Is it just me or does 7 months seem so old already?! I just know these next five months will fly by and before we know it, Isla will be a big one year old!
Isla has seen a lot of changes this last month, and so has mommy! Reality really set in as school started and for the first time in twenty-five years, I wasn’t experiencing a “first day of school” or new school year along with everyone else. I am SO grateful for the opportunity to be at home with Isla, but I never really pictured myself not teaching full-time and the decision to not go back was somewhat last minute, so I know it will take some time to adjust to this new reality! I have my first substitute teaching jobs lined up, and between that and my Loft job, will be working anywhere from 15-25 hours a week. I’m looking forward to this change, but the unknown is always a little scary!
Miss Isla is continuing to develop a personality and work toward new milestones. I mentioned last month that she is on the move and into everything, and she just continues to grow more mobile and find more to discover as time goes on. We can’t take our eyes off of her for a second! She is still a pretty awesome army crawler, and is SO close to four-point crawling. She gets on her hands and knees and rocks back and forth like she’s ready to crawl, but then retreats back to her belly. I guess I don’t blame her since it seems to be working pretty well for her!
She has really developed an interest in climbing OVER things this month. There could be wide open space with a pillow in the middle of the room, and Isla would find the pillow to crawl over to get to her destination. She has started pulling herself up to her knees, too. We try to practice sitting up, but Isla still has zero interest. She usually lunges forward and starts moving toward something interesting as soon as I sit her down to practice, and arches her back and grunts to get out of her Bumbo when I set her in there. She is NOT an observer by nature; she’d much rather investigate everything for herself. I think she may be walking before she ever sits up on her own!
Isla is a pretty serious little girl. She will smile at Mom and Dad (ironically she’s the happiest first thing in the morning, when Mom is grumpiest), but it takes some effort to get her to crack a smile for others. It also takes some work to get her to giggle and laugh; she has to be in just the right mood! Logan and I decided we must not be very funny people, so we’ve been making an effort to become more humorous. Our current tricks and silly songs aren’t working out very well for us, so please send any new ideas our way! 🙂
We introduced her first solids this month! Rice cereal and carrots are the only foods Isla has tried so far, but she’s a big fan of both. We’d love your suggestions for what to try next! Her third tooth appeared a few weeks ago, next to the two she already had on the bottom. We’re patiently waiting her fourth tooth, which we think should be here any day now! All of the teething signs are there – fussiness, clingy, an intense amount of drool and trying to eat everything in sight.
I would love to tell you that Little Miss witnessed the monumental solar eclipse earlier this month, but she slept right through it. 🙂 Guess we’ll just have to prepare for 2024, right?