Phoenix at Seven Months

Phoenix at Seven Months Update

I really can not believe Phoenix is seven months old. This month Phoenix was very active and slept sporadically, until last week. We introduced solids, though he still prefers nursing. He sits up with ease, pulls himself up in the crib (which we subsequently lowered) and crawls! I believe he’ll be walking by nine months.

Sleep and routine hasn’t been our strong suit. Phoenix never fell into a natural daily routine, but this last month was particularly challenging. He’s always been an early mover — rolling over at 3.5 months, sitting up at 5.5 months, crawling at 6.5 months and now trying to stand — which all affects his sleep. We hit the six month regression hard. Phoenix spent nap time sitting up, crying and screaming all month. We moved him into his pack n’ play so when he flailed around we knew he wasn’t hurting himself.

The lack of sleep and excessive crying was overwhelming. Sitting up isn’t quite as novel anymore, so we are back to nap training (Phoenix is a little stubborn like his mama). I started nap training last Monday and it is going better than I anticipated. Sleep training for two naps is so much easier than when I tried while he was still on three. I’m loosely following the Three Day Sleep Solution.

So far, his two naps occur around 9 am and 1 pm give or take 15 minutes and lasting one-two hours! I thought this day would never come. 😉 He still goes to bed early at 6 pm. Nurses twice and is up for the day between 6:30-7am. He started sleeping later when I dropped the third nap.

Despite being 8lbs 2oz at birth, he went from the 50th (at birth) to dropping off the growth chart at his six month well-visit. I had hoped to leave last months appointment cleared for night meanings, but we were not. Phoenix is so active, he’s a bottomless pit. In preparation for a weight check I began nursing on demand, supplementing with the occasional bottle and encouraging all the solid he would consume. Most days Phoenix loves pureed food, but other days he’s not interested and spits it up.

At his scheduled weight check this morning, he gained over a pound and is now 14 lbs 12.6 oz and in the 2% for weight. We are back on the chart! Phoenix is still such a little baby, even though he is trying to walk.

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15 thoughts on “Phoenix at Seven Months”

  1. What a cutie! Those frustrating moments are ones all moms face but just realize you guys are figuring it all out just as much as they are. I’ve found that as long as you have a plan and you and Jordan stick with it, you’ll find success! He’ll find that routine – and I found with Greyson that these sleep routines change periodically as he grew and became more active.

    We have enrolled Grey in our local My Gym, which has been great because he’s allowed to explore in a safe environment and participate with other babies in developmentally appropriate activities. So if you’re noticing he’s a bit of a busy-body try seeing if there are any baby classes you guys can do for him! It also does wonders for naps! He’s so tuckered out afterwards!

    Grey began taking his first steps around 10 months old and kept practicing until he became more confident!

    1. I’ve actually looked into doing parent/baby swim lessons. We leave the house almost everyday and I know that’ll have to continue because it really helps him. Though I’ve discovered he does better if we wait for later in the afternoon when he has a longer wake time.

  2. I can’t believe he’s doing so much! Leighton was looking like she would crawl soon but now that she’s sitting up she has no interest in being on her tummy. I will have to look into this sleep training, she takes a nap around those same times depending on when she wakes up. I have found going for a walk and a swing in the park around 4 helps break up the afternoon.

  3. Ahhh that lack of sleep is SO rough! Aiden’s not walking and he’s 13 months now, which is kinda fine with me because it means I’m not chasing him while he runs through stores haha.

    Also, that picture is adorable and you are seriously such a beautiful, trendy mama!

  4. if it helps at all, we went from 90th+ with both the littlest to below 50. My doctor swears it’s from being so active! What solids have you started him on? I love when babies get solids…one of my favorite parts of parenting

    1. That’s good to know. Phoenix loves squash, pears, peaches, green beans and carrots. Though I didn’t realize carrots and squash can cause constipation. I want to pick up some prunes to help that out a little bit. 😉

    1. It was the WORST!! I have to keep reminding myself that it usually only takes a week or two for a new skill to settle itself out…though it does make for a very long week or two.

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