You’re mine all mine, and now you’re nine!
[ps,, sorry I’m a week late!]
Month 9 was craaaazzzzyyyy busy, bud! You had so many firsts: first time in the front of the shopping cart, first trip to Chicago, first flight (!!), first time in the ocean, first boat ride, first Easter, and lots of food firsts too. You also topped off the month with your first signs of crawling. To say you’ve kept your Mommy and Daddy on the go is an understatement!
Physically you’re becoming more and more grown up every single day. One of the moms at swim class this week said you’re even looking older just since last week! Your eyes are still blue as can be and your belly is just the cutest potbelly I’ve ever seen. You’re a blondie just like your parents were when they were little and your hair is as soft as silk. Your mom is also obsessed with your adorably long toes, but just hopes they’ll stay cute forever 😉
Your curiosity is out of control these days! Lately you do this thing with your pointer finger. Well,, you point. At everything. All the time. I wonder when I should tell you that it’s not particularly polite, but right now it’s adorable. Plus it’s your way of exploring, which is very important at your age. You’re also always looking around. You seem to be very content when we’re out in public – lots and lots to see! You giggle uncontrollably in the grocery cart, mostly because your Mama acts like a fool running you up and down the aisles making silly noises. She just can’t resist your sweet laughs. Your curiosity peaks after nap time, when I can usually find you peering over your crib bumper looking for someone to come rescue you. I love it.
Sleeping! Still doing great. After waking up usually between 6-7a, you’re ready for your morning nap about 2 hours later. That is, after your morning dose of Cheerios + breakfast. When your head hits my shoulder, I know you’re ready to snooze. So up we go to your room, where we snuggle in our rocking chair and I read you a story. I love these moments with you. So snuggly and innocent. You’re good in your crib for an hour at least, sometimes two. PS,, I’m SO proud of how far you’ve come on your napping!! On days when you have swim class, you forego your morning nap until afterwards, and usually those are the good ones since you’re so pooped out! You typically take an afternoon nap too, though timing is more random based on the day. You went through a little spurt a few weeks ago when you took three long naps a day! This was pretty short lived, but I think you were growing, my big little man 🙂
Your bedtime is usually around 7-730p, which makes doing anything outside of the house at night a bit challenging. Dinners out included. But there’s something to be said for a nice routine. Dinner, bath time, bedtime is usually the sequence. And our theory: if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it! You average about 10-12 hours of slumber at night, which is beyond our expectations, but much appreciated.
I wrote allll about our trip to Florida in my last blog post, but I have to reiterate that was probably the biggest, most exciting event of the month! Not only was it a learning experience for us both (learning to fly, travel together solo, etc), it was a fantastic one at that. Sand, ocean, swimming, shopping, dolphins, friends. Couldn’t have been better. In fact, we’ve already talked about returning for spring break next year!
A couple of weeks ago, Mommy decided that it was time to start feeding you lunch. You’ve still been nursing, though we’ve cut back to about 3-4 times a day (becoming less and less interested + low supply). But your snacking had gotten out of control. You acted like you were starving all the time (which I know you weren’t!), and at times I felt bad. My main apprehension in starting you on lunch was the fact that it would interrupt our day at a time when we’re usually fairly busy. But thankfully it’s going quite well. I usually have a good stash of fruits and veggies on hand for you so it’s just a matter of taking time to whip something up, sit down and eat! It also gives Mommy the chance to eat something herself – she falls short on her nutrition a lot of the time, though she’s not blaming you at all, kiddo 😉 You’re a total piggy (you can throw back a whole sweet potato in one sitting), and still give off that starving vibe. But based on your 9 month stats, you’re a very well nourished little boy.
You still eat purees, mostly at breakfast, but I’ve been a lot more adventurous lately, giving you small chunks of foods. Your coordination is great and you’re very capable of feeding yourself, but Mom is still getting used to the huge highchair messes you make! You’re not very picky at all right now either, which is awesome. Here’s a list of some new foods we’ve tried this month (all homemade!).
