So let's just say working + taking care of a baby + life in general has gotten the best of me and I didn't ever post her 7 month blog! :( Oh well - here goes a post about the past two months.
January was a pretty chill month. We stayed in Augusta all weekends just to get back into our normal schedule.
Once we saw that you were able to pull up we decided to get you some new toys that you could pull up on. The most popular one so far has been the activity table. That thing is endlessly entertaining to you (and to us as we watch you play with it). We also got a little walker for you that just recently you have started walking behind (with us holding you as you take steps). Just like when you were a baby- you absolutely LOVE standing up! When you were a baby you were happiest just having someone hold you in a standing up position in their laps. Now that you know how to pull up, you spend a lot of your time just standing up hanging on to something, whether it be our legs, a table or chair leg, the side of a couch or bed, or the walls of the pack n' play. It seems to me like you will be an early walker.
Now that you have had a few weeks to practice crawling, you are really getting fast! To solve this problem we set up the previously mentioned "baby jail" and for a few weeks you were pretty content to explore baby jail (which takes up the tan carpet in our living room). At first, I was a super paranoid mom and layered your foam letters and a comforter on top of our carpet to pad your fall whenever you fell - which was a frequent occurence when you were first starting to pull up on things. However it only took about a week of falling all the time for you to learn how to let yourself down slowly from things - it is really cool to watch you learn things like this. Now you have also started transferring yourself from hold onto one thing to another. For example, you will pull up on the ottoman, then transfer your arms to the activity table or couch one at a time.
During this month you have also started to cry a lot when you don't have someone playing with you. We will set you up with toys all around you in the baby jail, and you will just crawl to the couch, pull up on it, and look at the nearest person and cry until they come and play with you! This has caused some complications with me trying to work at home when you are awake. In the past I was able to get at least an hour of work done while you were awake and playing. Now that you can get into so many things, we have to keep a closer watch on you. When we were in Atlanta last weekend for Lucas' and Summer's birthday, you started chewing on a magazine and got a little piece of paper in your mouth, and then we let you suck on a little orange and saw that you had bit into the peel with your little teeth (you have two on the bottom right now). Luckily your dad saw that a little bit of orange peel was in your mouth and got it out. It was pretty funny to see your face showing that you didn't like the "sour" taste of the orange! But this episode showed us that we really have to keep our eyes on you at all times to make sure that you don't put something dangerous in your mouth!
We also made a recent change in bath time and got you an little non-slip mat to replace your baby tub. I'm hoping that you will discover now that you can move around and play more when you're in the tub. Right now, you pretty much just sit in one place and suck on your toys. These past two months, your hair has also filled out and gotten longer so I have been able to start putting more headbands and bows in your hair - you hate them both, but you look much better with them on because without them your hair is very long in the front and gets in your face.
In early February I went on my 2nd business trip to Phoenix. I took you with me to Atlanta on Saturday, left you there with my mom (Gigi) on Monday when I flew out. On Wednesday, Gigi transferred you to Grandma Baareman who drove you back to Augusta and watched you until Friday when I got back home. The trip went really well and you behaved yourself (or so I hear...). :) By the end of the trip I was really excited to see you again and the drive from the Atlanta airport was longer than it has ever been! It was so much fun to be reunited with you and I was happy that I won't have to leave you again for that long until May.
We started feeding you baby food around Christmas time, and we have been trying to feed you more and more recently. You have tried tons of different baby foods (peas, green beans, carrots, squash, pears, etc.) You really aren't the biggest fan of eating and many times it has taken me and your dad together to get you fed! We are hoping that you will get better at this as time goes on, but maybe you are just being stubborn and still just want milk. The most frustrating thing is that you will be hungry and will absolutely refuse baby food and will scream until you get milk. It's like you don't realize that food will fill up your empty stomach too! Also we have started to supplement with formula in preparation for my May business trip.
Sleep has also not been the best over these last two months. Unfortunately you do not really sleep through the night - sometimes you do - but it is very rare. The only times you sleep through the night are the days when we are vigilant to feed you LOTS of food during the day - and this just takes so much time right now and we are both so busy with work that a lot of the times it is just easier to feed you once during the night. I think that when you start eating more food, this will get better. Sometimes I feel bad that I don't have the time to research a ton of different methods on how to get you on a perfect sleeping/eating schedule to get you to sleep through the night, but that's when I realize that I can't do it all as a working mom and that hopefully you will be okay even though I can't focus on you 100% of the time. Luckily you have a wonderful babysitter who also loves you very much, so all in all, even with work in the mix, I think you are very well taken care of. However, I do hope that with the next baby I am able to not work and be 100% free to focus on baby sleeping/feeding schedules, etc.
Lucy (and/or nicknames: Baby Boo, Lucy Boo, Sweet Girl, Cutie, Sugar, Silly Willy, etc.) - we love you so much. It is a such a gift to watch you grown and learn each day. I love each and every moment that I get to spend with you.