Thursday, August 2, 2012

9 Months

9 Months Stats
Weight: 20 lbs 5.5oz (50th percentile)
Height: 30 inches (95th percentile)

These faces have been the newest development. He is whiny... OH so whiny when he wants something. I have to say it's completely adorable MOST of the time. At 9 months he is expressing himself so much!! He has something to say about most things.
After a couple days of whining like this, I figured it out! He was HUNGRY! Literally every time he starts fussing if I give him food, he is SO happy. This is is 180 from the baby I knew! This kid LOVES LOVES LOVES to eat!!! I'm not sure if he's just getting older or if it has something to do with his tummy feeling better since being on the hypoallergenic formula, but it's amazing. I LOVE IT!! I know that I said that I was going to continue to nursing him but after supplementing one bottle a day before bedtime thickened with rice cereal to see if it helped his reflux, my supply went down fast! I decided not to fight it and give hypoallergenic formula a try. While I was definitely disappointed that I wasn't able a nurse him to at least a year, I am now completely okay with it because it has been such a good experience. He eats Similac Alimentum Ready to Feed and it has almost completely cut out any reflux. It's just nuts. For some reason the ready to feed version is so much better on his stomach because he still spits up a ton on the powdered version. So strange I know.... this kid is a complete mystery to me when it comes to his GI system. But I am thanking the Lord for this formula day in and day out because of how wonderful it is for him. I rarely even carry a burp cloth with me anywhere!! This leads me to believe that not only was he reacting to dairy but soy as well. :( boo. Our next challenge will come around 12 months when he is ready to transition onto some sort of milk. I'm not quite sure how that will go so I'm just enjoying this time while it lasts! :)

I've come to terms with the fact that there just might some food issues for Quinn for a little while. I'm hoping that he grows out of them quickly though! I thought that it might be a good idea to keep track of what he's had and how it's gone over thus far.

Allergy List:
Milk- Reflux
Egg Yolks- Diaper Rash (Still have yet to try them again or try egg whites)
Cinnamon- Diaper Rash
Gerber Puffs- Spits up/Reflux-- I don't understand this one but every time he eats them he spits up immediately afterwards. I've read random places online that there is dairy in the Banana flavor but the ingredients don't show that it contains dairy so obviously it doesn't? I haven't tried to see if there is a difference between flavors because we just went ahead and switched to Cheerios instead!

Successful Foods He Has Tried 
Sweet Potato
Green Beans
Butternut Squash
White Potato
Beans (Black, Cannellini,Lima)
Chicken (still not sure how he tolerated this-- lots more spit up that night and have yet to try it again)
Cantaloupe Melon
Olive Oil

At 9 months he isn't doing anything super new physically, he just is getting faster and more agile at things like crawling and pulling up. He's started to cruise more and more as well. He still really isn't interested in walking with us when we hold his hands. He would much rather just get down and crawl.

This month we have really tried to tackle sleep. He continues to wake up around 2 times a night, 1 time on a good night. After talking with his pediatrician at his 9 month appointment, she reassured me that he doesn't need any of the calories that he is getting at night to grow, he has just gotten used to needing the bottle to get back to sleep. SO we have started to wean him off the bottle at night. An ounce less every night or two. It seems to be working! I hope that at his 10 month appointment that I can say that he is sleeping through the night the majority of the time and if he does get up that he doesn't need to have a bottle to go back to sleep. Naps have become very dependable and pretty routine. He has dropped his third nap and seems to be doing well except for a pretty early bedtime around 6:30-7. His first nap is around 1.5-2 hours and his second nap is around 45 mins- 1.5 hours. It's so wonderful to have time to myself and to know that he is getting great sleep during the day! :)

So far this is my favorite age. He is SO much fun to be around and he is so much more independent!! I love his expressions, watching him think and figure things out and just playing with him!! He is just the sweetest! He is so good at kisses and hugs and he gives them to other people all the time! He loves to play with new people and loves animals! He is actually pretty gentle with them and usually screams when he sees them, crawls to them and pets them gently. We will see how long that lasts! :) This month has made me realize that he is not a little baby anymore. Gone are the days of rocking and snuggling (unless he's sick) and the days of climbing, playing and throwing things are here. It is so bittersweet.

(We are staying at my parents right now because our kitchen is being remodeled so I don't have our cord for the camera to upload more pictures. I update with more 9 month pictures when I can!)


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