Nolan was born on November 8th.
That makes him 7 months old today.
My last post? The "Awkward" post?
I meant it.
I think the first few months of Nolan's life were full of "can you believe he is ours?" There is still some of that, but it is something altogether new when you realize you are responsible for a life. A balance of concern and thoughtfulness and letting go.
I'm feeling mostly comfortable in it now. That's not to say I won't have my moments- I know I will. I know I will worry too much and need to be talked down and make decisions when I'm not sure if there really is a "best" one.
But I know him better now. We spend our days playing, eating, exploring, cleaning, talking, visiting, napping...
I am learning when he really needs a break and when he's just being a little dramatic. (Just yesterday, I felt like he was being a little ridiculous. Maybe it sounds ridiculous on my end, too, but I looked at him and said in my firm voice," Nolan. No. No, no, no." He just looked back at me with the same stubborn eyes he got from his mama...and stopped.)
I am okay with it when "everyone" else doesn't agree with me or see why this crazy mama is doing what she is doing because I am his advocate.
At 7 months, Nolan is increasingly mobile. He crawls now, but prefers to walk (while holding hands- but he is trying to do it without help).
The kid is a big fan of water (in his baby pool, the tub, in the form of rain, coming from the faucet, his sippy cup, a pitcher)...
... being outside. In his grumpiest moments, a(n often rushed) trip outside solves a multitude of problems.
...and books. He will pull them off the shelves himself if he's wanting a book and we haven't yet offered.
AT 7 months old, it looks like Nolan is a mix of the most adventurous parts of his daddy and me. He is stubborn, smiley, quiet (until he warms up) in social situations, and has a laugh that is the best sound I have ever heard.
Upcoming adventures for Nolan
-3 weddings! 1 will require 3-4 hours of travel and one is in Mississippi (I live in PA).
-swimming in a non-baby pool (We're staying in a hotel with a heated pool, and I think Nolan might love it.)
-strawberry picking (today, I think. It's nearing the end of the season, and summer just doesn't feel like summer to me without a little strawberry picking..although we'll probably stick to the smallest box available for now.)