9 Month Baby Update!

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I can’t believe Devin is already 9 months old.  It seems like it was only a couple of months ago that he was a tiny baby!

Height/Weight:

He is now just over 10 kg, and 78cm tall (I think).  His clothing is all pretty much 12 months or more at this stage, bar a lovely pile he got from his auntie in Australia which are 6-12 months!  Nappies are still the same size.

Sleeping:

He is now in his own room!!  He sleeps better and I sleep better.  I was completely exhausted and it was affecting my moods.  I had stopped enjoying getting up with him in the morning, which was awful.  So in that sense it’s really great.

The separation anxiety is a b*tch though!  I suppose moving him earlier might have been a wiser choice, but something tells me this would probably be an issue at this age either way.  I feel like a lot of effort we made was for nothing in terms of encouraging his ability to be independent and not require constant attention.  So I’m undecided on this side of things, I hope it gets better!

He is going to sleep later now, around 8pm and I will give him another bit of bottle before I go to bed and then he can sleep through until 6am or sometimes he is waking at 4am unable to settle himself so he needs a bottle..but then he can sleep until 8am.

There’s really no routine yet, just seeing how it goes.  We are allowing him to settle himself but I cannot allow him to cry (the cry where I know he’s genuinely upset), I just don’t think it’s fair to suddenly stop being there at night.

Eating:

We’ve had some real problems but we are really persevering with this one.  We went to see a nurse about this and made some plans.  His bottles have been cut down and sometimes he’s given water rather than a bottle to make sure he is hungry enough to want to eat!  More on this later as we really haven’t got it completely sorted yet!

Milestones:

  • Teeth!  Devin has now got 6 teeth – four on top and two on the bottom.  He was really struggling with them 😦
  • Standing up and cruising!  He will walk himself around the table it along the window ledge.  Only problem is he’s afraid to sit down so he calls out when he’s ready to do that.
  • Going up the stairs!  Not that I should encourage this but he has figured out how to climb stairs!
  • Shaking his head!  Uh-oh!  He shakes his head when he wants to express his disagreement…Whether it’s food, toys or because he wants to sit down.  Here comes the naughtiness!!

Well that’s it for this month, I’m probably going to be doing some more baby update type posts this month anyway, in terms if sleep and routines.  Thanks for reading!

D xoxo

8 Month Baby Update!

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So much has changed this month!  Major milestone, Devin has learned to crawl!!  It was so strange, it was the day we took him for his developmental check up.  Which of course went swimmingly…or not.

Nurse: “So, is he moving around and everything?”
Me: “Do you mean crawling? Because he’s not crawling.”
Nurse: “Well no not crawling, but moving and rolling?”
Me: “He can move…he doesn’t really bother with the rolling..”
Nurse: “Right… well on the ground with his toys is the best place for him…to encourage him to crawl”

Naturally at this point I was feeling like the WORLDS WORST MOTHER!!  I do put him on the floor and try to encourage crawling!

THEN…out of nowhere, later that day he did it! He crawled AND learned to sit himself up from lying down!  It was such a happy moment…!

Of course, nothing is safe anymore and when he’s quiet you know he’s found something he shouldn’t have.  His favourites include the cables behind the TV, the fireplace, the Internet phone line, the oven and anything on the coffee table!  One word…babyproofing!

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New!

Talking!  Ok, not really, but he has started being a lot more vocal with his favourite sayings being “dig dig,” “baba,” “dada” and “mama”!

Height/Weight:

He’s still the same as last month, the official stats from his developmental checkup were 9.85kg (22lbs) and 75cm so I was a little off with my height chart, otherwise he shrunk.

He is in Baby Dry size 4+ nappies which, by the way, I highly recommend to anyone that hasn’t tried them!

He is in 12-18 month sleep suits and most of his clothing is around the 12 month size too, 6-9 is definitely too small now!

He also got his new car seat, which is just so great!  He is so happy in it, he can see us and he’s comfortable!  The other thing is, it’s a lot sturdier and seems safer.  We definitely felt he was too heavy for his baby seat, it was even making clicking noises on roundabouts (terrifying)!

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Eating:

He seems to be back on his food now, and he’s big into grown ups food.  He loves quiche!  And spaghetti and meatballs is another hit with him!

Routine:

He’s sort of made his own routine, a lot of people say he should be going to bed later but he can’t seem to handle anything later at the moment so we’ll see!

7am: wake up, breakfast, play and some TV (while mommy has a coffee)

9am: bottle and morning nap for about 30-40 mins.

12pm:  Lunch and some time between now and 2pm he’ll have a bottle and his lunchtime nap for an hour.

