of his surroundings and always wants to know what is going on. Because of his constant desire to be Mr. Nosey Pants, I’ve come to terms with the fact that my sweet boy is just not a cuddler. Gahh! I’m not giving up hope though…maybe someday. Maybe…?

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Weight & Height: We actually haven’t checked either of these since his 6 month appointment, but I’d guesstimate him to easily be over 18 pounds at this point. He’s also obviously growing longer because we’ve had to move the things on his jumper up another notch again!

Eating: Lucas loves to eat. Simple as that. Pretty much any time of day, and anything you offer him…he’s all about the food. We’ve started to stretch his bottle/nursing times to about every 4 hours and he’s now eating 3 meals a day(!) with a schedule that looks like this (give or take about 30-40 minutes):

  • 7:00am(ish) – Nurse
  • 8:30am – Breakfast: 2tbsp oatmeal with breastmilk and fruit (apples or bananas)
  • 11:00am – 5oz bottle breastmilk (or nurse him when I’m home)
  • 12:00pm – Lunch: (2) 1oz portions of veggies/fruit
  • 3:00pm – 5oz bottle breastmilk or formula (or nurse him when I’m home)
  • 5:30pm – Dinner: (3) 1oz portions veggies/fruit
  • 7:00pm – 6oz bottle formula + breastmilk at bedtime

As you can see, this past month we had to start to introduce/supplement with formula because I just couldn’t keep up with his demands. The biggest challenge was with his last feeding of the day. He was becoming so distracted (and impatient) that I couldn’t get him to stay interested in nursing. Now that we do the bottle though, he guzzles the whole thing down in about 5 minutes no problem. Little chunkamonk!

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We introduced only a couple new foods this month and we’ve finally come across one that he just is not a fan of…pumpkin. Go figure?! I’ve tried it plain and with fruit mixed in and he just wasn’t havin’ it. So here’s what he’s had to date (foods with a * are new this month):

  • bananas (just mashed really well)
  • apples (homemade)
  • prunes (store bought)
  • sweet potato (homemade)
  • peas (homemade)
  • avocado (just mashed really well and mixed with a little breastmilk)
  • butternut squash (homemade)
  • pears (*homemade)
  • green beans* (homemade)
  • pumpkin* (pure canned pumpkin)
  • carrots* (tried once store bought and plan on making homemade)

I have a couple of new ones on the list to try this month, so we’ll see how they go!

Sleeping (naps): Things have been going so well in this department, and I finally feel like we’re really in somewhat of a consistent routine/schedule. About a week and a half ago, Lucas wound up dropping his last nap of the day and so far we’ve had no problems. So now he typically has his two naps at 9am and 1pm (give or take about 30-40 minutes depending on when he wakes up) and each one lasts about an hour and a half (sometimes 2 hours).

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Sleeping (at night): Ughh…this has probably been one of the most challenging months of night sleep to date. Talk about a sleep regression! While Lucas has never necessarily been a rock star sleeper, he’s also never been horrible either. But this past month has really thrown us for a loop. Luckily, putting him down for bed is not a problem, but the night waking is, and we wound up losing a lot of our progress that was made last month. It started with his 6 month growth spurt and just never got much better from there.

IMG_6383“Mom and dad get sleep? Pshhh…I don’t think so”

For the past few weeks, he typically winds up waking 2,3 and sometimes 4 times at night, and I’m not gonna lie. It’s exhausting! I’ll admit it though…I haven’t helped the situation by caving in and feeding him (and when he wakes up at 10pm{?!?} right now, I know he’s definitely not waking because he’s hungry). But sometimes it’s just easier to feed him quick and have him back down and asleep in about 10-15 minutes, as opposed to hearing him whine/cry for 30 minutes. We have some work ahead of ourselves, but I try to just keep reminding myself…it’s just a phase (aren’t they all?!?) and it, too, shall pass. In the meantime, I’ll just be crazy tired. Winking smile

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Clothing: He can still wear most of his 6 month clothes but depending on the brand, some of them are getting a bit sung (and some of his long sleeve onesies are looking a bit more like 3/4 sleeves). He can wear most 9 month clothes okay but I’m trying to get as much wear as I can out of the 6 month outfits before I have to pack ‘em away (tear). He’s also just about out of size 2 diapers (we’re just trying to finish our last pack!) and wears size 3’s at night.

