Our sweet little Hazelnut is 7 months old. She’s beautiful, funny, intense, loving, sweet, focused, determined, and just a generally spectacular being. We love her infinite amounts.
Her Current Favs
- Chewing on her wooden toys, she likes that smokey taste.
- Chewing on her hands.
- Chewing on everything.
- Doing sit ups while she eats so she can look around and not miss anything. She holds my boob like a bottle and eats while sitting, it’s hilarious.
- Sweet potato with cinnamon.
- Screaming and squealing.
- Being held up in standing position.
- Sitting and playing with toys.
- Peek a Who (board book).
- Violet her musical puppy.
- Little Baby Bum.
- Teething banana.
- Broccoli teether.
- Being naked.
- Giving chin kisses.
- Rubbing things.
- Tasting the wind.
- Jumping in her Jolly Jumper.
- Singing (yelling but in a happy way).
- Trying to touch everything she shouldn’t…like her poop covered butt, when I change her diaper.
Things She Loathes
- Tummy time.
- Being alone for 2 seconds.
- Sitting when she’s not in the mood.
- Me trying to tempt her into crawling.
- Being worn in a baby carrier.
- Learning to roll from back to tummy.
- Reading when she’s not in the mood.
- Mommy eating.
Hazel currently weighs about 15.3 lbs and at her 6 month appointment she was 26.5 inches long (she grew 6.5 inches in 6 months…that’s crazy!). She still breastfeeds with the occasional addition of solids. She has tried banana, avocado, and some organic baby food mixes with her favorite being sweet potato with cinnamon and oat. I’ve also made her “pancakes” with mashed banana, oat flour, and blackberries. She loves feeding herself. We do baby-led-weaning so she’s completely in control of what and how foods go into her body. If she’s full she stops eating, if she wants more she asks for it by holding her hands out for more or for more on her spoon. I don’t ever want to her have a negative relationship with food so we’re trying this method to try to start foods in a healthy way (nothing against traditional feeding this is just best for us).
She’s smart but stubborn, if she’s not in the mood for something then it won’t be happening. She has started screaming really loudly in a high pitched voice and it’s both ear-piercing and hilarious. She will be heard! We are in the process of a second round of sleep training and it’s going really well. She’s now sleeping through the night from 7 PM – 8 AM with a 5 AM feeding. She wakes up and cries for a few minutes at 3 or 4:30 AM but that’s better than every hour all night long!
Hazel refuses to do most physical activities. She simply has no interest in doing anything to do with being on her tummy. Crawling, rolling from back to tummy, just being on her tummy, they are all things she has decided aren’t necessary for now. She finds them to be highly irritating. I think she’s just a lazy girl and she’s perfectly capable, and that’s A OK. Take your time girl.
Being Hazel’s mommy is the best thing I could ever imagine. It’s also the absolute hardest thing. Mom guilt is insanely real and completely self-imposed and it’s by far the hardest part of motherhood. I feel guilty over everything. If Hazel is even a day “behind” in any way I feel it’s my fault and obsess over it. If I shower and she cries I feel badly. If I make her do tummy time and she screams bloody murder I feel bad, etc, there are endless reasons for feeling mom guilt, but none of them are actually worth torturing myself over. My goal is to stop feeling that way as much as possible, and continue just trying my best. Unjustified guilt is a pointless emotion and it just wastes my time!
Eventually I’ll add some photos to this post but I have very limited free time and Hazel is currently taking one of her micro-naps.