Gwendolyn, Seven Months

We're on the downhill slope to one year!  Gwen is seven months old!

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She's growing as always, but I think we've been between growth spurts this month.  We moved her up to size 3 diapers in disposables (we're still doing cloth, but we use disposables sometimes and at night).  But all her clothes and shoes are still fitting really well.  

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(Smiling at Grandpa)

Her hair is definitely getting long though!  I feel like you can't really see it in pictures because her hair is usually laying against her head, and it's so lightly colored, but it probably 3+ inches long on top.  It will curl sometimes, and I feel like she looks just like a Gerber baby!

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She has started getting up on her hands and knees this month (7/11/13), and rocking back and forth.  Now she inch-worms her way around the living room - she'll get up on her hands and knees and lunge forward, and then do it again until she gets where she wants to go.  She's getting so close to crawling!  She reaches for everything and is always trying to grab at our food.

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We started putting her in the church nursery, and she does pretty well - she cries a little at first, but then she's happy.  The ladies in the nursery always fuss over her and talk about how smiley she is.

She also is really fascinated with faces all of a sudden, and she will reach out and touch the face of whoever is holding her.  SHe doesn't grab, just gently touches with her little fingers - it's so sweet.

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We've tried lots of new foods this month, including squash, pears, and mixed vegetables.  She also got her first stomach bug, and we had a couple nights where she threw up her dinner - her little sobs after she threw up were so sad.  It broke my heart!  Thankfully it only lasted a couple nights.

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She's gotten really attached to her blanket, and when we lay her down she grabs the fabric and pulls it up to her face, then she bends her legs and rolls over and sticks her thumb right in her mouth.  It's so cute.  She's been sleeping a lot better this month, thanks goodness!  She still has rough nights every now and then, but generally she's sleeping through the night again.

We also went swimming this month, but Gwen was not a big fan of the water.  So we mostly just hung out by the side of the pool!

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I keep wondering if a tooth is going to pop through because sometimes she'll be fussy for no reason, but so far there is nothing.  Wyatt got his first tooth at eight months, so I'm expecting it any day - but then I didn't get my first tooth until eleven months, so it could be a while yet.  Her little gummy smile is so cute though!  First tooth smiles are cute too, but I figure I better enjoy the gums while I can.

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She loves her toys, and she gets so focused when she's playing.  It's cute!

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As always, she just loves Wyatt - if she must choose between watching me and Derek or watching Wyatt, she'll pick Wyatt.  We actually had Wyatt help us take her seven month stuffed animal pictures, because she kept trying to see what Wyatt was doing!

The other day we were sitting on the living room floor and I had the TV on - a song came on the TV, and Wyatt grabbed Gwen's hands, started bouncing up and down, and said "Dancin' Gwen!  Dance!"  It was adorable!  I thought it was such a sweet brother/sister moment.

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(Dancing with Gwen.)

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(That's Wyatt hand, feeding her "Gwen's gween beans" as he calls her food!)

She's gotten more snuggly, and I'm loving it!  She's fallen asleep in my arms and laying on my chest in bed a couple times this month.  That never happens - she usually has to be laying down with her blanket to go to sleep.  I think nursing was enough snuggling for her before, but now that we're done she wants to cuddle with me other times.  I'm just enjoying it!  She's a wiggle worm, so who knows how long it will last.

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My Precious Gwendolyn,

Gwen, you are such s sweetheart!  I can't believe we're closer to your first birthday now than we are to the day we first met you.  You are such a precious addition to our family, sweet girl - it's hard for me to remember what it was like when you weren't here! 
You always have a smile for us, and you brighten our days with your little giggles!  Your laugh is so deep, it comes from down in your tummy and just bubbles out - one of my favorite sounds.  You are such a pretty baby - you remind me of a baby doll, with your sweet, delicate features.  

I love the way you have to have soft fabric against your cheek when you are tired.  I love it when you get sleepy and you bury your little face in my neck.  I love how you laugh when I kiss your feet!  I love watching you and your brother playing together.  You two are my greatest earthly gifts.  

I am such  blessed woman, to have you as my daughter.  The other night I was laying in bed and had just finished giving you your bottle, and I laid you down on top of my chest.  You surprised me by snuggling in, sticking your thumb in your mouth, and going to sleep.  And I just thanked God again or giving you to me.  I love you, Doll.

Your Mama
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Amanda said...

I can't believe she's already 7 months old! She looks like such a sweetie pie!

Tiffany @ Austin Family Diary said...

Gwen is such a doll!

The Life Of Faith said...

Callie she is too sweet! I love her:) Do you make her little tie headbands? those are adorable! Wish she and Kaleigh could hang out...I bet they would have a blast together:)

gail said...

That hair bow is adorable!

Amanda said...

Oh my goodness...she is so cute!!

Alli said...

Bug is really attached to her blankie too! The instant she sees it, she reaches out, grabs it, and buries her face in it. I just love it! Gwen is just so cute! It's hard to believe she's 7 months already (I'm kinda in denial because that means Bug will be seven months in the not so distant future).

Angie said...

I just love all her pictures. She's the cutest little gal ever!
Sounds like before long Miss Gwen will be mobile. Watch out Momma!

Brittney said...

Your daughter is SOO cute, friend!! Happiest 7 months to your precious girl!:)

Hollie said...

She is just too much. That first pic is beyond adorable, and those head wraps are to die for! Love hearing how she's doing. I hope she falls into a good sleeping pattern for you very soon. Hang in there!

LesLeigh J. said...

Your daughter is beautiful, Callie! Such adorable photos. Happy seven months, Gwen!

-LesLeigh J.

Katie said...

She is the cutest!

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