Most days he needs a third nap in the late afternoon as he is quite active and tiring himself out!  He’ll also have some snacks during the day, which might be a yoghurt or some crackers.

6pm: Dinner followed by wind-down and bath

7pm: Bedtime

10-11pm: Dreamfeed a bottle

4-5am: Bottle

So, due to the fact that he’s learned to get himself up from lying down and to crawl he’s started getting up when he wakes!  So his sleeping habits are probably going to change and we will probably have to get him into his own room soon too.  As I said, he makes his own routine so we’ll see!

That’s it for this month, I’m certain he’ll keep me super busy this month and there’ll be even more to share at 9 months!

Here’s a “socks” comparison to show how much he’s grown!! They go up to his knees in the first one haha:

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Thanks for reading!

D xoxo

Other Baby Updates:

7 Month Update HERE

6 Month Update HERE

4 Month Update (Weaning) HERE

7 Month Baby Update

There’s not too many obvious differences from last month, but literally everyday he’s doing something new!

Activities:

His absolute  favourite thing is bath time.  As part of his bedtime routine he baths every night.  It was supposed to be a winding down time for him, but that never caught on!  So, as he seemed to enjoy the water so much, we took him swimming a couple of times recently and he loved it.

We also took him to a baby play group and I honestly think (this may sound stupid) that when he saw other babies crawling that he started trying to do it too!  I know it sounds crazy but his crawling attempts were almost immediate.

Our latest discovery is the playground!  He loves the swings!  But I think he just enjoys being outside and seeing other little people, so sitting and looking around is what he seems to like best!

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Mobility:

He is sitting completely unaided now, I am rarely bothering with pillows behind him now as he is more likely to fall forward than back now!  He is definitely trying to crawl now!  He moves himself around on his bum and can pull himself up onto his knees.  The photo below shows exactly why we need to start childproofing soon!!

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Temperament:

Devin is a really content baby.  He makes grumpy faces a lot, but he’s honestly quite a happy little boy!  He does get cranky, and I am pretty sure that its boredom.  He’s just keeping me on my toes!  I have to come up with new activities on a weekly basis.

He’s had a tough few weeks as he caught a bug.   Sleepless nights for us all!  Nothing too serious but the doctor also prescribed something for his eczema which has gotten worse as he was sick.  He is also teething,  Bonjela and cuddles seem to do the trick!

Very Cute Behaviour:

Another thing that I’ve noticed is how he behaves with his daddy.  When Noel walks in, Devin gets a cheeky smile like he knows it’s playtime.  At the same time, if daddy wants him to relax and lie down and have a snooze he’ll do it!  It’s very cute and I’m starting to notice how he reacts to both of us.  It’s not just an “I know you guys” reaction anymore it’s an “I love you guys” and I LOVE IT!

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Sleeping:

Devin is in his cot full time now, which is right next to me.  This was the best way to transition him from co sleeping for us, because I can reach right into him and the bed and cot are at the same height so he can see me.

I think I’ve given up on STTN haha!  He used to do it but I think this is my routine for now.  He goes to sleep at night at around 7:00 or 7:30.  At around 11:00 we go to bed so I give him a bottle dream feed at that time and then he wakes at 4am for a bottle and then he wakes at 7am.

He has a morning nap and an afternoon nap and he has started to sleep in the afternoon for a little over an hour sometimes (which was a big shock).  I guess he’s doing more and getting more tired too!

Eating:

He’s not really into baby food anymore.  I spoke to my sister and she suggested trying something with more flavour.  So he has shreddies and toast or some form of cereal for breakfast, his 2nd meal of the day is now home cooked something and in the evening he has his bedtime cereal.  He also has some finger food snacks during the day too – which he actually ingests now!

Height/Weight:

He has grown again!  I’ve just measured him again and he’s 9.9kg and 76cm!  (He is quite heavy to carry around now!)

It’s almost time for new clothes again, as 9-12 is getting small (arghh) and he’s in 12-18 month sleep suits!

Our next big purchase will be a new car seat, we were talking about it the other day, I’m not sure when yet though!  Let me know when you moved your LO to their next stage seat / when you’re going to, please!

Thanks for reading!

D xoxo

6 Month Mommy Baby Update

So, Devin is almost 6 months old now! I can’t believe how the time just seems to be flying.  He’s turning into his own little person and it’s wonderful.  Seeing him sitting up by himself, reaching out for pretty much anything within his reach is just remarkably satisfying.  People had said to me that babies start being “fun” at this age, and I honestly thought he’d been fun since the beginning but it really is true!  When we put him down for his sleep in the evening we actually miss his company!  Such fun!
(Our most recent Mommy/Baby pic)Anyway that’s enough of my little rant from cloud 9.  I thought I’d do a little mommy baby update today as they are a particular favourite of mine to read at the moment.  I like seeing what’s normal (any first time mamas will understand this worry) and what to expect in the coming weeks!

