7 Months

7 Months…Say what?!?

Sweet Luker, 

We cannot believe another month of your life has come and gone. You are at such a fun age, and we are absolutely loving it! You are the happiest baby– constantly smiling, jumping up and down {in our arms} when you get excited, and squealing in delight. You keep Dad and me smiling. Like all babies, you do have your meltdowns {major meltdowns} :), but they are pretty few and far between. 

I feel like so much has happened during your seventh month of life! Right after you turned six months you started sitting up on your own. Throughout this month you’ve definitely gained strength and improved your balance. You rarely topple over anymore. It’s nice being able to just sit you on the floor and let you play with a toy. 

You are also rolling from back to tummy {and vice versa} constantly! You have done this plenty of times before, but its always sort of been accidental. This month you’ve realized that you’re able to go back and forth, and you’re doing it all the time. You’re sleeping on your stomach a lot these days, and you’re usually on your tummy with your head stretching up to look around when one of us goes to get you in the  mornings. 

You are such a wiggle worm. You NEVER sit still, and you try to grab everything within your reach. You’re still putting everything you touch in your mouth. No teeth yet, though.

No crawling yet either!

 Right around the 6 month mark, you started napping like a champ. And it has been blissful. Truly blissful. I can now just lay you down in your crib at naptime, and you’ll roll over and go to sleep without a peep! I’m not sure what happened. It’s like you’ve realized that daytime sleep is not your enemy. We are saying, “Thank you, Jesus!!!!” Some days you take one long 3ish hour nap {usually about 2 hours after you get up in the morning}. Other days, you take two shorter naps {ususally 1 1/2 hours}. I think you’re going through a growth spurt because you are sleeping a LOT right now. I’m definitely spoiled, and I’m not going to know what to do if your future siblings aren’t good sleepers. 

This month you got a highchair! You’re eating lots of solids, and you’re definitely not picky. You’ve been eating all sorts of fruits and veggies, cereals and oatmeal. My goal is for you to eat ROY G. BIV {all the colors of the rainbow} every day. As your Doc Doc says, “A colorful plate is a very nutritious thing.” 🙂 We don’t do it perfectly, but that is the goal {and it’s the goal for Mama and Dad too}. You seem to like pretty much everything we have given you with the exception of avocados {you absolutely refuse to swallow them} and turkey/turkey broth {the only meat you’ve tried…you gagged}. You’re still nursing 4 or 5 times a day and still pretty much refusing a bottle unless you’re desperately hungry and I’m nowhere to be found. We’ve introduced the sippy cup, but you’re more interested in playing with it than drinking from it. I’m not sure that you’ve quite figured it out yet.  

I think you know your name, but I can’t be sure. Honestly, you’re probably totally confused because you are called so many different things! But what can I say? We are a people of nicknames. In no time, you will learn that your Mama and your Doc come up with some crazy nicknames! You are called Lukie, Luker, Luker Lou (me), Big Boy, Sweet Boy, Baby Boy, Bud Bear Boy, Booger Bear, Sugar Bear (Dad…he loves anything that ends with “Bear” for some reason), Little Man (Doc, Aunt Jen, Uncle Will), Mr. Boy, Mr. Luke (Doc Doc), Luke Man (J-J), Lukester, The Lukester (PawPaw).

You are growing like a weed and getting so heavy! I’m hoping to grow some firm arm muscles {like Aunt Jenny’s :)} from hauling you around. You’re wearing size 9-12 month clothes and size 3 diapers.

You still love playing with toys on your activity mat and jumping wildly in your jumperoo. You love books! You try to turn the pages, and you love to chew them. We read several stories every day…usually before naps.

 Luke, you are so precious to us. We are so thankful that God entrusted you to our care, and we pray for strength and wisdom to love and parent you well. You are a beautiful child, but our prayer is that God will grant you a beautiful and regenerate heart–a heart that is controlled by Jesus. I pray that you will come to know Christ at a young age and that you will follow Him faithfully all of your days. I pray that you will find your purpose and significance in Him alone. I pray that you will grow to be a man of integrity and a man of faith. 

We love you so much, Luke. Happy 7 months!

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