James and I began this blog at the very beginning of our pregnancy with Wyatt to share and update our new adventures as we became pregnant and start the new season of parenthood. Sixteen weeks into pregnancy, I had to go into surgery to ensure our son would not come too early and shortly after, we found out Wyatt has Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia (CDH). This is our humble attempt at being transparent and hopefully sharing the joys and love of Christ through this roller coaster ride we're on. And now to share even more with the new miracle on the way.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Happy 9 Months Baby Boy

WOW!  Look at that growth!  :-) God is so miraculous! 

Growing Growing Growing!  
Yup folks, he is getting bigger!  And let me tell you, my arms sure feel it!   
Birth:  weight- 4lbs 8.3oz, length- 18.5 in
Discharge Day:  weight- 9lbs 12.4oz, length- 22.64 in
April 16:  weight- 16 lbs 0.6 oz, length- 27.8 in

That is so exciting!  I love that God is allowing him to thrive and grow.  We have our bumps in the road but he is here with us and on the mend!  :-)  And he's still on like 3rd or 5th percentile on the growth chart curve but he is on his curve and that is something be happy about! 

We still do not have any teeth!  Can you believe he has been showing signs for like 4 months now!  It's crazy!  You'd think we'd have at least one with all the drool and chewing he is doing!  I have a feeling he's going to get a few at once... that or we'll get like ONE and then nothing for months.  haha.  

 Wyatt has many favorites!  Sometimes they change from day to day but he has his staples for sure.  
He still loves his Wubbanub!  I'm pretty sure we could consider that his "lovey."  He's gotten so handy with it too.  He reaches for it and puts it in his own mouth.  He'll press with two fingers and hold it in until he has a good suck on the paci.  He just started searching for it in his sleep without waking up, finding it and putting it in his mouth.  That's really great- it means we don't have to jump up as often to go place it in his mouth for him.  

He plays with blocks and musical response toys.  Just this weekend, he let me hand him two separate toys and would hold both of them for a while versus hold one and then dropping it to hold the other.  Today, on his own, he picked up two different objects and held them at the same time and banged them together.  I've been trying to get him to do that for forever now! That was so exciting to see... and he did it in front of his OT!  She was proud too.  :-)  

He loves to stand, jump and bounce!  In his activity center, his johnny jumper, his walker or when one of us is holding him. 

He loves his Daddy!
He loves his Mommy!
He loves his doggy, Ronix!

He basically loves anything he can put in his mouth.  

He really likes to watch his baby sign language videos!  

Wyatt is great at sleeping through the night.  We try to make sure and put Wyatt to bed between 7 and 8 but as close to 7 as possible.  He sometimes will stir and if it continues a for a while where I feel his sleep is being affected or my sleep is beginning to be affected, I'll put him in bed with me and that usually does the trick... for both of us.  :-)  He is a snuggler! 
I've been trying to figure out his napping for a while now.  He likes to take these short 15-20 minute naps.  Sometimes he'll sleep 30 minutes but never longer.  And he'd do that 2-3 times a day.  That last couple of days, his afternoon nap has lengthened.  I am thankful for that because for his age, he should be sleeping 2-3 hours during the daytime.  I'm hoping this is a trend that continues.  I'll talk to his pediatrician tomorrow when go for his 9 month appointment.   


I just posted a long blog about his milk feedings with his pump so I'm not going to rehash all those details.  Go here to see how he is doing with milk. 

As far as solid foods, it's a slow work in progress but progress is progress!  :-)  He usually will take in an ounce to an ounce and a half of puree and oatmeal cereal.  He also try water and juice out of a sippy cup.  We've got all kinds of those sippy cups too.  Going into parenthood, I had all kinds of "we wills" and "we will absolutely nots".  Oh how that changes once you have a kiddo.  And I'll be honest, a lot of them I would have stuck to strictly but desperate times call for desperate measures.  Drinking juice was one of the things I didn't really care for my kiddos to do.  Store bought juice just has so much sugar added and I don't think babies need it.  (I don't mind what you do, it's just a personal preference!)  Now, with Wyatt- I just want him to learn how to drink!  So, if it's milk, water or juice, I don't care.  Once he learns and is comfortable, I'll fight the sugar battle when I get there.  haha.  :-)  

Wyatt is not crawling yet but he is going from sitting to all 4s and doing some rocking.  So, that is big news in our home!  He still does not like to lay on his tummy but we make him do it for short periods of time.  I do all I can to distract him from realizing he's on his tummy!  #whateverittakes 

I wrote earlier about him holding two objects and banging them together.  

He sits up on his own and for long periods of time.  Of course he falls some but that's part of learning!  

He babbles all the time.  We hear some "b" and "d" sounds.  He says "he he he" often.  He has the best laugh and laughs often.  

He understands "no" most of the time.  He usually only hears it when he grabs his tube.  I think that is what he associates it with that because it is almost the only time we use the word.  haha.  I'm just starting to use it when he grabs my face and squeezes really hard or kicks me.  I'm also trying to teach him "gentle touch" when the plays with Ronix.  He's gotten a hold of the dog's ears a couple of times and Ronix was NOT a fan but responded nicely by just yelping and walking away.  (Such a great dog!)

He "walks" backwards in his walker but not forwards.  

1 comment:

  1. To make you feel better (or maybe not!), Elise experienced teething symptoms from 4 months until she got her bottom two teeth at 10 months! Then.... nothing! I thought they would come fast too but they did not. She just now had her top two come in at 14 months! I wish they all did come in together so you only have a few days of discomfort instead of it repeating each time a new tooth comes in! So, we were in the same teething symptom situation as you are in now :)