Katherine – 7 & 8 Months Old

The holidays always seem to be a busy time for us, but I’m sure that’s true for many. We have done quite a bit of traveling in the last few months and have kept a pretty busy schedule. So again, I’m a little late in posting and am doing two months at a time. Sometimes, though, I’m amazed that I even get that much done! I am just in awe of and in love with our little “Princess Kate.” She is growing and changing way too fast for me! I hear so many parents say that it’s hard to keep up with “milestones” or changes in a second (or subsequent) child just because of simply having to divide your attention between two children. I seem to be enjoying and savoring the little things much more this time around. Maybe I know what to watch for and expect…maybe we’ve just slowed down a little…I’m not sure, but I’m loving seeing her explore and react to her world. 
This month she learned to:
Sit up steadily
Be in a “crawling position” when put on her tummy
Almost go from sitting to crawling position/tummy
Eat solid food
Grind her teeth – not pleasant to hear! (She has two top teeth and two bottom teeth)
Pass things from hand to hand
Make the “b” sound (“buh,” “baa,” & “bah”)
Say Buh-buh (and we are pretty confident she is talking about her “Bub” Noah)
Reach for people when she wants to be held
Play peekaboo – covers her face with a little blanket and pulls it away (or waits for someone else to) and then giggles
Pick up things with her thumb and first finger
Drink from a sippy cup (some…not her favorite thing yet!) 
Her favorite things this month:
Eating! She absolutely loves food! Favorites include avocados, sweet potatoes, carrots, blueberries,
beans, toast, cheese, pasta and more! She likes almost everything she tries! 
Standing – she almost can fully pull herself up
Her cats, especially Maddy who gives her more attention than Cooper! 
Singing during diaper changes, especially “Open Them, Shut Them”
Looking at herself and others in the mirror
Grabbing/Holding (and pulling) hair
Little tickles on her face, legs, and feet
Talking and being talked to
Her Wubanub pacifier
Taggies blanket
Her baby doll
Looking at and touching different textures and patterns, especially quilts from Gigi
Reading and turning the pages in books
Singing! She starts to sing as soon as she hears music of any kind
Shrieking with her brother
Visiting family
Watching Noah show off – she just adores her big brother! 
Putting anything and everything in her mouth
Meeting new people
Mommy & Daddy
Her Hands
Her Feet
Sophie giraffe
Her silly big brother
Things she hates this month:
Throwing up and diarrhea…we all “shared” a stomach bug in January
Being put in her highchair and made to wait on food
Sitting for too long when she wants to stand
Not much else…she’s pretty easy and happy most of the time! 
Her sizes this month:
19 lbs 12 oz (at 7 months)
27 inches long
One Size cloth diaper covers with “purple” prefolds, Size 3 disposables
9 month and 12 month clothes
New places she has been this month:
Discovery Center
Amarillo Botanical Gardens
Looking at Christmas lights
Broken Arrow / Tulsa
And probably many other places!
Her Schedule:
7:15 / 7:30 a.m. – Wake up, Nurse
8:00 – Breakfast
 9:30 a.m. – Nap
11 a.m. – Nurse, Wake time
12:00 – Lunch
1:00 p.m. – Nap
3:00 p.m. – Nurse, Wake time
5:00 p.m. – Nap
5:45 / 6:00 p.m – Wake time
6:15 / 6:30 p.m. – Dinner
6:45 / 7:00 p.m. Bath, Nurse, Stories
7:30 p.m. – Bedtime
Favorite Photos: 
Playing with Da at the Station
She loved Christmas!! Wrapping paper, bows, and tissue paper are so much fun! 
Boxes, too! 
Merry Christmas from Noah & Kate!
She loves her “Cat Stevens” from her great aunt Kathryn
First foods! Apples!
Close up!
Popcorn and a Mathis Oil Company card from Da & Gigi
Playing “make-up” with her cabbage patch doll from Mimi & Bop
So glad her big brother could show her how to drink bath water! 
First ponytail in her “Thunder Up” shirt from Mimi
Poor sick baby when the stomach bug plagued our house! Fortunately, she didn’t have it too bad. 
We don’t usually do big bows, but we had this as a “hand me down,” and it was too fun to pass up! 
Green beans at a restaurant in Saginaw
Checking out the snow and watching Noah play
Enjoying her black beans and avocados! 
I just adore her face in this photo. She was very lovingly glancing at her favorite person…her big brother! 

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