So close to one! Where did the time go? Where did my baby go? (Though, truth be told, I much prefer babies >6 months (or even >8 months) than babies <6 (or 8) months. I’m digging the more interactive, more fun BIT…)
What are we up to this month?
Height/Weight: The official 9 month check up is this week and I’ll update with the doctor’s stats then. As best I can guess, she’s heavier and longer than she was last month.
Diapers/Clothes: I really need to go through all of the clothes of LB’s that we’ve put away for BIT and switch her to just 9-12 month stuff. I’m still squeezing her into some 6-9 month things because a) I’m too short on time to go through the mountains of clothes in storage and find ones that fit and b) they’re the long-sleeved onesies and I refuse to admit that spring and warmer temps aren’t just around the corner and will be here before her clothes get clownishly small. C’mon, spring! Save me the hassle!
BIT is still recovering from a pretty bad case of diaper rash, which we’ve learned usually means she needs to go up a size in diapers. So we’ve switched to size 5 Pampers and her heiney is clearing up nicely.
Bottles/Solids: Lately I’ve taken to calling BIT our “second little locust” because she’s hungry all the time.I had thought she was getting close to dropping a bottle but she still wants between 5 and 6 bottles a day (usually 6 ounces or so in each). Which is a redonculous quantity of formula, considering she’s also eating roughly three meals a day. Breakfast is usually about 4 ounces of yogurt, lunch is about 4 ounces of baby food (usually a fruit/veggie combo pouch), and dinner is a bit of whatever we’re having. She doesn’t eat that much solids every day, but most days she gets ’em in. She will also never – I mean, never – say no to a Cheerio or a MumMum biscuit. When it comes to what she has eaten/tried this month, we are now fully in the “Give her a bite of anything” camp. Particularly now that those articles have come out regarding the lack of evidence behind waiting for 1 year for the allergenic foods like strawberries, eggs, and peanuts. I can say with certainty that BIT loathes baked beans, but otherwise she’s game for most foods. Noodles and tomato sauce were a recent hit, as you can see…
Teeth: Just the four teeth for now – the two middle top and two middle bottom. DB and I think the next two top ones are working their way in, but what do we really know about it? The gums look whitish and kind of swollen there, so maybe a tooth is getting close to the surface. When teething, BIT doesn’t really seem to have an increased need to chew on things or extra drool, though it seems unimaginable that she could possibly be more chewy or drooly than she is now.
Sleeping: Tell me this – if BIT can sleep through the night without issue 3 nights out of 4, why does she want to wake up and fuss for 30 minutes at 2 am that last night? What is different!?!? Seriously, though, BIT is a great sleeper most of the time. She still goes down around 6, bottle at 9:15, up around 5:30 or 6 for the day. But every 4th or 5th night, she has a rough time for a bit and we have to let her fuss herself back to sleep. Sometimes it’s 10 minutes, sometimes it’s 30, always it’s frustrating for her and us. But, it could be worse. It could be every night.
Naps are officially 2 a day now – usually one around 9:30 am and one around 1:30 pm. I cannot wait for the day that she and LB are on the same “one nap a day” nap schedule and I could maybe *gasp* take a nap myself when they do. Though when that happens, LB will probably decide she no longer needs naps and I will still be SOL and tired.
Doing Stuff: BIT is a cruiser extraordinaire and loves to work her way around the kitchen table from chair to chair. She’s able to stand for a bit unassisted, but you have to help her upright – she can’t just stand up from the ground yet. She’s mastered clapping and thinks that’s just the coolest thing ever. And we’re working on waving – she can do it but has no idea when to do it and will wave at you randomly. Also, she’s gotten much more vocal and can say quite a few consonants, though “dadadada” and “mamamama” and straight up growling are her favorite noises.
Also, BIT is still very firmly in the stranger anxiety phase and prefers to be with people she knows and has met a bajillion times, rather than those strangers that she’s only met a few hundred times. The best spot in the whole wide world is on me with her daddy and LB nearby; that’s heaven as far as BIT’s concerned. This has thrown me for a bit of a loop as the Littlest Brewster has yet to meet someone she considers a stranger and I don’t really know how to handle the clinginess. I know I’m supposed to just take it for the phase it is and know that it will pass eventually, but it’s kind of frustrating when I need to do something and BIT won’t let go.
And now for the best part: the monthly photo!