He can say Momma!!!!! Things are getting exciting! During the 7th month he got his first tooth , he got up on his knees, he went trick or treating, he saw a rhino, he became an athlete, he opened cabinet doors, and he discovered himself in a mirror. Exciting stuff.
He started the month by getting up on his knees one morning while he was playing. He did it for a couple days, and decided it wasn't for him. So he is back to scooting backwards again.
Then he became the first Druelinger athlete. We like to call it an oxymoron. He can roll/throw the ball back. Very talented.
Beck took his first bite! More like a slurp, but whatever. We started with cereal and that went really well, so I was hopeful. Then we tried avocado. The first few times went very well. He seemed to love it. Then he decided he didn't like it anymore. He got a tiny chunk of avocado in one of the bites and he gagged. For about the next 2 weeks he wanted nothing to do with food. I would put the food in his mouth, he would sit taste it, realize it was baby guac and sit there with his mouth wide open, refusing to swallow, green drool running out of his mouth, and whine. So I eventually had to stick a rag in his mouth to soak it up because he wouldn't swallow it. I stuck with it though and tried every day. Finally I decided to puree the "baby guac", as we nicknamed his avocado, and that did the trick! So after about a week of eating pureed baby guac, we tried green beans, and he loved it too! Yay! Then we tried butternut squash, another success! Then I thought I wasn't going to give him sweet fruit, particularly bananas, until he was one, for fear he'd only eat that and not the less exciting things, like green beans. But one day the bananas were sitting on the counter, starring me down. I had a weak moment and thought "it would be fun to just try a bite". And we have this fun banana feeder net contraption that he sucks on and the banana seeps through the net. I was dying to try it out. So with no one around to call me out on my renig, I slipped him the banana. Of course he thought he was in heaven. So now he gets a banana when Momma needs him to stay quiet and occupied, such as at Panera on Girl's Night or at Small Group dinners. The second he sees the net contraption, he goes crazy! So fun!
He and his bestie Mason, had some fun together that month. They went trick or treating together at Trunk or Treat. They were caught making calls to some lady friends on their cell phones. Then they checked out the cool rhino at the zoo on a freakishly hot day in November.
About half way through the month we discovered his first toofer. He always has his bottom lip tucked in now- feeling the tooth we assume. We now think this was why he was SO incredibly clingy and whiney for the past few weeks. Poor fella. While many are excited about the upcoming tooth, I'm a little leery- only lookin' out for myself!
While he had seen himself in a mirror many times before, one day it came to life when he could stand on his own up against the mirror. He was delighted in himself and gave many kisses!
Now that he is getting too big for the Bumbo on top of the counter, he likes to hang out on the rug in the kitchen while Momma does her thang. He LOVES opening the doors and taking all the tupperware out. He likes to do this in his room too. He sits at the bookshelf and takes everything off the shelves and dumps all the toys out of the baskets. Fun times.
And best of all, he can say Momma! No other word has ever sounded so sweet! Too bad he doesn't know he is saying it- haha! That's ok, in my mind, he means every bit of it.