Thursday, February 24, 2011

Dear Ryan (7 months)

Happy 7 months little R!

You are getting so big these days - I weighed you on our scale and you are up to 16lbs! You have been wearing your DOC band for 5 weeks now and the therapists say that your head it looking great. We are still going to therapy and you have really good rotation with your neck now but we need to work on strengthening your muscles now. Your left arm muscle is so much bigger than the right! You are sitting up now - you started that about a week after you turned 6 months. You sit so well and don't even need your hands to lean on. You also have TWO teeth!!! You got your first one x and then your next one came a week later.

Here is what you are up to these days

In the morning you wake up with a big smile on your face anytime between 7am and 8am and I nurse you. It only takes you about 15 minutes these days, which I still can't believe! After nursing we usually go hang out with daddy while he is getting ready for work. Once he has left we play on your play mat and do some stretches. Next we eat! We are still working on making this meal more routine so that you get use to it but you are doing pretty well so far. I give you either rice cereal or oatmeal with a fruit. I also let you play with your sippy cup and you love to put it in your mouth but haven't quite mastered actually getting anything out of it.  After this we watch Baby Einstein and then you are ready for your morning nap.

Daytime is never really routine. You play, nap, nurse, and run errands with mommy and we always have so much fun.

Your night time routine is still the same and you still love it. Since you are sitting up we got you an inflatable tub that you sit in and splash around in - you really love it. You splash the water all around and scratch at the animals on the design. Afterwards you read with daddy and then get your bottle. Your last bottle of the night has changed a little - you use to down 8 ounces without even stopping, now some nights we struggle to get 5 ounces!! You fall asleep and are so not interested in any milk. Luckily it hasn't affected how long you sleep so I suppose thats ok. I guess you are just getting more during the day so you need less at night? Not sure...

Life has been amazing these past seven months and we your dad and I couldn't be happier. We are leaving for Hawaii on Saturday and are excited but also a little apprehensive. I am a little worried about the flight time as well as the time change and hope that you are able to adjust easily. You have such a wonderful schedule and have been so good at sleeping though the night (which I appreciate so much) and I am going to mess that up for you. Oh well, the memories we will make will be worth it! I am so excited for you to play on the beach and have fun in the water!

We love you forever and always!

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