You are becoming a little person now, with your own likes and dislikes, sense of humor, and personality. It was another month filled with ear infections, but you are such a happy kid most of the time despite feeling sick. You are seriously the smiliest baby. You love bouncing up and down... in your exersaucer, in people's arms, on the floor. I fear already you will be a rambunctious toddler. :) I have been trying to soak up the little moments with you, my last baby. Even the middle of the night wake-ups when I'm exhausted and annoyed but tenderness towards your little sighs and closed eyes and chubby fingers holding mine wells up. Babyhood is hard, but it is so so fleeting.
A comparison of Jack the day we brought him home from the hospital, and just over 9 months old.
Sleeping: Some good nights, quite a few not so good ones with the ear infection continuing most of this month, and a rather persistent cold that finally went away. You sleep on your tummy in your sleep sack much of the night, but often have been having at least one wake-up. Sometimes you go in the rock n 'play if I want to get you to sleep fast, other times we have tried to be more persistent with keeping you in the crib. We're not quite in a good place with sleep yet though. I'm hoping once we can knock this ear infection of yours we will be able to try harder at getting you to sleep more solidly through the night. One particularly annoying thing is that this last week, you have decided 4 am is the perfect time to wake up for the day. Yeah, not cool, baby Jack. Not sure how to break this bad habit but I hope it ends soon.
Naps are generally still short, usually two a day, with one being about 30-40 minutes and the other being maybe an hour. Sometimes we get a rare 2-hour nap. Somehow we ended up with two kids that hate napping. :)
Eating: You are a good eater and you can eat a lot, though I still sense some pickiness- you tend to really like kind of bland starchy things, like bread and pancakes, rice and pasta. So that's a bit worrisome. But, you have been eating more and more table food and now usually have at least part of what we are eating for dinner, plus often a puree pouch (you almost refuse to eat off a spoon anymore). So that's a good way to get veggies in. I'm hoping we can try a little more cheese sometime this month and see how it goes? And also possibly egg whites. You have been doing well with peanut butter and scrambled egg yolks (though you don't really seem to like eating eggs). I think one of your favorite things this month was sliced up clementines. And grapes! Always a fan of grapes. You are really good at drinking water from your straw sippy cup.
You have not gone down in formula amount at all- still drinking about 30 oz per day, 5 bottles. You have started to insist on holding your own bottles on occasion.
Weight: I'm guessing about 21 lbs.
Diaper Size: Size 4 fits you great right now. Actually we still are trying to finish up a box of 3s and they are starting to be a bit ridiculous in how tight they are.
Clothes Size: Almost all 9-12M clothes now, though you still wear some 9M pants because you have kind of short legs.
Teeth: Still just two bottom ones, but now your gums are starting to look bumpy in various places so a new tooth could arrive soon.
Ears: As I've been alluding above, you've had lots of ear problems since about late January. After 3 rounds of antibiotics and a round of shots (3 days of shots in a row = some kind of torture), I'm hopeful you will soon be rid of it, but we are also going to the ENT next week to discuss getting tubes. Your dad and I both had tubes as babies, and Nora had like 12 ear infections her first two years, no joke, so honestly I'm hopeful that the tubes may really help you even though I hate to put you through the procedure.
Milestones: Well, you are still not crawling, though every day we think it's going to happen. You are so close (come on, look at this photo above!). You can reach over, turn on your butt, scoot on your butt, get on hands and knees... and then you try to move forward... and fall on your tummy and can't get back into a hands/knees position. But just in the last couple of days I think you are getting closer on that front too... the nanny saw you finally move from your tummy into a sitting position, a move I've been waiting to see for a long time. :) Hopefully you will get better at it soon!
You have had a lot of progress in standing and stepping this month. You pull to your knees easily and occasionally to your feet, though you are still figuring it out. But you love standing up and holding onto things, and have taken a strong interest in push toys. You still need some help to take steps while you are pushing, but you have started lifting up your legs better when stepping. Actually the most frustrating thing this month for me is that you always want to be in a standing position, but you can't do it by yourself, so you whine a lot until I come and help you. Sometimes we think you will be a baby who walks before they crawl.
You have started to do some hand movements, like "How big is Jack? SO big!" especially when in your high chair. You also will sometimes wave and sometimes hi-five, though it's not terribly consistent.
You still mostly just say "dadada" (no mamas yet sadly), but I think you are actually close to saying "cat". Whenever the cats come by you get super excited and you say something that sounds like "dat" or "at". You don't get the "c" sound but the only time I hear you say the "t" sound is when the cat is by you so I legitimately think you are trying to say the word.
Likes/Dislikes: You love eating. You can get really grumpy if you are hungry. But usually by the end of the meal you are all giggles and smiles. Or if I break out the cheerios when we are out and about, you seriously squeal in delight. You love baths and this month you have started going crazy with splashing. I can't say Nora is too fond of it (since you take baths together) but you seem to love seeing how much water you can get everywhere.
You've just started to develop some stranger danger, though you are still pretty easy going around new people. There's just a lot more worried looks towards me and less smiling when new people are around.
You love bouncing. You love being tickled on your belly and sides. You like exploring and moving around, and I think you will be very active once you finally figure out this movement thing. You have started to enjoy being read stories, particularly ones with flaps (Dear Zoo is a big favorite right now). And you really like "Moo Baa Lalala" just like Nora did.
You do not like: drying off after the bath, getting pajamas on, diaper changes, having to wait more than 2 seconds for your bottle, and being ignored.
We seriously cannot believe it's only two months until your birthday! You just got your first haircut and it just reinforced how soon you will be turning from a baby into a toddler. We love you, little man.