Originally uploaded by our "nut" house
Right before Christmas, JM officially became 7 months old. He continues to bless us with his presence. In the two weeks since his last doctor visit, he had gained almost 2 pounds, which is his biggest gain ever, so as of the 7 month mark he is almost 16 pounds, still little for his age, but we'll take it.
His favorite things these days are:
-Eating! He eats 2 heaping tablespoons of oatmeal or rice cereal with fruit for breakfast, a lunch entree and vegetable and a dinner with a vegetable and more cereal with fruit. His grandparents and aunts and uncles commented that they had never seen a baby eat so much. He continues to breastfeed and takes one last bottle of formula on top of that before bed.
-Crawling around! Well not quite crawling in the traditional sense, but he can pull himself around to things he finds particularly interesting. He seems to be especially motivated by things he is not supposed to put his mouth on, like electrical cords, cell phones, remote controls, magazines and newspapers.
-Sitting up. He can sit unassisted for a long time! This takes us into a whole new big boy world... now that he can sit up in the bathtub, in a high chair or shopping cart, etc.
-Mr. High Maintenance. We aren't sure whether it's some new teeth coming in or what, but the past few weeks he's been a little, er, high maintenance. He will be happy with a toy for a while, but then needs to move on to the next thing. We tap danced for him last night as a joke. We feel like we are his subjects and he is the king!
-Bathing. JM loves his nighttime bathtime with Daddy. If he is grumpy, he will usually be re-energized by his bath and alert a little longer. His new favorite "toy" is his little boypart, which he finds quite fascinating. :) I am sure some day he will die knowing I posted this to the internet.
-Singing loudly. The kid has found his voice and astounds us with his strong vocal cords. Recently in church, the man in front of us turned around smiled and said "where did Mr. Loud go?" after Mike had to take him for a walk because he was talking so loudly. He wasn't crying, but rather making a lot of noise. Why does he only do this in church? Hmmm...
We had a great first Christmas... and the past few days have been quite a whirlwind, so I'll save those memories for the next entry. A highlight for JM this break was meeting the infamous Annabel, who was in Texas from NJ for her Christmas with her grandparents in Marble Falls. Annabel was very kind in sharing her toys with JM and showed us how she could scoot across the floor and was very understanding when JM spit up all over the place and his mama had her beer knocked over. If Annabel will have him, perhaps a future girlfriend for JM?