Saturday, June 16, 2012

Seven Months

Dear Baby Catherine,



Your seventh month started out with a bang! You had been nervous when we’d put you in the sink for a bath, but getting in the pool at Lowie and Paul’s house changed everything. We’ve been there a few times now and you love to swim! It helps that the water is as warm as the bath, you can hang on to us as we walk around, and you have two crazy-fun cousins. This is one of your new favorite activities.


You rolled over well, but at the beginning of the month, you were not yet confident enough to get up and move.  Here you are crying because you want to be held, but you can’t get to any of us so we can pick you up.  By the end of the month you had mastered army crawling and had moved on to regular crawling.  You still use one knee and one foot sometimes, but you are crawling, and you are getting faster!


This is how you look when I come upstairs to get you in the morning.  What a joy it is to see how happy you are to wake to another day.  What makes this even more special, is that now I get to see your bright face every morning.  We have been enjoying my summer break, which lets me be home with you every single day!


You love hanging out with us and since Daddy and I are both home for the summer, we do a lot of hanging out.  You are getting better at holding your own bottle but you get frustrated when you can’t get anything out of it.  Soon enough you will learn that you need to tip it even higher as you empty it.  Along with your daily bottles, you continue to work on solid foods.  This month you tried beets, hummus, red peppers, oatmeal, broccoli, and BBQ sauce.  You loved every thing you tried!  We are so happy to see that you are a good eater.


No teeth yet as of May 24, but that changed by the end of the month!  We spend some afternoons relaxing on the deck and being silly.


You love the kitties and are excited when we go to the Neumann house because those cats are much more interested in you than our cats are.


While you are almost always happy, we do have occasional sad times.  You get frustrated when you can’t move like you want to or when we don’t pick you up when you want us to.  Here we were encouraging you to try crawling but you were not into it.


Your stability is getting better every day.  You can’t sit yourself up yet, but if we sit you up, you can stay upright for a while and play with us. 


Lots of time is spent getting to know people and objects by touching them.  You enjoy putting your hands in other peoples’ mouths as much as in your own.  Luckily, Grandma Hawley doesn’t mind.

DSC01553You and Daddy hung out together at the Memorial Day picnic at the Paris Farm.DSC01555DSC01544DSC01556You also hung out with the cousins.  While you enjoyed sitting in Uncle Mark’s lap with Leah, you also looked like you felt like one of the big girls as you played on the blanket with them.

DSC01560Quiet time with Grandpa Hawley.


Phoebe playing in the sandbox just beyond your blanket was motivation to get you moving!

100_4033Elisa came to visit one afternoon and you actually fell asleep!  You had decided that you didn’t need to take naps for a few days before her visit, but sitting outside on her lap convinced you to sleep—and you ended up sleeping for 3.5 hours!

100_4020DSC01604On the first weekend in June, we went to Turkey Run State Park with Nate, Heather, and Corinne.  We went on two hikes on Sunday afternoon.  You rode in the Ergo for the second time.  You still aren’t quite big enough for being on someone’s back, but you enjoyed looking up at all the trees and rock formations around us.

DSC01612DSC01629DSC01630100_4028After hiking, we went camping.  This was your first time camping and you enjoyed it.  There was lots of time to play with Corinne and to relax.  You had started teething that weekend, so you woke up a lot in the night, but since you got to sleep in-between Daddy and me, you were still pretty happy. 


In other news, you started wearing cloth diapers this month!  We switch between cloth and disposable and when we are at home, you get cloth ones!100_4045

As you are growing bigger, you need more space to play. You also are more comfortable with baths now that you like swimming.  You’ve started taking your baths in the kitchen sink.  Playing with the washcloths, ducky, and the faucet are all lots of fun.


Your seventh month ended like it began – with a trip to the pool.  This time, Corinne was in town and joined us.  You found a ball and liked playing with that and you shared your floaty, too.


I feel so blessed to be your mom and to see how you grow and change each day.  You have an amazing personality and your communication skills are growing.  Each day you smile more, babble more, and make more one-syllable sounds that soon enough will become words.  You’ve begun to push things away when you don’t want them and let us know how you feel about things.  You are showing your independence! 

Your next month will bring more traveling, more relaxing, and more milestones.  I can’t wait to continue growing with you, Baby Catherine. 

I love you,

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