Baby girl is 10 months old! It’s insane that it’s just about time to start planning her first birthday party! We already know it will be Mickey & Minnie themed and we have the date. Now to get the details and decorations figured out! Addison’s next check-up isn’t until her 12 month (1 year) appointment, but I called to see if I could bring her in just to check her weight since that’s been a concern the past few months. From 6 months to 8 months, she was 16 pounds 8 ounces. Then at her 9 month check up, she was 15 pounds 10 ounces. When I took her the other day, I just kept her clothes on (usually they are in nothing but a clean diaper when they’re officially weighed) and she was 18 pounds 12 ounces – SOOOOO factoring out her clothes (onesie, pants, socks) and a possibly wet diaper, the nurse estimated that she’s probably 18 to 18.5 pounds! She’s still a lightweight, but baby girl is back on track!
Here’s the thing. Addison eats constantly. I mean, easily eats more than Owen does every single day. To help her gain weight, I researched some high calorie foods to feed her (scrambled eggs and whole milk yogurt especially) and I started giving her some thawed breastmilk in a bottle after her eating from me every morning and evening. I have a feeling my supply is still low so that was especially helpful before she got to 10 months and could drink whole milk. I don’t have a whole lot of pumped milk left so we’ll probably only be able to keep this going for another week or two, but my hope is that by then, she’s downing enough whole milk to make up for it. She’s somewhat getting the hang of her sippy cup and loves to drink water so hopefully that will carry over to milk!
I often sit on the floor with Addison with our backs leaning up against the couch and put some toys in front of her. But normally, she ends up scooting herself to the train table to pull herself up to stand at it! She LOVES to stand at the train table and play with the trains and take the track apart. She’s still not crawling, but somehow she scoots herself or rolls herself to wherever she wants to go or whatever she wants to reach. Owen never crawled until after he was walking so we may have a repeat in that area.
Toward the end of month 9, Addison started sleeping in more! Instead of her normal 7:30am wake up, it was closer to around 8:45/9am which was great! I’m not sure if this is something that will continue or if it was a fluke, but it has been nice while it has lasted! She’s also napped a bit better in the afternoon. I’m wondering if she was teething and I just haven’t noticed another tooth popping through or something. It’s so funny when I go in to get her though because normally, she has turned herself the other way and has thrown her toys around the crib. Ha! On the occasions that I have gone in while she was still sleeping, I have found her on her side which is adorable!
Owen gets more and more adventurous everyday and his personality keeps growing! We live near a fire station and he requests to go see the fire trucks every time we’re coming home from somewhere. So we drive by and wave to the fire trucks and then circle back home and he is thrilled. Recently, he’s loved to pull up a chair to the kitchen counter and “help” us prep or cook something. A big thing lately is that he wants to see his “friends” like all the time. We have some clergy friends with kids Owen’s & Addison’s ages and we get together with them on a regular basis so he asks to go see them all the time. Ha! We’re pretty sure he’s getting his back molars in right now because he is not sleeping well at night or for his nap during the day which is definitely not normal for him. He’s always been a great sleeper. So hopefully this phase is almost over! Owen will have his 2.5 year old (30 month) check-up on January so during Addison’s next monthly update, I’ll have some stats for Owen as well!
We went to visit Santa this month! Owen was uncertain, but didn’t cry. So I’ll take it. Addison was not happy about Mama handing her off. Ha! There’s like this sweet spot in between awful spots when they’re this little where they don’t mind being with Santa. We seem to be in that spot with Owen but not with Addison. Maybe next year! Bass Pro does a great job with decorating and providing a ton of fun activities for the kids, including a carousel in the middle of “Santa’s Wonderland”! Owen loved it and wanted to ride it multiple times and Addison actually did a great job!
I say this every month, but these kiddos love each other. Sure, there are times when Owen’s not as excited to share his toys or something like that, but overall they get along really well. Addison loves her big brother so much and laughs at him constantly. Owen loves being entertaining to her so he wants to keep making her laugh. Or if I’m doing something to purposely entertain Addison or make her laugh, Owen will laugh and say “my turn!” So then I’ll do it to/for him and they both laugh and so on.
This month, we got to visit both families for Thanksgiving which was a lot of fun. We also went to the Museum of Aviation while they were having a trains exhibit and the kids loved it, especially Owen! We went with some good friends of ours and Owen would run around yelling, “Come, Grayson!” wanting his best friend to follow him around everywhere. We also went to get our Christmas tree! We go to a Christmas tree farm every year so it’s always fun to introduce that tradition to a new kid and Owen “helped” a lot this year. Ha! Life is constantly chaotic. But it’s good. Here’s to another month with Addison!