Ethan and Madeline are a marvelous 9 months old! I’m less than a week late posting this – super success for momma considering an 8-month update was never… ever… posted. We are headed to the pediatrician today – so I will update later with their exact heights and weights.. I am pretty excited to find out!
Fair warning: This month’s sticker photos are horrendous. Crabby babies paired with poor lighting on a rainy day and little patience from both momma and babies…
Mommy’s little man. He is a cuddle bug for sure. And he will cuddle with just about anyone. He has no anxiety over new faces and will crawl over to anyone and pull up on their leg. Ethan is our little daredevil. He is willing to try anything without second thought – so fortunately he is pretty tough, too. Most of his tears are a result of being overtired. When he needs to sleep – a simple finger poke will send this boy into a fit. Ethan is Mr. Smiles – and his smile is so goofy. He loves wrestling with mommy and daddy on the floor and just giggles the entire time. He is definitely a people person and tries his best to make sure he is around someone else at all times.
We’ve made a ton of progress in the last two months. My once picky eater who refused to eat..well…anything.. now loves all food. I know a time will come when he will start to show preferences, but right now..he eats whatever we give him. Ethan eats three meals of solids a day – and if his teachers think he is fussy because he is hungry, they will give him a snack as well. Ethan is eating finger foods like a champ – so his strong gag reflex is a thing of the past. Some of his favorites (aka everything we feed him) are berries, grapes, sweet potatoes, pasta, cheese, cereal bars, cheese bread (bread with melted cheese), bagels, green beans, macaroni and cheese, eggs, rice cakes, and of course puffs and crunchies.
Ethan also will get purees and pouches – but usually after his finger foods. He is spoon fed sometimes just to keep the idea of spoons and silverware in his head.
He still drinks 26-32oz of formula a day. I honestly CANNOT wait until we can start switching over to milk. Formula$$. Washing bottles. Sterilizing nipples… I am ready to be DONE!
Ethan is a wonderful sleeper – at home. On weekends, Ethan takes two naps.. 1-2 hours each. The first one begins at 9 and the second one is between 1:30 & 2. He goes to bed between 6:30 and 7 (or sometimes later if he’s playing in his crib) and sleeps through the night. Sometimes, he wakes up at 5:30am…sometimes closer to 7am. We obviously prefer the later times! Now that Ethan is sitting up and pulling up, I worried it would mess up his sleeping habits. He will sit in his crib and pull up – but when he is ready for bed, he lays back down and goes to sleep.
At school, Ethan’s naps… stink. Sometimes he only takes one nap and it is 30-45 minutes long. Most days he will have 2 30-45 minute naps. He just can’t get back to sleep if he wakes after a sleep cycle. Fortunately, it isn’t affecting his night time sleep or his weekend naps.
Wrestling, being tickled under his chin, standing on the outside of his activity center, pulling up on everything, the dog’s bowls, the dog’s chews, looking outside at the back door, babbling, eating, cuddling, bath time
When mommy or daddy leave the room, when he is done eating….but still in his high chair, being tired or hungry, and his thrush medicine
Did you pick up on that thrush medicine? Yeah – Ethan go thrush as a 9 month old?! I’m glad the spots in his mouth were nothing more than thrush. It’s getting better, but he HATES that medicine. It is NOTHING like that bubblegum amoxicillan. Along with thrush, Ethan is crawling like a champ, pulling up, sitting on his own, and sometimes walks behind a walker.
My little bub – you are full of sunshine. So happy – so giggly. You bring a smile to my face every time I look at you. I just cannot believe how fast you are growing and how you are turning into a little boy right before my eyes. I hope that you always stay this happy. Your smile and giggles light up a room. Whenever we sit in the rocker before bed, I count my blessings and suppress my tears. I know someday (sooner than I think with how fast time is flying) – we won’t be sitting together snuggling before bed. But for now – I am soaking it up. I love you, Ethan.
Ooh my little sweetie. Maddie is so shy – but I do believe she are starting to warm up to others a little quicker and a little more often. She loves to talk (but only in the mornings.. ) My little chatter box. She gets super excited fairly quickly – and loves to flail her arms around to show her excitement. Madeline has a smile so sweet – and loves to laugh. She too is a super happy baby. Madeline tends to swing her moods fairly often. When she is upset about something – she will let you know. Yelling (angry yelling) is also now a part of Madeline’s exquisite sounds. Just a month or so ago – she really wasn’t into talking at all – just grunting. So her new found voice is definitely a joy to listen to. After being frustrated at school watching all of the kids get whatever they wanted on her own, Madeline decided that she couldn’t just hang out on her butt until she learned to walk – so she started army crawling. She is getting faster by the day. Miss Maddie has some rough spots this month of being Moodie Maddie – but we don’t really know why. She’s had a cold for quite a while now …so she’s probably super annoyed with that!
Madeline is a little bit more a picky eater now. Well – it honestly depends on the day..and the meal. She eats the same variety of foods as Ethan does – but some days she likes something and the next day, she’ll feed it to the dog. So like Ethan, she is being fed berries, grapes, sweet potatoes, pasta, cheese, cereal bars, cheese bread (bread with melted cheese), bagels, green beans, macaroni and cheese, eggs, rice cakes, and of course puffs and crunches. A lot of times, she just enjoys playing with the textures of the food and will smooth it all around her hands – get excited, flail her arms and then throw the food in the air.
Madeline has stayed consistent with her bottles and still knocks back 26-32 oz a day of formula. She loves drinking water out of her sippy cup (we use the wines with straws) . She was slow to pick it up at first, but now gets all giddy when I bring it over to her!
Madeline is typically a great sleeper (I am saying typically because we had a REAL rough night last night). She takes two naps (at 9 and 1:30/2) which will last 1-2 hours each. She will also give us a solid 11-12 hours at night – going to bed at around 6:30/7:00 and waking up between 5:00-7:00. Unlike Ethan, Madeline doesn’t enjoy playing her her crib alone with no toys quite as much as Ethan does (I can’t imagine why she dislikes it.. it sounds like fun…?!?) When she wakes up, she tends to be a little more whiney, but we will turn on her projector/some music and give her some toys. Unless it appears as if something is wrong.. or she is just having a bad day and is crying.. real crying.. she stays in her crib until at least 6:30.
Maddie naps a little better than Ethan at school – but not as well as she naps at home. She almost always takes 2 naps (and if she doesn’t fall asleep for the second one, she will rest for an hour).. and they range from 45 minutes to 2 hours. Again – she is still pretty solid with sleeping at home, so I will take it!!
Screaming and talking… so much. Miss Chatterbox..and her yells can make you really nervous. She could be silent and then let our a bellowing scream…just for fun . Not funny girl…not funny. Madeline also likes flapping her arms, waving (!!), her water bottle, mommy’s water bottle, standing at the back door, standing at her activity center, shoes, sitting on mommy’s or daddy’s lap, resting her head on your shoulder
Not being given enough attention, when mommy gets to school and doesn’t pick her up right away, being in her play yard if mommy or daddy are in the room, having her nose sucked
Army Crawling, waves, “dada” but not with meaning, ear infection (womb), cough (its been forever..go away)
My precious sunshine. You are my heart. It is so strange to look at you because you look SO much like your momma did when she was a baby – and I feel like I am looking at myself as a baby when I look at you. You are so determined to do anything and everything you want – and show such a sense of pride when you accomplish something. I hope this is a trait that you will carry with you for the rest of your life. Your little grin with those two bottom teeth just melts me…and you know you’ve got your daddy wrapped around your finger. Please- stay as happy as you are. You will brighten many lives with your vivacious character…you already do. I love you pretty lady.