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Well, it's been about a month since our last update, so I thought it was about time to see how our little ones are doing. Leela was 7 months yesterday. She's crawling on her hands and knees much of the time now, and can go from crawling to sitting like a pro. She has two bottom teeth and is working on the upper ones. Last month she only gained about half a pound, down from her two pounds a month average, and grew about 1.5 inches, so she's really slimming down. She's amazingly active and very vocal. She loves to screech-we call her the terydachtyl (sp?) or the Raptor. We're doing a few solids-bananas, avocado, pear, a few times a week, but taking it very slowly. SHe loves to drink water from a regular cup, and she's gotten pretty good at it.<br><br>
Leela loves her big brother (he's 3.5)--crawls over to him and wants to climb all over him. He's not too thrilled with her trying to grab his hair (it's pretty long, has never been cut).<br><br>
We're hitting the separation anxiety phase. Leela will let people she knows hold her briefly, but quickly reaches out for mama. She smiles at everyone, though, as long as she's safe in my arms.<br><br><br>
I'd love to hear from the other Feb/March mamas!<br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love">
 

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I love this new stage! Luke and Jaz were seven months a few days ago, and are just so much fun. They are crawling everywhere, and pulling themselves up on everything, and are a bit bruised and battered looking due to all their attempts at standing unassisted. Naked time is still pretty much the favorite activity, they both become little shreeking speed crawlers when they have their clothes off (I suppose having those bulky cloth dipes off helps too <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">). They get each other going laughing all the time by making silly noises or sudden movements. They are taking baths in the big tub now with just a couple inches of water. It's so nice to be able to put them in there and have them play. Jasper has two teeth, and Luke has one (expecting that second one any day now <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/drool.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="drool">). They aren't really eating anything, but are nursing ALL the time. They have started tandem nursing on occassion, something they used to do all the time but haven't done for five months. It is much easier now that they can support themselves somewhat while nursing. Separation anxiety is pretty constant while I am home alone with them (God forbid I leave the room for one second! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/mecry.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="crying"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/mecry.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="crying">), but today we left them with my mom for the first time, and they were totally fine, and didn't even really care when I got home an hour later (they looked up, smiled, and went back to playing). Jasper will go to anyone unless he's really tired, but Luke grabs on tight if someone he doesn't know reaches for him.<br><br>
Can't wait to hear how the other babes are growing!<br><br>
Lex
 

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Gracie is 7 months today! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/partytime.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="partytime"><br><br>
She's scooting backwards a lot and will sort of move forward inchworm-style a bit. She really prefers to stand at the coffee table and "help" me type or bang a cup on the table, though.<br><br>
She has one tooth and I think she may be working on another, but it's hard to tell for sure until that sharp little bit starts peeking through.<br><br>
No solids here yet. I offered her a little mashed-up avocado last week and she wouldn't open her mouth. No big deal, as I'd like her to be EBF as long as possible due to family allergy issues.<br><br>
She got her first bruise the other day... she was hanging out with her Papa and standing at the coffee table. Tripped over her feet while creeping along and fell, hitting the table twice (!) on the way down. She was quite unhappy with that, but calmed down when she was brought to me to nurse. She slept for a while after that.<br><br>
I think she's around 18# or so and 27". Just getting into the 6-9 months size of clothing.<br><br>
Now she's pushing a laundry basket around... and just face-planted into it. Oops! :LOL<br><br>
So good to hear how everyone's doing!
 

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this is my first message on this board, but i couldn't resist responding to this post. my daughter, sophie, was born on March 25/03 and will be six months old this week! Unbelievable...<br><br>
anyway, she is doing wonderfully--she's 20 lbs already, and about 28 inches long. she's been sitting unassisted for quite some time now, but not a lot of independant movement (aside from squirming and rolling this way and that!) she absolutely loves to jump...i can't believe that the other babies at 7 mos are pulling themselves up! can't wait for that.<br><br>
anyway, right now she's concentrating on teething--poor thing. is it really supposed to hurt that much? the last few days have pretty much been occupied with an oral fixation and constant moaning or whining--unless you're putting a lot of energy into distracting her.<br><br>
she loves to be carried...in the sling or bjorn....<br><br>
and well, it's just better than i ever thought it would be. who knew she would have such a smile and willingness to laugh at everything....<br><br>
well, i guess this can be chalked up to my first gush post <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> i've been lurking around for the last month and have discovered and learned a lot from the experiences of other mothers on this board already, so with that...<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
i look forward to getting to know all the other mamas out there...<br><br>
Lisa--momma to sophie and partner to brian
 

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Hey Lisa, my son Cole was born on 3/25 also <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">!!<br><br>
I can't believe how fast these 6 months have gone by. Cole has 2 teeth on the bottom and is working on the top 2 as I type. He's been sitting up for a week or two and is working on crawling, he does this hysterical rocking back on forth with his butt in the air and his face in the bed...too cute! Any moms have suggestions for helping with teething pain? The first two came in with very little fuss, but this top one (or two) seem to be making him really miserable...he was just sobbing as he was going down for a nap...even nursing doesn't seem to help (the usual wonder drug). I've tried the Hylands teething gel, but it doesn't really seem to help. Any other suggestions?<br><br>
Thanks mamas!!!
 

