In the past three months since his six months update, Jack has grown up so much. At half a year old he was just beginning to have a few tastes of food, had not yet started crawling and instead used rolling as his main form of transportation, and absolutely dreaded falling asleep… (well, I guess some things have stayed the same)! One thing that has gotten harder with time? Getting my boy to sit still for pictures. Oh my goodness was it difficult to snap a few for this post!
Jack had his nine months checkup yesterday and he weighed 20 pounds 10 oz and is 27 3/4 inches long. In the past few months Jack’s appetite has really grown from a simple diet of breast milk to all different types of vegetables and fruits. As I mentioned in this post, we are working on expanding his pallet by letting him try as many different foods as possible. When I am eating dinner, I try to give him tiny bites of whatever I am eating too. These items include chicken, grilled squash and zucchini, green smoothie, quinoa, edamame, and much more. I have been adding more spice to his food as well, whether that’s with cinnamon in his oatmeal or basil in his veggies. He really seems to love any foods that I am eating, so I hope that this trend will continue. As he continues to get older, I plan to try and serve him even more of what Tim and I are eating. We eat healthy the majority of the time, so I think this will be a great way to include Jack in our mealtimes and get him prepared for eating what we eat in the future. Currently he is having roughly 24-30 ounces of formula a day, and eats three small meals a day alongside his bottles. I am very slowly working on increasing his food intake and decreasing his formula. When I am prepping his meals and his bottles, I give him a few puffs so that he can practice his hand to mouth coordination for feeding himself.
At six months Jack had a tooth or two trying to break through, but now Jack has seven baby teeth. He has four poking through the top and three on the bottom. I know his mouth and gums have to be hurting terribly, but he has actually been really pleasant throughout the teething stage. He hasn’t had any fevers or been too grumpy, and has really only cried out a few times since he started getting them. I swear it all changed over night! He literally went from one tooth to seven teeth in a month and many more of his teeth are starting to show through the gums as well.
When it comes to mobility, Jack is a busy and moving guy! He does not like to be still, and instead wants to be on-the-go at all times. He is constantly playing and if he had it his way, he would be crawling all over the house nonstop. For a lot of the day, I literally follow him around while he crawls and explores. I like to be upstairs since there is carpet on the ground and I know that is a little easier on his knees than the tile and hardwood on the first level. He also loves to pull up on everything – from his crib to the play yard fence and everything in between.
He doesn’t like to be ‘tied’ down much anymore either, so time in the Snugapuppy Swing and ExerSaucer are getting more and more limited. Since I literally can’t walk away from him for fear that he will get hurt, we purchased a fenced and gated play yard. It isn’t the prettiest home decor purchase, but it sure gives me peace of mind that he’ll be safe. Thankfully Jack loves to play in his pen and can usually entertain himself for a bit while I make dinner or put away a load of laundry. I am not sure how I would get anything done without it!
One thing that we do still struggle with that has been a challenge for most of Jack’s life is getting him to sleep. Once he is down he is happy and sleeps like a baby, but he most definitely still fights sleep like crazy. Right now he takes an hour to an hour and a half nap in the morning, maybe a twenty to forty minute nap in the afternoon, and then he is sleeping about 8:30pm-6:30am most nights.
- Watching Mickey Mouse Clubhouse
- Being Tickled
- Bath Time
- Singing Songs
- Taking Walks in the Stroller
- Riding in the Shopping Cart
- Being Confined in the Swing or Exersaucer
- Being Sleepy and/or Going to Sleep
- Not Being Allowed to Chew Whatever He Wants… (This includes the television remote, my cell phone, basically anything within grabbing distance, etc…!)
Jack’s Nine Month Must Haves:
- Superyard Ultimate 6 Panel Freestanding Gate
- HappyBABY Superfood Puffs
- Sophie la Girafe Teether
- Baby Einstein Teether
- Carter’s Striped Tank
- Carter’s French Terry Shorts
- Beautycounter Sunscreen
- Nuk 5 oz. Learner Cup
- Hanna Andersson Swimmy Shorts
- Hanna Andersson Swimmy Sunhat
- Hanna Andersson Swimmy Rash Guard