That's right - SJ is seven months old!
Not too much has changed in the last month for SJ. His eating, sleeping, and playing patterns are all basically the same as they were at six months.
He loves to eat - especially fruit - and would eat baby food all day if we'd let him. He still likes his food very smooth and isn't into any textures yet. If I make his food the slightest bit chunky, he chokes on it. He loves chewing on fruit in his net feeder! A big developmental step for SJ in self-feeding was learning to hold his own bottle just before his seven-month mark. He shows a definite interest in what we've got on our plates, so we may try some finger foods soon.
Unfortunately, SJ still isn't sleeping through the night. Even with watering down his nightly bottle, he still wakes up every night at least once - sometimes even three! - times between his 8:00 pm bedtime and his morning wake-up time of around 6:30 am. Luckily, he does go back to sleep very quickly when he wakes up - especially if you give him a warm bottle - but that does make for one tired mommy that we're still getting up every night in month seven!
Luckily, his disposition hasn't changed, either! At seven months old, SJ is a very cheerful, happy baby. He loves to babble, giggle, and he's definitely learned how to let loose with a high-pitched squeal this month!
He loves laughing, playing with toys, trying to grab hair and pull it, and chewing on everything. SJ would love to crawl - he's desperate to move around and tries to crawl or pull himself along the floor a lot. He's drooling nonstop and teething all the time, but so far he hasn't had a tooth pop through yet.
SJ loves to watch Katie Anne and mimic everything she does. Here, he's wearing her cowboy hat, which we all found hilarious! One of the cutest things that he does is lean way over to his side and look out of the corner of his eyes at you with a silly little grin. He is a big ham and loves to play peek-a-boo with a burp cloth, toy, or hat. He is a lot of fun - everyone loves to play with him!
We can't tell quite yet, but it looks like SJ's eyes are turning brown this month. They aren't the blue-gray color they were before - there's a brown starburst in the middle of both his irises now, and his eyes definitely look darker. We've had to cut his hair again this month because it grows so fast, and it is hard to really tell what color it is for sure. It looks medium brown, light brown, blonde, or reddish depending on the light. His coloring is definitely lighter than the rest of the family. He looks a lot more like me as a baby than Katie Anne did - she looked a lot like Saunders's baby pictures.
SJ is a wonderful baby, and we're so glad to have him!