This is long overdue, I have not done a baby G update on the blog since he was 4 months old. Now he is 7 months old and so much has happened in the last 3 months! There are a few reasons I write these baby update posts, but the main reason is so that in the coming years I can look back at our little man and remember each stage. Sometimes motherhood is a blur and having these posts is somewhat like having a baby book, but a bit more in depth. It's so much fun for me already to look back at the baby updates I've done: newborn, 2 months and 4 months. It amazes me how quick babies grow and how everything changes in what feels like over night. My plan was to do a baby update every 2 months, but this last month flew by with Christmas and everything that comes with the holidays. The past 3 months have been our favorite so far with Giulian, so I'm excited to sit down and reflect on all that's happened.
Height & Weight?
I only have his height and weight from his 6 month appointment: 16 lbs (20th percentile) and 27.5 inches long (84th percentile).
What Size Clothing?
Our big guy is in 9-12 month clothes! One year old clothes you guys, like how on earth?! He is growing so quick! He is mainly in such large sizes because of his length, he is a long baby.
Special Outings or Events?
Baby's first Christmas! And Thanksgiving, but let's be honest baby's first Christmas is far more exciting. The holidays this year were so much more special with Giulian. On Christmas he got so spoiled, our friends and family blessed us and him with the sweetest baby gifts. Giulian absolutely loved the excitement of Christmas time. He loved being around family and friends more than usual, he loved looking at the Christmas tree and decor around our house, and he even got excited to open presents (the wrapping paper was the most exciting part of course). Seeing Giulian get excited over it all brought a new child like excitement to me over Christmas. Everyone keeps saying, "just wait it will keep getting better and better each year" which is making me so eager for next Christmas.
The last 3 months have been filled with growth and milestones for Giulian. In my last baby update around month 4, he had rolled from his tummy to his back a few times. Now Giulian is a rolling machine! On November 20th he rolled from his back to his tummy for the first time. On December 4th he started sitting up on his own (with a few falls and face-plants). December 27th he said MaMa for the first time and just a week or so later he started saying DaDa! I'm not sure he knows what it means, but he can repeat after us when we tell him to say it. He sleeps in his crib now, on him tummy mostly. Before, we had him in a rock and play at night and he seemed to like it, but of course we eventually had to transfer him into his crib (or as I call it his big boy bed) because he was getting too big for the rock and play.
He has started eating solids (purees). His first food was rice cereal which he had around 4 months old. The second food he tried was avocado, which he liked a lot until he recently has decided it isn't his favorite. He has also tried banana, butternut squash, frozen blueberries, pear, carrots, sweet potato and this week he will be trying apples and green beans for the first time. I'm anticipating some gagging when he tries the green beans, but who knows maybe he will love it.
What Does Baby Love?
He is such a happy little guy! He loves so much of life, it'll be hard to list it all. His absolute favorite things are: going on walks with mom (even if we have to bundle up to brave the cold), going on adventures and outings (even if it's just the mall), seeing new people, when Mom and Dad tickle him or blow on his tummy, when we chase each other around the house saying "don't get the baby" (he laughs a ton at this and gets so excited), playing in his saucer, he loves when the kitties come in the room, he adores his cousins and loves when Grandma picks him up on Mondays and Wednesdays to go play, he loves when people come to visit (especially all of his Grandparents), he loves bath time in the sink and playing with his rubber duck during bath time, he loves reading a book before bed (although he mainly just wants to eat the book), he still loves to eat his toes (but he is definitely munching on them less than before). He has tried some different foods and so far he loves sweet potato, carrots, banana, butternut squash, frozen blueberries (he chews on in this mesh baby thing), and pear. He is still loving to blow food in mom's face while I try to feed him, he thinks it is hilarious (it is pretty funny). He enjoys rolling around on the floor and playing with all of his new toys from Christmas.
What Is Baby's Routine?
Giulian's daily routine is wake up (usually somewhere around 6:30 unless I am lucky and he sleeps later or if I am unlucky and he wakes up earlier) drink a bottle, play for a while and then eat some baby food (I offer him 4oz but he doesn't always eat it all). After that it's nap time. His naps are usually only 45 minutes but sometimes he randomly will sleep for an hour and a half (we call it a double nap haha). Then a bottle, we play for a while, if it's warm enough we will go on a walk. Then he will have another meal of baby food. This past week is the first week that he has had baby food 2 to 3 times a day and I'd say it's going well. He will take 2 to 3 naps a day. We try to have him in the routine of wake,eat,play,sleep but of course, as everything in parenthood, it doesn't always go exactly as planned, but that is our goal. Giulian goes to bed around 6 or 6:30 unless he was at Grandma's house, then he goes down around 7. When I get him ready for bed I will nurse him, bathe him (not every night), read him a book and then it's bedtime.
He is still waking up 2 (on an amazing night) to 3 times a night to eat. I'm not totally ready to night ween him but in the next few months we might decide to do that. We are introducing new foods, so there has been a lot of sleepless nights for us because sometimes new foods don't always agree with his tummy, that's just part of it I guess. I am really hoping that when I write my next baby update I can say that he sleeps through the night, but at the same time I am just trying to embrace and enjoy this season of my life with baby Giulian.
Mr. Man and Bubbs are our top nicknames at the moment. We also call him Triple G (Giuliano Georgio Greco ... GGG).
Thoughts On The Past 3 Months?
My mother-in-law kept telling us that 6 months to 18 months is the best, and I really think she is right! The past few months with Giulian have been such a blast. I love watching his little personality start to show more, I love his sense of humor and his giggles. He is such a sweet baby boy and every day that goes by I am enjoying motherhood more and more (not saying there aren't rough days lol).