Motherhood

Audrey at 7 Months

August 24, 2017

Seven months old, y’all! Audrey is so much fun these days. She’s smiling and laughing more often and she exploring more of the world. I find that I really like this stage because she’s able to interact with me, I can tell she sort of understands what’s going on through our words, tone of voice and actions, and she’s becoming slightly more independent. She can play by herself if I need to prepare dinner or *ahem* finish a blog post. But she also seems to like to socialize. Reminder to self: I gotta get some play dates scheduled! 🙂

More of Audrey’s 7-month-old update is below. Enjoy!

Audrey’s first trip to Hobby Lobby. Can you tell by her facial expression that she liked the Christmas ornaments?! 😉

Grandma and Grandpa A got this onesie made for Audrey to make sure she knows someone in South Dakota loves her. <3

Have I mentioned how much Audrey loves to put things, especially mommy’s fingers, in her mouth?

How old is she: 7 months and one day!

How big is she: I think she has to be approximately 15 lbs. At her last doctor’s appointment she was 26.2 in. long, so I think she’s probably still between 26-27 inches long.

Sleeping: She’s in a fairly regular sleep routine these days. She still sleeps through the night from about 9:30 or 10 p.m. until about 7:30 or 8 a.m. She naps in the morning and in the afternoon. The only real difference is that her naps are a little shorter than they used to be. Could it be a 7-month-old sleep regression?

Eating: We’ve been trying more varieties of baby foods. So far Audrey’s favorites are sweet potatoes and carrots. She seems to like veggies more than fruits, which really surprised me. My goal is to get her on 3 solids a day but most of the time it’s just one. She has started making a “nom nom nom” noise after she takes a bite of food, I think because we do that sometimes when we’re eating dinner. We’ll hold up a strawberry or something, take a bite and say, “yummy, nom, nom, nom.” Now she’s doing it! 😀

She still primarily breastfeeds every 2.5 hours during the day. She gets distracted and then refuses to breastfeed longer than about 8 minutes, so I’ve been topping her off with pumped milk and pre-mixed formula for the past couple of months. I recently tried her on powered formula mixed with breast milk and she hated it. If any mamas out there have advice for how to transition baby from breast milk to formula I’d love to hear how you did it.

Milestones: Audrey has finally rolled from tummy to back, but I’ve only seen her do it a couple of times. Ugh! But she’s great with tummy time and she’s starting to push up on her knees and push her bum in the air like she wants to get on her hands and knees to crawl. She also pivots on her tummy a lot, which gets her legs moving and teaches her that her legs can make her go places. She’s very good at reaching for toys and toes and putting them in her mouth.

We’re working on sitting up and standing so that’s been really fun. She can sit by herself for a few seconds and then wobbles over when she reaches for a toy or moves her head to look around. She loves when we help her stand and locks her legs really well. We always tell her what a big girl she is when she’s standing and she gets a big smile.

Right around her 6-month-old mark she started to become a lot more vocal. She makes a lot of sounds but her favorite is “ma” and sometimes she’ll string the sounds together to say “mama” or “mmaaamm.” I know she doesn’t know that I’m “Mom” but I think I’m still going to count it as her first word.

Audrey wasn’t sure what to make of the sunflower field at first but I think she ‘brightened’ up toward them by the end of our visit.

Books are for chewing, right?

The many joyful faces of Audrey Joy.

Personality: Audrey’s still very alert and attentive, she smiles a lot, she gets excited when Dad comes home from work, she loves when we make her fly or tickle her ribs. She loves when someone plays with her but she’s also good at keeping herself occupied by playing by herself. Overall, she’s just a happy baby.

Best moment this month: My favorite times are when we get to see family, not only because I love them but because they get to know Audrey more and more. My twin sister and brother-in-law, who are expecting their first baby next February, came to visit us last week and it was fun to see them interact with Audrey. I’m sure it was good practice for them, too.

Audrey’s favorite things are: Anything she can put in her mouth… Which is everything. Lol! She’s big enough now that we can take her for walks in her stroller without her car seat and I think she really likes that because she can see so much more of the world. She absolutely loves to kick her legs constantly, and she loves to watch Dad eat. I don’t know why that is, but she’s mesmerized. She’s a funny girl.

Any surprises this month: The biggest surprise for me has been to see her try to get her legs under her when she’s on her tummy. I think of it as the very early stages of her first attempts to crawl. This has also been the first month where I’m a little surprised with how fast it’s going. Getting to 6-months-old was like climbing a hill. Now that we’ve reached that summit I feel like we’re on the downward slide to the 1-year-old milestone. Instead of getting sad about the time going so fast though, I’m trying to stay focused on how much fun we’re having at each stage.

Looking forward to: This Friday we’re taking our first long road trip to my Dad’s house, which is about 9 hours. Plus, we’ll have to add in frequent stops for feedings, changing diapers and letting her out to stretch and roll around. It’s going to be a long day but she will be able to meet lots of my Dad’s friends and neighbors, so I’m really happy about that. Plus, at least one of my sisters is coming down, too, so it’ll be more quality family time.

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2 Comments

  • Reply Tam August 24, 2017 at 2:36 pm

    She is doing so well! Crawling is fun! You’re gonna LOVE that phase. However, when our “babies” got good at crawling we had to start really disciplining which for a “let’s party” type of person like me it really was a bummer. But better to keep them safe so you have many more days to party with each other 😍. Love how you write down all the good stuff about Audrey Joy. Its is filling my heart ❤️ every time I read about you all 😘

    • Reply Heather Astleford August 24, 2017 at 7:50 pm

      Thanks Tam! I really like to remember the little details that could be easily forgotten otherwise. I think the crawling phase will be so fun and scary! We’ll definitely be baby-proofing the house before she starts crawling. We miss you! 🙂

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