Our dear sweet boy is 9 months old and our days and hearts are full.
He wakes up before everyone (around 6 or 7) and Ivan takes him for a coffee. Mika wakes up around 8 and I try to get an extra half hour in bed sometimes if I’m lucky. Teo is still feeding through the night, mostly 2 or 3 feeds but sometimes more.
He gets so much milk but still he loves food. We are cautious about what we feed him still, but so far he has tried carrot, sweet potato, mango, cucumber, melon, strawberries, blueberries, oats, avocado, pasta, raisins, prunes, apple, potato, pear and banana. His favorite is when he can hold it himself, so we finally bought him a highchair that we all love. And oh yes there are two teeth! Two big strong bottom teeth!
And just when I starting worrying that he wasn’t saying much, he started saying ‘mama’ and ‘mamamamama’ and ‘dada’ and now mostly ‘nanananana’. It’s so cute to hear him making more sounds and I especially love how he chooses to say ‘mamamamam’ when he’s hungry and ‘dadadada’ when we call ivan on the phone and ‘nanananana’ when we try to put him down for naps. And also, this sound is the best thing ever.
Naps have been very tricky lately. We have been trying to do 2 good naps a day but because it is summer and mika has such random activities scheduled (a ballet camp! swimming!) and there are fun things to do like summer markets and free wading pools, it has been tricky to keep any sort of routine. He’ll usually do little naps in the carseat or the stroller, but when I try to put him down for a proper nap it ends up taking a good HOUR to get him to chill out and actually sleep. And that sucks for Mika to be waiting around, and so sometimes i just want to throw him in the stroller and head out the door or put him in the carrier and walk him to sleep and not do any ‘proper’ naps at home, but then i worry he’s not getting enough ‘good’ sleep. In any case, I’m sure once fall is here and we have a bit more of a settled schedule we’ll be able to get a better routine in place.
This boy loves to stand. And he can pull himself along the floor army-style but he doesn’t really enjoy doing it yet. He sits like a champion and can pull himself up on ledges but still hates lying on his belly. He’s trying REAL hard to get onto his knees.
And it seems that when Mika was 9 months old she was the biggest and oldest and smartest baby on the planet. So how is it that 9 months seems so tiny now? I think maybe because with Mika a part of me was always wanting her to get a bit older. I was excited for every new stage and for a while it seemed like the new stages couldn’t come fast enough. But now it feels like the EXACT opposite and I really can’t believe that he’s supposed to be crawling and pulling up on things cause it seems like he was just born.
But even though it sometimes feels like he was just born yesterday, he has wiggled his way into our lives and hearts in such a big way and all my worries about missing the days when it was just the three of us or wondering how i’d have room in my heart for 2 children seem like such silly worries now because he is here and we can’t imagine it any other way.