Thursday, May 25, 2017

9 Months of Sammy J

I feel like I blinked and I have a NINE MONTH OLD!!! How did this happen?! I am willing time to slow down but also can't believe how much more fun Samuel keeps getting with each passing day. We are definitely in a sweet spot right now - Samuel is so fun, playful and interactive and while he is mobile (and quick!) he isn't yet walking which makes him much easier to manage. I just want stay in this stage forever!

Likes: His parents! He has started to get a little bit of separation anxiety and definitely prefers to have eyes on me (typically this is only a thing when it is just the two of us - if there are others he can play with he is happy). He also gets so excited to see Preston when P wakes up in the morning and joins us downstairs and when he comes home from work.

For toys, Samuel's absolute favorite things are water bottles, balls and empty boxes! He can't get enough of them! He also adores his Melissa & Doug wooden puzzles and the empty bowls and measuring cups that we use as drums and to build towers.

Reading books! I've always read to Samuel, but now he is actually focusing on the pages and enjoying them (versus just eating the books like he has done in the past, ha!). I will catch him flipping through pages on his own and it makes my book-loving self so, so happy.

Being outside. We spend at least a couple of hours outside every day and it is both mine and Samuel's happy place. He is the happiest when he is crawling in the grass (and sneaking in a bite or two!). Still LOVES the swings at the park too - I need to take a video of him on the swing, it is pure joy!

Dislikes: Getting his face wiped after eating - you would think I am torturing this boy with the faces/ sounds he makes as I get him cleaned up! He also doesn't like having things taken away from him (especially by other babies while playing). And, naturally, he doesn't like when we tell him he can't do things. My mom has always said that you need to start discipline early and sure enough 9 months seems like the magic age! He is so smart and understands boundaries so we are having to enforce rules (like staying away from electric outlets!). He definitely doesn't like being told no, and will make funny faces (which I have to really work hard not to laugh because they are HILARIOUS) and is very verbal about it, but about 80% of the time he is really good about listening.

Stats: We had his 9 month doctor appointment and he was 30 inches tall (94th percentile) and 24 lbs 2 oz (93rd%), our big guy! We get comments all the time on how quickly he is growing and how he looks so much older than he is thanks to his size and a full head of hair. Half of the time I want to say, HE IS STILL MY LITTLE TINY BABY, OKAY?! ;)

Eating: This boy is such an awesome eater. I'm pretty big on good nutrition, especially at this age, so I have had a lot of fun making different recipes and feeding Samuel tons of different foods. We stick with pretty traditional, nutrient-dense food which looks a lot different than the normal baby food - things like liver and sardines are in regular rotation and our big guy seems to really enjoy them! I plan to do a whole post at some point on our eating adventures, but if you are a mama looking for great info on feeding your babe I highly recommend this book.

Sleeping: Still waking up a couple of times at night. I had mentioned that we were going to start working on that but thanks to teething and a cold we have put it off. Fortunately, he is a great napper and even with the couple of wakes up he still gets a solid 13.5-14 hours per day. I am hesitant to switch up his schedule because it works really well for us, Samuel is in bed at 6 and then normally wakes up around 6, and takes naps around 8 and 12:30. The early bedtime means Preston and I get time each night to relax and have dinner together, I can have girls nights regularly and, once we line up a regular babysitter, we plan to squeeze in many more date nights!

Personality: THIS BOY IS SO FUN. He is truly the most gregarious, silly, happy-natured boy I have ever met. He has a huge smile he loves to flash at people and he is at his happiest in the mornings playing with mom and making silly faces and in the afternoons when he gets park time with mom and dad. He is starting to interact a lot more with other babies (up until now he has loved flirting with their moms more than anything) and it is so sweet to watch. He definitely has shown us his temper too - especially when his toys are taken away from him! We've been doing it regularly to try to get him a little bit more used to it but homebody does not appreciate it!

Firsts: Has mastered real crawling, though he still goes back to worm-scootch every now and again which is so cute! He has gotten his top two teeth as well for a total of four now. He is also pulling up on furniture, we've had a couple big spills, which I know I need to get used to but it is so sad for me to see him hurt! He has also had his first bit of separation anxiety and, like I mentioned above, he prefers to know I am close by and he wants to have eyes on dad when he is home. He also went underwater and held us breath in swim lessons for the first time! He is up to three seconds and really loves most of swim class - everything besides the slide at the end which he screams the second he is at the top! He has been so interactive and loves waving, clapping, turning on and off light switches, reading books - doing so many activities that make him feel like such a big boy to me!

Parents: We are doing really well! This age is such a fun one and we are trying to focus on enjoying this stage - we have a great rhythm, Samuel is easy to take in public, he is a great napper, etc. We are getting a puppy in June so we know that life will be in a bit crazier then! I definitely have my moments when I get stressed or frazzled (Preston can definitely attest to this, ha) but overall life really is so sweet and I try to remember how lucky I am to being staying home with my little man. We are talking to a few different babysitters right now and I think our top priority is to find a really great one that we are comfortable with so we can have dates lined up very regularly! We are much more 'in sync' with regular date nights but I am very selective with who we leave Samuel with (aka only my mom and sister up until this point!) and so our search is on!

I had to throw in the above picture of Samuel and I at our workout, we do Stroller Strides several times a week and absolutely love it. The sunshine, workouts, and being surrounded by amazing mamas and babes is such a life-saver for Samuel and I. For Preston, his sanity saver is playing flag football which he normally does on Saturday mornings and Monday nights. Once the weather cools down, Sammy and I are excited to go watch him on Saturday mornings!

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