seven months!

Avery turned seven months old yesterday!

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I picked up this hat at a Gap Outlet yesterday and couldn’t resist using it as this month’s “prop”. It is ridiculous and I love it.

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This last month has been a developmental explosion (as other parents told us it would be) and it’s been so fun to watch Avery eagerly try new foods, wiggle across the floor (she currently prefers the worm move) and attempt to stick her entire foot in her mouth.

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I think she might also be working on a first tooth, as sleep these last few nights has been a little rough.

(Mmm, coffee.)

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Good thing she’s pretty sinkin’ cute.

Oh, and thank you all for the feedback on highchairs from our six month post. We used Laura’s Albee Baby tip and scored a Stokke Tripp Trapp for $180 (with no tax and free shipping!). I’m still on the fence whether to pay another $70 for the baby set. So far we’ve just been using the included harness which seems to be ok (though she does slouch a bit to one side if she’s tired). I might keep an eye on Craigslist as I’ve seen them pop up from time to time. Thoughts?

One last thing – did you read this blog post about work-at-home moms? Even though Avery is still little and on a (somewhat) predictable schedule, it’s a topic that I’ve been thinking more and more about lately. I know we’ll need to tweak our current set-up as she gets older and it’s good to know that others are asking for help.

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13 Responses to “seven months!”

  1. jen says:

    That hat!! So adorable! And Avery is looking so very grown up already.

    I had not read that Girls Gone Child post, so thank you for the link. I am due with my first in a few months. As a full-time work-at-home woman, I have been struggling to decide how best to do things after this baby arrives. I think we’ve decided on forking out the cash for a highly regarded daycare in our neighborhood. I don’t think I’d be able to focus on either my 40-hr week job nor my new baby if I tried to do both with any justice. Hiring a nanny is an option, but it would be very hard for me to shut the door and tune them out. It’s been sort of eye-opening how many comments I’ve heard from mothers when I say we’re planning on daycare. The most common response “but you’re already home all day! why would you send the child out?” So I loved that post and the many comments reinforcing our decision. Good luck figuring out your own path when the time comes!

    • Lauren says:

      Hey Jen, it definitely seems like each situation is different and sometimes it takes a while to figure out what will work best for you (and then once you do, it might change again!). A lot of people said I might change my mind after the baby was born, but I don’t think I did too much. I think it’s great that you’re already recognizing that you’ll likely need to go the daycare route, I think the biggest challenge with working from home while also caring for a young child is that you constantly feel you should be giving both 100% at the same time (which is more or less impossible!). I generally work when she’s asleep which has been helpful in establishing my own schedule and expectations about what I can accomplish.

      Good luck (and congratulations!)

  2. Ann Wyse says:

    I have two Tripp Trapps that my almost 3 and 6 year old are *still* using. I LOVE THEM – I bet you will, too!

    One was purchased abroad, and the other in the States. Somewhere/sometime in there, Stokke changed the design – so I can’t advise you on the harness. (Also, I never really thought either of the two harness designs we had were that great. And subsequently, I stopped using them as soon as possible.) However, the Tripp Trapp add on that I love the most is the PlayTray by PlayTray. As much as I like the idea of baby sitting right at the table – and we did that! – it’s really, really nice to be able to ALSO sit the chair in the kitchen when you are cooking, put on the PlayTray and give the baby some blocks to play with. Or if you have extra people over and no room at the table, then you have the option of relocating the baby/child. The PlayTray was an expensive add on and I didn’t get it until the second child, but after purchasing it, I never regretted it for a minute and always wondered WHY I didn’t buy it earlier.

    • Lauren says:

      Thanks Ann, good to know about the tray…I’d been wondering if parents liked it or not. Only problem with our layout is that we don’t really have a great spot for a stand alone chair with try to go but I could definitely see how having the tray would come in handy too (I think that’s why I like having the hook on chair attached to the island, so she can hang out while I cook).

