9 Months

Jaxson has been here for 9 months now, the same amount of time he spent in the womb! Its so crazy when you think about it that way! It feels like its gone by super fast and slow at the same time, as most good things do, but we try to enjoy the moments big and small together when we can.

Here’s what Jax has been up to this month:

  • Growing teeth! Jax has two teeth on the bottom right in the middle that are coming through. They are out pretty far but it looks like about halfway from what I can tell. He chews on everything now: toys, hands, towels, toes…he even chews on us sometimes. The Orajel has really been a lifesaver, we got the ones that come pre-filled in a Q-tip and it was so much easier to use than just the tube of gel. Advil seems to help too but we don’t give it to him often, just when he gets really intolerable (like last night).
  • Crawling…sort of? Mostly he just kicks and screams and drools all over the floor. We’ve gotten down on hands and knees to show him how to crawl – nothing. We’ve put him into position and goaded him into crawling toward us – sort of. As of yesterday he started army crawling and he’s getting fast at that. So I think that actual crawling is not far off. Not only that, he moved to the TV stand yesterday somehow (we turned our backs for a second) and he was sitting up playing with the DVD player. Hmm…I have a feeling he’ll be a pro at crawling here real soon. Time to buy some baby gates…
  • Standing/Walking: He is super mobile in his walker, and has great coordination and control. We will put a ball on the floor and off he goes, “kicking” it this way and that with his walker and running the length of our living room back and forth. He can now maneuver into the hallways and even into the bedrooms, so we’re definitely going to need those baby gates soon. If you hold out your pointer fingers, he’ll grab on and pull himself to a standing position. He loves to walk with you holding his hands, especially when naked and headed to the bath! 🙂 When standing up in his crib or even in the living room, he tends to let go and think he can just take off running, instead falling flat on his butt. I think that Jax thinks he can do more but his body just isn’t ready yet. I have a feeling that once he does start crawling, it won’t be for long, because this kid seems ready to just get up and take a walk.
  • Activities: We took Jax to the park for the first time last weekend. He loved the swing, although I think he got a little motion sick like me and J do. I think he would have liked the slide more if he hadn’t kept sticking to it and then flying down at an unnatural speed. He liked it, but I think it was a little scary for him sometimes! He really enjoys going for walks in his stroller and we are so lucky to have a beautiful neighborhood to take those walks in.
  • Communication: Jax is usually much like me, a quiet observer only piping up when there’s something really important to say. But he has a motormouth when he wants to. His latest attempts at words have given us duh-duh-duh-duh and Mmmmm. Oh and he also says “yeah”. J and I will have full conversations with him, and when you’re not pressuring him into trying to say something he’ll come out with the weirdest things – for example: at my mom’s house I was talking about him being snuffly from allergies and he freaking said (or sounded like he said) “allergies”. No lie! I know these are totally random occurrences and he is just mimicking the sounds we make when talking, but still. He also has “no” down but not in words, instead he’ll shake his head at you and turn away if he doesn’t want or like something, like apricot mixed fruit baby food. 🙂
  • Food! This boy can eat! His 9 month checkup is on the 15th so we won’t have his official weight until then, but he’s a solid chocolate bunny! He’s in 18-24 month clothes, but sometimes they are really big on him because he isn’t wide, just so tall. And he packs away the food like a champ. We’ve got him on multigrain cereal now, 2 bottles a day, and 4 foods (2 fruits, 2 veggies). The guidelines say he should be eating more bottles but he really gets pissed when he has to eat from one, especially in the morning. He’s also getting those cookie/biscuits that melt in his mouth and rice cake type wafers as treats a couple times a day. These are all relatively new developments (like within the past week) because we think he’s ramping up for another growth spurt real soon.
  • Sleeping…Zzzzz: Jax is really good about sleep most nights. Of course there are times when he wakes up crying out from a bad dream or if he gets too cold/hot at night, but overall he’s out like a light from 8 p.m. until 7 a.m. We really couldn’t ask for better! He has gotten really good about putting himself to sleep and if he wakes up but isn’t quite ready to get up and face the day, he’ll pop his nu-nu (pacifier) back in his mouth and go back to sleep.

Overall this has been a great month for us and our boy. He’s growing up so fast, Tonight we are going to the Mall with our friend Angela and her little boy Noah for Mall-o-Ween. While they are still too young for candy, we thought it would be fun to just walk around and see the costumes. We’ll be taking our 9 month/Halloween pictures tonight so look for those soon! 🙂

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1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Denise Dorris
    Nov 01, 2013 @ 12:19:17

    I’m so happy all is going well with your family!! I’ll be looking forward to seeing Halloween picture’s.

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