Allyson 7th Month

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My little girl is now 7 months old!  I love this age, but I also know that it only gets better and better.  Ally is a happy girl and loves her mama, dada, and brother Bode.  She’s finally starting to warm up to Boss our pug but still doesn’t like when he gets in her face and sniffs her eyes (yea I don’t know what it is but he loves smelling eyes).  The biggest thing about this past month was that it was my last month at home before returning to work.  That is why this post is sadly almost a week late.  I can’t believe how exhausting going back to work has already been.  But I’m sure it can only get better.  Both Matt and I have gone to bed at 930pm every day this week.  Bode is still at preschool while Ally is going to the same in home day-care Bode went to for the past 3 years.  I’ll talk more about their personal transitions next month, it hasn’t been the easiest but we’ll see how it goes after a few weeks.  Change is good and we will all take some time to adjust to me back at work.

Sleeping/Feeding

Overall Breastfeeding is still going well.  Unfortunately, I got mastitis again in the beginning of this month because I tried to drop my morning pump sesssion.  Apparently I was getting a little ahead of myself and should have just decreased that pump session because I got a clogged duct.  I caught it pretty early on because I noticed right away when my appetite decreased and I woke up in the middle of the night with a fever.  The redness didn’t come till day 2 but sure enough it was there.  I was able to get over it with antibiotics, lots of water, and lots of nursing.  I returned to work on December 9th and will be doing some feeding and some pumping during the day in the hopes that not only will I make enough milk for Ally but also that I don’t get mastitis again.  This is her daily feeding schedule (at 7 months) – 6am nursing, 9am  bottle, 11am lunch (food), 3pm bottle, 430pm nursing, 530pm dinner (food), 630pm nursing and bedtime, 9pm dreamfeed (nursing).  I tried to drop the dreamfeed but since shes not eating as much during the day I think she needs it since she usually wakes up around 10pm if I don’t get up and dreamfeed.  I don’t know if I mentioned the word ‘dreamfeed’ before.  Basically a dreamfeed is getting the baby up (without waking them) and attempting to feed them so they don’t wake up and go right back to sleep.  Ally has always been really good with dreamfeeding, some babies just wake up or can’t eat when they are sleepy.  She is still only eating fruits and vegetables (besides breastmilk).  She likes everything that she has tried so far except for avocado but we’ll be trying that again someday soon.

Miscellaneous

She is not crawling yet but there’s a lot of rolling going on and if I leave her in one place she will roll all over but still prefers her back.  However, she does sleep on her tummy. She’s getting really good at sitting up on her own but still needs some pillows as props surrounding her so that she doesn’t fall down.

Update:  I forgot to mention we pierced her ears this month.  She wasn’t too bad with the actual piercing, it was when the nurse, doctor, and I had to hold her down that she got scared and cried.  But the end result is too cute and I’m so happy we did it!

This month we had a handful of ‘firsts’ including:

  • First Thanksgiving
  • First visit with Santa
  • First Hanukkah

Diaper size – size 2

Clothing size – In between 3-6 months and 6-9 month clothes

Nicknames – Al, Ally, Ally-Boo, Ally-Bear

7-Month Hair color – brown

7-Month eye color –blue

7-Month Weight –  TBD

7-Month Height –  TBD

What’s up with Bode?

Bode has really shown a lot of excitement for the holidays this year.  That’s one of the best reasons for having kids right?  We introduced Elf on the Shelf and he understands that if he misbehaves the elf will report back to Santa.  This year Bode is asking for a ‘squirt gun’ from Santa.  What that really means is a ‘nerf’ type gun with darts to shoot.  So of course he decides this after I have already completed all of my shopping so we had to go out and make an extra purchase from Santa.  We are looking forward to Christmas morning and celebrating the holidays with our families.

Please enjoy the photos which include:  The Holidays at the Grove, Thanksgiving, Fall Family photos with Tiffany Nicole Photography, and some at home photos.

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2 thoughts on “Allyson 7th Month

  1. I was searching for my GF’s blog and came across yours. Read you post about having your darling daughter’s ears pierced early with your GF’s daughter. How cute are they? I think you’re a smart and thoughtful mommy for getting your dd’s her ears pierced as an infant. She will thank you later for the “gift of pierced ears.”

    I am in favor of infant ear piercing and absolutely swoon over tiny baby girls with those little gold studs in their earlobes. Not only do I think it is Adorable with a capital A, it also helps little baby girls like my Sandi say, “I am a girl!!” before they can talk. I had a similar difficult experience in deciding when to have my daughter’s ears pierced too. I was a bit nervous, but changed my mind after seeing so many babies and little girls with cute earrings.

    Still unsure, I asked our ped encouraged me to have our daughter’s ears pierced when mommy could care for them and allow them to heal properly. She gave me some ” Tips for moms having their dd’s ears pierced and ” Tips for moms having their daughter’s ears pierced” since she had so many moms ask about having their infants and little girls ears pierced.

    If any other moms are unsure or need some research, then write me an e-mail. Promise, she’ll look adorable in her upcoming holiday pictures.

    angie

    angietune@hotmail.com

  2. I was searching for my GF’s blog and came across yours. Read you post about having your darling daughter’s ears pierced early with your GF’s daughter. How cute are they? I think you’re a smart and thoughtful mommy for getting your daughter’s ears pierced as an infant. She will thank you later for the “gift of pierced ears.”

    I am in favor of infant ear piercing and absolutely swoon over tiny baby girls with those little gold studs in their earlobes. Not only do I think it is Adorable with a capital A, it also helps little baby girls like my Sandi say, “I am a girl!!” before they can talk. I had a similar difficult experience in deciding when to have my dd’s ears pierced too. I was a bit nervous, but changed my mind after seeing so many babies and little girls with cute earrings.

    Still unsure, I asked our ped encouraged me to have our daughter’s ears pierced when mommy could care for them and allow them to heal properly. She gave me some ” Tips for moms having their dd’s ears pierced and ” Tips for moms having their daughter’s ears pierced” since she had so many moms ask about having their infants and little girls ears pierced.

    If any other moms are unsure or need some research, then write me an e-mail. Promise, she’ll look adorable in her upcoming holiday pictures.

    angietune@hotmail.com

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