Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Baby G's 9 Month Update

So much has happened over the past 5 months since my last baby G update, and I hate that I haven't captured it here. But instead of trying to capture all that cuteness into one post, I think I'm going to split it up across a few different posts.

First up, let's track just how much this kid is growing with a little 9 month update.

Yep, he's nine months old now!

Stats

4 Months 6 Months 9 Months
Weight: 16 lbs, 6.3 oz Weight: 18 lbs Weight: 21 lbs, 13 oz
Length: 26.25 inches Length: ?? Length: 29.25 inches
Head: 16.25 inches Head: ?? Head: 17.75 inches
**I can't seem to find the card with his 6-Month stats on it, but I'll come back and update those once I do

Eating

When we last left off back in July, he had officially started solids and the only thing he didn't like was green beans.

Now, not only is he eating just about anything (and loving it all -- especially green beans!), he's even feeding himself!


We did the puréed thing for a while, but he would get mad that he couldn't feed himself. So eventually we transitioned to giving him chunks of soft foods (like bananas and avocados) and now he's pretty much just eating what we're eating.

Sleeping

He's had a bit of regression when it comes to sleeping, unfortunately. It hasn't been too bad (of course when it first started happening and he went from sleeping all night to waking up a couple times a night again it was the absolute worst thing in the world), and we've adjusted pretty well, especially now that it's been happening for at least a couple of months.

Before when he started waking up in the night (back when he was a teeny baby), we would just give him more food during the day and that would fix it. But that doesn't seem to be the solution this time. I'm not exactly sure what the issue is -- whether it's a food issue or he's just so excited about everything he's learning. I've read that a 9 month sleep regression is common, and since he seems to be doing things on the early side that could explain why that came early, too.

But like I said, it hasn't been that bad. He's only up for 15 or 20 minutes -- just long enough to eat -- and he's back down again. And as active as this kid has been lately, I'm trying to cling to any cuddle time I can get with him (even if that is at 3:00am when I'm half-asleep).


Speaking of being active, let's talk about...

Learning New Things

Man, this kid is smart! Back in July he was up to doing baby planks and seemed like he was on the verge of crawling. Well not long after that he finally connected things up and was crawling all over the place!


Oh, how I miss the days where he would lay and play where we put him!


Once he was finally mobile his curiosity exploded! He wants to investigate everything, and of course everything must be given a proper taste test.


So far the worst things he's eaten have been mud and dog food, so he's no longer a true vegetarian.

We've been working on sign language with him lately, too. So far he's only doing "more" (which is really cute because it looks like he's clapping -- like he's as excited about eating as we are). We're still working on "all done" and a few others, but he'll probably just start doing them out of the blue one day like he does everything else.
Wouldn't you know it -- from the time I wrote that last week to now he's picked up "all done" and has perfected saying "bye bye" with waving (both hands for emphasis)
He's also pulling up now and is getting more and more comfortable with standing up as long as he has something to hold onto. There's even been a couple of times where he's let go for a few seconds so we're pretty sure he'll be walking before his first birthday (honestly, we're thinking he'll be there by Christmas, which would be fun).

I know I'm not ready for all that that entails.

One day a few weeks ago we were talking about how cute it was that he would pull up and play at the bottom of the stairs.

Surely I'm not the only one who thinks sleepers are the cutest things ever

Jennifer and I were literally standing there talking about how nice it was to not have to worry about him climbing them yet when he just started doing it.


Yeah, he climbed all the way to the top! Oh, and he carried his little blue ball in one hand the entire way. No big deal.


(If he dropped the ball, he would stop and pick it up again. It was probably the cutest thing I have ever seen.)

Last but not least, he's been more and more vocal lately. To the point where we're starting to work on sounds with him. When I'm in the room, Jennifer will say "pa pa pa" and he'll usually repeat her. We do the same with "ma ma ma" for her, and it must be working because one day last week I was holding him and he looked over to her and (sort of sternly) said "MA ma." Not sure what he wanted, but he must have been angry at her for something.

Personality

My favorite part about these last couple of months is that his personality is really starting to show through, and he's got a great one!


I don't think I've ever seen a kid this happy before. He seriously smiles all the time.

 

And even when he's tired, he gets more delirious than he does fussy.

 

I absolutely cherish that I'm fortunate enough to be able to work from home part of the week -- I can't imagine what I would miss otherwise.



Okay, I think that's enough for now. I'll have at least a couple more posts just about him coming your way soon. Until then, here are a few more random pictures.





Thanks for reading!

In case you missed them, here are his other updates:

5 Months
4 Months
2nd and 3rd Month Updates
1st Month Update
Birth Story

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