February 3, 2011

7 Months

February is here, the baby gates are up and Lexi and Zara are turning 8 months old! We love them to pieces and also think they are the cutest babies ever. Really, who doesn't think they have the cutest kids? No one?



Highlights of the 7th Month:

  • The girls love to eat just about anything we have offered so far. They eat rice cereal, oatmeal, yogurt, carrots, green beans, sweet potatoes, squash, peas, beans, bananas, strawberries, pears, applesauce, blueberries and "mum mum" crackers. They currently drink four bottles and eat two servings of solid foods per day. 
  • So far no teeth yet, but there is a lot of drooling and chewing on hard toys happening. 
  • They are both sitting very well now and spend a lot of time sitting up and playing or laying on their tummies and rolling both ways. They also love to stand and Lexi will stand on her own if I let her grab onto the couch. 
  • Favorite toys include Sophie (the giraffe), crinkly fabric books, plastic measuring cups and anything else that makes noise or makes a good chew toy. They are learning how to play peek-a-boo and still love when I sing Itsy Bitsy Spider (with hand motions) and Twinkle Twinkle. They definitely show preference for those two songs over other baby songs. 
  • Zara seems to enjoy tight spaces and works to actively wedge herself underneath the couch, coffee table and crib. She just plays happily and finds her way out later. Zara also seems to be close to crawling as she gets up on her hands and knees and rocks back and forth a lot. 
  • Lexi continues to be full of smiles, but is also sensitive and tender-hearted. She makes a very cute noise that sounds like a lawnmower starting sort of like a low, vibrating, belly laugh. She seems to do it when she is excited. 
  • Lexi and Zara both make many cooing and babbling sounds with lots of "dada" and squealing mixed in. 
  • We finally weaned the girls from their swaddles for sleeping in January. Although there were a few night-wakings at first, they now are happily sleeping in sleep sacks and seems to enjoy rolling around their crib, pulling themselves up on the bumper and fall asleep in some very interesting positions these days. 
  • As awareness and interest in each other continues to grow, they often smile and laugh at each other. They now sometimes pull each other's ears, hair and clothing so we try to show them how to be gentle.
  • We feel blessed that our girls continue to sleep well going to bed between 6:30 and 7pm and waking up in the morning between 6:30 and 7am. The girls take two naps each day around 9:30am and 1:30 lasting anywhere from 45 minutes to 2 hours long. 
  • They are growing, growing, growing and are wearing size 6-12month clothing and some 12-18month pants.

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