River at 7 months:
Sleeping: We have officially entered that stage where River no longer just falls asleep anywhere and can nap on the go. His naps are more routine now and he needs quiet and a bed for rest, making our days a bit more scheduled. His cues are very obvious: he rubs his eyes, yawns loudly, and puts his head on your shoulder and you know it's time to lay the little buddy down. He takes 3 naps a day and is still sleeping through the night. Brees and River are sharing the nursery and we were pleasantly surprised to find that they do not bother each other or wake each other up at all. For now, anyway...
Feeding: River started solid foods this month! I've been making all of his food using the Beaba Baby Food Maker and I love it! So easy to use: you can steam, blend, defrost, and reheat the baby food all with this one appliance. It is super easy to clean and doesn't take up much counter space. I use OXO Tot Baby Blocks freezer storage containers to store the food I make, putting everything in the freezer and taking it out the night before so that it can defrost in the fridge. From a financial standpoint, making my own baby food doesn't really save us that much money when you add up the cost of the Beaba, the storage containers, and the food I so carefully select for River. Making our own food is more, for me, about knowing what my baby is eating and making sure that his food is as clean and nutritious as the food I make for the rest of the family. This month, River had avocados, apples, bananas, squash, peas, carrots, pumpkin, quinoa, broccoli, green beans, and sweet potatoes. He is a good little eater and has gobbled everything we've put in front of him up. His nursing habits have not decreased with the introduction of solids foods and he is still nursing 6-8 times a day. I am still pumping at work and we are keeping up a really good freezer stash so far.
Milestones: River is doing the wounded soldier crawl mixed with rolling back and forth to get wherever he needs to be. He is sleeping in his own bed and puts himself to sleep. River loves to dance and gets so excited when he hears music. He literally bounces up and down and laughs hysterically when he hears a beat that he likes. His current favorites are Sublime and Led Zeppelin.
River is an incredibly sweet, dare I say EASY baby. He goes with the flow, smiles and coos constantly, and is just very mellow. We all love him so much and I suppose the constant attention and affection has served him well. We love you little buddy. I'll try to get better about keeping up with your updates, okay? Time is flying by so quickly and I don't want to miss a thing!