Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Seven Months Old

Ethan turned seven months old a little over a week ago. I am still kind of behind here! Since last month, the skinny little guy is still keeping his slim figure, and has gained only about half of a pound to weigh in at around 17 lbs, which is down to the 25th percentile. He also grew just a quarter of an inch to measure up at 28 inches this month, which is down to the 75th-90th percentile. He is still only in the 3rd-10th percentile for height to weight ratio. Head growth is again staying right on target at a little over 44 cm, dead on the 50th percentile again.

New foods tried this month:

  • Bananas
  • Peaches
  • Pears
  • Prunes
  • Mixed grain cereal
  • Many Stage 2 foods (with the exception of anything containing carrots or squash)

The introduction of all of these foods went well as it usually does. I stated last time that I thought he had a food allergy to carrots and squash. I should have stated that he probably has an intolerance to them, not an allergy. The reaction is not severe enough to qualify as an allergy at this point. Nonetheless, we are still avoiding them! He appears to like the addition of fruits to his diet. We started doing oatmeal and a fruit for breakfast/lunch and rice or mixed grain cereal and a veggie for dinner. I had added a 3rd meal in at one point, but this decreased his nursing too much, so I have since deleted that meal to encourage him to nurse better. We want to keep it up for at least a year to be sure he gets the best nutrition and immunities possible! He is still my good little eater and it’s so cute to watch him eat. He’s like a baby bird, sitting there, mouth wide open, waiting for momma to shovel the food in! I need to get a video. J

New accomplishments this month:

  • He placed 2nd in a baby crawling contest held at the Fredericktown Tomato Show at the beginning of September
  • Sits up by himself all the time now
  • Pulls himself up on stationary objects, like the couches or coffee table
  • Stands unassisted briefly (before face planting, haha)
  • Got his first tooth on Sept. 21st (it has since broke the surface completely and is growing in!)
  • Started crawling correctly on Sept. 27th
  • Started walking around holding onto the furniture on Oct. 1st

So, we don’t want to brag, but Ethan was actually too young to enter the crawling contest. It was supposed to be for 7 to 8 month-olds (the division he was in), but they let him enter at just over 6 months. And he did great! Granted he did his inch worm routine (see the video below), it worked and he crossed the line second! He was definitely more interested in the other kids and parents than his momma, haha, oh well!

We are definitely glad that we have baby-proofed the house now. The little man is all over the place and in record time! He has figured out how to stand up on objects, but the getting down part is not so easy, so he usually just lets himself fall over, which usually results in a nice face plant to the ground. It’s pretty funny, I must admit, but luckily it doesn’t bother him! haha

So we have now experienced the joys of teething. I must admit, I think he handled this first one pretty well and with a better disposition than most. I guess we are lucky to have such a good-natured (most of the time) child! Someone upstairs is looking out for me! J

Below is a pic of Ethan at seven months, once again wearing a 12-month onesie. This is still not an easy task by any means, even with two of us trying to get a pic of him! I have decided he is just an ornery booger, haha. J