Dec 3, 2015

The seventh month

He:
*Loves peekaboo - but it's funnier to him when you turn around and then turn back really fast and say "hi" instead of peekaboo.
*Has had two holidays since his six month post - Halloween and Thanksgiving, and we are gearing up for Christmas!
*Has acquired another tooth which puts the count up to five! He has one more to get on the bottom and then two more on the top and then we're DONE until the 12-month molars. His toothy grin melts my heart every time.
*Still has a love of Uptown Funk, but whereas it used to relax him and put him to sleep, now he's a bouncing/dancing fool to it. He also enjoys Sugar by Maroon Five and Shake It Off by Taylor Swift - we watch the music videos on the YouTube app on our TV and I think he likes all those videos because people are dancing and cheering!
*Still loves running water - the sink is his favorite thing to watch. He's fascinated with the washer but can't quite figure it out. Sometimes he just stares at it and goes "ahh! ahh!" It's pretty hilarious.
*Is used to me wearing necklaces to work, so when I pick him up at the end of the day he smiles and touches my face and then immediately goes for whatever necklace I'm wearing. One day I didn't have one on and he patted my collarbone a couple times and then looked at me like "um...what is happening?"
*Enjoys food - we're taking it slow (only introducing one per week), but so far so good!
*Thinks Ben is the funniest person alive. Watching them together is incredible.
*Still puts his mouth up to cold glasses but is more interested in straws now - not trying to drink out of them but shoving them in and out of the top of the cup - the noise and motion is super fun!
All I want for Christmas are some more pump parts to chew on!
*For some reason really loves the toys that freak Ben and me out. His favorite is one we call creepy monkey; you push the stomach and the sound that comes out is children's laughter - from a monkey! (Did he eat them? Why does it sound like that? What are they laughing about?) We've also brought out a Leap Frog stuffed animal someone gave us called Scout. He's a green dog and plays songs and asks questions - I can definitely see how Parks will learn things from it as he gets older, and you can program in things like name, favorite color, food, etc. However, the way Scout says "Paaaaarkerrrrr" is so weird it cracks us up! 
*Is very into hitting whatever he's holding onto anything that will make noise. It's amazing to watch him figuring things out - sometimes it's almost like I can see his little brain working!
*Is so close to crawling. SO close. Like up on all fours, rocking back and forth, and scooting backwards. He'll go forward but he kind of just flings himself for now.
She:
*Came very close to having mastitis, and now officially believes clogged ducts are one of the seven layers of hell.
*Is having a shift in attitude towards pumping. I've been EP'ing for over seven months now, and while I still have several months until I'll be able to wean/stop, I can see the end in sight, and I'm determined to not resent it the whole time. There are definitely still struggles (I don't go and do the number of things I would if I didn't have to cart a pump bag, a diaper bag, and Parks), but I'm trying to see the positive. Also, it makes me laugh when people are like "oh yeah, are you still pumping?" because I talk about it all the time.
*Had my first experience pumping in the car. It was as awkward and uncomfortable as you would imagine and I hope to never have to do it again. Sheesh!
*Is enjoying Parks so much. So much! The other night he sat on the floor and played with toys (or rather, hit them on things), and I was next to him folding laundry. I'm trying to savor savor savor right now.
We clean up nice, huh?
We:
*Took our first trip without Parks and it was super quick (less than 36 hours) but we went to a wedding, had a great time, and had good "us" time. 
*Are still working on communicating effectively and being kind to each other. Some days it feels like you just go through the motions, but then we stop and have a moment and re-adjust our priorities. We don't want the day-to-day to overshadow the joy that is our little family right now.
When he saw us after we got back from the wedding - I love this photo!
Oh Bubba, we can't believe you are already seven months! You bring so much joy and laughter in our lives - we love you!

45 comments:

Nora said...

I love all of these pics and the updates. And your family. and you. So basically it's a big love fest over here :)

Also, this? Applies to us, even when we don't have the girls, especially lately. Adulting is hard! "Are still working on communicating effectively and being kind to each other. Some days it feels like you just go through the motions, but then we stop and have a moment and re-adjust our priorities. We don't want the day-to-day to overshadow the joy that is our little family right now."

Katelin said...

I mean stop it, I love him so much. His little grin just makes me melt. And eeeee for crawling, it's so fun to watch them slowly figure it out. I love watching their brains figure new things out. And UGH to mastitis. You are a rock star EPer and I hope the next few months fly by for pumping in the best way.

Also I hope that last pic is printed and framed somewhere because it is THE BEST.

Lisa from Lisa's Yarns said...

Oh my gosh, the pictures in this post are too cute! What a happy baby! I love his toothy grin! I can't believe he has so many teeth, though! That's nuts! And I can't believe he is crawling either. He looks like he is so much fun right now. I mean, I know there are still challenging moments, but this stage is so fun because their personality starts to come through and you can interact with them more and more. Enjoy every moment (well, except the pumping ones and the tough ones...).

Leigh said...

He seems like he has grown up so much! So cute too. Oh man, clogged ducts sound like no fun :(

Amber said...

I LOVE the photo of him looking at you guys after your weekend away! That is one to print and frame for sure. 7 months is crazy! Parks looks like he has such a fun little personality! Hope you feel better soon, clogged ducts sound like a special kind of hell!

Kelly (She Wears a Red Sox Cap) said...

Well I just LOVE HIM.
And I love you, your posts literally just make me laugh out loud. I had to read the monkey part to Eric. Also, Max has and loves Scout. One of my friends gave it to him for his first birthday, so I completely made up his favorite color, food etc... and they are all wrong now except potentially his favorite animal. I think he says Max in a creepy way too, but I kinda love him because Max dances to his music and it's adorable.

But don't worry we also have some creepy toys. Including a musical table that Eric's brother got for Max. I'm convinced it tries to seduce Max with it's sexy "bbbbbyyyyeeeee" WHO MAKES THIS STUFF FOR TODDLERS? haha. Maybe they are just trying to entertain the parents?

Anyway, Parks is the absolute best. I'm so happy to see how happy he makes you guys and what a great job you are doing with him! Someday I really hope to met him (and Ben) and see you! xoxo!

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The Many Thoughts of a Reader said...

He is so adorable. You all are very happy and the love oozes out of you.

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