And in the blink of an eye, he’s 10 months old already. I could seriously cry.
Stats: 12 lbs, 11 oz and 27.5 inches.
Wearing: Size 3 diapers and mostly 9 month clothes, though his short, chubby legs can still fit into some 6 month pants.
- Letting go and standing on his own for a few seconds
- Practicing his “s” sounds. It sounds like he says “yes”, “this”, and “these”
- Mastering baby Stage 2 baby foods. He’s also a total Gerber Puffs fiend
- Shaking his head “no”
- Copying noises/sounds
- Learning to use the sippy cup
At Luke’s 9 month check up, his doctor told me that he was in the 44th percentile for his weight. And then he looked at Luke, got a confused look on his face, and said, “But he looks so…” and I finished up with “chubby?” And we both laughed. I then told his doctor that I think it’s because he’s so “short”. Sure enough, he’s measuring in the 17th percentile for length. He is definitely rocking the buddha belly!! Oh, and he has a HUGE noggin. His head is in the 79th percentile. No wonder his “one size fits most” hat doesn’t fit his head!
I think we are fully past the issues with solid foods. Luke, as I mentioned above, has mastered the stage 2 baby foods. He eats some fruit and oatmeal for breakfast, a veggie and/or fruit for lunch, and then a “meal” and fruit for dinner. And then he takes in about 24 to 28 ounces of formula each day as well. That equates to about 4 bottles. I think he’s on a pretty good schedule. Prior to his 9 month appointment, he was getting a small amount of solid foods and drinking 35 to 42 ounces of formula. His doctor told me we needed to cut back on the formula. I’m glad the transition was so easy. Luke gladly accepted more solid foods in trade for the formula. He still loves his bottles though!
A month ago, when I would stand Luke up and hold his hands, he had no idea what to do. He’d just stand there. But then one day, all of a sudden, he took a step forward. Now he will “walk” with you whenever you stand him up. And last night, he figured out that if he moves his feet, he can make the walker go. He was pretty excited about that. It’s amazing how they just “get it” and start doing things on their own. I don’t think it will be too long until he starts walking. He just might be our earliest walker.
Luke is still waking about once a night. That’s better than it has been. I definitely look forward to the day when he starts sleeping through the night. Right now, he takes a bottle around 7:30, while I rock him. If he doesn’t fall asleep when he finishes the bottle, I’ll rock him for a few more minutes and then put him to bed. He usually plays for a few minutes and then falls asleep. It’s about 50/50 on whether or not he’s alseep or awake when I leave his room each night.
He then sleeps until 1 or 2 a.m., which is when he wakes up for a bottle. Most days, he’ll be back to sleep within 15 minutes and will sleep until I wake him up at about 7, which is just before we leave the house. It’s a pretty good routine for us.
Luke is a happy baby. He only cries when he’s hungry or tired, or not feeling well. In other words, our days are mostly filled with smiles, laughs, and baby gibberish. It’s awesome. Every day, I see a little bit more of his personality and it’s just so fun!