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Faye {7 Months}

28 October 2015

What a difference a month makes, my love! You are so mobile now...finally figuring out the crawling stance and making forward progress. The funny part about you being so mobile is that our co-sleeping arrangement has turned into an all-you-can eat buffet. You just wake up and crawl over and I don't get much say in the matter.

On the topic of eating, you tried your first solid foods soon after turning 6-months old. You were so ready and really enjoyed it. It was a messy, vocal, fun event. Now you love trying all kinds of food and you give us side eye if we are eating and you're not included. We are doing the "Baby Led Weaning" method and just giving you hunks of fruit & veggies to gnaw on. It's messy, but you love feeding yourself and have figured out how to use your two tiny teeth quite well!

We had your Christening on Saturday, October 3rd. It was so wonderful--really filled with love and joy. You truly seemed to enjoy the ceremony and when the minister put his hand on your head, you just looked up at him with the biggest smile. Many of our close friends attended and it was a blessing to feel so much love and support from our Cali "family."

On 10/2, we went out for a date night and Jai & Liz babysat you. When we came home, we discovered they taught you how to wave...and captured it on video. So cute! You practice this skill intermittently, and not always on command :)

Grandma came to visit for a week!

10/5: I was making you laugh today, pretending to eat your neck. Then you put your mouth on my face and made the same noise and giggled. It was so obvious that you were participating in the game. It was sweet and fun and surprising all at once. You're a smart cookie!

First swim class...back floating and practicing kicking. You had so much fun!

Of course once you got good at crawling, you immediately wanted to practice standing!

The wrong person is napping!

It seems like every month is such a developmental leap for you! It's hard to keep up! This month was so much fun..and also a lot of work. It was a big adjustment for us to start feeding you dinner every night. We really had to keep on track because after dinner you needed to go straight into the bath before turning into a pumpkin at 7pm for bedtime.  Your dad and I felt a little overwhelmed by the amount of cooking, high chair cleaning, kitchen duties, and more that needed to be done every evening. However, we really figured out some good teamwork and it got much easier as we adjusted.

I think this month also felt overwhelming to me in terms of how to fit it all in. I just felt very pressed for time and wanted to make the most of our evening time together...but also felt like there was so much to do throughout the day and I was constantly having to prioritize and reprioritize.

Including you in family meal time is such a joy. I love seeing how happy it makes you and how proud you are to be part of it. You were so determined to crawl and it was a relief for all of us when you figured out how to make forward progress. It's funny because within two days of really doing "good" crawling, you became so interested in standing. I'm amazed how quickly you want to stretch your limits!

Without a doubt, there's so much that I'm forgetting to capture. Like how much we love to sing songs, how sharp your talon nails are, what a noisy eater you are, and how interested you are in your Mazzy dog. But I'm glad to be capturing little glimpses of our life anyway.

I've decided that your smile is what ever-new joy feels like. I could never tire of it. We are so in love with you!

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