My dear Max,
You are 7 months old today! In this past month, you and mommy had a chance to truly bond, as mommy has been your primary caretaker (aside from daycare) since we let go of the nanny six weeks ago. I had doubts with my ability and capacity to fulfill your demands, but I am happy to say you have thrived with mommy. Mommy can’t be prouder of how wonderful of a baby you have become.
You still don’t drink from bottles at daycare, even though the nice ladies there had tried various methods. Mommy is guessing that you think of milk as something exclusive between you and mommy and no one can replace that. The good thing is you eat everything else that they feed you. I heard they mix mommy’s milk with rice cereal and other solids, then feed a big bowl to you at each meal, and you eat it all! The fact that you eat big meals just boggled my mind, because I could never get you to eat all your solids during the weekend. Again, I believe you think of mommy as your milk bank exclusively, so it is unnatural for you to take anything else from mommy. We will definitely have to get daddy to start feeding you meals from this point on.
At night, your sleeping habits have not improved much. Some nights are better than others, but most of the nights you wake up 4 or 5 times. In general, mommy can simply nurse you back to sleep. Every once in a while mommy has to get up and rock you back to sleep. During the last week, you woke up middle of the night, played by yourself till you were tired, and then sucked on mommy’s nipples till you fell asleep again. The whole process no longer required intervention from mommy! That’s definitely a step in the right direction! You are also napping much better and longer, both at home and at daycare, which is a major relief for mommy.
You are able to move… backwards. You got strong arms and legs that can left your tummy off the ground. Unfortunately, you have not quit figured out how to move forward yet. All you can do now is pushing with your arms which results in moving your body backwards. But don’t you worry, this is definitely the first step in crawling. Mommy can’t wait to see you move forward soon. You also can sit with a little assistance. Mommy and Daddy have propped you up to play with sitting toys and you’ve had lots of fun; you still need the toy to support yourself, but independent sitting should happen next month.
You are also very patient and laid-back with Mommy. In the morning I put you in the swing and you’re content to let Mommy get breakfast ready for the whole household. In the afternoons, you’re fairly content to just hang out with Ravi and Daddy and play games. You rarely cry out of impatience or fussiness, and when you do there is always a good reason. Mommy loves this! Mommy has never had it this good.
Max, you make me love you more and more each day. You bewitched me with that magic look of your eyes, and you conjure spells with a single touch of your hands. You make mommy fall in love with you more deeply and fully each day. Mommy cherishes each and every day spent with you and hope that these moments I have with you will last forever.