LovesAlmost all foods, being outside, seeing people/being social, swinging at the park, playing with the piggies, waving to cars
HatesNaps (we're working on it), broccoli, not being included (aka not being the center of attention)
You know how after a few days of pounding storms with dark looming clouds and crashing thunder, the skies finally part and the sun streams through making it feel like the most glorious day ever? That's exactly how month seven felt. Rico has been in the best of moods the last few weeks, smiling when he wakes up and eager to see what the day holds for him. He's happiest when he's the center of attention, whether it's being included in the conversation where he holds his own with babbles of "mamamamama bababababa, dadadada, gah gah gah" or it's introducing new toys or foods, he doesn't seem to mind having all eyes on him. And he totally plays it up, too. He turns on the charm when meeting new people, smiling bashfully and tilting his head ever so slightly, and warms up to new faces pretty easily. Six months ago I never thought I'd say this but he is quite a joy to be around now!
|The day he turned 7 months, he started sitting up completely unassisted! #goals|
He is also loving solids. After consulting with our pediatrician, we decided to skip the purees and go the baby-led weaning route of introducing finger foods right from the beginning. I was nervous at first because it was all so new and foreign but, I now know without a doubt that it was absolutely the right decision for us. For the first few weeks, Rico was receptive to the foods we offered and gleefully picked them up, mushed them between his fingers and occasionally got a few bits in his mouth. There were some foods he ate fairly easily in the beginning (cucumber, steamed carrots, oatmeal, etc) but for the most part the food was ending up on the floor or all over his face/hands/clothes. But in the last week or two, he really figured out the whole chew and swallow thing! He has two little teeth now that help him scrape foods like avocado and orange off the peel and take actual bites of carrot, stewed beef, teething crackers, etc so a lot more is making it down his gullet. He has reached the point where he now gets annoyed or frustrated if we're eating and he's not included and he has tried so many foods I've lost track of the variety.
The ONE thing he refuses to eat is broccoli! I've offered it three different ways now with varying levels of seasoning and every single time he throws it off his tray without even really trying it. He just wants nothing to do with it. This totally blows my mind because broccoli is one of a few select vegetables that I LOVE and will eat pretty much any way it's prepared. Basically, I've never met a broccoli I didn't like but Rico can't stand even the site of it! I'm convinced he'll come around eventually if I just keep trying new ways of cooking it.
His budding relationship with his piggy sisters is pretty adorable to watch, too. He is still fascinated by every move and sound they make. In fact, my sure-fire way to keep him happy in the evenings when he's at his fussiest is to bring them out to play and let him just hang out on the floor watching them run around. Gia is still a little cautious around him - his excited squeals and sudden movements can be a bit scary for her. But Juno seems to get that he's harmless and she's almost as curious about him as he is about her. Last weekend, they seemed to be playing a little game with each other where he would stick his hand out and she'd come over to lick his fingers, then he'd pull his hand away and she'd run off - not far though, and she was always keeping an eye on him. He'd stick his hand out again and, again, she'd come over to lick his fingers. They did this over and over for a few minutes, with Rico smiling at her the whole time, until Juno got distracted and ran off to play with Gia. It warmed my heart and confirmed for me that we made the right decision in adopting Juno when we did. I can't get over how sweet, patient, and affectionate she's been with him, especially for still being so young herself.
His chubby little thighs are my favorite.
We're still not exactly sure what color his eyes are. Some days they look grayish-blue, other days they look green so for now, we're calling them hazel.
Yawning, drooling, looking everywhere but at me ... he's so over this whole photo shoot business.
Each day gets more and more enjoyable for all of us with this little guy and we can't wait to see what the next few months bring. Before you know it, we're going to be planning his first birthday party!