February 13, 2019

7 Months of Wells

7 months seems like he's a baby but now he's a baby. It's totally different than 3 months or 4 months. That was "baby". Now he's a baby.

He hates having his arms put through anything. Seatbelt straps, shirts, sleepsacks, the snowsuit. It's all pure torture to him.

He rolls all over the place and in every direction. This is an issue if I put him down for a nap and he's not quite ready to sleep: he rolls around the crib and gets stuck in a corner and keeps butting his head into the rail like some sort of animal who can't turn around. I can see why crib bumpers used to be a non-negotiable.

Wells started sleeping on his stomach the last week in January. I was trying to get him to sleep on his side and he'd flop onto his back about half of the time. But twice in one night, I checked on him and he'd settled in on his stomach. I'm fine with this, but it doesn't matter how long he sleeps; I'm in his room checking on him an average of 5 times a night anyway.

He prefers to sleep with a blankie of some sort. I usually give him one of these lovies or a receiving blanket. He loves a good giant swaddle blanket (that we never used for swaddling) though. You drop it over him like a parachute and he'll smile and hug it until he falls asleep. Considering that my blankies are in a box in the basement, I'm assuming he gets this from me.

He's eating purees still, and I'm back to making them myself so it's actually a huge time/money-saver: I don't have to make sure a jar gets eaten in two days before it goes bad and I don't have to remember to buy jars. I'm trying to get him to pick up little pieces of food now but he mostly just plays with them and smears them around. He loves his purees so much though, so I'll take it. He sits there with his mouth open because he knows the spoon is on its way. Same with a bottle when I feed him in the middle of the night. He's always excited to eat.

Sleep is a never-ending puzzle. He has slept through the night exactly once, maybe two weeks ago?
The series of events that led to that: He took a nap from 5pm-8pm. He played and ate and got a bath. he went down for the night at 10pm. He woke up at 6am.
With that information in mind, as of last weekend, I moved his bedtime from 7pm-ish to 8pm at the earliest. By starting the bedtime routine around 7:45ish, he's down for the night by 8/8:15pm and falls right asleep. I've noticed that he also functions better with an evening nap. Our morning nap routine is pretty set around 10am-12pm, unless something like an appointment gets in the way. (I've tried to schedule appointments around when I suspect he'll nap and that never works.) An afternoon nap isn't guaranteed but sometimes it'll be 30 minutes and sometimes it'll be 2 hours. It just depends. I was trying to keep him awake after 6pm so he'd be asleep for the night by 7:30 or 8:00 when I realized that he might just be more of a night owl, so if he wants to sleep in the evening, I can just put him to bed later most nights.

He can sit up now but I don't leave him like that alone for long because once he falls over, he can't get back up so he'll just roll around until he hits something like a chair. He'll generally flop over but he's getting much much better at it.

He's definitely responding to his name, but this is where I must admit that Scott refers to him as "Larry". Like, he actually calls him Larry. And when you say "Larry" to him, he gets the biggest smile on his face. And if you show him the cucumber, he smiles and laughs.

This was from Christmas, but you get the idea. 


  1. HAHA - Wells / Larry - totally close enough :) I love he loves Veggie Tales Cucumber though!!!
    & hey - no shame... when I fall over, I just roll & cant get up either :)

  2. My cats have the total opposite reaction to a cucumber - they lose their minds when they see a cucumber - it is sooo weird!!! He is super adorable!!!! Happy 7 month birthday!

  3. His cheeks are the absolute best!!! :)

  4. Wells and Larry! Aww! Those are the kind of little things it's great that you're writing down to remember later! Sleep is still rough over here--he did sleep through the night 3 nights in a row, but that was before Chinese New Year, and we're on day 9 of insanely loud fireworks throughout the night, so I don't blame Cyrus at all for waking up...just a few more days and this 15 day holiday is over and then we can try to sleep a little better once again!

  5. His little teeth in that last photo melted me. Oh my goodness, MELTED ME!

    I love Wells and Larry <3

    Sleep is FOREVER rough. Like, in a weird way you need to come to terms with the fact that you'll never really sleep right again.
    Seriously, Owen is 7 and still sometimes wakes up in the middle of the night due to bad dreams or something.

    And the blankie thing I LOVE <3 All three of mine loved to snuggle blankies like that too. And I'd ALWAYS hear how bad/dangerous it was but they still sleep like that. Snuggled with it up around them. It's cozier.

  6. OMG...girl the fist time I read this I thought I had missed some of your blogs. I totally took a break from blogging and social media and to be honest I'm having a hard time getting back on the train. Anyway, love your post as usual!

  7. aweee! This is the best blog Ive came across today!

  8. Oh my goodness, reminds me of my lovely baby boy.

  9. I am a great fan of your blog! All the best for the year ahead!

  10. This is awesome! Every time I see you have new content the first thing I do is put the kettle on for a coffee. Keep it coming!


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