This month's album is HERE.
Oh my where do I even start? Maybe with the fact that Aurora is already 7 months old and I don’t know where the time has gone. Only a few days ago she was this long, skinny little being with huge eyes looking up at me, and now she is suddenly this big, chunky baby with two teeth, a beautiful smile and some fabulous plank moves that would make even the most hardcore trainer proud! We went for her 6 month well baby appointment a few days after she turned 6 months and she weighed in at 20.2 pounds with 27.5 inches in length. And then she went through yet another growth spurt because she seems to have grown longer again! She’s wearing all of Luna’s clothes that she was wearing last summer so it really won’t be long before they are both wearing the same size. It’s a little strange though, because all the 12-18 month sizes we have are more for toddler wear than baby wear so we have been trawling the thrift store for more items! It’s interesting having a child in the 95+ percentiles after having a teeny tiny one – especially as weight-wise they were practically the same at birth. I’m very, very happy with the pediatrician’s office we chose for the girls. They are efficient, super friendly, great with kids and they are also totally onboard with everything that we practice (exclusive breastfeeding until at least 6 months, “extended” breastfeeding, slow introduction of solids etc). Then again Aurora is a happy, healthy and chunky baby so it’s not like they are going to start telling me to do something different. The real pediatrician test will come later this month when I have to take Luna, who despite having had many doctors and cardiologist visits is terrified of the doctor’s office. Dreading that already.
So, two teeth already! The bottom middle ones have pushed through and it still seems to surprise her as she keeps touching them with her fingers and tongue. I think the next two will be out within the next month and teething has been a bit of an arduous process up until now. I think a lot of it has to do with the fact that Aurora has rarely been a fussy child, so fussiness is a pretty new occurrence. Luna was often fussy, so I didn’t really notice the difference between teething fussy and the regular grumpiness. Teething coupled with frustration at not being able to move fast enough result in an often less than happy baby, but one who still smiles as soon as you say her name! It is therefore always a pretty temporary state, one that is quickly pushed away with a change of scenery.
The frustration is at the highest level these days though! Over the past month Aurora has perfected the art of rolling across the entire room, but got bored of that pretty fast. Then she figured out how to get up on all fours, and then how to do the plank. She hasn’t yet worked out how to actually move forward, but she does crawl backwards, so I suppose that’s one way of getting about! She just tends to back herself into a wall or a chair and gets stuck there, which is funny and endearing and obviously highly annoying for her. She now sits unassisted without an issue, plays with her toys, is able to grab anything that is out of reach and has nearly worked out how to actually sit up all by herself. I already know that within the next few weeks she will be crawling and maybe even pulling herself up, as Luna did, and I keep wondering how it all went by this fast. I keep having to tell myself to enjoy each moment and to not be worried about capturing them all, as that would be impossible. Luna will be two in a week or so, and Aurora is already 7 months old and it doesn’t seem that far away that I had just found out I was pregnant with Luna! It’s pretty insane really!
I’ve always noticed how Aurora loves to get Luna’s attention, but nowadays she really goes out of her way to try to play with her, as much as babies play anyway. She pulls her hair a lot more than she pulls mine (possibly because Luna tends to put her head within Aurora’s reach), tries to pull toys out of her hand and “talks” to her all the time. Depending on her mood, Luna will be patient and playful or grumpy and slightly aggressive, so we are constantly hovering slightly to make sure Aurora doesn’t get shoved around too much. Then again she’s only 4 pounds lighter than her older sister so she will be holding her own pretty soon. Especially with the way she wants to be up and about like her sister already! I bet she will be an early walker!
We started Aurora on solids a few weeks ago, about a week into her seventh month. She’s had mashed avocado, pureed peas and carrots (I wish I had had the small bullet attachment when Luna was little, it makes blending anything so much easier!), pear, banana and apple for now. I have also found the following in her mouth at different times: chocolate chip cookie, goldfish, peanut butter and toast and whole milk. Oh and a piece of Easter egg! Luna tends to drop food on the floor when she is no longer interested in it, and Aurora just seems to sweep it up and shove it in her mouth! This has lead to me being a lot stricter about checking the carpet for discarded toast, cookies and goldfish as I have a huge fear of one of my kids choking. Cesar had to sweep a piece of food from the back of her throat the other day and I found her gumming on a wad of paper in her mouth a few days after that! At least we now know that she doesn’t have any peanut allergies or lactose intolerances though I suppose ha! On the other hand she’s not all THAT interested in eating foods, she will have less than a spoon at a time and gags a lot, so I’m not pushing it much. Once, twice a day for now.
So there we are, another month has flown by, and I feel like I can’t even keep track of everything properly anymore! Where did my teeny little smiling baby go?! She’s now this big child who can sit up and move around, say mamamamama!, hold out her arms for me to pick her up, and doesn’t like it when I leave the room. Cesar sometimes asks why I take so many photos, but I can’t help it, I want to capture their expressions and their faces and their moments because they don’t linger. Luna already looks so different to what she did a year ago! Aurora already doesn’t look anything like the newborn baby she was 7 months ago. I love looking back at all of the photos my mother took of us all growing up. Maybe one day my girls will like to go through theirs too.