Big guy is 9-months-old! I feel like I say this every month, but I really cannot believe how fast this time is going. I have officially put his first birthday on my calendar so that family can keep it blocked off. Each month, he learns more things and interacts in different ways and it is a complete joy to watch him make more discoveries. He has so much personality and is constantly surprising me and making me laugh.
He had his 9-month check-up and is a healthy guy! He was 19 pounds 8 ounces and is 28 inches long, both of which makes him fall close to the 50th percentile. So it’s looking like he may be built like his daddy! It’s crazy to think that the next time he is at the doctor for a check-up (unless he’s sick at some point) is for his 1-year check-up! The crazy thing is that even with his weight and length, he still comfortably fits in 6 month sized onesies! We haven’t even started the 9 month size because I want to stretch out the use of the clothes we already have! Ha!
I had to fill out a questionnaire before the visit about Owen’s growth and whatnot and one of the questions said something like “Does your child place toys down on the ground without dropping it?” When I read this to Greg, we laughed and commented that no, he doesn’t gently place things on the ground – he throws them across the room.
Owen went to his first Easter egg hunt with our church this year! He did a great job and seemed to enjoy himself! There was an egg hunt specifically for kids under 2 years old so we went and sat on a corner of that section of grass and let him play with an egg! Then he went on his first hay ride and loved it! This kid loves being outside more than anything. Also, he’s the cutest kid with sunglasses ever.
Sleeping through the night and napping for his normal time has gotten inconsistent. Some nights he goes 12 hours – from 8pm to 8am. Some nights he goes from 8pm to around 5am. The good(ish) thing about when he wakes up at 5am or 6am is that I can feed him and put him back down to sleep and he’ll sleep till around 8:30-9am. Naps can also be unpredictable. Most times they’re right at 2 hours each, but sometimes he makes it just at an hour long. But when he sleeps, he sleeps hard! He often wakes up with some CRAZY hair!
One of his favorite things about the doctor’s office is the paper on the benches. He grabs it, tears it up, tries to eat it, everything. When we leave, it’s a disaster. He’s also been putting his feet in his mouth more and more and he’ll even suck on his toes. Weirdo.
He still only has his bottom two front teeth. Teething is killer. I swear he feels teething pain for months before teeth finally come through. The doctor did say he can tell that he’s about to get some teeth on the top! So maybe that means the poor guy will get some relief. We have learned that he likes to munch on pickle spears and use his teeth to tear off pieces. We’ve also discovered that he likes to bite and suck on Daddy’s popsicles! So they have their popsicle time whenever he’s in teething pain.
Our new morning tradition is for me to make a few scrambled eggs and put some of them on one of Owen’s plates and we eat our scrambled eggs together! He LOVES it!
Spending time with this guy is my absolute favorite. There are times that I wonder if I’m doing the right thing for him developmentally by staying at home with him instead of him being with other kids in a child care. I personally would never trade a moment of my day with him, but I just wonder sometimes if he would be learning to do things quicker if he had more interaction than just me. He still refuses to crawl – when we put him on his stomach, he just flips himself over and laughs. There’s certainly nothing to be concerned with in terms of his development – the doctor even said he wouldn’t be surprised if Owen just skipped crawling because it seems like more and more babies do that. And I will say that Owen likes standing up and the walking motion. I just can’t help but wonder sometimes if he’d be doing more himself. But then he reaches for me and “talks” to me and I know I’m where I’m supposed to be.
He’s even started giving “kisses” to me in a way and it makes my heart melt. He also insists on holding my finger while I feed him his baby food. Separation anxiety has geared back up for real. Even if Greg is holding him and I walked by, Owen loses his mind until I come back and get him. It’s insane. I have to admit that a part of me beams at it.
It was our first Easter with our little man! He was as cute as can be and I’m glad we got to celebrate Easter with him. Our church family is so amazing and we are so thankful for the love that they show to us and to Owen. They put up with the separation anxiety in the nursery and love him even in those hard moments.
There’s a newly renovated park near our house where we like to take Owen and Lucy and they both love it! Lucy’s always excited to get to go on adventures and explore and since Owen loves being outside, it’s good for the whole family! Greg has cut out sweets/sugar from his diet since January of last year and I’ve decided to join him. It’s been quite difficult, but I’m surviving. Ha! Here’s to another month!