Wednesday, February 23, 2011

7 months

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New this month:

She only weighs 16 pounds this month. Didn't gain much compared to every month before! She's still not fitting in a lot of her 6 month outfits. Grow already! Mom is ready for some fun new outfits!

She LOVES bath time and faucets. She sits at the faucet the whole time trying to grab the falling water. Now she has a giant tub that she can crawl around in, she loves it. 

This had been one rough month in terms of sleep for the both of us. She got sick AGAIN, which kept her up due to stuffy nose, ears, headache, coughing, and who knows what else. Luckily, Ben has adapted to having a screaming child and sleeps right through it. Sleeps right through me kicking and punching him while yelling his name too. Lucky chap.

BUT I'm happy to announce that moving was all she needed. Once we got here 4 nights ago, I let her "cry it out," lasting only about 20 minutes twice and she slept clean through 8pm -- 8am!!
She went from 7 feedings a day to 4! And only makes a peep around 1am or 3am and then goes back to sleep. It has changed my life.

New with momma: I'm feeling VERY behind in the fun "losing baby-weight department." Yes nursing shaves a lot off without any effort, but then there's a plateau you hit when you're still eating junk and not exercising. Hit that about 2 months ago. I know it's all my fault, only having exercised a handful of times, but it's hard when you don't get any sleep, and the nursing thing makes dieting out of the question. So.... I'm excited to get rid of the extra 10 pounds lurking and haunting me. I officially start exercising and eating healthy THIS WEEK. Gosh, wish me luck.

Back to Claire. Standing.  On everything. I love it, it's so cute. When you stand in one place for more than 3 minutes, suddenly you'll feel a little mouth on your toes, then hands pulling on your pants, and then she's balancing herself with your legs.  Now that we're in this large house (living at Ben's dad's house for a while), she has much more space to crawl and stand and explore. She always finds herself stuck under a coffee table, in between chairs or who knows where else. She's got me on my toes!

She is the happiest baby on earth. Always smiling so big you think her face is going to crack. She loves to scrunch her face/nose.

Loves banging on her new piano:

And is eating finger foods like a champ! You eat 3 times a day. You've enjoyed the flavors of:
Sweet Potatoes
She also loves snacks now. Yogurt bites, mum mum's, bananas, and cheerios. 
 She grabs your face. And when she catches your gums... Ouch! 
She's a pro-crawler now, up on her hands and knees like a big girl. 

We love this little girl. Thanks for making every day so much fun Claire!


amy g said...

Welcome back to Utah! It really is the best place to live. We probably have to move in a year for my husband's job and I'm kinda sad about it! Claire is such a cutie!! Good luck with the baby weight issue! Sheesh 10 lbs?! You can do that easy girl! It's hard when you are exhausted taking care of a clingy sick infant all day and night! THat's what I've been doing for the past 2 weeks, bleh. Love your photos, you are seriously talented!!

The Nate and Sara Project said...

I'm so happy for you that magical moving powers came over Claire and she is a sleeper now!! You sure deserve it. And hooray for only 4 nursing times a day! You are a brand new woman, Camille! :) Happy living in Utah!

Nades said...

WOW i cannot believe how quickly time has flown, and that she is already 7months old! :) she is growing in leaps and bounds, and its definitely because of her momma's love!
Glad that you have arrived safe at your new home! may it bring you many many happy memories as you start a new life there...
Love and miss ya! x

Kourtney and Nathan said...

Welcome back to Utah! I can't believe how big Claire is getting, she's adorable! Good luck with the losing weight thing- I'm dreading that part of not being pregnant anymore! If you figure out any tricks let me know! :)

Erin said...

So glad your move went well, hope you guys are loving being back home in Utah! And I love that Claire's doin a little number 7 pose for you in her picture, such a cutie pie. She is growing so fast, she is like our Clarkie, getting around super early. Henry is taking his time (trying not to get pushed by his brother I think!) Miss you guys!