Mason won’t be 9 months old for 5 more days, but while I have a free moment, I thought I’d go ahead and sum up the past few months and where he is at now. He is quickly becoming a little boy and it’s so crazy! He has lots of hair and he is going to be outgrowing his 12 month clothes sooner than later. He has huge feet so the shoes I have bought him are becoming too small as well. He is in size 4 diapers and last week we transitioned him to level 3 bottle nipples. He can drink a 7 ounce bottle now in seconds. He loves his bottles. He started smiling and kicking his feet and waving his hands when he sees his bottle and it’s time to eat. He still won’t eat much baby food but he is getting a little better about eating from a spoon. This weekend, he ate several bites of baby food peas. But, he’s definitely happier picking up his food and feeding himself. He loves any kind of bread, pasta, or cereal. He loves puffs. But, he will eat basically anything you put in front of him. He has never been interested in rolling over at ALL. He has only done it a couple of times. However, he is becoming better and better about pulling up. If you stand him up so he can hold onto the coffee table or the activity table, he will stand there forever and be so content. When he falls, he gets mad and cries. He is also starting to cruise around the table when he’s standing. He doesn’t move fast, but he can shift his feet to get where he wants to go. However, he shows no interest in crawling either. If a toy is out of his reach while he is sitting up, he will reach out and get on his hands and knees, get the toy and then use his hands to walk back to a sitting position.
This weekend we went to Tarboro for Peyton’s birthday party and he was an excellent rider for the 3.5 hour drive. He also did great with all the strange people who wanted to hold him at the party. If he saw me, he wanted me. But, if I was out of sight, he was perfectly happy with whoever was holding him. Greg held him for a long time and even put him in the cozy coupe and pushed him around which he loved. The night before, Mason did not sleep very well in the pack and play. He got up crying around 1 or 2 and I put him in the bed with us. He slept great but at 5:45 I was getting very uncomfortable so I moved him back to his pack and play. It was a bad idea because he woke up and never went back to sleep. He also didn’t nap that morning, so at the party he was exhausted and fell asleep in my lap.
Speaking of sleeping, Mason is finally sleeping through the night!!! It happened about a month ago where he was regularly sleeping for 12 hours straight. He goes down at around 7:15 and sleeps until around 7:15 the next morning. Over the past week, he is even starting to be content if you lay him down while he is drowsy but still awake. I didn’t think that day would ever come because for the longest time if you laid him down awake, you were counting on about 5-10 minutes of crying before he would finally go to sleep. I guess we finally trained him.
I am proud to say that he has never had a drop of formula in his life. He isn’t really nursing anymore except for his morning feeding before we go to school. I pump the rest of the day and I think he is much happier being able to drink from his bottles since he can eat so much faster that way. For a long time in January and February, I was still nursing him at bedtime and we finally realized he wasn’t getting enough to eat so he was waking up starving in the night. Once we started giving him 7-8 ounce bottles at bedtime, he started sleeping much better and only getting up once at around 5. He still drinks a 6-7 ounce bottle every 3-4 hours. At school, he also eats breakfast, lunch, and snack and eats whatever is on the menu. Because of his eating patterns, we were never really able to properly introduce new foods every 3-4 days like you are supposed to. But, I guess he isn’t allergic to anything! He already has been exposed to eggs and meat which I waited a long time to feed Mackenzie. It’s definitely true that things are different with your second one.
He still has no teeth! But, I love that gummy smile. It makes him look like such an old man when he is gumming his food and he has that thin whispy hair. He is the happiest and most laid back baby. He loves watching his big sister and she loves showing him new things. Her new thing is sitting with him and reading a book that has textures on the pages. She will grab his hand and let him touch the soft fur of the animals on the pages. He loves to play with his toys, but he also loves to sit in your lap and have you near to him. He is babbling like crazy and I’m sure he will be trying to say words sooner than later. He reaches up for you if you act like you are about to pick him up. When he gets excited, he starts moving his hands and arms which is so adorable. He has the sweetest smile and if you are holding him and someone else comes up to talk to him, he acts shy and leans his head on your shoulder. He has really started to love his paci over the past month or so and he can easily pick it up and put it in his mouth himself. Before that, he never really showed an interest unless it was bedtime.
I’m sure I have forgotten so much since it has been so long since I have updated! But, I am going to start new and try to be better about documenting all the precious memories with my babies.