Toothless No More!

I have been planning all day to write a new blog post about how J seems to be in a sleep regression. He’s always been a great sleeper, but for the past few nights, he’s had a lot of trouble falling and staying asleep… and last night, it really came to a head. I spent hours rocking and bouncing him to sleep. He was being so stubborn and simply would not close his eyes, and as soon as I put him down in the crib and left the room, he would cry. Eventually, at 5:30 a.m. (after 2 hours), he finally fell asleep — but only while I was still in the room, lying on the bed. I originally chalked it up to separation anxiety — but it’d be strange for him to have such separation anxiety when he’s in his own bed.

Well, I now know the answer.

First tooth - left incisor - at 7.5 months

After picking him up from daycare and getting home this afternoon, I fed him, and then while we sat and played, he stuck my finger in his mouth… and what’s that? A very sharp, pointy, hard object was sticking out of his gum!

His first tooth had come in — his bottom left central incisor.

I suspect the right is not far behind. We actually noticed the little white dots of the ridges of both teeth about two weeks ago.

Side note: Today also happens to be my sister’s birthday! Happy birthday, Aunt S! 🙂

Ya know, I don’t blame him for being unable to sleep last night. I’m sure it hurts to have a tooth breaking through your gums! And I’m happy to report that he went to sleep with no trouble tonight.

I’m sure going to miss that toothless grin of his, but also excited to see what his new smile will look like!

They Read My Mind!

After writing the 7 month update last night, I was feeling a little bummed that I didn’t have more to report, and (as I expressed in the post) I’ve been starting to worry about my baby’s (slightly) delayed milestones. But I just opened my email and found my weekly newsletter from Babble, which says…

Does my baby have a developmental delay? Here’s the straight truth: every baby develops at a different pace. Some babies don’t sit until 8 months, don’t walk until 17 months and never say a word until they’re 2 years old. If you’re really worried, talk to your pediatrician about it

Thank you, again, Babble for reading my mind and quelling my fears! (Definitely my favorite mommy blog hub!)

7 Months Old

My baby is 7 months old today!

7 weeks:

7 weeks old

7 months:

7 months old

Look at all that hair! And he looks so much more like a little boy now — and less like an alien-esque baby. (But he was a beautiful alien-esque baby!)

No major milestones this month, other than our discovery that he does, in fact, know how to flip over, despite my concerns last month. I think now he’s working on the crawling thing… He’s starting to “swim” — he balances on his tummy (or gets stuck there) and kicks and waves his arms around, trying to move. Obviously, he’s been unsuccessful. But as soon as he figures out how to get his knees and hands under him at the same time, we’re in trouble. Still, there’s no way of knowing how soon that will be.

He’s definitely a great sitter at this point. He can’t pull himself to a sitting position on his own yet, but if you set him up, he’ll stay there indefinitely. So we’ve started using high chairs at restaurants and cart seats at the grocery store. It’s a huge help to not have to lug that heavy car seat around everywhere! And it’s fun having another dinner companion at the table when we eat out.

Sleeping is still going extremely well! I’m getting much better at reading his signals and predicting his sleep patterns. He goes to bed for the night usually around 7 or 8 p.m. and doesn’t wake up until 7 or 8 the next morning. We are so very lucky. (Sometimes he’ll wake up momentarily in the middle of the night, but pop the pacifier back in and he’s contented and falls back to sleep.) During the day, he takes 3 or 4 naps, each between 45 minutes and 2 hours long.

We’ve been working on introducing solid foods this month. So far, he’s a fan of sweet potatoes and squash… And I finally let him taste some fruits, and he likes them, too — though not as much as I feared he would. I’ve been giving him purees — some in the jar, others steamed and pureed by hand — but I’ve also let him try his hand at eating pieces of banana off his high chair. So far, no success — he is able to get the pieces into his fist, but can’t figure out how to get the pieces from inside his fist to inside his mouth. But we’ll keep on practicing! At least he doesn’t get frustrated — just bored after a while.

7 months in the high chair

Verbally, he’s stopped screaming all the time (though he still does from time to time…), and lately he’s been talking a bit like E.T. — it’s a weird, back-of-the-throat grunt that he uses all the time. Just another one of his vocalizations, I suppose.

J is displaying his personality more and more as he gets older. He’s not super smiley like a lot of babies seem to be — he rarely laughs (I mean big belly laughs, which only seem to occur when I kiss his tummy. Weird, huh?) and absolutely refuses (most of the time) to smile for the camera. He does smile, though, especially when he looks up and sees me sitting nearby. He definitely loves his momma, and those sweet, open-mouth, gummy smiles warm my heart every time!

When he plays, he looks like he is in deep thought, really studying his toys and what happens when he touches, grabs, shakes, or bangs them. Earlier today, for instance, I watched him shake a rattle vigorously, then stop and study it, then shake it again — he obviously understood that he was causing the noise. Then he repeated the experiment with another toy that made a different sound. He looked so proud of himself, too.

7 months looking at block

So contemplative.

I have to admit, though, I’m feeling a little worried lately. When I read the books, they say he should be saying “ma-ma-ma” or “ga-ga-ga,” and that he should be crawling and sprouting teeth. He’s not doing any of that. And shouldn’t he be smiling and laughing more often? To make matters worse, according to my mom’s diary, I was pulling up on furniture at 7 months (and walking at 9), and had 3 teeth, with another on the way. I know it’s wrong to compare babies — they are all unique and develop at different rates, even if they’re related. But I can’t help but think that my child is behind and that I’m doing something (or not doing something) that is causing him to develop more slowly than he should. My concerns are totally unfounded, I’m sure… but I think they’re also somewhat natural for a parent.

  • Next doctor visit: 9 months
  • Teeth: none
  • Favorite foods: peaches, sweet potatoes, squash, bananas, applesauce with blueberries. Oh, and his favorite — sucking on lemons at restaurants!
  • Least favorite foods: green beans (but I’m going to try again…), rice cereal, oatmeal cereal
  • Breastfeeds: 5 times a day
  • Sleeping: 16 hours a day
  • Favorite toy: teething ring, rattle
  • Clothing size: 9-12 months (long and lean!)
  • Sounds he makes: raspberries, E.T. grunts, occasional vowel/consonant mixes (it often sounds like he’s replying “Yeah” or “Hello” when we say something to him)
  • Likes: being held, getting kissed on the tummy, funny noises, being sung to (You Are My Sunshine is “our song”), playing pattycake (though he can’t clap yet, even assisted…), playing with toys
  • Dislikes: new foods (always accompanied by a yucky face), having his diaper changed when he’s hungry