9 Months

IMAG0029Will at 9 months: 18 pounds, 2 oz, 28 ” tall
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Standing at every opportunity, up down, up down all day long, crawling faster than the speed of light, trying to climb up and be as tall as he can.
IMAG0021Studying, observing, trying to take it all in. Wants to be with his mama and daddy more than anyone, and we like to think we hear him say our names. Makes his opinions very clear.
IMAG0015Not sure what to make of the chef at the hibachi restaurant, or the fire. Gives sloppy open mouth kisses and tight hugs. Loves Trigger and being outside.
IMAG0009Finally sleeping better (yep, I’ve said it before, but then we went backwards, and now it’s been almost 11 hours a night for a few nights. Ah, rest).

 

(Sorry for the funny shaped camera phone pics. Since Trigger chewed up our other camera, this is what’s handy!)

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Vacation hosts

swinging with Shannon

Swinging with Shannon

We haven’t really taken a summer vacation this year, but we do live in a great place to come visit! I’m not great at taking pictures with family – I just assume someone else will or I’m too busy having fun, but here are a few to update. It’s been pretty hot in the daytime, but we did make it up to the park with Shannon, and to the pool one evening with Grammy and PopPop.
Williamsburg tradition

We demonstrated to Heather and Tim what each child must endure in CW at the stocks.
Williamsburg tradition

Even if Will wasn’t so sure at first that he liked the idea.
antique shoppingAnd we escaped the heat with some overpriced tourist town antiquing. Figures that the places with somewhat better prices have much worse air conditioning. Will had had his fill of the stroller by that point, but we may not have success with him around the breakables for too much longer!

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Will & Trigger

will & trigger

Good buddies. Trigger’s been getting in a lot more trouble than Will these days (he chewed up our point and shoot camera this week, grrrr), but he’s incredibly patient with letting Will climb over him, grab him, and play with his tags (of course always while being very well supervised). Trigger likes to show his advantage in speed by circling around in front of Will while we’re crawling and chasing. I’m sure toddler-Will will give him a run for his money!

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Eating

puffs!We had a bit of a shift in Will’s eating last week. He had been eating around 16 oz of purees every day, and a few puff before each meal. I loved being able to give him puffs because it kept him happy while I was getting the rest of the food prepared, he was enjoying being able to feed himself, and Trigger got occasional treats dropped to the ground!

puffs!Well, as of last week he started rejecting the purees more and more, so I started giving him more solids to feed himself. The problem is, if he gets puffs first that’s all he wants to eat. They do work well for introducing new foods – since his fine motor skills aren’t fully developed, when he picks up one food from his tray he also gets whatever else is there and realizes that he can eat that, too. The most exciting place for a food to come from, though, is my plate, so I look at each meal differently now, to see what baby-friendly finger foods there might be.

puffs!Of course after not buying any baby food on one shopping trip, I realized that he’s not getting quite enough calories feeding himself and will usually let me feed him from a spoon after the novelty of feeding himself has worn off and he’s still hungry. This week he’s mellowed a little bit about having to feed himself – a lot of the food goes down into his chair and is more for playing with than eating (Trigger is not complaining about this at all!). So far, in terms of table foods, Will has had bananas, peaches, mashed peas, carrots, broccoli, pasta (little shells, orzo, pieces of my bigger shells), rice, white beans (smashed), baked beans, and probably a few other things I’m not thinking of.  And plenty of puffs. He’s figuring out how to mash things between his gums, and will spit things out if the pieces are too big. No surprise that it’s easier to get him to eat peas if they’re hidden inside a macaroni shell.

In my typical style, I was starting to worry if I should have followed baby led weaning instead of feeding Will purees from the 5 month point. And as things typically go, the way things went assured me that he’ll let me know when he’s ready for things and I don’t have to watch the calendar or worry about following someone else’s advice perfectly (although that site is great for giving me ideas about what foods to feed him). We fed him purees because he was interested in table food and that’s what he could handle, and now he’s ready for the next step. He still doesn’t eat any meat, but we’ll keep trying on that end.

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