seven months.

by chelseakyaw

“hey guys, let me just ruin your chalkboard art. immediately. what were you thinking letting a baby near a chalkboard and having it come out unscathed.” – words of forest. seven months and speaking complete sentences. (just kidding). also props to papa for the monthly chalkboard art! we are now on the other side of the year and closer to the big O N E. if i had any advice for anyone, because having a 7mo makes me qualified in handing out parenting advice, i would say that the first six months suck (aside from the tiny cute baby snuggles and helplessness) – or they suck in a way that yanks you away from your old life dramatically. and then one day you get it back piece by piece because your baby isn’t a baby anymore. and that’s bittersweet to the max.

personality // i swear, the transition between month six and seven has been the biggest. he’s a new person and i’m in love with the person he’s becoming. he truly is the sweetest, funniest, and most darling little pain in the ass. and i mean that in an endearing way because he’s my child and his stinker qualities are adorable. like how he turns away when people try to kiss him and then turns back and smiles. like he knows what he’s doing and thinks it’s cute. or how his eyebrows glare at people in the “wtf are you doing” kinda way. i also love, naturally, that this month he’s been a momma’s boy. our bond is very special and growing! i know someday he will be a daddy’s boy and love playing and being rough and “boy things” with his papa, so i love this time. he babbles and laughs and it’s such a joy. he loves being outside and loves watching people and not so much being near people but observing them. forest loves his kitties, loves bright colors and musical things, the books with the pop up puppets, and beards. he loves men with beards. he also likes my mom and his aunt deb and uncle tony. they’re the only people besides mom and dad who he lets hold him!

stuff & things // so. many. stuff&things this month. he’s sitting so well and rolling so well and *just* barely pushing the limits to try to crawl soon. he’s food motivated and boob motivated. we are starting Baby Led Weaning with him after a week or so of purées to get an idea of what kinds of food he likes. He. LOVES. all. food. thank god our child isn’t picky. he’s eaten everything from mangoes to corn to curry quinoa and especially loves pork. i haven’t introduced any allergens yet because i’m afraid to (even though arnold and i don’t have allergies) and the gagging thing is making me nervous. you know, mom stuff. but to those of you asking – food before one is just for fun, so he will be breastfeeding until then and probably later. so there! he doesn’t have another checkup until 9 months but i think he’s getting lanky and longer and growing faster than he was before! i can, pending on the brand, fit him comfortably into 9mo clothes. BIGGEST THING. we quit the damned ball cold turkey. when we went to MN for our anniversary, we didn’t bring the ball and just transitioned out of it. things went really well (all things except the car ride in which he screamed the whole time). He now is also better at car rides. See? new baby. He can also sit in his high chair activity chair while i drink my coffee and clean the home and do things! and everyone is happy. i mean. what is this?

parents // we are for real in the swing of things and definitely getting used to our schedule! it’s hard. and annoying. but not having forest in daycare is great. i will take the pay cut and loss of material items any day to get to spend more time with Forest. a little glimpse into our schedule. Arnold works M-F at his 8-5 big boy job and then I work Sunday 2-12a, Monday 7-12a, Tuesday 7-12a and an occasional Thursday night if i’m feeling up to it. that means we get maybe two week nights together and Saturday. i miss my time with arnold so much. so much. we have always done everything together and spent all of our spare time together and to limit it for Forest is hard in the sense that I miss my Arnold time. We also do not let Forest stay with anyone and that’s our personal choice – we just feel that the point of having kids is to take responsibility for them. there will be plenty of time for dates in the future and we are making this work and are SO PROUD that we have done this without much help. as mentioned above, we celebrated our 2nd wedding anniversary by going up to MN for the weekend. We have actually been together for about 7 years and i have to clarify because we waited so long to get married ;)

okay there’s SO MUCH i could say so i should start updating more!!