Mila’s 7 Months & Time is Flying!

February 22, 2012.

 

 

Mila’s got pig-tails! Mila has always had a lot of hair and now it’s long enough to pull up!

 

 

 

 

By 7 months, Mila has started her fifth letter sound.

M: “mmm” turned into “ma”, then “mom” back at 4 and 5 months.

B: “ba-ba” and “bee”. Dad’s been trying to get her to say “binky”

D: “dah”, “da” and “da-da” finally came just before turning 7-months. Dan didn’t believe that Mila had said this previously and when he finally heard it (coming from the back seat of the car while we were driving) he grinned from ear to ear!

K: “Kkkeee”, “keekee”. The second was said in response to me continually saying “kit-ty” while pointing to the cats – Mila loves the kitties.

And at 7 months, 1 week, Mila’s started the “t” sound – “titi” or “tee-tee” has been most often heard.

Watching “Mickey Mouse Clubhouse”
before heading out to grandma’s.
February 16, 2011.

Mila has begun to mix all of her new sounds and usually she cries “mama, mummm” when she’s upset and laughs “dada” when she’s happy. I’m not sure how to take it, but I’ll take it. Maybe she sees me as the comforter. Or maybe I’m just a sucker and always come running.

Mila loves to stand and has never liked to be confined. She was only swaddled in the hospital, (which she usually kicked apart) and when she came home, she spent maybe two weeks in zip-up swaddles before she’d had enough. Now that it’s cold out, we have been putting a coat on her and she doesn’t care for it at all. She wants to be free – no socks, no shoes, no coats, nothing!

Mila has taken a trip to grandma and great-grandma’s this month. She has shared her binky and her puff treats with grandma. She’s such a good girl.

Mila has developed a neck (so long rash!) and has begun to whine. She definitely takes after her daddy. By mid-7-months, she has started to squeal consistently…for fun.

We’ve lowered Mila’s crib. It was a sad day of realizing that she’s getting bigger.

Mila tends to wake up in the morning, cry a bit, then occupy herself by playing with her stuffed animals. She’ll find her binky half-way through the night and stick it back in her mouth.

Statistics: coming soon

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Lesson #93: Stuck Like Honey

Songs I sang to Mila in the first few months of her life will forever be a part of me.

When Mila was first-born, this song was at the top of the charts and I loved it! Every time it was on the radio, I sang it to her only knowing a few words, then the chorus…and then a few more.  To this day, (and really, I’m playing it now) she hears this song, looks at me and smiles. She is my honeysuckle – my so-sweet little girl! ❤

Lesson #92: Travel Losses

Blow up bath tubs are bad and airplane seat harnesses are useless.

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Mila’s grandma and great-grandmom live in Florida; we’re in New Jersey. Since it was Mila’s first trip in an airplane, we borrowed a harness from my cousin that attaches around the baby and then to your seatbelt. It really was pointless. It didn’t stop Mila from leaning forward and it wasn’t tight enough to keep her in a seated position. Maybe I wasn’t using it right…

So that we could keep Mila on the same routine, I purchased an inflatable bathtub for use at my mom’s, (it was extremely easy to travel with). During our first visit, Mila couldn’t quite sit up by herself. Needless to say, she kept sliding. I would hold her up while Dan washed her. It truly was a pain in the butt.

On our next visit, Mila could sit very well on her own, so I thought this time the tub would work nicely. Nope. Dan was so annoyed with it that he threw it aside and just sat Mila on the bottom of the bathtub. Do yourself a favor – save the ten bucks.

6 Months: My Rock Star!

It’s Mila’s half-birthday!

Six months was amazing; so many new things! At this point I really can’t pick a favorite age – every month has it’s new joys. By the time

Mila was 6-months-old, she was reaching for things, rolling, and stretching. Mila could sit up on her own and actually preferred it.

We’ve started watching SproutMickey Mouse Clubhouse and Backyardigans.

Mila responds to her name, occasionally.
“Mom” went away and then came back, and Mila finally said, “dah!” We were driving and out of the backseat we hear “da-da!” I looked over to see Dan smiling, ear-to-ear. There was the true sense of that expression at that moment and everything shifted.

Mila has acquired the desire to stand. One day when I came home from work, Dan showed me how he taught Mila to “1, 2, 3…stand”. She loved having her arms lifted and scrambled to a standing position all on her own.

Mila’s first try in a shopping cart seat.
February 10, 2012 (4 days shy of 7 months).

Mila has started scooting, or more precisely, bouncing on her bottom to move around. She’s like an upright bunny!

At some point this month, we stopped using the 3-6 month clothes and her jungle mat was neatly put away for another baby, another time.

Mila’s eating more solids and has attempted a sippy cup and done great! Of course, at the time of writing this, she hasn’t quite done as well since.

Mila drools like crazy, (like a ‘kitchen faucet’, if you ask Uncle Dave P.) and began to mock-chew. I got her puffs and she loves them. Watching her with these is very amusing.

January 28, 2012

I remember thinking back to Mila at only a couple of months old, her head laying on my chest, as I rocked her to sleep. There was one time that I thought, “one day she won’t do this”. Before I knew it, I had to cradle her in my arms to put her to sleep. There is only an occasional, few-and-far-between time that Mila will lay her head on my chest or shoulder and I eat it up!

January 13, 2012

She has started lifting her arms to let us know she wants picked up/out of her bouncer. She puts her own binky in her mouth — even when she’s sleeping.

By the end of six months, Mila was spending more time on her belly and moving in 360 degree circles to get objects she wanted. She’s trying harder and harder to crawl.

I have been back to work for 3 months and the best part of my work day is coming home to an excited, kicking Mila! The whole world disappears when I see that smiling face.

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Mila has a puff treat (February 4, 2012):