seven months old



my sweet eleanor,
you, my dear, are a whopping seven months old!

stats: 18 lbs. 13.9oz. (8.6 kilos)
29.5 inches (75 cm)

you have six teeth! and i have unfortunately been on the wrong end of those teeth a few times.

you have tried lots of food in the last month. tons of veggies including; sweet potatoes, tomatoes, asparagus, carrots, avocados, potatoes, green beans, and broccoli. lots of fruits including; apples, pears, banana, strawberries, cantaloupe, and pineapple. you have also had ezekial bread, hummus, guacamole, cheddar cheese, pasta with sauce, chicken, and polenta. it was so fun to watch the first time you actually bit into something and chewed rather than just sucking and gnawing on it. letting go and allowing you to discover the food has been quite an exercise for mama but seeing it paying off as you confidently feed yourself is wonderful. you have also figured out that kenya will happily eat anything you would like to drop which leads to times where you just feed her everything without putting anything in your mouth. she doesn't seem to mind! you shared an apple with me the other day. you were holding the piece of apple and after taking a bite you would put it near my mouth for me to eat as well. you were so pleased with yourself, i'm pretty sure you could have continued this game for hours.

you have begun to wave. you haven't totally figured out when to wave but you wave a lot when people talk to you. you are also pointing. i'm not sure who or what you are pointing at but you like to stick your pointer finger in the air and wave it around. you love peek-a-boo and use just about anything to play. whether it's your towel after a bath, a blanket, or your dress, you pull it up over your head until we ask, "where is eleanor?" to which you quickly push it down revealing a giant smile.

you are so mobile! you are not yet crawling but you easily move from one end of the room to the other in seconds. you get up on all fours and rock back and forth but to get to where you want to go you lay back down and scoot your way there. you love standing and walking while holding onto our hands. you get so proud of yourself as you place each foot in front of the other and on sunday you walked on sand for the first time.

i love seeing your personality shining. everyone that meets you can't help but to adore you as you share that beautiful smile. i'm pretty sure you are famous here in this small town of holland. saturday our server at salt of the earth picked you up and took you on a tour of the restaurant. you visited her other tables, you met all the other servers and bartenders, and you even got to go into the kitchen and watch the chefs work their magic. i love that you are comfortable with anyone anywhere. yesterday while sitting on a park bench we were joined by an elderly woman named loraine. she held out her arms to you and off you went to shower her in hugs and smiles. i love that this is the mark you leave on others, just pure joy. thank you for all that you teach me and for dragging your shy mama out of her comfort zone.