Better late than never right? We’ll rewind just a couple weeks to when my baby girl turned 7 months!
Ok, I’ve got a ton of pictures to share this month so lets get to the details…as far as weight, I’m not quite sure. At 6 months she was 15.6 and then we went to the dr’s office a couple of times and her weight didn’t quite make sense because sometimes she had clothes and a diaper and sometimes she didn’t but either way, Garrity is little and isn’t gaining a ton of weight which does make me super nervous but the doctor doesn’t seem concerned. I’ll probably put her weight at around 15.10 which is lower than normal. She’s been gaining about a pound a month and she definitely didn’t hit that this time. Don’t know any length or head but I know her pink hat she wore all summer is too small and she was getting too long for most of her 6 month jammies.
Speaking of clothes, at 7 months she was still pretty consistently in 6 months clothes. Definitely 6 month in tops but started to move into 9 month bottoms. Girlfriend has a booty. She’s also in size 3 diapers and has no teeth yet.
She hit a couple big milestones this month – the 1st being starting daycare which was rough on all of us. I hate that I have to send her to daycare. Hate it with every bone in my body. I wish I could be a stay at home/work at home mom but I can’t so daycare it is. We have looked at nannies but they’re so much more expensive than daycare (which is $1400 a month!!) so we really didn’t go down that route. She’s at daycare on campus which is the major benefit to me. I go over every day at lunch and hang out with her which I wouldn’t get to do if she had a nanny. She has 9 kids in her class, 2 lead teachers and 2 associate teachers. The adjustment to daycare has been pretty rough on all of us which napping being the worst. She just can’t seem to nap at daycare. Also, this 1st month she only went part time since I only working part time and I’m so glad we could transition her in. She does have some great teachers and I think she really likes them.
And thanks to daycare, Garrity got her first cold and it was awful!! I don’t know if I’ll ever forget what it was like to just hold her in my arms and see her in so much pain. Couldn’t breathe, had a fever…all she wanted was me and I’m so thankful I could be there to help her. The worst was at night. The only way she’d sleep was in my arms or in the Ergo 360 so I really didn’t get much sleep. The morning after Sunny and Andy’s wedding (when Chris and I were suppose to have our 1st night away) I was up at about 5am with her in the ergo outside in the porch swing because that was the only way she could get some rest. Garrity was basically sick the entire month. It was awful. It was like the never ending cold/cough. I felt so bad for her. And with her being sick, Chris and I both got sick although I got way worse than he did. It was awful. I think I had a never ending cold too. We were all sick the entire month of September. In fact, that’s probably what I’m going to remember the month as…sick fest.
Other notable things that happened this month…Chris went to Asia for two weeks for work. It was crazy. I have a whole new respect for single moms. Those two weeks were exhausting but luckily my mom came down a few days to help and I went over to the beach for a few days to get help from Chris’ parents. We all made it through though!
The most exciting thing to happen this month was food! We gave Garrity her first bites of food on her 6th month birthday and have been introducing more food every since. Her first bites were of avocado that I blended up in the vitamix. Next was carrots then sweet potatoes then bananas then mangos then peas. She hate peas and tolerates everything else. I wouldn’t say she loved any foods she tried this month. I think it’s the texture of them but it’s been so fun to watch her explore all these new tastes. We started her out in her little chair on the counter. My mom was here for the big day too which was fun. So glad she gets to be around for these big firsts.
This is the moment she took her 1st bites, the rest are some other early food days. There is also a video of her 1st day of eating below.
When Chris was in Asia we took a trip to Gearhart. This was such a fun weekend. I was still working part time so I went down on Wednesday night and stayed through Saturday. We also celebrated our anniversary. It sucked that Chris was gone but at least I got to be in Gearhart. We went out to dinner at Pacific Way and then stopped by the barn where we got married. The owner of the barn was there and came out to meet Garrity. It was great to re-live that day with her. Also, the weather that weekend was incredible (just like our wedding weekend). Like 80 at the beach! I also went on our first walk/jog in the Bob.
Here are a couple of family photos before Chris left for Asia.
And a just for fun photoshoot
Bedtime stories with dad (Peter Rabbit brought back by Chuck & Karen from England).
More fun with dad before he went to Asia.
A bit out of order but Labor Day weekend we went to Bend. We rented a house with Craig, Julia, Brian and his lady. We saw Randi and Billy and did all our typical Bend things like paddle board and hit up breweries. Garrity was awesome and really, besides being home by 8pm this weekend wasn’t any different than weekends in the past. Love that we have such an easy going girl.
Sunny and Andy’s wedding. You can’t tell from the photo but Garrity and I were super sick. My mom came to watch her.
We bought her 1st high chair! I put it together all by myself when Chris was in Asia. Also, that is what a house looks like when I am all by myself. Don’t worry, I cleaned it all up after she went to bed.
Just another cute before school picture. She’s just so adorable. I can’t stop.
Great Granny Duck came down and we spent an afternoon with her over at Aunt Randi’s. Love that Garrity gets to know her.
Did a little shopping. I think this was Garrity’s 1st time at Nordstroms. She wasn’t too impressed but one day she will be :)
Dad got back from Asia and when the Beav game. Garrity and I both got sick that night (I ended up with a 103 degree fever!).
Took my grandma’s ashes to the Willamette National Cemetery to be with my grandpa. Even though Garrity never got to meet my grandpa or really know my grandma she would have loved them and they would have adored her.
Went up to Seattle to celebrate Payton’s birthday and hang out with Great Grandma Pat. Garrity was also super sick this weekend (so sick that my dad had to run out and get her baby Tylenol).
Ok, I think that’s 7 months in a nut shell. This was a tough month. Maybe the toughest. The transition to daycare was hard. Really, really hard. Probably a lot harder on me than on her. I never thought I’d want to be a stay at home mom but when you have to leave your baby for 8 hours a day it became pretty clear that I wanted to stay home with her. We’ve looked at other options but when it comes down to it, nothing pencils out where I could make enough money working at home. So every day I do the best I can, at being a mom and at being an employee. And I thank God every day for giving me the ability to go see her at lunch. That I have a job that allows me to do that. If I couldn’t see her every day during the day I think leaving her at daycare would be unbearable. I am dreading the day when it won’t be in her best interest to go see her. The day when she either gets too upset to see me or even later, the day when she’s having too much fun to want to be with her mama :(
Besides the transition to daycare, this was a great month. This girl continues to amaze Chris and I. We’ve heard so many stories from other parents who have a hard time or who wish for parts of their other life back and I can say that those thoughts have never once crossed my mind. Being Garrity’s mom is the most natural thing for me. It’s like we click. It’s just so easy and so good. And she’s just so much fun. The smiles on her face light up a room (and my world) and as much as I don’t want her to grow up anymore I can’t wait for the fun that we’ll have together.
I love you so much little girl :)
Love mom :)