Our little Miss Zoe is 7 months old!
I just want to pinch those little apple cheeks! :)
We're definitely starting to notice quite the personality coming out in this little one. These last 6 weeks or so she's starting to feel a lot more like a little person. She is very playful, pretty tough, loves food, wants to do whatever you're doing, and has way. too. much. energy.
She's starting to play a lot more with her toys and will play a lot by herself, which is really nice. I can sit her down on her blanket with some toys in front of her and run around the house and take out the garbage, clean the toilets, unload the dishwasher, etc. Anything that I can get done in about 10 minutes. After that long she realizes she's on her own and is like, "What the hell!?" So I'll go and play with her. I only do that a couple times a day so I can run around and get something done, but it's nice to know that she's cool with it. I'll get down on the ground with her and play with her or work on an art project while laying next to her - she really just wants to know that you're there.
She also LOVES to bop her head around. We call it "rockin' out." She'll just be sitting there and start bobbing her head all around making "bababababa" noises. I think most babies do this, but it is so hilarious to see (and very hard to catch in action)
Oh, and I guess I should mention she's full on sitting up now. That happened last month or so, but I didn't do the 6 month update because that's when I was on my "timeout." So yeah, she's sitting up :)
She's trying to stand up too, which is HILARIOUS. Chris figured out a little while ago that she loved pulling herself up to a sitting position from a laying down position by grabbing your fingers. She just thought she was the best ever and had a HUGE grin on her face as she did it. So one day Chris helped her pull herself up from sitting to standing and she just about died with delight. Now, when you're sitting down on the ground with her and she grabs your hands she does this funny heaving thing trying to pull herself up, so we have to help her. She holds onto our hands the whole way up and while she's standing and she's gotten pretty good at it. She bops, chats, smiles and shifts her weight around now while she's up. We've let go a couple times and she's toppled right over, but she doesn't seem to mind it. It startles her more than anything, but we just clap and smile and she wants to do it all over again.
She's not quite crawling yet, but she does drag herself across the floor all the time. She's gotten pretty good at shimmy-ing around to get where she needs to go. It takes her a little while and there are lots of grunts involved, but she certainly is determined
She is loves food, and especially wants to eat anything you're eating. We haven't moved to high chairs when we go out to eat, so we've still been holding her, and she just grabs at food and (ESPECIALLY) cups whenever they're in your hand, "gimme!" The girl LOVES cups. It's hilarious. I don't know what it is about them, but the second she sees you put one to your mouth, she just needs to have it. We have a cup we've given her and she puts it up to her mouth, then pulls it away and smiles at you. Funny girl.
The energy of this child...oh man. I guess I should have expected it. Chris and I like to be busy, but holy shit, she just doesn't stop. And the naps are basically non-existent. I've had several friends who have kids that I've hung out with for several hours at a time just look at her and ask, "Does she ever sleep?" NO! Well, I lie, she takes 30 minute naps. Yes, 30 minutes. Oy vey. There was about a month long period from 2-3 months where she was great at naps, but pretty much since then she has decided that sleep is for losers. And she wakes up A TON at night. We've finally maybe gotten the nights under control to 7:30-7 with two feedings and maybe another 2 or so wakings. But oh man, I was dying for a while when Chris and I were tracking things and she was literally waking up 6-9 times a night. I thought I was going to die
But every day, without fail, the naps are no more than 30 minutes. I would say once a week she takes one for longer than 30 minutes, but then it's only 40. Hardly ever does she take one longer than 40 minutes. 2 naps are guaranteed, but one in the middle of the day is a maybe, and sometimes only 15 minutes. Literally. So by the time she goes to bed at 7:30, she's been awake for 12+ hours with maybe 90 minutes of sleep throughout the day. I don't know how she does it, because some days I want to throw myself out the window. My dad and mom both say I was like that and stopped taking naps altogether at about 18 months. I asked my dad what the hell he did with himself, and he said, "Well, you were the second one, so we already knew kids were nuts. But if you were the first one...man...we probably would have gone crazy."
So, she's just become my buddy. I take her wherever I go - to work, the grocery store, HD, the post office, on walks, on runs, out to eat with friends...the girl loves it all. Seriously, if she could go out and about all day long, she would be the happiest baby there is
I asked my dad when it was socially acceptable for her to be in year round sports. I'm thinking next month. We need to tire that girl out!
She certainly is our daughter: lots to get done, things to see, places to go! And we love her. We love the little family we've made. She's a cutie. Happy 7 months!