7 months old

We’re a little behind so expect a nice slew of posts here for a while. Most importantly though we celebrated Josie’s 7 month birthday last Saturday in Florida with Jordi’s parents and family. It has been a very busy month for Josie as she continues to develop and master new skills.

Two weeks ago she suddenly decided to cruise, so she can hang onto things and move around a lot more now when she chooses. She can move down the entire length of the couch and people when trying to get to things. She is also very steady walking with the help of only one hand although she’s just about running when she gets to hold onto two hands at a time. She also slowly develops her ability to crawl now as she can push up onto hands and knees and rocks back at forth. She spends most of her time on her feet though. She finds me crawling to be downright hilarious. She can pull herself up on almost anything, although she still prefers someones hands helping her up. If I’m busy though, she’ll make do and push herself up to standing. She’s getting a bit better at playing by herself as well, although now as she makes more moves and lunges I have to keep a closer eye on what’s going on.

Josie has moved along significantly in her verbalization’s now as well and spends a lot of time talking to herself these days very loudly. We hear a lot of ‘da da da…’ and starting to hear something sounding more like ‘ma ma ma…’. It’s not in response to anything, more just practicing her sounds. Oddly, in public or around a lot of people, she tends to be very quiet.

She’s greatly enjoying eating with us most nights. Some nights I’m just too tired or busy to bother and she doesn’t seem to miss it. She is very effective at putting the food in her mouth and is starting to really consume some noticeable amounts. She loves to watch the dinner conversation and everything going on around her as well.

She is also starting to develop some object permanence. If a toy goes out of sight to her right, she’ll turn and continue to look for it. She’ll also look for things that you hide behind you. We’re going to have to step up our game when it comes to taking things away from her that are dangerous, as she now knows where to look!

  • Size/weight: size 12 month one pieces, size 9 month separates; Probably about 27.5 inches tall and 15.5 lbs
  • Favorite food: breastmilk
  • Favorite toy: music table for cruising around; egg maraca
  • Favorite book: mr brown goes moo
  • Favorite activity: walking around holding our hands; going out in public to hang out with other children
  • Sleeping: we did some major sleep schedule shifts and implemented a routine after observing her natural sleep patterns, bedtime 7pm, wake up around 6:30am; end of the month waking up at 1am; 4am; 5am, lots more earlier in the month. Naps generally last half an hour two or three times a day.
  • New skill: taking a few steps by herself. Pushing up on hands and knees. Rolling as a form of transportation.
  • Teeth: all i want for Christmas is my two front teeth…
  • Vocalizations: bababa, mamama, dadada, shrieks, getting really loud now

Josie at 7 months old eating a spoon at Panera

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