Friday, May 11, 2012

7 Months

Coen turned 7 months old yesterday.  7 months!  I just got used to saying 6 months.  I don't like how fast time is going, he is now closer to 1 than 0......

Things have been moving along here.  Life is crazy, we barely get a moment to sit down and when we do, we are so tired we nod off.  But, I keep telling myself that there is an end in sight and that this sure beats how we felt last year at this time.

Coen doesn't get a check up again until 9 months, so I had to estimate what I think he weighs.  I will take a guess at between 17 and 18 pounds.  I measured him and got 27 inches.  That means he grew a whole inch since last month!  He certainly put on some weight!  All of a sudden the kid has chunky thighs and rolls and a big belly!  I can still squeeze him into 3-6 month clothes, but really he fits better in 9 months.  Which is perfect, because it is getting warm here and all his spring/summer clothes are 9 and 12 months!  I am excited to put him in some of the cute summer clothes we got.

Coen still takes only breastmilk -during the week, he nurses three times a day and takes two bottles while I am at work.  On weekends, I do not give him any bottles.  I successfully weaned myself off of pumping at 5 am, because I think I have too much milk frozen already and would rather get an extra 30 minutes of sleep.  It was hard the first few days, because I was able to pump an entire 8 oz bottle and another half bottle each morning (and then nurse Coen about an hour and a half later as well).  I really hate that feeling of engorgement when you skip a feeding, because it reminds me of how I felt when my milk came in after Adelyn.  That was awful.  Sometimes when we go out, people wonder why I don't just bring a bottle so I don't have to nurse him.  Well, that is why- either I nurse, pump, or get that full feeling, and I can't deal with the full feeling and it's easier to nurse somewhere with a blanket covering us up than to pump!

Coen started rice cereal right before he turned 6 months and loved it.  So little by little, I have been introducing new foods.  First squash:
Then he tried green beans, bananas, pears, and sweet potato.  He really liked the bananas and pears, of course, and wasn't so sure about the sweet potatoes.  Maybe beacause of the texture?  I'm not a fan of baby food, I prefer to make my own because canned food is yucky!  Plus it is cheaper to make your own, I just don't have the time.  But only a few more weeks till summer anyway.  I bought a few containers of the baby food for the first tries, to be sure he likes it and isn't allergic.  But I just used mashed ripe bananas and cooked him a sweet potato, mashed it and added breastmilk to thin it some.  I would hate to go through the hassle of making purees (when I made Sierra's I made a huge lot at a time and froze it in ice cube trays) if he were to end up hating it or being allergic.  Tomorrow we are going to try oatmeal cereal.  He does fine on rice cereal and likes it, but I want to try something new.

And the solid food seem to have completely cured his diaper blow out issue!  He went from going after every single feeding, like 5 times per day I swear, to maybe every other day.  As soon as he tried bananas, he didn't poop for a few days and I was worried we were going to have the opposite issue!  I joked with his baby-sitter about who would get stuck changing that one....and I was the "lucky" winner.

Coen is loving his floor gym and belly time now.  He rolls and scoots around quite well.  I think he will be crawling before we know it, and I am not looking forward to a mobile baby!  I am ultra paranoid about him choking on some of Sierra's toys, since her favorites right now include the mini Strawberry Shortcake playsets, which have tiny little shoes, surfboards, drinks, fruits, etc and Tinkerbell with removable wings and shoes.  Great.....

He still loves his exersaucer and puts everything in his mouth.  He has started to make noises and babbles sometimes.  He is definitely more aware of  what is going on around him.  He can even sit all by himself for long periods of time - let the fun begin.  I think this weekend we are going to have to move his crib mattress down to the middle setting.  So bittersweet!

Coen loves to blow rapsberries, which sounds like farting noises when  he does it.  I really think the gender differences are apparent at such a young age.  I do not remember Sierra making those kinds of noises so young.  It's like he has to be gross already.  I am really not so sure I am cut out to be the mom of a boy sometimes......still makes me nervous even though I grew up around all boys.  Or maybe that is why I am nervous, I know what I am in for?

We have slowly been bringing out some of Sierra's old toys, like the one in the picture above.  It really brings back memories of her as a baby.  I love looking back, but it makes me sad too.  She is 4 now, it is going too fast and before we know it, Coen will be 4.  It also makes me sad because seeing the toys has been reminding me that Adelyn never got to use them.  I have been thinking about her a lot the past few days, and while it isn't the raw pain that brings me to my knees now, it still hurts to think of all we missed out on with her, and all that SHE missed out on.

Another milestone, for me, this month, was meeting my friend's baby girl.  One day I just felt ready and I was.  Thankfully, she reminded me way more of Sierra than Adelyn.  Coen looked huge next to her, and that made me really sad that he is getting so big already.  It also made me really, really wish for another little girl :(  I hesitate to write that, because I don't want it to sound like I would trade Coen for a baby girl.  No way......I just want a baby girl in addition to him.

Anyway, here is a picture of the cutest, sweetest baby boy in the world from his 7th month photo shoot by mommy:
We love you buddy, I swear more each passing day.  How can that even be possible?  He has brought so much happiness back to us.  Whenever I miss his big sister, I just hold him close at stare at his sweet face.....and I have to think that there is something extra special about him, a reason why his sister couldn't stay with us so that HE could.


car said...

Love, love love those big blue eyes!

Melissa said...

Oh those blue eyes! <3 I love him and he's so cute in plaid!

I hear you on how fast it's moving. With Lorelei I would swear it didn't feel like it was going this fast.

I have the older kid toy issue too. I have no idea what to do with them! Seeing as Alexa can scoot around on her butt I should really try to get them OUT of the main play area but haven't yet. I just don't know how that is going to work if we're all playing together. Ugh.

It's funny you mention the raspberries because Alexa was blowing them all of yesterday. :)

Rhiannon said...

Oh my goodness! He is beautiful! Love those big, baby blues :)

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