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Lex--I'm loving this stage too! Leela is so curious and into everything. She wakes up so incredibly happy in the mornings--it's like everything is new every day, and she just can't wait to check it all out.<br><br>
jessikate--Leela has done the face plant thing with a laundry basket too, among other things.<br><br>
Celestial--sending growth vibes your way!<br><br>
Sophiesmama--Welcome! Sorry your little one is having teething pain. I think it's harder for some babies than others. Once they poke through, though, things get much better.<br><br>
AndreaC--have you tried the Hyland's tablets? You can dissolve them in water and give in a dropper. Also, the single homeopathic remedy Chamomilla can be effective for teething. We ended using over the counter for our older ds when his teething got really bad (molars), even though we really didn't want to, but he was just so miserable. Motrin or the generic equivilent is good, because it helps reduce inflamation.
 

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Thanks boobykinmamma! I had someone else recommend the Chamomila so I think I'll pick some up today. I've been using Tylenol for overnight...is motrin better?
 

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This is also my first time posting, but I couldn't resist chiming in about my little guy. He was 6m on the 19th and he is such a blast. He is sitting up for longer and longer stretches and he is beginning to balance on all fours so he should be crawling soon. He loves standing and jumping, laughing and SCREAMING....He does this little Incredible Hulk move that we all love...Getting bigger by the minute...had to go buy some 6-9 months fall clothes for him. He sleeps with us at nite, but only sleeps sound during the first stretch from 8p to maybe 2a if I,m lucky...after that it tossing turning and nursing all morning long, till we all get up at 7 or 8a...<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/confused.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Confused">:<br><br>
just now starting to teeth and I sure am open to any suggestions on how to help him.<br><br>
Wanna thank all you moms for sharing your advice, your stories and your wisdom...it is SOOOOOOOOOOO helpful for a new mom like me.
 

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Well, Kaeleb is 7 months old and STILL isn't crawling (normally). He is still pushing himself forward with his knees and forehead. He gets up on all fours and rocks back and forth and is beginning to learn that he can pick up one of his arms, so I know that crawling is on it's way! He is a wonderfully happy baby and we get comments on his ready smile and laugh ALL THE TIME! He is 17 lbs and 26 1/2 inches long AND ALREADY IN 12 MONTHS CLOTHES. He can wear some 6 to 9 months, but not many! Kaeleb's favorite time is also nekkid time and bath time. He only likes the sling at the grocery store. Other than that he wants to be down. He sits up great, gets excited, and falls over. He is also working on FOUR teeth that the doctor could feel coming in. We tried solids for about a month, be he stayed so very consitpated that I took him off and won't try again until around 9 months. He nurses for naps and at night, but during the day, when he is awake, I have to express and put in a bottle. It's ok though, at least I am able to give him SOME breastmilk! His hair is really starting to grow too! He is a blondie and his eyes are still blue (like his daddy). He loves his sister..well, he loves all women and is a shameless flirt!
 

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Another first time poster (at least in this forum). Stonelove--my son was also born on the 19th of March. So he just turned 6 months.<br>
He still can't quite sit up by himself. He falls over. But his legs have always been really strong. He love standing up on my lap. He eats some solids--apples and sweet potatoes, and sometimes carrots although I always regret that once it comes to diaper changing time.<br>
It's nice to get to know some other mama's with babies the same age!
 

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Welcome, grumpymama and stonelove!<br><br>
Andrea, I believe I remember reading/hearing somewhere that Motrin is better at reducing the inflammation of teething, and is easier for the liver to metabolize.<br><br>
Justice--that is exactly how Leela started crawling, using her forehead--so funny! It sounds like Kaeleb is close to "real" crawling, though, since he's doing the rocking thing.<br><br>
We gave Leela some sweet potatos last night--I just cut them in cubes, steamed, and fork-mashed with a little breastmilk to thin them, and she loved them!
 

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Maya is 6 1/2 months, and is a real meatball!! She hates to stand, won't try to crawl, hardly sits but loves to talk. She really focuses and tries to repeat everything I say. She is so laid back and busy watching everything.<br><br>
She just got her first 2 teeth. They just poked through her gums. She rolls up a storm. She rolls across the room and back again. She loves her dog (anAmerican Bulldog named Karma). She thinks Karma is the funniest!<br><br>
At 6 months, she weighed 16 pounds 10 ounces and was 27 inces tall. She grew 3 inches in 2 months! I have been making her food, she loves veggies but does not like oatmeal.<br><br>
I just love being a Mommy. My life feels so complete (until the next one, I suppose).<br><br>
Sounds like all the babues are doing wonderful!
 

