Our beautiful baby daughter Anabelle was born sleeping June 2010.
Blessed with the screaming arrivals of our gorgeous rainbow sons,
Alexander October 2011, Zachary November 2013 and Lucas July 2016.

After Anabelle - Raising Rainbows
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Sunday, 27 May 2012

Seven Months Old

A seven month old baby boy. Can you believe it?!

A mere month ago we were celebrating his half birthday and I was saying how we were going to be practising sitting up. And now sitting up my boy is! At 29 weeks old, Alexander stayed upright on his own for the first time. Wobbly at first and briefly, but now, three weeks later he is getting steadier all the time and sitting up for a good five minutes or more on his own. And when he's had enough of sitting up (or loses his balance!) he does a little faceplant type roll and puts himself on his front.

He loves it, he thinks he is very clever; which of course he is! *smile*

In keeping with the physical theme, all around now he is much much stronger. He is loving standing up now with very minimal support, he does all the leg work (pardon the pun) we're just there lightly holding his hands or hips. He is definitely moving into the 'I can do big baby' things now. He is also trying so hard to discover crawling. He just hasn't quite got the idea of getting his knees up underneath him and pushing his arms up at the same time, so instead of crawling at the moment a strange 'breast stroke going nowhere swimming' action is going on! hehe! I'm sure crawling won't be long now, maybe in time for his 8 month update?!

His little character is really beginning to shine through. Xander is a little charmer, cheeky chappy who thinks nearly everything is funny and is forever smiling and laughing and enjoying game playing. At the moment a favourite little game is singing and doing the actions to 'Row, row, row your boat', or indeed any song, but Row Row is definitely the favourite for now! 

Our cat Fiz and Xander are starting to become firm friends. After spending six months more or less ignoring him, or at best giving him the odd glance and sniff, Fiz has decided Alexander is worth getting to know after all. Quite regularly now she gives him little kisses, sits near him for a time and allows him to reach over to her and doesn't react while he grabs clumpfulls of her fur or tail! It is like she knows she has to treat him differently to how she would react to us grabbing her in the wrong way.  Its really quite cute to watch them equally fascinated by eachother now. I must remember to try and get more photos of them together. 

It is safe to say Alexander LOVES his food. He has an enormous appetite and his jump in weight gain over the last month goes to show! Hehe! Over the last few weeks he has gone from under double his birth weight to quite a jump over it. At seven months old he weighs 19lb 4oz, which is around two and a half pound heavier than the previous month and jumped up a whole percentile line to middle 50th. 

It is nice to see him enjoying his food, even though he has little interest in feeding himself.  My little man is quite impatient, so although he has shown he is able to finger feed himself, he has already figured out that Mummy doing it means he gets it quicker, and therefore we have full on strops if I expect too much independence at mealtimes! Lazy baba! He is getting there though. He is much more willing to attempt to give himself a drink and readily reaches out for his bottle or cup and helps to hold it now. 

We have had a month of it with eczema and dribble rashes though. Our poor boy has had a very sore face, we've been constantly applying different creams and vaseline in an attempt to clear it up.   After almost a month of persistent rash getting nowhere we took a visit to the Doctor, who decided his dribble rash was infact a little infected and prescribed an antibiotic cream, only this made everything ten times worse and two days later the whole underside of his face was red-raw.  A weekend trip to out of hours later we came away with a course of antibiotics and a steriod cream to try instead... pleased to say we're much much on top of it now, but still not gone completely.  

Teething and hot weather is no good for curing rashes! 

On the teeth front, we are still toothless despite all the signs. Dribble galore, pulling on gums etc. The two bottom teeth are visible in the gums but are really taking their time about erupting through. Maybe we'll have a toothypeg by 8 months?! 

Alexander is such fun at the moment, we're really enjoying his company. Jon (and me!) are forever exclaiming how lush he is...*gush* 

Cheeky handsome baby boy!

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