Charlotte: 7 Months

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Dear Charlotte,

Another month of life has come and gone too quickly. You’ve grown so much in personality this past month — so much so that you don’t seem like a baby at all to me anymore. You’re more like a little person.

You understand what’s going on around you, and you can communicate in your own little way. I feel like the three of us are more in sync with one another than we’ve ever been before — so we know what you want, what you need, what you like and what you don’t.

What you love is to play with us as well as all by yourself. You also love to interact with Darcy, and I won’t be surprised if you say her name, knowing who she is, before you intentionally say “Mama” or “Dada.” Finally, you love observing the world around you. You’re at your best in public when you are simply left alone to watch, play and discover on your own.

What you don’t like is to have things withheld from you. If you’re playing with something and we take it away, you let us know exactly how that makes you feel. Or if we have food and don’t give you a try, you are quick to express your frustration. And though you love us, there are times you let us know that you just want to be left alone.

But besides knowing what you want and when you want it, you’re still our happy-go-lucky little girl (unless we’ve been sitting too long at a restaurant, apparently). You are laughing at us and Darcy more, smiling any time we hold an iPhone up (you’re so clever) and going with the flow (for the most part) when there are interferences to your schedule.

This month, you have started sitting in the shopping cart like a big girl, playing in the sand at the beach and playing with the next level of toys. We also found out this past month that you’ll have to wear a special hat for the next few months — but we’ll tell you more about that later.

Like I say every month, it is a joy getting to know you, and life with you makes every day better than the last.

All our love,
Mom & Dad

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Weight: 16 lbs, 8 oz
Height: 27 1/2 in
Clothing size: All 6 – 9 month clothing.

Charlotte Likes: Riding in the shopping cart, jogs in the jogging stroller, new toys, smiling at strangers, getting her picture taken, riding the El and trying real food.

Charlotte Dislikes: Sitting at restaurants for longer than an hour and 15 minutes (yes, I’ve timed it) and having anything taken away from her.

Firsts: Jogging in the stroller, sitting like a big girl in the shopping cart, riding the El and playing at the beach.

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Diapers: We’re still doing cloth diapers.

Sleep: She’s sleeping much better these day. She still flips to her stomach occasionally, but it’s no longer waking her up super early in the morning. She still takes three naps a day — two are long (1 1/2 to 2 hours) and the last is 45 minutes to an hour long. At nighttime, she’s going to sleep at around 8:30 p.m. and waking up anywhere between 6 and 7:30 a.m.

Feed: Charlotte is still nursing five times a day, but we are going to drop one of these feedings soon and move to a four hour schedule. It’s a little late in the Babywise game for this, but I just haven’t felt like she’s ready until now. After three of the nursing meals, she eats anywhere from one ounce to three ounces of Ella’s Kitchen baby food.

Happy seven months, peanut!

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