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I have been thinking about giving solids a try soon. For those of you who have already started, what were the first foods you fed your kids?<br><br>
Boobykinmama - thanks for the info on Motrin, i'll have to pick some up <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> thanks for starting this thread too. I've been lurking in here a little bit, mostly posting in diapering...but this is fun, hearing about other kids the same age!
 

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I love reading about all these kids. my little grasshopper will be 7 months in a little over a week (he was born 3/2)<br><br>
anyway he's already got 6 teeth, bottom 2 first, then fangs, then the front 2. he's great at sitting and will drop down on to his hands and rock back and forth, but only moves backwards and will pivot around in a circle. I really think he would rather walk first since he loves standing and seems to constantly want to pull himself up on stuff (then go smashing down as his attention shifts)<br><br>
he made da sounds to dh tonight who is thrilled. he is also fascinated by our dog and cats. we're already moving into 18month clothes-so I have no idea how to buy ahead. this week I gave him some avacado and bananna. he's also had the teething biscuits that he seems to love covering himself in when they get slimy.<br><br>
for teething we've had great success with the Boiron camilia single use remedies. I also use the Hylands gel and the tabs, but when he seems really uncomfortable the Camilia works great.
 

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Jasper is almost constantly saying "da da da da da da" or just "da. . . .da?. . . da. . . . da?"<br><br>
The other day my mom was watching the boys and I was in the other room. I overheard Jasper "da-da-da"ing, and my mom saying, "do-nor, not da-da, it's do-nor, do-nor. . . " :LOL<br><br>
It seems Jasper has already started wondering about his conception!<br><br>
Lex
 

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:LOL at Lex's Jasper & mom. That's too cute!<br><br>
Gracie pulled herself up on the bathtub last night when I was filling it for her bath. Glanced at her once and she had her hands on the edge of the tub. Glanced again and she was on her knees. Looked a third time and there she was, standing. Very proud of herself. Pulled up again this morning, on the coffee table. She's so strong!<br><br>
She's saying Mamamama a lot. Or "Ahmamama". We had a long time of only "Dadadada" so this is a nice thing for me. Of course, she's teething and cranky, so it's almost all she says. We have some "AH! AH! AH!" when she's excited... like "Look at me! I'm standing at the table! WOW, huh?"<br><br>
Luckily she's sleeping well enough at night, despite the teething and learning to pull up. She cried in her sleep some last night (that's so sad...) but only nursed once or twice between 11 and 8 as far as I know. Of course, it's always possible that I latched her on in my sleep and we both stayed asleep through it. Who knows! I love co-sleeping for many reasons, but that's a big one.
 

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Ds is 7.5 months now, can't believe it.<br><br>
I'm exhausted...Jakob cut FOUR teeth in the past week..the two front teeth and the ones right next to it. He really wanted mommy a lot, so he spent a lot of time in the sling with me. Then he also had a growth spurt two days ago, nurse-n-nap marathon all day yesterday (nice sleep catching up day for me). He looks so different with all his teeth (he already has bottom two also).<br><br>
He is crawling "military style" as dh calls it. He kind of creeps along and throws in a roll here and there. He gets around. He does get himself up on hands and knees and rock, so I know the actual crawl isn't far away. He makes his way straight for any electrical cord he can find. We had to move the fan so he wouldn't pull it down on himself, which he almost did. He pulled our acoustic guitar down on himself, and luckily did not hurt himself. He did get his first bruise last week though, right under his eye. He bounced his face right into one of his toys.<br><br>
Solids he was into for a few weeks, but he's not really into it right now.<br><br>
He is very vocal....and I think his babbling of dadadada has now changed into actually saying dada and sometimes "daddy". He signs for mommy and milk! And three days ago I was having him repeat sounds after me baba, dada, and got him to say mama for the first time. He said it in this tiny whisper, it was so cool. Dh told me he said "mama" in the car while I ran into the store today also.<br><br>
He likes to have mommy or daddy stand him up and then he grabs on the edge of the couch. It makes me nervous! He is strong and keeps himself standing, but I'm ready to catch him because his balance doesn't match his will quite yet.<br><br>
We are still co-sleeping, and even though dh is pushing for me to try to crib, I don't want to do it yet! He is my tiny baby still (relatively speaking that is) and co-sleeping is one of my favorite mommy things to do....and I just love waking up to him right there staring me in the face, or tapping me on the arm, etc.
 

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KAELEB STARTED CRAWLING TODAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! <span style="font-size:xx-small;">and then proceeded to crawl off of our 3 ft high bed - bu buy rails tomorrow!</span>
 
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