Dear Leah Grace,
It’s official; you have now passed over to the other side, closer to a year than you are to birth. 7 months…it sounds so old, like you’re basically a year already. Can’t you stay my funny, chubby baby forever?
You are SUCH a funny girl and you love to laugh. If anyone around you starts laughing, you break into hysterical giggles, looking around at everyone to show that you didn’t miss out on the joke. Daddy and I think you love being the center of attention, which, let’s be honest, you usually are.
I feel like you have grown up so much this past month. Although you aren’t crawling yet, you are so ready to be on the move! When I hold you sometimes you wiggle around, wanting so badly to get where you want to go. You love playing on the floor with all your toys and you are getting very good at rolling and scooting to get where you want to go. You are such an active girl and I know that one of these days you are just going to take off crawling and never look back. Your favorite toys are your babies and your blocks. Put them together; banging baby’s head with a block, and you’ve found your favorite activity. We got you a jumperoo this past month and you love it. We play music and you smile and jump, jump, jump. However, if mommy or daddy leave the room for even a moment you decide playing in your jumperoo is not so fun after all.
We finally turned the corner on eating!! You now eat 1-2 meals a day and, for the most part, you love it. Although you are definitely more of a fruit girl than a veggie girl (but so is your mom so I don’t blame you). Your favorite foods at the moment are sweet potatoes, pears and apples. You also LOVE to eat anything anyone else is eating. Mommy’s kale smoothie, grandma’s orange slices, a grapefruit, pizza crust, ice cream…you name it, if someone else is eating it, you want a try. You figured out how to use a straw the other day when you were playing with mommy’s water and you got the shock of your life when ice cold water suddenly shot into your mouth. It was one of those moments we wished we caught on video, your face was so funny. But after getting over your shock you quite enjoyed sucking up water with a straw and letting it dribble down your chin.
We had your Aunt Lauren and then your grandma and grandpa stay with us for a whole week and you loved spending time with all your visitors. It warmed my heart to see you cuddle with Aunt Lauren, play with grandma and listen to grandpa read you a story before bed. What a lucky girl you are to have family who loves you so much!! You also met grandma and grandpa’s little doggy Cooper and you quickly became buddies, laughing every time he brought you his toy to play.
You are “talking” up a storm, usually quite passionately, trying to express just how much you have to tell us. You say “dada” and you now know it refers to your daddy. You light up when he walks into the room and start to babble “dadadada!” It’s cute and all, but let’s work on “mama” this month, deal?
Time sure is flying by, but mommy and daddy love you more and more every day. Every night, as I nurse you to sleep, I am repeatedly reminded how blessed we are to have you in our lives. When you were born I thought it would be impossible to love you anymore than I did at that very moment, and yet, I find myself falling more and more in love with you every day.
We love you, our smiley, social 7 month old girl!
Mommy and Daddy
Dear Leah Grace,