Wednesday, October 3, 2012


Gavin turned seven months yesterday. I havent done a big update on him since four months. There have been  so many changes since then. Heres a catch-up..

Gavin started crawling just before six months. Now, he crawls super fast and pulls himself up on everything. His strength amazes me. He will pull up on the couches, your pant leg, a toy on the ground, the chairs, anything.

He loves Baby Einstein movies and usually watches one a day.

He is small. Really small. I took him two weeks ago to his 6 month checkup and he was 14 lb, 10oz-8%ile, and 261/8 inches-45%ile. He dropped down a bit on the weight chart. 

Heres the thing..he doesnt like to drink. He never cries to nurse. I am the one sitting down to remind him to eat. When he does nurse, he almost always refuses my right side and will never nurse more than 10 minutes.  Weve been giving him a bottle before bed for the past 3ish weeks and were lucky if he downs 3-4 oz. He will drink an ounce and look at us like, "I did it!"...and the next ounces we struggle to get him to eat. Weve tried different bottles. Weve tried formula. The kid doesnt like to drink. The doctor said he should be getting 22-24 oz of milk a day and I felt so bad because there is no way he is getting anywhere near that. Its not for lack of effort. Any suggestions in this department are welcome!

On the other hand, he loves to eat. We bumped him up to three meals a day to try and fatten him up. He has oatmeal with breastmilk and a fruit in the morning, yogurt or a veggie at lunch with some Baby Mum aka surfboards, and a meal jar or veggie for dinner. He just figure out how to feed himself, always with his left hand!, and prefers that above all. He has loved all real food weve offered. Bananas, avocado, pasta, peas, etc.

Carriage ride downtown. This boy has used many modes of transportation.

He spends most of his time playing on the floor, since he is so mobile. However, he loves the jumperoo and will still enjoy the exersaucer. The swing is just about done. 

Gavin is a total goof. He makes this silly laugh when he wants to make you smile..and him and Trevor playing are a hoot. Trevor will run in circles and Gavin will crawl as fast as he can and laugh so hard.

Their love for eachother is so beautiful to watch. Gavin lights up around Trevor. 

Gavin loves to be worn in the Baby K'tan or Ergo. He likes to be held in general. He could sit on my right hip all day and be content.

He babbles all day. Mostly Mama, Dada.

We moved him up to size 2 diapers. He fits great in 3-6 month and some 6 month clothes.

Oh yes, and he had his first Oreo. That mark is rugburn from when he was starting to crawl.

Half birthday presents!

He sat in the big boy high chair for the first time and LOVED it. He was in awe at the Choo-Choo restaurant.

We started what we call bedtime bootcamp about 2.5 weeks ago. I was sick of the bedtime shenanigans and having no downtime before bed. Now that summer is gone and were home almost every evening, it was time to get into a routine. We do 6pm dinner, 6:30 bath, 7pm books/bottle for Gavin and 7:30 in bed. It has been wonderful. Every once in a wild, Trevor will still come out a few times. When he does, he isnt able to watch a show in the morning. Gavin never cries when he goes to bed. Sometimes it takes him a bit to fall asleep because he is too busy standing up and laughing at Trevor. His sleep hasnt improved because of this. He was still getting up a bunch at night. HOWEVER, the last 2 nights, he slept until 4ish, ate for 10 minutes and went back to bed until 7am!! I am crossing my fingers we are turning a corner here!!

He goes back down for his morning nap easily around 9am. Sometimes, he fights the second nap a bit. He gets a third, short nap in later in the day..before dinner usually.

No teeth yet! Which I am a-okay with!

Gavin loves the water, just like big brother. One day, I put him in the bath without the infant seat and let him crawl. He did awesome and that is now how we bathe him. He explores the bath, plays with toys, stands up on the side, never slips and falls..he is so stable. Were hoping to do swim lessons in the next few months.

Disney on Ice..he went nuts. LOVED it, smiled and talked the whole time.

Ran Mama's first 5K with her! 

Those eyes still get me. They are so blue and so perfect. 

His hair still growing in..slowly.

Gavin always sleeps in his crib-naps and nighttime. He has 2 blankies he likes and always sleeps on his belly.

He is a total pacifier baby. He uses the Mam brand.

Gavin is happy 99% of the day. He really is a joy to be around. Everyone is crazy about him. The kids I babysit, his cousins, his parents. He is loved every second of every day.

We are really looking forward to his 1st big vacation-where all of the bedtime progress weve made will be thrown out the window! And, of course, his first holiday season. 


J said...

My daughter was the same way about drinking and I use to sneak a scoop of formula in all her meals and she never knew.

Kelly said...

Love their matching outfits!! Your little man is a peanut! He is getting so big!

Jessica said...

He's gonna be a heartbreaker!! So cute.

Laura said...

Talk to your ped about fortifying your breast milk in a bottle for extra calories. It can be done by adding formula I do believe or by not diluting formula as much. With my son when he switched to whole milk we put formula in that for extra calories since he had horrible reflux and weight issues. Right now he is still a peanut at almost 4 and a whopping 33 pounds, but almost 40 inches tall.

teacherJillK said...

What a sweet little man you've got there...and his big brother is gorgeous, too!

Chelley N said...

He is really such a DOLL! And soooo tiny... my guy is barely older than him but like twice his size, haha!

Fiona aka DRMama said...

Aww he is such a cutie!! I LOVE the ones of him eating his first oreo. Yum! Alidia is tiny too. She is 15lbs and 24 1/2 inches at 8 months but very happy and healthy so my doctor and I are not worried right now. Your little fella looks very happy and healthy too! :) Happy 7 months Gavin!