|Sleepy, introspective, 7 months old|
So, much is the same, but also, so much is different. You are clearly taller than you were a month ago, and you look like you're filling out and gearing up for another growth spurt. You have two teeth and you are crawling. Much like your brother at this age, you like to pick a goal and crawl toward it at alarming speed. Your goal is very rarely something safe and appropriate, like a family member or a toy. You prefer goals like electrical chords, buttons and knobs, the dog, the dog's food, etc. This, I believe, is the natural way of baby curiosity. You are almost always on the move, squirming out of our arms and onto your next adventure.
|NOW you sleep. Sigh.|
|You are getting sleeeeeeeeepy.|
What you are not doing very much of is sleeping. It's been a tough week for Mama and Dada--both you and Walter have had bad sleep problems for about 8 days straight. We're not sure what's going on with you guys, though of course we have a lot of theories about it. One thing that's been kind of nice is that, even though you've been very wakeful all night, you've been very cheerful about it. It's hard to despair when you smile at me so beautifully, when you giggle and make your throaty growly noise. You love to say, "Hi, Dada!" to all of us. Dada, in particular, loves it when you say that.
|Walter lets you pull his hair. Your brother loves you!|
This month you had your first big illness: a case of RSV that brought with it a persistent fever, a nasty cough and lots and lots of goopiness. It coincided with the arrival of your teeth. You spent 6 days at home with me, and it was a hard time, but I'm glad I was able to nurse and care for you through it. You didn't get an ear infection or pink eye or pneumonia or anything else, so we feel like we were lucky and got off relatively easy. That's the way to do it, Sally!
|Giving Umma a passionate kiss|
This morning you fell asleep on my lap after nursing just as Walter was waking up. He came out to the living room and talked quietly to me for awhile--eventually you heard his voice, blinked, sat up (you can almost sit up on your own, now) and smiled at him. You love waking up and seeing Walter there, with you. Your biggest smiles and laughs are always for him. Walter doesn't like having his picture taken, but this morning he asked Dada, "Can you take a camera of us, Daddy?" He didn't want the flash, so most of the pictures didn't turn out ...
|Your brother makes you smile and smile!|
Love you, and proud to be your