New this month: This month has been so fun in terms of watching his little personality continue to grow! In just the past week or so, he’s developed this hilarious fake laugh/cackle and every time he does it, I swear he gets even more of a kick out of himself.

He’s also started using a sippy cup, which he does okay with. Half the time, he’ll just decide to nibble on the bottom of the cup though.

We don’t quite have a full out crawler on our hands yet, but he will rock back and forth on his hands and knees all the live long day. He does “scoot” backwards, but then gets frustrated that he’s getting farther away from what he’s going after.

But one of his absolute favorite things to do now, since he figured out he could a couple of weeks ago, is to pull himself up to a standing position.

He will do this over, and over, and over, and…well, pretty much for as long as you’ll keep offering your hands for him to do it. He looooooves it, and once he’s up, he gets crazy excited and wants to reach for all the new things that are in his reach.

Lucas likes:

  • Solid foods
  • His jumper
  • Reading books
  • Listening to music (Fall Out Boy, 311, Zac Brown Band and Florida Georgia Line)
  • Being sung to (basically anything with a tune and he immediately lights up)
  • Dancing in the kitchen with mommy
  • Jake and the Neverland Pirates and Mickey Mouse Club
  • The remote control (the real one…of course!)
  • My cell phone
  • Splashing in the tub
  • sticking his tongue out and making funny sounds with it.
  • Blowing raspberries (while also getting his drool flying all over the place)
  • Looking at himself in the mirror
  • Elements of surprise (peek-a-boo, sneaking up on him)
  • Cody! He gets SO excited when he sees him.

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Lucas dislikes:

  • Being cramped up in one small space (car seat, your arms!) for too long
  • Getting his face wiped off
  • Being the slightest bit overtired
  • When the sun hits his face while he’s in the car (no matter what I do, it always seems to happen!)

Comparison:

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I’m just so excited to continue to watch him grow and see the little boy he’s becoming. It’s just the most amazing feeling to see him develop and grow right before our eyes and think, wow, he’s ours. We really made that.

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Just incredible. Smile

Comments

  1. says

    I love reading your blog and I can’t believe how much Lucas has grown…he’s a cutie! :)
    I just had to comment because my baby, Sawyer just turned 7 months today and has been going through a similar sleep regression since 6 months! It has been so exhausting as well and it’s nice to know that I’m not alone… I also keep thinking, “this too shall pass” but yikes!

  2. says

    He is such a smiley baby!!! That second pic is adorable!!! Well they all are but that one is particularly adorable!! So cute! Pity about the sleeps, saying prayers he settles for you soon! A postpartum 7 month update on how you’re doing would be great!
    Shel@PeachyPalate recently posted..Elvis Pancakes!

  3. Ruthie Hart (@ruthiehart1) says

    Girl we are right there with ya on the sleep…. some nights he will sleep through the night and other nights he is up crying 2-3 times a night. Last night he went to bed great and at 10pm he just started screaming and the only way to get him to sleep was on me :(. His top 2 teeth are coming in but wow, if this is how it’s gonna be for all his teeth, I don’t know if I will make it. Luckily during the day he is happy and sweet and it looks like Lucas is too! SO crazy to see the change from 1 month!!! Skinny little legs! You have a handsome boy on your hands!

  4. says

    I promise you that they come back to cuddling again! Months 6-14 or so are when my daughter started becoming really curious (and mobile) and she was the least affectionate baby ever. Once they’ve gotten the whole mobility thing down, they come back to cuddling. She’s now 19 months, and she’ll run around the house like a crazy person, but then eventually settle back down in my lap to read a book, or come give me a massive bear hug and kiss.
    Lauren @ Confessions of a First Time Mom recently posted..About that Anxiety….

  5. says

    I feel ya with the sleep thing. My son is only a couple weeks younger than Lucas and we have yet to sleep through the night. My boy usually wakes up at 11pm, 2am, and 4am and wide awake for the day at 6am! I’m trying to drop the 11pm wake-up, it would be so nice to sleep more than 3 hours uninterrupted.

  6. says

    My little guy will be 7 months old in a week and I just kept nodding my head reading your post about the sleep thing. Sage still gets up 2 (sometimes 3) times in the night. I’m convinced it’s not always out of hunger, but like you mentioned, sometimes its just easier to feed him so he’ll go back to sleep quick. We have some serious work in this department so mama gets some sleep!
    Em @ Love A Latte recently posted..Breastfeeding – Six Months In

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