Saturday, March 19, 2016

Gideon 7 Month Update


Age: 7 months!! Gideon Decker you are a wild, wonderful little man.  While in the past months we have seen more of his skills blossom, I would say this month we are truly seeing this kid's personality just explode.  He has quirks and preferences, likes and dislikes, we know what makes him laugh and what makes him mad, and can more reliably predict how he'll respond in different situations or environments.

He's serious in big groups and with those he doesn't see every day and VERY silly and smiley esepcailly with Mom and Dad.  He loves facial hair, his silicone feeder, singing to himself in the morning, blowing out his diaper on the way to the library (every time), any time we spend outside, and putting everything he can in his mouth.

We say it every single day...Gideon is the best!  We can't imagine life without this sweet little boy.

Weight: 22 lbs

Length: 27.5 inches

Sizes (diapers, onesies):  Size 4 diapers, 12 & 18 month onsies and tops, 12 month pants, 2-3T socks, and any big kid sized hat.  

Eyes:  Blue-bright beautiful blue! *schwoon*

Hair: Yay Gideon is getting more hair!  It's still very wispy and soft but it's really filling in and I can even fo-hawk it in the bath.  It's red/strawberry blonde and he gets many compliments on it every time we are out and about.  Just this last week several different people told him how much he looks like his mama these days and that makes me SO happy!  He is obviously a mini-Ryan but I like to think there is a little of my DNA in there somewhere ;)

Sleeping: With this time change business he's on a nice new schedule.  He does a bath from 6:00-6:30 and then we start nursing to sleep at 6:30.  He is usually fully asleep by 6:45-7:00 pm.

I dream feed him at 10:00, he wakes up around 3:00 am to eat and then again at 6:30 am to eat but he's up for the morning at this point.  He still does 3 naps per day and is a rockstar at those.  He loves to sleep on his stomach and we almost always find him on his tummy or side when we peek on him or go in to get him.

Eating: Baby Led Weaning is the bomb diggity.  Don't puree stuff!!!  It's too much work and every kid wants to rub their food all over their chest.

New foods this month: asparagus, blueberries, cucumber, homemade smoothies, and oatmeal.  He still loves his bananas, sweet potato, and other fruits and veggies.  I would say his top favorites are the asparagus and bananas.  I made a homemade smoothie for him in the Vitamix: 1 banana, 1/4 c blueberries, 3 oz cold breastmilk and blended until smooth.  He gobbled it up!!!

Also, this kid is finally bottle trained!  Praise the high heavens hallelujiah!  His daddy has been working with him every single day for the last 6 weeks or so and he will reliably take 3-4 oz when he's motivated.  I actually pack a bottle when we run errands because he gets too distracted to nurse but he loves to hold his bottle in a shopping cart or stroller and feed himself.  Who is this child?!?!

Milestones:  So many new things!  He is really "half-way" crawling like a champion. He will pull a leg under him and lunge forward very disgracefully but can get some momentum and movement going.  He really has a strong "plank" position and can hold himself up high for quite a long time! Going to get some biceps soon.  He scoots backwards, forwards, and can turn all around on his tummy.  I have to keep an eye on him because he can cover a few feet in just a minute.

Gideon's favorite thing is to use a spoon to "feed himself".  He loves if I put some smoothie or yogurt on the spoon and he can pretty accurately make it into his mouth!  It's messy but hilarious.  He holds his own bottle or sippy cup too and knows he is big stuff doing that

He loves to sit in his boppy and we put a basket of toys in front of him to pull out and inspect.  He really likes his Sophie giraffe,  this great teething necklace that really soft, a book that has a mirror in it, mom and dad's cell phones, and anything that looks or sounds like keys!

Memorable outings:  I'm always so boring on this one.  We have had a cousin birthday party last week, we will go to the zoo this week, and a hike this weekend.  Mostly we don't do any huge outings that are too memorable at this point but I'm sure we will have more adventures in the future.

Favorite toys/activities:  Now that it's warming up we are back in the habit of walking for about 45 minutes every night after dinner.  Gideon loves to face outward in his stroller and see the whole world.  He will sit contentedly the whole time.

He still loves his bath time and splashing the biggest splashes he can!!  He has some squishy bath letters his Grammy got him and he favors the green "O's" for some reason ha! He has also really warmed up to child care when we go to MOPS twice a month and is a favorite baby with all the volunteers.  They call him Mr. Serious and always tell me how he will be a doctor or engineer.  

This kid loves laughing with all of his heart!  I gobble his arms, Daddy throws him, kissing his tummy, popping out from behind something, etc all make him giggle and giggle!   He will happily play in his bouncer and loves to figure out how the toys spin or make noise.  Finally, Gideon adores music time with Dad.  Ryan will play the guitar and sing to him and he could sit for an hour and listen to that.  Many times he will "sing" back!  He loves church too mostly because lots of people come to say hi to him and he likes the loud worship music at the beginning and end!

Words/sounds:  Lots of yelling and screaming! He likes to be heard.  I swear he says "Mom" but I know it's not on purpose.  Just sounds like it.  He grunts, squeals, coos, babbles, blows raspberries with his lips, and generally makes lots of commotion.

Nicknames:  Little Love, Giddy Con Queso (from daddy), Giddy Lou Who (from Aunt Linny), Giddy Puff (from Aunt Linny), Giddy Face (from Maggie), Giddy Pantz (from Maggie)
The usuals...Giddy Bear, Giddy Up, Gid, Giddy, Itty Giddy Titty Monster with the tiny hiney, G (from Uncle Clint), Mister, Man Cub

Funny moments: This kid loves to cross his ankles and it cracks me up every single time.  When he's asleep in his carseat, being nursed, or just lounging on his back for a few minutes, those ankles cross and lock and it's too dang cute!

Looking forward to:  I can't wait to just explore the outside with this kid! We will garden this summer, hit up more parks to try out the swings and walking paths, and get out to a few swimming pools.  We have spent so much time inside this winter that I can't wait for him to feel grass, play in the dirt, and really get a summer-time experience.

Also very excited to see him pulling up on things and start cruising along even faster than he already does.  What a big kid!  It will be August and I'll have a 1 year old before I know it!!

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