Penelope Marie – 7 Months Old

Dear Penelope,

You are seven months old! I’ve gotten a little behind on these posts (#momfail) and I’m the worst at taking your pictures close to your monthly birthdays (oops). But I try so hard to remember as many detail as I can about each month. Time is flying by and I want to make sure I remember every sweet memory. It’s amazing how much you change from week to week. It’s so fun watching you grow!

This was a busy month. We got some new living room furniture, enjoyed your first visit to the park, went to see your great grandma and your twin friends Parker & Miles AND celebrated Easter. We are so thankful that you are an easy-going baby because the next couple of months we will be on-the-go more than ever!

Penelope Sofa

Penelope Rug

You hit a couple of milestones this month – you are sitting up on your own (just for a couple seconds at a time), but gaining more and more strength by the day. You love to roll around. You’ve been able to do this for a while, but it’s like you’ve recently discovered how to do it and now you can’t stop.

Belly 1

You got your first teeth; your two bottom teeth, right in the middle! Your little smile is so sweet with your teeth poking out, but I’m also going to miss your gummy smile!

teeth

You love to be outside. We have had some really beautiful Carolina weather this month and Miss Merritt has taken you out many times to enjoy the sunshine. You’re not quite sure how to feel about grass, but I think you’ll get used to it over time.

Tongue Out

Swings 1

You also love to babble and play with your voice. You squeal, squeak, grumble and make the funniest sounds and we can tell you’re experimenting with your voice and making new noises. Although you’re not technically talking yet, you are able to make some sounds resembling words like “papapa” and “bababa.” When you see something (or someone) you like you squeal with excitement. Chloe is your absolute favorite and you love to watch her and pet her.

A couple Sundays ago we decided to take advantage of the pretty (albeit chilly day) for you to experience your first trip to the park! You had a blast on the swings…laughing and happily kicking your feet. We have now started calling you “happy feet” because every time you laugh or have fun, you enthusiastically kick them around! You weren’t too sure what to think about going down the slide, but maybe you’ll enjoy that more next time.

Elmo

Park 3

We are continuing to give you pureed solids and rice cereal although you’re not really taking to food the way we thought you would. I think you enjoy the new flavors and textures, but you’re not quite sure what to do with the food once it’s in your mouth. You are still playing with your tongue and sticking it out all the time so most of your food ends up all over your face. It’s quite messy feeding you, little one! We will continue trying to give you a little bit every day and hopefully one day you’ll figure out this whole feeding thing. 🙂 For now, you’re drinking four seven ounce bottles a day and that’s filling up your tummy.

We typically start getting you ready for bed around 6 or 6:30 every night. We’ve got a good routine going; usually in 15-20 minutes you’re completely out and you don’t typically wake up until 6 or 6:30 the next morning. Even after you wake, you’ll sit in your crib and play with your feet and talk to yourself for a few minutes if we can’t come and get you right away. You quite enjoy sleeping on your belly these days. This scared me a little at first, but you’ve gotten so good at rolling around it doesn’t bother me as much as it used to. Your naps are still inconsistent. We’ve given up on trying to get you on any resemblance of a nap schedule. It just doesn’t work for you and we’ve accepted that. Merritt does her best to get you to sleep a little every morning and afternoon; sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. But you’re a great sleeper at night so we really can’t complain.

While we are so thankful that you are sleeping so well now and we even have a little bit of down time in the evenings, but I hate how little time we get to spend with you when we get home from work. It’s one of the toughest things about being a working parent and some days feel so rushed that I don’t get to play and snuggle with you nearly as much as I’d like. That’s why we try so hard to make the most out of our weekends; we want our time with you to be special.

P and Mama

This past month I feel like we finally got into a really great rhythm as a family. Mornings don’t feel quite as stressful – your Papa and I have figured out what our individual responsibilities are and now we’ve got it all down to a science. Same with evenings. I’ll admit, it took a long time for us to get to this point. My first couple of months working after maternity leave were some of the toughest ever. But over time we’ve figured out what works for us and we are all happy and going strong!

I’ve had your Easter dress picked out since January so I was anxious to see you all dressed up in your sweet outfit! You looked so adorable. I fully intend to enjoy dressing you up for as long as possible. I know the day will come when you’ll want to pick out your own outfits so I’m going to take advantage for as long as possible. 🙂

Easter dress

The Easter Bunny came and dropped off some fun treats for you. Most of it was practical – some new bibs, snack containers, baby food, etc. but we also added a few fun things in there like some new bath toys and Aladin in DVD even though I know you can’t watch it yet. (I try to buy all the classic Disney movies as they come out of the vault.) Our families also spoiled you with some cute toys and outfits also so you had quite a special day!

Easter Basket

Easter bunny

My goal for the coming months is to try and get more pictures of us as a family! We are looking forward to warmer weather and lots of fun family time coming up these next few weeks!

We love you sweet P!

Outside 1

Granny

Palm Sunday

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