Height: 30 inches - 85-90th percentile
Weight: 23.4 pounds - 85th percentile
Clothes: Wearing a few remaining 12 month shirts, but mostly 12-18 months
Woo-hoo, C!!! Definitely growing and thriving!
Some of his stats:
Health - Healthy boy here! Dang, homemade formula and real food is workin'! :) No teeth yet, but chewing on everything in sight. He LOVES his spoons. Sometimes he has a spoon in one hand while I'm feeding him with another. I really hope those teeth pop through soon! Got his 3rd TDap vaccine today and first blood draw to check his iron level.
Food - C's favorite is bananas and then sweet potatoes. He's had chicken, carrots, broccoli, avocado, pears (I broke down and got a few organic jars of pears since they're not in season). He almost always has some banana in the morning. He's eating 3 meals a day, formula before naps and bed and occasionally sips of water. He's "learning" how to drink from a cup - he's kind of lapping it with his tongue, haha. I've used sippy cups too, but he really seems to want to do what DH & I are doing. The other day he was begging for oranges and I hated to have to tell him he'd have to wait until he was a year. I mean, he was really going after my plate! :) Next up is beef and liver and salmon.
Sleep - Well, we're working on this one. He is finally sleeping through the night, almost 12 hours on the nose (usually he goes down between 7 and 8 and is up at the same time the next morning). His naps really vary - finally his morning nap is getting longer - I'm putting him down earlier - so most days both naps are about 1 1/2 hours (sometimes the afternoon is 2). He is having a hard time falling asleep on his own. A few days this week he wouldn't go down for naps by himself, he only would fall asleep lying next to me on my bed, not in his crib. I'm reading Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child, but am having a hard time with the cry-it-out method. C is sometimes better at night, at least, if I put him down before he's totally out. Last night he woke up around midnight and was crying so DH brought him to bed while I took my shower and C clearly thought it was playtime. He was WIDE awake until 2 am. DH fell asleep, I fed C in his room, tried to put him down in his crib (unsuccessfully) so I brought him back to bed, where he "slept" for about a minute, then was wide awake flapping, clapping and rolling next to me, and he would NOT go back to sleep. I finally put him in his crib at 1:45 and he cried for 15 minutes, then was out. And he was totally cheerful this morning after I figured he'd hate me for abandoning him... sigh. Advice would be welcome if you've gotten your little one to fall asleep on their own!
Milestones so far
C isn't crawling forward yet - he goes backward by pushing and he scoots around pretty well on his rear, though sometimes he doesn't go in the direction he wants! He can get up on all fours and rock back and forth, but nothing forward, without help. This is one of the things his PT will work on (we began in-home therapy this week). He sits up on his own like a champ and can pull himself up in his crib - has been doing that for about 2 weeks now. He LOVES standing and bouncing. "You should be dancing" is a favorite (he always starts wiggling his butt with "dancing") and also "Monkeys jumping on the bed". It is SO funny to see! :) He's great at clapping - and sometimes responds to "If You're Happy and You Know It". He scrunches his nose up and sniffs really fast - he started doing it on his own a few months ago and now he responds to DH or me doing it and does it back. He really likes the piano - playing it, and closing the lid! He also likes holding onto my hands and walking around the room. A few times he's stood on his own for a few seconds. He's saying Mama, Dada, Baba and Nana. Mama is always what he says when he's upset (does he know I want to go running to him?!) My favorite though is when I ask him where Baby Jesus is - he knows where the manger is in our living room (we leave it up until February 2nd) and he will give Baby Jesus, Mary and St. Joseph kisses when I ask. It is SO sweet! :) There have been a few attempts at eating Mary's head though... I figure she understands, right?
Happy 9 months, sweet C! Daddy and I love you bunches!!!
Aforementioned love of spoons :)