I love these monthly posts, but DANG, how are my babies seven months already? This month was huge in so many ways and I feel like every day there are doing something new or moving faster. It won’t be long before I have three children going in three different directions faster than I can corral them all. (Pray for me!)
This month we decided to wean the boys and move to formula. I strongly believe that FED IS BEST, and I had said from the beginning that I would breastfeed until it didn’t work for our family. The boys took to the formula just fine and are doing great! Between the two of them, they drink about a half gallon (64 oz) of formula a day!!
We’ve also started to introduce solids. It took several attempts for them to warm up to the idea, but slowly and surely they’re starting to like it. So far they’ve tried green beans, sweet potato, applesauce, avocado and banana.
This month we also sleep trained the boys with help from our favorite sleep consultant Annie (you can find her here, she’s fabulous) and I’m so glad we did. The boys went from waking up 2-3 times a night each to sleeping 12 hours straight! I’m back to getting 8+ hours of sleep a night and am feeling great. Their naps have improved a lot too. They take two naps a day for a total of about 2.5 hours.
The boys are sleeping well and eating well and they are so much happier for it which means we’re all well rested and (mostly) happy campers over at the Lew household – praise the Lord!
Likes: anybody talking to him, his big sister, army crawling, chewing on anything he can get his hands on, bathtime
Dislikes: being away from people (he will crawl as fast as he can to get to where the action is), being “alone” for too long, getting stuck while exploring
Personality: Sam is very vocal with his likes and dislikes and will let you know if he is happy or unhappy. His highs are super high and his lows are super low. He takes after his mama in that he has ALL the emotions! He has the sweetest smile that he gives liberally to anyone that is near him.
Milestones: Sam has had such a busy month. He is army crawling super fast, can get a few “steps” at a time of normal crawling, can push himself up into the sitting position, and can sit for long periods of time. He has great core muscles because even when E bumps into him (sometimes on accident, sometimes intentionally), he stays in the sitting position. He also is beginning to pull himself up with a little assistance. I think we’ll have to drop his mattress height by the next monthly update.
He also got TWO teeth this month (within a few days of each other). Sam is making lots of noise and is stringing together syllables.
Likes: grabbing at toys -especially anything that belongs to his sister (much to Elizabeth’s dismay), pulling hair (mine, Elizabeth’s, his brother’s), his exersaucer, bathtime
Dislikes: there’s not much that he dislikes. he is a picky eater when his formula isn’t warm enough, gets upset if he doesn’t eat immediately after waking up, and he cries when Elizabeth knocks him over, but I feel like those are things that would make me cranky too.
Personality: Henry is still my chill boy (he gets that from his dad). He is content pretty much wherever we set him down and puts up with his sister and brother bumping into him, crawling on him, etc. I am so thankful for his relaxed spirit, because Sam and Elizabeth are a little more high maintenance and it’s nice to have one child who is content and happy no matter the circumstances.
Milestones: Henry is about 7-10 days behind Sam in almost every physical feat. He is army crawling (slowly but surely), can push himself to sit up and can sit up for a few minutes at a time. He doesn’t do it as quickly as Sam, and isn’t as steady but he is improving every day. Although he’s just a step behind Sam when it comes to moving, he exceeds him in his hand/eye coordination and his thoughtfulness. You can just see his little mind working as he examines the toys in his hands, and he is so quick to reach out and grab a toy or a handful of hair (or a pair of glasses).
Still no teeth for Henry, but he’s displaying all the symptoms – drooling, fussing, chewing, etc – so I’m anticipating them to pop soon. He’s also chatting a lot and said “dada” the other day so we’re counting that as his first word!
**I love watching my boys grow and interact with each other and their big sister. They all make each other laugh, and are beginning to rough house a little bit. I’m a little worried about their two-year-old selves because they’re already climbing and rolling all over each other. I can’t imagine when they’re actually mobile – we’ll have a loud house for sure!
Elizabeth is the BEST big sister. She is so concerned when a baby is crying, hugs them first thing in the morning, gets them toys when they are fussing, and attempts to move them if they get stuck. She interacts with them a lot more. We’re trying to teach her to be more gentle because she doesn’t quite grasp that they don’t have the skill that she does.
I think my favorite thing is that she keeps tabs on them while we’re driving. I try to keep them from sleeping in the car because I want them to take good naps at home and she’s caught onto that. She’ll yell “wake up brothers” which I think is so funny.
Mom and Dad
This month has had so many highs and lows. I’ll sleeping much better and not feeling stressed out about my milk production. However, with the boys being more mobile and needing a lot more interaction, I’m feeling quite torn. Trying to balance the needs of three children, nap schedules, meal planning/prep and keeping the house mostly clean has proven to be quite challenging and I’ve had a few moments of losing my cool.
I know it’s all a learning process and that the rough patches will pass so I’m trying to just take a breath and do what I can. Each stage has it’s positives and negatives, and thankfully we are moving into one of my favorite stages with the boys!
Adventures and Experiences
Sleep training kept us at home for two weeks because we wanted to get the boys on a schedule. That means there weren’t many adventures for them. We went apple picking, visited the Minute Man National Park several times, went to Boston for an MIT function, spent a lot of time at Learning Express (an indoor mini-city/gym), went hiking at Middlesex Fells Reservation, celebrated both of their parents’ birthdays, and had a visit from Grandma! So nothing major, but a lot of little activities to get them out and about.