Wednesday, January 25, 2012

7 months

Dearest Olivia,

I can hardly believe my newborn little Junebug is 7 months old already! Gone are the days where you just sit quietly in our arms without moving. No, if we are sitting down you are constantly squirming and turning  trying to grab at stuff or get down. Just within the last week you have mastered crawling and can now do it on any surface at lightning speed. And in the mornings you only eat half a bottle before you have to get down and play for a little while and then finish. You have also mastered the art of sitting up with out toppling over. You can go from down to up and up to down easy peasy. You are also getting tougher by the day. I just watched you fall over on the rug and bump your head and you didn’t make a peep. You just got right back up. Speaking of mastering skills, just within the last 2 days you have mastered pulling up onto your feet. You’re still a little wobbly on those so I have to be right beside you to catch you because that’s a long way down for your little noggin head!

You rock back and forth in a ryhtmatic motion when music comes on your piano or the little pig that you used to be afraid of comes on and starts dancing. You are still the happiest baby in the world and you think James and Audrey (especially James) are the funniest things in the world. You practically jump out of my arms when you first see them in the mornings!

Your sleep pattern has been interrupted and that’s a little disappointing. You were doing so good! From 6 weeks to 4 months, 5 out of 7 nights you were sleeping from 8:30-6:30. A simply dreamy sleep pattern for a newborn and her mother!! Then 4 months came and that minor detail went out the window. You went from 5 out of 7 nights to 1 night every other week but you were only waking once. This month has been the worst I must say. You’ve started waking up at 11:30 crying out in your sleep but will usually settle back down with a simple pat down on your back. Then you might wake up again at 1:30 and pat back down and then wake up between 3 and 4 for a bottle. Then you are back up between 6:30 and 7. I was a little disturbed by all this and decided to see what I could do to jog my memory and help you (and therefore help me!) get back to sleeping better at night. Well, I was reminded that there are 3 reasons for a baby’s sleep pattern getting disrupted and you are currently experiencing all 3 of them: 1. Mastering new motor skills (and you have mastered 3 in the last month) 2. Teething (which you are definitely doing and I check every day for a little white cap with out any luck) 3. Separation anxiety (you are most positively experiencing this one! You freak out every time I leave a room and at night cry when your daddy takes you which hurts his feelings in the deepest way!) I started giving you some Motrin and orajel at night before you go to bed and for the last 2 nights that has seemed to help you stay settled at least until 3:00.

You are still our favorite little thing to play with around here, no matter how much sleep you cause us, I mean ME, to loose!! And by the way, your sister is in love with your feet. We think she has developed a little foot fetish thanks to your adorable little tootsies! If you have a footed outfit on she just about can’t stand not being able to kiss your bare feet and the minute I take it off you she appears out of no where and starts “making out” with your feet! She will put her self in the strangest positions to be able to get at your feet. It’s hilarious and at times can be a little embarrassing. Ha!
Love you to the moon and back my darling.

1 comment:

Becky said...

I love you to the moon and back, too, O-Livvy!!!!