Oraleigh - 7 Months

Oraleigh has been experimenting with crawling since she was five months old, but finally figured out how to crawl forward the day after she turned seven month old. A week or two later she started pulling up to stand while holding onto a piece of furniture. And soon after that she started experimenting with standing on her own. This month has been a season of gross motor development for this girl. She is constantly moving. Even when she’s being held, she reaches for things, squirms to get at what she wants to, climbs up the person who is holding her, and tries to grab at and “eat” the lucky person who has her. She loves to pull up on the piano bench and play with the pedals on the bottom of the piano. She loves standing at our shoe baskets and taking shoes out and chewing on as many as she can get into her mouth before they are taken away from her. She loves to take out the contents of a trash can and play with any paper that she can find in it. She is in the stage of putting everything into her mouth and we regularly find her chomping on Legos, leaves, paper, cheerios, pencils, etc. that she has found at her level. Oraleigh still loves her siblings. Julianne and Lorelei gently and lovingly care for her and she definitely prefers them, but she is loving to be entertained by Morgan and Nolan more and more. Quite a bit of the time the boys are being rough with Oraleigh and I fuss at them to stop, but Oraleigh is laughing at them, which just encourages to play roughly with her again. She is very well cared for by all of her favorite people.
Oraleigh doesn’t babble tons, but has started saying the “mmm” sound and loves to hear her own voice while she screams. For a couple of weeks, she would just scream as loudly as she could until you met her demands (which was usually to be picked up or to be fed). Thankfully, these screaming sessions have dwindled. Oraleigh is a girl who loves to eat! She will stand for a little pureed baby food, but mostly prefers table foods that she sees everyone else eating. We’ve fed her more different types of food than any of our other children were eating at this age. When eating pureed foods she prefers butternut squash, carrots, and green beans and really does not like applesauce, peaches, and most fruits. She seems to love things with texture and enjoys eating chunks of soft foods. Some table foods she has eaten are diced peaches, chunks of banana, kiwi, strawberry, grapes, blueberries, cherries, oranges, apple slices, peas, carrots, green beans, potatoes, zucchini, chicken, cheerios, crackers, eggs, and smoothies. She’s also tried pizza, Cheetos, a cookie, and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. These final foods are the result of her mobility and food being left in places she can get to on her own or being fed these foods by a sibling. Even though she doesn’t have any teeth yet, she has not met a food that she can’t eat. She is taking two good naps a day, although sometimes will boycott one of them. She is sleeping inconsistently at night. Most nights she still gets up once to nurse, but has slept through the night a handful of nights. I am so thankful for the gift that this girl is to our family. God is good to give her to us!