Saturday, December 17, 2016


Dearest little goose!
You are six months old! (Well, now 6 and a half!). You sit up unassisted, though still do topple when you're very tired. You've been eating food for a few weeks and LOVE to sit at the table with your family.  You like to stand up and pull yourself to a standing position with our hands at every opportunity. And the swings! How you love the playground these days!

Your approach to eating is pretty hilarious. As soon as you sit down, you take whatever is in front of you and put it in your mouth. Then you go about your business. I've pulled out an entire floret of broccoli 20 minutes after meal time. Just today I was trying to change your diaper but couldn't because you had sweet potato in your mouth that you refused to swallow or spit out. You expect to be given a bite of whatever I'm eating, which is almost always obliged. You're into veggies and chicken, NOT into raspberries or applesauce and like frozen banana for your teeth (which still have not emerged at all). But your favorite by far is bacon. Without a tooth in your mouth, you ate half a piece of bacon. 

In addition to the occasional babbling, you are very very fond of raspberries. I think you like the way it feels in your mouth and on your lips to purse them and spit through your tongue. You do when you wake up, when you want to be part of the conversation, when you are playing. You do it to your family and sitter and also to random people on the subway. You and your sister have raspberry battles, spraying the table with spit. You both think this is hilarious.

At your six month check up, you weighed in the 23%, but were 74% for height.

Seven months old!

Dear Goosey,
You are SEVEN months old now! And on your 7 month birthday, you pulled yourself up to standing! Well, sort of standing, more like leaning while your body was planked. You were so happy, you love to stand any way possible. I'm still hoping you'll crawl before you walk and you are showing signs of maybe being interested in moving while prone, but every chance you get it's STAND.  On your belly and sitting you rotate which way you're facing and seem to scoot a bit. Not very far and it doesn't seem intentional, but you are often not *exactly* where you were a few minutes before.

You love to eat and insist on trying whatever we are eating. It's a very specific grab and pull from my hands to your mouth. Though if I'm holding an envelope or a glass of water, you want to try that, too. You love sweet potatoes, broccoli, ground beef, banana, banana bread and apple. You are not very impressed with hummus, mashed potatoes or chicken, though chicken sausage is pretty great. You have an amazing knack for taking the teensiest bit of food and making the hugest mess possible. I swear it's not possible for you to have swallowed any food with how much is on your face, clothes, the table and the floor, but it does show up at the other end...

Though we read books a lot, you are not really into them. Even the ones with crinkly sound effects or flaps to nibble, you'd much rather be playing with cups or water bottles or blocks. You like music and will sometimes sing along when other people are singing to you. And, I swear you say "hi!" sometimes...