Since I totally blew it on updating at 6 months, here’s Elias’ 7-month update.
Elias is still nursing amazingly well and we both thoroughly enjoy our nursing relationship. I’ve mastered the art of nursing him side-lying in bed to put him down for naps or when he wakes at night. He nurses 6-8 times a day, still waking at night at least once.
Last week, we also started him on some solids. Purees, more accurately. I know, Baby Led Weaning and all that jazz. I tried that sort of approach with Amaia when we saw that she wouldn’t swallow purees, only to find that she couldn’t chew either and so would choke constantly. I just don’t have time to have a freaking heart attack every time I feed Elias something. So purees it is, and his poop has already gotten a little more solid. Wahhh
He’s still reacting to cow’s milk, which is a bummer for me but I’ve gotten used to the dairy elimination. We’ll try some type of dairy product after he’s a year old or later to see if there’s still a reaction. For now, I’m giving him probiotics on most days as I remember.
The only predictable nap he has is the one he takes around 9 or 9:30 a.m. He’ll sleep for about an hour. He probably could have a decent routine if we weren’t always running around in the afternoon. He usually ends up sleeping in his car seat, or else staying awake and acting like a damned maniac. Poor kid.
At his 6-month appointment, Elias was 17 pounds and 27″ long, so he’s a little more than that by now. He’s still a slow gainer, probably due to the milk allergy (?), but he’s gaining, growing, and hitting his milestones, so no one’s worried.
He’s in 6-9 month clothes, but just about into 9-12 month and wearing a size 3 diaper.
I love this stage. Not quite mobile, but no longer slug-like either.
Elias just started sitting up unsupported yesterday (though he doesn’t get into a seated position on his own yet).
He can spin around in circles on his belly, and stretch and wiggle-worm to get to where he wants to go. He’s starting to pull his knees underneath himself and push up into a downward-dog position as of today.
Eye color looks like it’s going to be brown, like mine and the twins’. Baby hair is gone and a fine layer of brown hair is growing in.
He started making raspberries just a couple of days ago. He babbles all the time, smiles like crazy, and is generally just a pleasant, happy little guy. He’s definitely attached to me, though. If I leave the house after he’s gone to sleep, he’ll actually wake up within a few minutes of my departure. He also gets a little freaked out by strangers and will look to me for reassurance.
Elias got his first two bottom teeth (at the same time!) last week.
In other news, we had his follow-up with the allergist this morning. We did a chest X-ray last week, which showed some inflammation in his lungs (some kind of bronchial reactive airway or something?). The allergist said it was mild and not indicative of permanent lung damage or asthma.
Incidentally, Elias’ five-month long cough has finally just about faded away in the past couple of weeks. That coincides with having replaced our down comforter with a down alternative, as well as having our house cleaned top to bottom for 6.5 hours by two kick-ass cleaning ladies. He didn’t test positive for a dust mite or dust allergy, though. So either way, I’m guessing I have to, like, clean more or something. Sucks.