Thursday, December 18, 2014

Nine months {Austin Mitchell}

Hello, nine month old!


Stats...
At nine months old, Austin is in size 3 nappies, 9-12 month clothing and size 3/4 shoes. Unsure on height/weight as I haven't measured him...



Milestones...
No hands & knees crawling yet, but plenty of rocking like he wants to go, backwards army crawling and bottom scooting! He gets one leg behind him and one tucked in and pulls along on his bottom. Slowly, but he's able to get what he wants finally even if it takes him a long time.

He's really wanting to stand all the time too, he can pull up on my legs if I'm sitting down beside him but mostly falls over when he pulls up on taller things like the exersaucer (and just swings underneath). He's starting to walk along a little when you hold his hands - he just loves being upright!

He's a noisy little chatterbox too - he's started this very loud shouting that sounds a lot like his big bro... He says mama, bubba and even said dada for the first time last week.



Sleeping...
It's been so-so. Definitely nowhere near as bad as it was from 6-8 months, but not brilliant. He's just been a bit more unsettled, taking longer to settle at bedtime and waking up 2 or 3 times a night on average, with a really bad night probably once a week. We're just rolling with it though; he's still little and teething just seems so constant that I'm not expecting a full nights sleep anytime soon.

He's still taking 2 naps a day - around 9/9.30am and 1/2pm. The morning one is usually short and the afternoon longer. Some days though he thinks naptime is over at 2pm and will not resettle; those days make for looooong, frustrating afternoons. But in general, the naptime routine is still working well.

Eating...
The 4pm feed has pretty much been ditched. Some days if he's fussy (ie when naps end early) he'll take it, but most of the time he's lost interest. At 9 months old, he's nursing 3 x day (8am, 1pm, 7pm) and once overnight. It does feel like solids are starting to take over a little more and although he's not quite as adventurous as Ollie at this age (Oliver would practically inhale whatever was placed in front of him no matter the consistency and wouldn't let you assist him; Austin actually likes to be spoon fed things like porridge and tends to play a little more with certain foods, rather than eat them), he's still a great little eater. He's working on his pincer grip; with eating things like peas and corn he's almost got it down pat.

Best moment...
Mitch was away for work last week and this usually means a chaotic dinner/bedtime. I had Austin in the Stokke (and fussing), his serving of soup on the table and was finishing serving up Ollie's and mine when the crying stopped. Ollie was sitting in my seat beside Austin, proudly slopping spoonfuls of soup into his baby brother's mouth: 'it's ok Mummy, I'm feeding him'. Austin was lapping up the attention from his bro; it really was a sweet moment and I'm SO proud of my big helper :-)


Worst moment...
Last weekend Austin went on a breastfeeding strike. It was our first breastfeeding hiccup; he'd never done this before and neither had Ollie, so it was completely new territory and totally stressed me out. I mean, isn't breastfeeding meant to be easy by this point? From 9am one morning until bedtime the following day, he refused to breastfeed. I kept him hydrated with water and he was eating normally, but wasn't particularly keen on a bottle either. You have no idea how relieved I am that he's back to nursing normally again now. We *think* it was maybe teeth causing him pain, but who knows - I was even worried he was starting to self wean, and I'm just not ready to walk that path just yet. I really want to make it to at least a year!

Loves...
Sitting in front of his big basket of toys on its side and just playing quietly to his hearts content --- Watching Ollie jump --- His dummy (he has a love-hate relationship with that thing. One week he refuses it, the next he won't let it out of his sight) --- Biting mama --- Wiggling his head frantically and watching for a reaction --- Blowing bubbles --- Drinking water out of a regular cup --- Smiling :-)



Dislikes...
Bedtime --- Seeing Ollie cry --- Getting in the car (although he's ok once we're moving) --- Having his nappy changed ---



Happy nine months, sweet bubba boy - or baby babe as Ollie loves to call you. Your cheeky side has really shone this past month; you love having all eyes on you and have worked out all the sly little expressions and head shakes to get people looking at you before you break out in that winning smile. You're forever winning over complete strangers in checkout lines with your sunny personality. You truly are a relaxed, laid back little man - although truth be told, you aren't always smiling...


Just most of the time ;-)


We love you, sweet baby babe Austin!

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