Finley is changing so quickly! I swear she looked like this yesterday:
But no. That was seven months ago. Incredible. Here’s what’s up with Miss Finley Marie.
Height and Weight:
Finley continues to be in the upper range for all three measurements; at her six month appointment, she was over 100% for height (28 inches), 96% for weight (19 lbs. 11 oz.), and 85% for head circumference. That was a month ago, so who knows how big she is now. I’d guess over 20 lbs. for sure. She’s almost too big for her infant car seat, so we already purchased and installed the convertible car seat.
Physical Developments and Changes:
Sitting up: She’s very stable on her own but will sometimes topple over. If I’m not going to be right by her and she’s on a harder surface, I’ll put the Boppy behind her. She spends lot of her awake time sitting up playing with toys.
Crawling: This isn’t happening yet, but we’re getting close. During play time, I’ll set her on her belly. She’ll stay there for a bit, but she also likes to roll onto her back. A few times she’s pulled her butt up and was on all fours. I’m excited for this new phase!
Teeth: Finley has two teeth coming in! While we were in Maryland, the first bottom one poked through, and less than a week later, the other bottom middle one broke the skin. She’s had no teething symptoms (knock on wood), but I have heard these are the “easiest” teeth.
Talking: Of course it’s too early for Finley to be saying any words, but in the last month she has become very vocal. She says ba, blah, ma, wah, and other similar sounds. I was an early talker, and I hope Fin is too.
Eating and Drinking:
As I mentioned in a previous post, we started solids on Fin’s half birthday. Since then she’s tried the following: carrot, pumpkin, sweet potato, avocado, banana, pear, apple, mango, cauliflower, peas, lentils, and whole milk yogurt. Her favorites are yogurt, banana, and sweet potato. We’re skipping rice cereal, so for iron, we’ve been giving her lentils.
After talking to the nurse who runs the Mother Baby Hour I attend and reading more, I decided to try eggs. Brody and I have no known allergies, so instead of just giving her the yolks, I scrambled one egg. She was not a fan and actually spit up a little after a couple bites. Brody also thought she looked a little splotchy around her mouth afterwards. She could be allergic, or it could’ve been nothing. The egg white is that part that causes allergic reactions, so we may try giving her just the yolk for the iron. The idea of having a child who is allergic to anything now freaks the heck out of me.
Although I thought we’d do more of the baby led weaning approach, she really prefers feeding herself or being fed by us with a spoon. Maybe baby led weaning will work better once her teeth come in and she’ll be able to chew. There’s also a part of me that’s nervous about choking. I keep reminding myself that there’s no need to rush these things; she’s still getting the majority of her calories from breastmilk, and this is all practice and exploration.
Fin’s daytime sleeping is becoming more predictable, and I, in turn, have been experiencing less anxiety related to her sleeping. She takes two to three naps a day, and her awake times have increased to two to three hours. Often she’ll wake up after thirty to forty minutes, and I’ve started letting her hang out in her crib. If she doesn’t fall back asleep after thirty minutes, I pull her out. I’ll change her diaper right away and very likely she’ll have pooped (it’s hard to smell poop with cloth diapers). No wonder she couldn’t fall asleep again, especially with how the poops have changes since starting solids. The afternoon nap, then, is most consistently the long one. And by long, I mean an hour and twenty minutes. However she did sleep for almost three hours Sunday afternoon.
Bedtime is between 6:30-7:30pm. After a bath, pajamas, and a few books, I feed her. At this point, she’s often very drowsy but not totally asleep. Around 9:00pm, I dream feed, and up until a couple weeks ago, I was nursing her one more time during the night. Randomly, she began sleeping through the night (and I’m not talking the five to six hours STTN but like eleven to twelve hours). We did nothing to bring this on. When she would wake up, she’d either need her pacifier if it was out of reach or talk to herself for a bit. It was an adjustment for my body to so abruptly stop a nursing session, and I only had to deal with a little leaking. There have been a few nights when I have nursed her if she wasn’t falling back asleep. Like always, she typically wakes up between 6:00-7:00am. I cannot complain at all.
Finley’s been in mostly 9 month clothes for a couple months. She even has two pairs of Target sweatpants in size 12 months. I bought a few things for her from Old Navy last week, and the two onesies are 12-18 months.
She is a very happy baby, and she loves to be around people. I’ve been taking her to Mother Baby Hour (MBH) since she was a few weeks old, but unfortunately the 6-9 month group meeting time doesn’t work with my schedule. Luckily a group of moms formed a play group that meets on Friday afternoons, so I’ve been going to that. Last week we met at a coffee shop in Fitchburg. Finley also “interacts” with Adalyn, the 19 month old I watch, three mornings a week.
Finley is pretty awesome, and we love her to pieces.