~ You are not quite crawling yet, but you sure are rolling and spinning and scooting to get to where you want to be!
~ You have perfected your sitting skills this month! You love to sit and play with your toys and will do it quite contentedly for long little stretches of time. We still put a pillow or two around you in case you forget and flop over, but that is happening much less often now!
~ You have a few new favorite toys this month - your mirror (you love giving yourself big slobbery kisses in it!) and your big triangular prism thing with lots of things to bat at and play with. Any time you fuss, your sister asks, "Do you want your big triangle, baby Caroline?" And then she brings it to you and you quiet right down!
~ Speaking of toys, you have started to get really upset when you drop one and can't reach it, or when Mommy takes something away that you are not supposed to have (e.g. the remote, a cell phone, etc.). Up until a week or two ago, we could just quickly substitute something else and you would hardly notice. Not anymore! You know exactly what you want!
~ You are still our little snuggler who loves to be worn on Mommy or Daddy. Your favorites now are the sling on Mommy and the Ergo on Daddy or Mommy. Sometimes that's where you will take your little third nap of the day (late afternoon/dinnertime)!
~ I thought you might be starting to sleep a little bit better last month, but no, you are still in the running for the title of worst sleeper on the planet (haha!). You usually wake up about every 2 hours. Only occasionally are you difficult to get back to sleep, normally just a quick little nursing, but no long stretches of sleep yet. Someday!
~ You definitely went through a growth spurt this month! At 6 months you weighed 16.5 lbs and now you weigh 18 lbs. even! In fact, I just got out some 9 month clothes for you last week and now today I had to pull out the 12 month ones!
~ Your first two teeth came in this month! The two little front bottom ones are now all the way through and visible when you give us your sweet smile! I think the two on either side of those are getting ready to poke through as well.
~ You have a few new favorite games to play this month. You love peekaboo and are starting to do it on your own! You will pull a little blanket or lovey over your face and wait for me to ask, "Where's Caroline?" before you snatch it away and giggle! You also love to pull at Daddy's glasses and think that's a really funny game too!
~ You think it is absolutely hilarious to watch Anna Kate practice jumping. She comes right up to you and hops and you just crack up!
~ We did find out this month that you are allergic to all dairy products, eggs, and peanuts. Which means that as long as you're nursing, Mommy is allergic to them as well! I am a little bit sad that you will have to deal with this, but I am learning a lot about new ways to cook and bake and various ingredients that can substitute for the things that you can't have. And don't worry, I already have a recipe ready to go for your first birthday smash cake! Not that it is coming up any time soon, but it's good to be prepared!
Caroline Hope, what a special little girl you are and what joy you bring to your mommy and daddy and big sister. It is so fun to watch you start to develop your own little personality and find your place in our family. I don't think you're going to be the quiet and reserved type...you always like to make your presence known! We love you so much and are excited to see what your next month will hold!
And here are your pictures!