- Plums (w/ oatmeal)
- Green beans (didn’t love them, but probably because of the tough skins. Maybe when you get some teeth – still none yet!!)
- Steamed baby carrots
- Turnips (who would’ve thought! Even I’ve never had one!)
- Brown rice
- Broccoli (again, not a fan. Will retry)
- Spaghetti squash
One day I sprinkled a little cinnamon on your applesauce, and shortly thereafter noticed a little redness around your mouth. No other symptoms (swelling, rash, trouble breathing), and the redness went away by morning. But it was probably the most concerning thing I’ve encountered since starting you on solids. Mama had a minor freak out. You’ve done other spices fine (salt, garlic powder, etc), so will just have to keep a close eye on this!
Movement! Last month we worked on getting you interested in crawling, of which you had little to none. I tried putting things just out of your reach to get you to scoot towards it. No luck. Not even food would get you to move! But at the end of this month, you started showing more promise. You started pulling on stationary things (mostly me), which would force you to scoot little by little. We let you stand on your feet as much as possible (with help of course), and you have some seriously strong legs!
So on your 9 month birthday, you were on the floor playing while Mommy was getting ready for the day. I looked over and saw you army crawling on the floor. You were kind of just turning around in circles reaching for toys, but there was definite movement!!
And since then, you’ve been pulling your knees underneath you and propelling yourself forward, which usually ends up in a forward flop. But you’re getting there!! It won’t be long before you’ve got those arms and legs coordinated, that’s for sure.
If I had to say something negative about this month, it’s that you’ve turned pretty clingy. Mostly to me. One might even call you a Mama’s Boy (not me of course!!). I suppose it’s because we spend most of our days and nights together, huh?! When your Dad gets home in the evening, you’re usually on the tired side. So that plus clinginess = a fussy little man. I find it best to just stay out of your sight when I hand you off to someone else. That way you’re not reminded that I’m close by. As much as I love the attention, sometimes it’s a bit overwhelming. I keep reminding myself that these days are short-lived, so enjoy it while I can. Someday you won’t want to love on me as much. Though I hope that day never comes.
9 Month Stats:
Weight: 18 lbs 8 oz (18%)
Height: 28 1/2″ (60%)
Head Circ: 17 1/2″ (26%)
Milestones Achieved/ Firsts:
- Sitting in the front seat of the shopping cart.
- First walk on the Monon!
- First road trip to Chicago.
- First time as a race spectator (see above).
- First flight.
- First time in the ocean.
- First boat ride!
- Three meals a day.
- Pulling up on things, mainly Mommy.
- Standing (supported).
- First time behind the wheel.
- First Easter! Check out these great pics from our weekend in Michigan!
Things You Like:
- Your paci/ wubbanubs
- Bubbles at bathtime
- Any songs Mama sings. Well at least they make you smile 🙂
- Toys: your doctor set, Mo the Monkey, Morty the Moose, your carseat monkey.
- Story time! Gigi gave you two big boxes of older books last weekend, so we have a lot of reading to do!
- Walks outside in the stroller,, in your Superman sunnies.
- Swim class – you’re learning how to kick and blow bubbles!
Things You Don’t Like:
- Being away from Mom when she’s in clear sight.
- Diaper changes when you’re just waking up/ about to fall asleep.
- Not getting enough attention!
Places We’ve Been This Month:
- Destin, Florida
Exciting Upcoming Events:
- The month of May is an exciting one in Indy! I’m sure we’ll find some good stuff to keep us busy. Just being outside sounds exciting to Mom!
Things Mommy Is Looking Forward To:
- Her first Mother’s Day!
Oh, Emery. I should start calling you my little lightbulb, because you light up my life. I guess there’s a song about sunshine that would work just as well 😉 I have a sneaking suspicion that this next month is going to be pretty pivotal for all of us. So bring it! Let’s show May whats up. Til then, keep up the good work. We love you so much!!!