Another monthly update has arrived, this are coming around too quickly for my liking! Although I am enjoying watching all the new things that Nathaanael can do! Nathanael turned seven months on Wednesday so lets jump into everything he has learnt from the previous month.
Weight: I took Nathanael to get weighed on Monday and the little chunk is now 16lbs 3oz he is moving up to the 25th centile gradually, which I am so pleased with I didn’t want him to start eating food and balloon.
Length: As mentioned before the Health Visitors don’t tend to check his height, so no idea for this month.
From his 6 month update which you can read about here
. We have continued with baby led weaning and we are so happy we chose this way to wean. Nathanael is having 3 meals a day regularly (he may miss lunch sometimes if he naps) and has tried so many different types of food which include; carrot, apple, pear, plums, tomatoes, melon, broccoli, cauliflower, butternut squash, potato, avocado, banana, mini sweetcorn, parsnip, celery,cucumber, tuna, chicken, lamb and mint meatballs, homemade chicken bhuna, homemade shepherds pie, homemade broccoli quiche, tuna croquettes, homemade refried beans,homemade pasta sauce and pasta, homemade vegetable stock,tortillas, sausage meat stuffing,banana muffins, porridge, weetabix, crumpets, toast, scrambled eggs yoghurt, cream cheese, bagels and pancakes.
The only thing we have found he doesn’t care for is banana and he is definatley allergic to oranges at the moment it brings him an awful rash around his mouth, it may be the citric acid in the fruit so I am waiting to introduce known fruits which cause allergies like strawberry and kiwi at a later date.
I may have stressed the “homemade” items a lot but with babies you must make sure to keep to regulate how much salt your baby intakes and you can only do this by making things from scratch. Trust me its much nicer homemade anyway we have just relied on convience of jar sauces etc too much.
We are still continuing to breastfeed even after much harrasment and unwarrented opinions from people. I am absolutley thrilled I can provide for Nathanael in this way it is proven if you breastfeed beyond six months your baby will have less risk of eczema, lower blood pressure as an adult, lower risk of childhood leukemia, less likley to be overweight, less likley to develop diabetes. It lowers the Mothers risk of overian cancer, lowers the risk of developing type II diabetes, and is proven to lower the risk of developing breast cancer (drops 4.3% per year)
Sleeping: Nathanael is still sleeping through the night from 7pm till 7am. We have had a few early morning wake up calls where he has rolled over and can’t be bothered to roll back and then thinks he might as well get up for the day. This has helped Mummy start her day strong with the 30 day shred dvd I will be trim by August!
Nappies: Still in size 4 nappies.
Clothes: Nathanael is completly in 6-9 month clothing now his legs have now caught up with him and I am missing my tiny baby but loving watching all the new things that Nathanael can now do!
Things Nate likes to do: This month must have been the busiest yet for Nathanael learning new things. Just after I had posted his six month update Nate mastered the art of rolling from his back to his front, now there is no stopping him!
We have seen major attempts at learning to crawl, instead of moving forwards he likes to spin around in circles and can travel a fair distance using this method! I think by his eight month update I will have permanetly attached our fireguard to the wall!
Nathanael has loved to be involved in everyday chores around the house right from him being a young baby, he likes to feel involved bless him! Anyway while Luke was changing the bed sheets and flapping around with the duvet cover, Nate was on the bed at the time and thought this was the best game ever. He had the cutest little belly laughs ever! This game has been repeated mutliple times with a muslin or cloth and I would have to say this seems to be his favourite game at the moment.
Around the same time we too Nathanael on a walk, on returning home I said to Luke we should try him on the swings near our house. Luke thought that Nate would be too small for the swings, however he happily wedged his arms on the seat railing and look slightly amuzed at the novelty of being on a swing. We are so blessed to have this park literally around the corner and I can see Nathanael enjoying this for many years to come.
A recent development from this week has been Nathanael learning to clap! It is the most precious thing to watch, especially since he loves having his hand in a fist all the time. It is a miracle he opens his hand to even attempt to clap! I must try to get this on camera.
Finally Nate can now sit unaided for up to five minutes at a time, or until something catches his attention, then he looses concentration and falls over!
Nathanael you have grown up so much this month I can’t wait to see what next month brings us!