Height/Weight:   His most recent measurements are 8.6kg and 72cm.  He is already getting a little big for some of his 6-9 months clothes!  But he’s got a very tall daddy so I’m not worried!   I’ve learned not to get too tied up in what’s “normal”, it’ll only cause unnecessary worry!
Mobility:  He is sitting up unaided now.  I still put my nursing pillow behind him so when he loses balances, it’s a soft landing!  He’s not crawling or moving around, but he has started rocking himself back and forth while sitting.  He does this when he’s focusing on something he likes, a toy or something and it really looks like he’s getting ready to lunge!  On occasion he does actually follow through with the lunge which is terrifying to watch (arghhh…bumps and bruises).
Eating:  We started him on solids when he was four months.  It was very easy, it wasn’t my plan but we did it because he seemed to want it!  I will say though, he did go through a couple of weeks of ‘fussiness’ – teething again.  For anyone who is starting weaning now and having any problems – my go to food when he is being fussy is the jar of creamed porridge by Heinz.  I believe it has something to do with the gooey texture but yes, highly recommended.  In general though, he has three meals a day – his cereal in the morning with fruit, lunch time is his biggest feed – his favourite at the moment is a chicken and veg dinner. (Chicken is only a teeny tiny amount at the moment), and then another cereal/fruit type meal before bed.
(Not ALWAYS a fan of the new tastes!)
Sleeping:  We are no longer co-sleeping.  Devin has his own cot now, and he’s next to me in the bedroom.   If you are co-sleeping and planning on moving baby to his own cot or bed I would advise that you do it as early as possible!   Even a couple of months later, I feel if I had to do it now he’d be far too aware of what was happening!
As for Mommy, I’m now only nursing first thing in the morning.  Just to be clear about my reasons for stopping breastfeeding, I have to start my treatment again and obviously Devin can’t be getting any of that, it will also stop me from being able to nurse!  So, I feel extremely lucky that Devin led us to wean him, and move him on to solids and follow-on milk, because it doesn’t make me feel like I’m depriving him.  Stopping nursing was extremely emotional for me, and it’s certainly not easy to pump and dump instead of giving it to your baby, so we just do the one in the morning and soon this will stop too.
Well someone is shouting for attention now, so that’s my cue to leave!  Hope you enjoyed the update, thanks for reading!  Leave comments, tell me about your own experiences and links to blogs – always love a new read!
D xoxo

Baby 4 Month Update – Eating Solids!

It was only last month that I was getting upset at the thought of not being able to continue nursing Devin…but oh! How things have changed!
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A month ago you should have seen me! The tears!  The reassuring words and hugs from Noel!  “Inadequate” was the word I used to describe myself.  For me it was that, after 3 months, I wasn’t producing as much as Devin needed – he was just getting hungrier and hungrier – I was no longer enough!
 (Don’t worry there’s nothing in the cup, but he took it and did this himself!)
We noticed other changes in him along with this ever increasing appetite.   He was now starting to show a real interest in us when we were eating or drinking.  At the beginning of this month he got his first two teeth too.  These seemed like signs that he might be ready to try something new – I honestly thought it was a “hungry baby” type formula or something!  But one morning I was eating my cereal with Devin on my knee, I think I must have been reading or something because I suddenly realised he was being very quiet, so I looked down and realised he was STARING at my spoon!  Slowly, I moved it towards his mouth and sure enough he opened up and tried to take the spoon!  I didn’t actually allow him to take it, but we did take a trip to the shop and bought feeding spoons, bowls and baby rice!
We tried him with the baby rice and he managed about one spoonful!  I honestly wasn’t sure he was even ‘eating’ anything we tried him with.  I tried a new technique though, holding the spoon in his mouth for a few seconds – rather than just pushing it in as I had been!  It seemed to work, the banana I had fed him turned up in the…eh…poop!  YAY!
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So, the last time we went shopping we picked up a jar of baby food – one jar.  I opened it this morning, thinking there was no way I’d get through more than half of it and I was sure I’d end up having to throw it out.  I made up half and he DEVOURED it!  Then I gave him the other half and he was whinging because he still wanted more!  This afternoon I went and bought 6 more!
I guess all babies are different – he obviously knows what he needs, and he pretty much told us himself!  Babies are just amazing – I love him so much!
Has anyone got any similar experiences?   Let me know in the comments!