Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Month to Month: Layne is 7 mos. old

Seven months have past now since the cutest little guy entered our world......

His little personality is still so calm and collected, although he has started having some stranger danger. He definitely knows if a new person is holding him. While it doesn't always bother him, he will occasionally look at me and just begin to squall if he is unsure of who exactly is holding/talking to him.

Layne is moving more and more. He just started crawling about a week ago. He has a little shuffle going on, he isn't always on both knees and will drag the other leg or will straighten it and kick off so to speak with it. He hasn't moved room to room yet but gets around one room well. Everything goes straight to his mouth, as usual for 7 months, so I have had to really stay on top of the small toys and everything else that ends up on the floor.

(He didn't want the monkey to sit next to him!)

Sleep wise, he is still getting up to eat in the middle of the night. I am not sure when we will break that habit. Generally, he sleeps from 9ish-7ish. Naps are getting to be in the same time frame but are still sporadic. He has developed a habit of staying awake until  the next feeding in the mornings and then falling asleep for an hour or so. Same happens for the afternoon. Then usually after dinner or later he might take a quick 30 min nap. I have been letting him call the shots sleep wise because he has always been a good sleeper. But I am beginning to see the need for a routine because he wants to wait til a feeding to go to sleep and isn't letting me just rock him or lay him down.

Speaking of sleep and moving.....he usually is sitting up in bed by the time I get in there. He will just grin and laugh once he sees me. So cute! He is starting to pull up to standing on some things so we have moved his bed down. And another sleep change is that he prefers his stomach now. I believe the other two did this a little earlier, because I was surprised at how long he stayed on his back.

We have now tried most all the fruits and vegetables. He likes most all of them except peas. He will eat them but not as readily. Usually, he eats something at all three meals with us. But if I forget to bring something or he is asleep, he doesn't notice or act hungry. He now has one tooth! It poked through last week and there is now a second about to make its appearance. (The two front bottom) Seven mos is the earliest for my 3 to get teeth. I am not sure if that's a good thing or not! But now I have let him have some little teething biscuits and rice cake type baby things.

When we went to the doctor for his last illness right around he's 7 month mark, (he has now had 2 ear infections since Christmas) he was 19 lbs 14 oz. Then a week later, we were back for a recheck and shots and he was already up to 20 lbs 4 oz! I was able to look back at Garyn's weight at 7 months and it was a whopping 22 lbs! I just didn't realize how big Garyn was for his age. Like Garyn, Layne doesn't look super chunky but is dense/solid I guess.

Another milestone reached....he said "momma" last week! He says it most when he is tired or fussy. Not sure he knows its my name but he says it and I answer! :) Garyn and Ansley just love seeing all these changes and new things. They both still exclaim "He crawled!" every time he moves practically. Milestones that aren't intended but always happen have also been reached. In the past month, he has fallen off the bed and couch. So we are no longer putting him on those! Thankfully, with both, he took it great, cried but didn't have any symptoms to worry about.

Layne's hair has gotten longer and thicker. It looks to be turning a little blonder but still seems darker than Garyn and Ansley's. His eyes are definitely brown now. Those eyebrows are still the most talked about feature his has! People will think he is raising them on purpose but he isn't.....they just grow that way! We still think he looks a lot like daddy and Garyn, too. Every once in awhile people will say they can see some of Ansley in him, too.

Mixture of all 3, Garyn is in train shirt and baseball shirt; Ansley is easier to pick out.
I think their cheeks are all the same when they smile.

Well, I only have a week until he is 8 months! Geez, ssssllllooowww down time!

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