I realize I am beginning to sound like a bit of a broken record here, but seriously, seven months is where it’s at.
When I was newly pregnant and begging and pleading with the universe to pretty please provide me with a girl, I had a vision of what my daughter would be like. Well, I’m happy to report that Briar has far exceeded all of those expectations. She’s just…my dream girl. She’s smart. She’s happy. She’s fearless. She’s beautiful. And she’s making my job as her mom so incredibly easy and fulfilling that I can’t help but wonder what I did to deserve such a wonderful little girl.
Despite the fact that she still wakes up one to two times a night, she has turned into an excellent napper…a far cry from the first month or two when she was awake all day, everyday! Being able to count on her sleeping for at least an hour during the day (and sometimes up to three hours!) has done wonders for my work flow. She also now goes to bed around 10pm, which is a nice departure from those late, late nights-turned-early-mornings back in the beginning. I will admit that although I was hesitant to move her into her own room, it was the best thing I did for her and for me and John. Two months in and we all sleep better being in our own spaces.
Briar had her first taste of solid foods at four months, and ever since then, she has tried all kinds of fruits + veggies! She is particularly fond of blueberries, but really, she has enjoyed everything (despite her facial expressions telling a very different story! Ha!). She’s also still nursing regularly throughout the day (and night), which works great for the both of us. My goal is to nurse her to one year, but of course, I’m willing to go shorter or (a little bit) longer, depending upon what she wants to do. If there’s one piece of wisdom I’ve learned over the past seven months, it’s to let Briar lead. She knows what she needs and it’s my job to follow her down that path.
Briar is officially a girl on the go. She seldom stays in a single spot for too long, thanks to her never-ending rolling and army crawling. Watching her discover her world is such a thrill for me…I had no idea that the smallest things could be so rewarding! Of course, this means that I can’t take my eyes off of her for too long as she is an expert at turning seemingly innocuous situations into high danger! Ha! She is also the proud owner of two bottom teeth, a full head of curly blonde hair, and chubby little limbs. I mean, I can’t even handle the cuteness.
Whenever I feel pangs for my tiny little newborn Briar, I can’t help but think that whatever current stage we are in is so much more fulfilling than those first few weeks that we spent getting acquainted. She’s a real person now, with skills and opinions and preferences all her own.
I couldn’t be more in love with my seven month old sunshine girl.