Monday, May 2, 2011

Big Brodie Bear (7 months!!!)

My Brodie is so big already! :) He turned 7 months old today and I had to take him to the pediatrician for a weight check since he "wasn't thriving" last month. I'm happy to report that today he weighed in at 14lbs 6oz. That is a 1lb 5oz gain in a month! The doctor was VERY HAPPY about this and FINALLY told me he was thriving.

This means I don't have to freak out so much anymore, and that I don't have to go back til his 9 month well baby check up. They are going to give him a TB test and a hemoglobin test as well next time.

Until then, the pediatrician just told me to keep doing what I'm doing, and that I can up the amount of solids I'm giving him to 3x a day now. The amount of solids I give him at each meal can be as much as he wants, and his only suggestion was to incorporate more baby cereal into his diet to up the amount of iron he gets. So far he has had avocados (loved it), bananas (loved it), squash (tolerated it), sweet potato (loved it), Gerber turkey/gravy (hated it/gagged), green beans (hated them/threw them up), apples (loved it), mango (loved it), and zucchini (tolerated it). Next up is yams, pears, and carrots! I am LOVING making all his food and the fun colors in my freezer!

I'm proud of him for gaining so much weight, and even though he is still a skinny mini (still not quite at the 2nd% line on the weight chart) he is growing at his own pace.

In terms of development, Brodie is growing by leaps and bounds. He is:

*sitting up unassisted

*eating 6oz of solids a day
*pushing himself up on his arms a lot (while flailing his legs like he's swimming)
*crossing the mid-line while reaching for things
*when grabbing items his grasp is more precise (It's almost to the point of using a pincer grasp, but not quite)
*rolling over both ways with ease now (Today he actually rolled multiple times in the same direction to get to a notebook he wanted on Grandma's floor!)
*drinking out of a sippy cup (can do 1-2 sips of water at a time, and holds it like a champ)
*has a very keen attention span, scanning and observing every situation intently.
*has figured out the pull mechanism on his ducky toy and makes it vibrate repeatedly in the car. *obsessed with himself in the mirror, and will carry on conversations with himself or anyone around him any chance that he gets.
*LOVES his Johnny jumper thing. He bounces for a good 15-20 minutes before getting worn out in it, smiling the entire time. :)
*loves anything electronic or technical (gets that from his dad) and wants to be a part of whatever we are doing.
*I think we are going to have a crawler here shortly, and then we are going to be in trouble! :P
*Brodie is a pretty amazing sleeper as well. He goes to be pretty close to 8pm every night (give or take 30 min) and will sleep until 6:30-7am. Sometimes he wakes up 1x to eat between 3-5am, sometimes he doesn't. I don't mind, since that is still a great amount of sleep for the both of us!

I'm sure there is more but I can't remember it off the top of my head. :) We are LOVING this time with Brodie and seeing all the progress he is making. We aren't hurrying him along, but rather letting him be a baby as long as he needs. He has his whole life to walk and be an adult. So, we are cherishing this immobile time :P

Sorry I suck at blogging, hopefully I'll post more stuff here now that I'm a full time SAHM!