  3. I had this post and the Girls Gone Child open for 2 days on my computer.
    I just now got to read them. Such is the life of a work-at-home mom.

    I work at home and have help, but I didn’t always. I think it really depend on the child. I’ve always had good nappers, but you will know when it is time to hire someone. Right now I have two girls, ages 7 weeks and 3 years.

    We have a complicated schedule of 8 hours of preschool, 9 hours of nanny per week and then me the rest of the time. I blog, do independent projects as an architect, and work for a company making products for the blind totally about 15-20 hrs/week.
    It is hard and it is draining, but for me, it is worth it.

    • Lauren says:

      Thanks Nikki, I feel much the same way. Sometimes I think it just takes stepping back from the situation and realizing that even though it can be tough, I wouldn’t have it any other way. Aaaaand since I got good sleep last night, ALL IS RIGHT IN THE WORLD AND I CAN DO ANYTHING. :)

  4. Sharmila says:

    Hi. Trying to comment via ipad. So sorry its a bit choppy. For starters i love your blog,avery IS very cute & your house is just gorgeous! If you decide to increase your out of home workload, I think you should get a cleaner as well. It will just reduce the pressure on you and the family. I got one after i had my second because i realised I just couldn’t be super woman. Here in austraia they are fairly cheap. Also,be kind to yourself

    • Lauren says:

      Thanks Sharmilla, I was actually joking with Kyle the other day if it would be weird if someone was cleaning our house while we were home working. Now that we’re home all the time and eating 3 meals a day at the house it’s definitely more to keep up with. Hmm… :)

      • laura says:

        i wholeheartedly second the reccomendation to get a cleaner. it can be hard to think of someone else spending precious time with your child, not so hard to think of someone else scrubbing your bathtub.

        we had a cleaning lady for a brief time when my second was a newborn, and many of my friends still have cleaners. i believe they usually want you to be out of the house while they work, though in your house, perhaps Kyle could work in the loft space and just not have the cleaner go up there. maybe you and Avery could take music together or go to the playground when the cleaner is in the house.

        i had my first baby while still in school, right after my fourth year. i split my thesis year into two, electives first, studio second. we really did not want to get a sitter, wanted her with one of her parents at all times. my husband worked nights, i was in school during the day, we thought we could manage. i pulled a couple of all nighters during the week, and on nights i did sleep i only got 3 or 4 hours. in hidsight that was totally stupid. i was so tired, and really lacked the energy to do as much stuff with her as i wanted.

        during my studio year, i had a babysitter for 4 hours a day, 3 days a week. HUGE difference. just knowing my daughter was in a playground having fun while i worked was a huge relief. i really enjoyed having time to myself, and when we were together we did a homeschool coop, went to museums, playgrounds, all without guilt as my work was done.

        ps Avery is super cute, such lovely blue eyes.

        • Lauren says:

          Haha, good points Laura! I think there’s definitely a solution out there for us…I know we’re lucky to have options in the first place and I think it will just come down to finding the right person. As a self-employed person and new parent you definitely start to realize not only how important your time is but ways to maximize it. Thanks for sharing your story, it makes me feel a lot better!

  5. Kyle Zerbey says:

    I fully support this idea;)

  6. Kerri says:

    Hi there – love your blog! I’ve enjoye watching your house projects and beautiful baby grow! Of all the things I could have commented on in the past, I am embarrassed for my first to be about something as mundane as a crib bumper, but I am very curious – what kind are you using and do you like it? I noticed you switched from the mesh type to a more padded one. We recently had an incident where my 6 month old got his leg caught between the posts in the middle of the night so these have been on my mind!

    Thanks,
    Kerri

    • Lauren says:

      Hi Kerri, I just got the simple white bumper from IKEA (I wanted something with more padding now that she’s more mobile). I can’t say I like that much though – there aren’t enough ties and it ends up getting slouchy and is easy for Avery to just pull down and stick her arm/leg through the bars. I think the key would be finding one that’s secure enough not to get pulled down – if you find one, let me know!! =)

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