Seven Months

Thursday, March 23, 2017

She's over the hump- we're officially closer to her first birthday than we are her birth! I can't believe how quickly time has passed since having her. I saw a quote a few weeks back- "the days are long, but the years are short" and I can't agree more! For those that don't know, I'm currently staying home with Ramsey. It has been such a blessing and definitely an answered prayer. While pregnant, the plan was to return to work after a six week (UNPAID I might add) maternity leave. One of the positives of Zach accepting the Fresno State job offer was that I would get to stay home with her indefinitely. My original mindset was so stay home her first year and then return to work. I have to say, after having seven months of uninterrupted time, I don't know if I want to leave her. Ever. Now don't get me wrong, this month I had my first full blown mama-meltdown. I actually almost searched for jobs through my tears hahahaha. It was a rough week to say the least. There was a point where I was sitting on the couch crying- I'm talking total sobfest, and I catch a glance of Ramsey watching me from her jumperoo. I'm so upset that I continue to cry while looking at her. Then the most precious thing happens, her blank expression turns to a frown and before I know it her chin is quivering and SHE STARTS CRYING TOO. I burst out laughing because the whole situation is total hysteria at this point. THEN SHE STARTS LAUGHING WITH ME. And we go back and forth- laughing, crying, laughing, crying for a solid 15 minutes. I don't want to miss moments like that with her. As tough as it can be some days, it is absolutely worth it. I even called Zach at work that day and sat on the phone crying.. He brought home pizza for dinner hahaha.

So enough of my rambling, lets talk about Ramsey's developments this month!

She can sit completely unassisted now, and for long periods of time. She's so good at transitioning to her belly from sitting, and when she does tip over her little ab muscles slow her down- which was not the case at first. She discovered her hair and it's the sweetest thing to watch her 'pet' it. At first I was afraid her ears were bothering her because it looked like the was pulling her ears, but she was stroking her hair! This kid likes to talk. She is a chatterbox to say the least, and has been blabbering away all month long. To begin with she was saying 'babababababababa' and 'mumumumu' or 'mamamamama', but she's been saying 'MAMA' so clearly the last few weeks!! At her pediatrician appointment Zach asked about it, and she acted like we were making it up. I have better things to do- I already know she's awesome. I could care less who else thinks it. So no, WE'RE NOT FIBBING. He asked about it because I read differing opinions online about when a word counted as a first word. Of course she said it didn't count. With that being said, I don't think she associated saying 'mama' with me at all in the beginning. At this point she definitely does- she looks right at me when she says it. Our parents even agreed when we were home last week, so you best believe it's baby book official at this point.

While we were home, Zach and I had our first date night since Ramsey has been born. His parents watched her while we had dinner and did a little shopping. When we were first seated for dinner, I looked at my phone to see what time it was, and of course she's the wallpaper on my phone, and it completely caught me off guard. I almost started crying! It was nice to eat dinner without having a baby wiggling around and reaching for my plate, but I definitely prefer dealing with those little things. I'm not sure if it was the best idea to do it at the beginning of the week, because she would not let me out of her sight for a split second the rest of the week. She was even worse whenever we were back at his parent's house throughout the week. She clearly doesn't forget things easily!

She's now sleeping in her own bed- well the pack n play beside our bed to be more specific. This actually happened the night of my mama-meltdown. Before we put her down we put her in fleece jammies, changed her diaper, and topped off her belly with some baby food. That way I knew she was only crying because she was alone- and not because she was cold, needed a diaper change, or was hungry. I was so numb and exhausted from the day, that I was somehow able to listen to her cry. I can't remember how long she cried, maybe 15 or 20 minutes. Zach and I both got the best nights sleep in our lives, and Ramsey slept the best she has in a while. We had actually been planning to transition her out of our bed for a few weeks, but I just couldn't do it. I hate to hear her cry. Even now she still cries when we first put her down, but only for a minute or two. I'm so proud of her for doing it though. I loved co-sleeping. Zach didn't mind it either. It was a life saver when she nursed every two or three hours throughout the night. Especially when Zach was in California and I was doing it all myself back home. With that being said, it wasn't working for any of us anymore- Ramsey included. None of us were sleeping good. She was on and off my boobs constantly just out of habit, which was making me sore. Zach would shift and move around throughout the night, and it would wake Ramsey up. It. Was. Exhausting. We are all so much happier now, and we all get more sleep. She sometimes wakes up for a diaper change, or will want to nurse, but she always goes back to her pack n play afterwards.

Nap time is our next priority- and she's actually napping in there as I write this!

She plays well on her own, has started drinking water out of cups (with my assistance- and we're working on the sippy cups!), is sooooo close to crawling, has less stranger anxiety than before, rarely fights sleep, and will even fall asleep in her car seat without a fuss. Which reminds me, we upgraded her car seat this month! She was getting too big for her infant seat- she wasn't comfortable, and just didn't look safe in it anymore. We bought her the Maxi Cosi Pria 70 in bohemian red. She lovessss it!! She hardly ever makes a fuss in it and looks so dang cute I can't even stand it- worth every penny.

I'm still breastfeeding, but she nurses far less now. She is enjoying baby food and easily consumes three of the little plastic containers each day. Well the food INSIDE the containers, not the actual containers. She sucks her thumb now! Still doesn't suck on a paci, but she loves her thumb. The paci is used like her other 'chew toys.'

I fall more in love with her each day. I thought I loved her when she was in my belly, but it doesn't it even come close to the way I feel now. She makes everything so much more fun- even if things take a little longer and are a little more complicated than before. She's my little sidekick, my partner in crime, and I can't imagine life without her.

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