Monday, December 7, 2009

7 Months

Okay, I admit it. I'm backdating this post. Yesterday I was having issues with the computer and couldn't log in.

So, Elsie is now seven months old! No way! Every month I am more and more amazed at how quickly she's growing and how quickly the time flies.

This month, Elsie has become a solid sitter. She also has been getting up on all fours and rocking, but that's about it. She's very mobile in that she can roll and scoot all over the floor. She thinks it's absolutely hilarious when she ends up under the coffee table.

As far as solids, she has tried rice cereal, sweet potatoes, peas, and prunes. She likes to eat. And she also has been eating way more than I am able to pump. This means that my frozen stores of breastmilk have been diminished severely in the last three weeks. We are down to only three 2.5-oz. bags--three weeks ago I had over 30 bags in the freezer. Part of this is that Elsie had been sleeping through the night with maybe one waking. Then the weather changed, and she has been waking up every 2-3 hours from being cold. I have ordered some wearable blankets to take care of this and am impatiently awaiting their arrival. Because Elsie has been eating more during the night, there has been much less milk available at my first morning pumping. Used to be I could pump 7-8 ounces in the morning. Now I'm lucky if I can get four. It's very depressing. On top of that, Elsie was eating 6-2.5 oz. bottles a day, and then increased to seven. Yesterday J sent a note saying that Elsie ate NINE bottles. I can't keep up.

After the winter break, we're going to set J up with a high chair and a feeding schedule for solid foods. In the meantime, we will probably have to supplement with formula. I know this isn't a big deal in the overall scheme of things. It's just different. Up to this point I have been able to pump enough. Now I'm not.

So, that's it for an update. If I were to guess, I would say that she topped 17 pounds this month.

Love her to pieces. She's just so darn adorable.


1 comment:

Craig-Jen said...

Growth spurt?

I'm impressed you've kept up with the pumping...not an easy task with work. And no, supplementing formula isn't a big deal, but I'm sorry! Believe me, I pretty much know that Madeline would sleep through the night if I supplemented, but I'm not going down that path. It's tempting (Craig could give the bottle and I could sleep or she would sleep longer), but I'm going to keep doing what I'm doing...