*Note: Still playing catch-up with these updates. Margo is actually 9 months old right now*
In a nutshell, Margo’s 7th month was a huge turning point for her and us. The issues that I had explained in her 6 month update were fading or completely behind us. Month 7 was the much awaited point in my life as her Mom when I could say “this is my favorite month so far, things just keep getting better.”
I took Margo to Descanso Gardens for her first little photo session…alone. This was soon after she started crawling so she eagerly wanted to ditch my little set-up. This was also the first time experiencing nature between her fingers. I know, what a deprived little baby. She had never held sticks, grass or leaves and she was more than curious about how it all tasted as well as felt. I loved watching her explore. The following picture dump is from that sweet little afternoon.
- Margo began feeding herself her bottle! It’s little milestones like this that appear insignificant but are a total game changer! I can actually get both kids fed at the same time, now. I sometimes miss sitting Margo in my lap to feed her myself, but my little Miss Independent refuses. “I’ve got this, Mom.”
- She started crawling! I so do love this baby stage. It doesn’t get any cuter than watching your mini offspring try to balance on all fours, then wobble and slide and even rock their body front to back to attempt to gain forward motion. I’m Mama cheerleader on the sidelines, all the way. Go, Margo, go! And she did. She started crawling sooner than Mia did and I had thought at the time that she was early. Margo is a turbo baby.
- Due to crawling, we set up the bright ass, primary colored baby gate around the living room. We’ve got a full blown baby perimeter squared away. It’s an eye-sore, my living room looks like I run an in-home daycare, but it’s a must to not only keep baby safe while I’m doing other things. Also, it keeps out the dogs and it’s a shoe-free zone which keeps dirt and hair out for her clean crawling pleasure.
- She had her first Halloween. I used the same owl costume I had made for Mia’s first Halloween and being that they’re the same age during the same months, it fit perfectly. Below is a side-by-side of both girls in their 7th month on Halloween (Mia: left, Margo: right)
- She began pulling herself up into a sitting position as well as onto her knees and then finally onto her chubby little feet. Baby feet are the best, right? Slow down, kid!
- Her most common sound is still the growl. She sounds like a wild animal. It sometimes embarrasses me at the grocery store when strangers hear this creepy growl and turn around expecting to see some small dog or something and instead it’s my weird little girl.
- Margo began babbling a heck of a lot more and I can’t get enough of it. She even started saying “Mamamamamama” when she wants me to get her out of her crib after a nap and/or when she’s stuck somewhere and needs my help. Mia’s first word was “Dada” so this was a special milestone for me.
- She grabs at EVERYTHING and puts it all into her mouth. Especially paper! Tissue paper, Kleenex, an 8×10, a book, magazine, paper towel or box…anything paper gets immediately shoved into her mouth.
- She’s still waking up each night for one feeding around 2-3am and goes back to sleep easily and wakes in the morning between 630am-7am. This is a schedule I can deal with. I mentioned last month how she was waking up multiple times throughout the night and that I would attempt sleep training. Well, I did…and it worked. It was definitely a difficult week, at least, of letting her cry it out. It does get easier with each day and in the end, she’s learned how to fall back to sleep on her own. Occasionally, she’ll wake in the night at a random time, shrieking. As her mom, I can differentiate between her different cries. She doesn’t do this often, but when she does, I go to her. I don’t let her cry these out because it just sounds like something is wrong. Usually, she’s overly gassy and needed a good burp let out of her. It’s been really great having her night time sleep improve this month.
- She does well with all baby food. Fruits are her most favorite. Green beans are her favorite veggie.
- Margo is wearing size 9 month clothing and size 3 diapers but not for much longer.
I didn’t jot anything down as far as milestones go during this month. The above is what I could remember, to the best of my ability. I’m sure “mom brain” has altered some of that…it always does.
Love you, “Margo Bubalooski!”