my dearest sylvie,
today you are 7 months old. gosh, that sounds so much older than 6 months. you are growing bigger by the minute it seems. if i had to guess, i would place your weight at around 17 pounds and your height at 26 or 27 inches. this is a far cry from my 5 pound 10 ounce, 19 inch long newborn. that newborn stage was nice and all, but i much prefer the age you are now. you are so much fun, little girl! you smile, laugh, wave, and "talk" to us constantly. i feel like more of a mother and less like your caregiver now. it's more than just feeding you, changing your diaper, and cuddling you. i am teaching you now. everyday we learn something new together. last week i taught you how to wave. the week before you learned to look over to your dad when i ask, "where's daddy?" and look back to me when i ask, "where's mommy?" it's awesome. it's beyond awesome. watching you learn and being the one responsible for teaching you these things is the most rewarding thing i have ever done.
it amazes me everyday just how smart and insightful you are. you are so different with your daddy than you are with me. with him it's all rough housing, giggling, and hair -pulling. you are much gentler with me. you don't pull my hair, you stroke it softly. you hold on tight to my clothes or pet them, instead of pulling. you spend minutes at a time gently touching my face, as if you are trying to memorize everything about me. these are some of the sweetest moments we share.
month 7 was a time of tremendous changes in you. you are mobile now and it is rocking our world! you can't crawl yet, but you can scoot and log roll to just about anything. we have to keep a constant eye on you and your surroundings now. you never stay where we put you for longer than a few seconds. there's no more plopping you on the floor and running to the bathroom or making myself some lunch. if i can't keep both of my eyes on you, i place you in your crib with some toys, strap you in your high chair, or wear you. your long-standing hatred of tummy time has been replaced with pure, giggly love. as soon as i lay you down on the floor, you flip onto your tummy and stay that way. you can push all the way up on your hands, but still have trouble getting your knees under you. i know that you will get there soon enough. patience, sweet baboo!
you wake up for the day sometime between 7:30 and 8. at 9 your daddy feeds you breakfast and has some play and bonding time with you. 10-11:30ish is your morning nap. i feed you lunch at 12 and then we play some more. 2-3:30ish is your afternoon nap. after that we usually go on some sort of adventure, such as the park, the grocery store or a walk around the neighborhood. i feed you dinner at 5 and bathe you immediately after. you love to get messy at mealtime! 6-8 is spent winding you down for the day. we listen to soft music, play quietly or watch some of your favorite sesame street videos on youtube. at 8 sharp we take you into your room and start your bedtime routine, which lasts about 30 minutes. first you have a little more playtime on the floor. then we read you 3 books. the first two change every night, but the third one is always goodnight moon. we then say "goodnight" to the things in your room and you have your bedtime bottle. once you finish eating, we turn on your white noise machine, turn off the lights, and kiss you goodnight. we place you in your crib drowsy, but awake. then we cover you with a soft blanket and make sure you have your lovie (a stuffed fox) next to you. we pat your side for a minute and sneak out of your room.
i can't even begin to tell you what a difference scheduling has made in all of our lives! it is incredible. every bedtime and nap time used to be a hugh struggle. sometimes it would take us HOURS (i'm not exaggerating) to get you down for the night. in this last month we learned that you were ready for a daily routine. you thrive off of consistency. month 7 was the first time we could say that. this routine is great for you and is easy for us to stick to. bedtime is a pleasure now. i used to dread it every night and now i enjoy our quiet time together. nap times take 5 minutes instead of the 30 or more it used to take. this schedule, more so than any other parenting decision, has been a lifesaver. all three of us are better and happier for it.
with all of the love in my heart,