Monday, September 14, 2015

Nine Months of Malcolm

STATS: Weight:  19 lbs 5.5 oz (50%)  Length: 26.5 inches long (30%)   Head Circ: 17.5 inches (50%)  

SLEEP:  The last couple months have been AMAZING. Ever since we stopped nursing, the kid has slept like a champ. He has two naps a day between 1-3 hours; one is usually longer than the other. Some days his morning nap becomes a series of cat naps in the car because we're out running errands--- (oh the life of a fourth baby).  At night, he usually sleeps from 8ish to 8ish--- depending on how bed time unfolds with the older kids.

FOOD:  This boy sure loves his bottle. If he's hungry and he's anywhere near a bottle, you can be sure he will want it and let you know how bad he wants it. He has anywhere between 30 and 45 ounces a day. He's still a little slow with the baby food. He's got a lot of different kinds under his belt, but he doesn't like to eat them in a big stretch--- he'll get through about 2 oz before he starts getting mad. This month he tried mango, green beans, mixed veggies, yogurt bites, and puffs. He loves the yogurt bites and puffs; I think it's because he loves to feed himself. He's been my slowest eater--- in the transitioning to new food aspect--- so it'll be interesting to see how he develops.

PLAYING/TOYS: He loves to play. It is the main reason he worm crawls all over--- that and trying to get to me if I put him down. The kids are currently struggling with remembering to put small toys up so the baby doesn't get to them--- or destroy their creations. He loves to bounce in his bouncer and recently started enjoying peek-a-boo. He has a dinosaur teether that pretty much goes with us everywhere because he loves to eat it.

PERSONALITY: He has such a get-up-and-go personality. He loves to be apart of the action and DOES NOT like it when he's not. I'll try to put him down in the living room so I can do dishes or change the laundry and one of two things happen: 1. he stiffens his legs so I can't sit him up, so I lay him on his tummy to crawl and he cries or 2. his legs bend so I can sit him up to play, I start to walk away and he cries. I don't necessarily think he wants me to hold him all the time, I just think he wants to be where the action is. He's very happy and inquistive; he recently discovered the springing door stoppers (which are now all put up again). He also loves to crawl to the bathrooms, don't ask me why, but he does. When I kiss attack him, he doesn't suck on my face anymore :( , however, I think he's trying to kiss me now because he just attacks me with his drooly lips. He also started shaking his head back-and-forth, so the kids like to ask him yes-and-no questions just to be silly.

MILESTONES:  9/10 third & fourth teeth *** 9/12 pulled himself up *** 9/2 attempted to scoot down the couch ** 9/11 stayed on knees to crawl *** 9/3 walks around by holding hands ** 8/23 First ear infection

RANDOM:  He's FINALLY completely on the charts! I can't believe how much he's grown. When we were waiting for his appointment today, one of the other parents commented on how big he was; I mentioned he was a preemie and she said, "well you can't tell anymore." Doctor even said, "well, now who remembers him ever being small and why were we worrying?" So happy he's growing so well.

He got over his first ear infection just in time to get his first double ear infection--- I have sneaky suspicion it has to do with him doubling his total teeth in this past week.  Also, he still almost exclusively spits up through his nose, so we're getting a referral to go to the pediatric ENT who did Jared's surgery a couple years ago. Just to make sure everything developed properly under his double uvulas. So, we'll see how that goes.

I know I've said it before, but I'm saying it again: he's growing up so fast. I love this baby phase of learning and exploration--- it's my favorite baby phase--- but he's already trying to stand alone and stay standing. I would not be surprise if this kid walks before his first birthday. He proved from birth that he's wanted to do the next thing, but it's going by so fast. I try to remind myself (and outloud to Greg) to enjoy the time we're in right now--- I'll let you know how that turns out.

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