Alexis, 7 months

Hey Sugar-Bear,

Yes, I call you sugar-bear, sugar-plum, sugars, suggy, pretty much any form of sugar I can think of, you are just so stinking sweet that I can’t help it. You are such a happy, content little girl! Even if you are sick, tired, hungry… it doesn’t really matter, you are happy and sweet! You are such a lover! You love to hold mommy, touch our faces, lay on our laps. You have started rubbing/tickling mommy when you are falling asleep. You have the softest touch.

Speaking of falling asleep… well this month has been a time of frustration for mommy. You rely solely on mommy to fall asleep and stay asleep. I am getting up, on average, 7 to 8 times a night to put your paci back in so you can fall back asleep. I have wanted to ‘sleep train’ you for over a month now, but you and mommy have been sick. I have been reading the Sleep Easy Solution given to me by Stacia. A lot of my friends have tried it and it worked wonders. We actually started it a few days before you turned 7 months. The Sleep Easy Solution is a ‘cry-it-out’ method with support. It teaches you to fall asleep on your own instead of relying on mommy and daddy to put you to sleep constantly. The first night was awful! You cried for one hour and 45 minutes. The second night you cried for only 5 minutes, but that was a fluke night because the next 4 nights were similar to the first night. Since we started this only a week before you turned 7 months, I hopefully will have a better report next month.

You had several firsts this month. You got your ears pierced. You look so pretty! That was honestly one of the hardest things mommy has had to go through. The lady who was piercing them said that it was only the sound that scares you and that it does not hurt. Well, she lied. It most definitely hurt you. I felt like the worst mother ever! You cried a cry that I have never heard before, I could not get out to the car fast enough to nurse you and make you feel better. I know that you won’t remember it later and you they did not phase you at all. You have not even tried to touch them since you go them done.

You have started eating foods also! We have been trying for over a month to feed you solids, but you haven’t had much interest and pushed everything out with your tongue. Right before you turned 7 months you actually wanted food. You started with tasting sweet potatoes, apples (which you did not like, you acted like it was tart), avocado, and bananas. And just like everyone said, you started teething right when you began to be interested in food. It looks like you will get your two bottom teeth very quickly!

You also went to your first dance show. Your cousin Gabby danced at the Oakcrest Dance Show. During the show you ate, slept, jumped (your new favorite thing, you are a pro at it!), watched intently at the dancers! I see dance in your future for sure! Ok, ok, I hope you do love dance as much as your mommy did, but if you chose not to then I will accept that (ok I will try to accept it a little LOL).

You went to the zoo for the first time this month also. Mommy, Daddy, and Nana took you to the Cape May Zoo. You had such a great time watching the Cheetahs with daddy, playing with the little monkeys with Nana (actually the monkeys loved you, they kept putting their hands up to yours on the glass and watching you). You were so happy and fun that day! You love going on walks now. You like when daddy holds you, you look at everything and take it all in.

You gave mommy and daddy a little scare this month. When Nana was visiting this month she noticed a patch on your back. We talked to the doctor and we took you for an ultrasound to check it out. They were trying to rule out a tethered spine. The ultrasound tech was worried about doing an ultrasound on you because he was afraid you would not be cooperative. Well, you were perfect. You laid on your belly and mommy rubbed your head the entire time. You were such a good girl! The doctor and the ultrasound tech both said that everything was fine and there was nothing to worry about. Mommy and daddy were instantly at ease. Even thinking that something could be wrong with you scared us so much. We thank God that you are perfect and healthy sweet baby. Now, if we can just keep you from getting colds we will be set!

You still don’t like to be on your belly, and you flip very quickly to be on your back. You do not really have roll from your back to your belly, but you are almost there. You have no desire to crawl or be on all fours just yet, but you love to stand and jump, which is your new favorite thing to do. You love sitting up and playing sitting up, you are pretty good now. You still love being in your exersaucer to play. You love playing with daddy. You mimic his sounds and love playing peek-a-boo with him. You always have to know what he is doing if you can hear him. Daddy is your favorite playmate, but Keaton Stall is your buddy! You love playing with him. You two are so adorable together, he is so gentle and sweet with you and you love him!

I love getting to see you grow each new day. You have such a loving, sweet, content, happy, deep-thinking personality. It is so cute when you meet someone new, you stare and intently study them, you take a few minutes to warm up to people. You love shopping with mommy. You have started reaching for everything and you love feeling the different types of fabrics when mommy is clothes shopping. You really like having mommy right beside you at all times! I don’t mind most of the time because I am fortunate enough to have to the time to spend with you and love on you. You are truly the greatest blessing in mommy and daddy’s life. We love getting to play, love, snuggle, and just be with you all the time! You are a blessing and miracle to us, always bringing a ton of happiness, love, and fun to our lives!

I love you more than you know,

Mommy

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