It's hard to believe that our little baby is 7 months old today. She's not so little anymore either! When I pick her up these days I can barely remember what it was like to hold a tiny, floppy newborn in my arms. Sleep regression is still in full force here :( A good night for us is one or two wake ups. I'm hoping that if we just keep powering through she will go back to sleeping well in due time. I decided a few nights ago to turn the monitor way down, and that way I only hear her if she's really making a lot of noise. It has seemed to help. Last night she was only up once (loud enough for me to hear and respond, anyway, after giving her time to see if she would settle), and she ate and went right back to sleep. This morning I noticed a little blood on her hand after she had been chewing on her fingers, so I checked in her mouth and sure enough, it looks like a tooth is starting to break through. That sure would explain her extreme fussiness yesterday! She's still been super whiny and clingy this morning, so I gave her some Tylenol and an ice cube wrapped with a wet washcloth and that seemed to help her feel better. Now we just wait and see how long this tooth takes to pop through...and then keep waiting for the next one, and the one after that. I've heard that teething is basically never-ending...oh joy! ;)
When we were registering for baby items and getting ready for the baby, I swore up, down, and sideways that I would NEVER want a video monitor. Ha! Now that she is active and much more mobile, it seems almost necessary to be able to see her and know that she is safe without having to go into her room and rile her up. A friend gave me an old video monitor a long time ago, and just a few days ago I finally remembered we had it and set it up. It has been amazing to be able to see her and know what she is up to! We love it so much that we ordered a new, portable video monitor right away. It should be here tomorrow and I'm really excited. I love being able to just see her in the crib and know if she is crying because she's stuck on her tummy, or in a weird spot in her crib, or if she spit up. I can't wait to have a color screen model and be able to carry it around the house and outdoors with me. It will certainly make doing yard work while she is napping much easier. I won't have to constantly wonder if I heard her crying through the audio monitor only, I'll be able to see if she's actually awake. Guess this is just one time of many, I'm sure, that I'll have to eat my words!
I plan to do a post soon on how Abigail is doing with food. We started with oatmeal baby cereal and homemade purees just shy of her 6 month birthday. She doesn't really seem to care much for the purees at all, and one day I decided to just give her some steamed vegetables that we had in the fridge and she LOVED them. Ever since then, we've been doing a combination of purees and what's referred to as Baby Led Weaning, meaning that baby is offered soft, large pieces of table food that they are able to hold and feed to themselves. She really loves it and has had a large variety of different foods, including pear, banana, blueberries, watermelon, apple, green beans, cauliflower, broccoli, toast, carrots, scrambled egg yolk, and even some pork. Honestly, I was really excited to make all of her purees and didn't think BLW would be for us, but she really enjoys eating her "big girl food" and it's super easy for us because she really can just eat what we are eating, within reason. I'll try to write up a more detailed post this week with pictures of Abby's adventures with food!