Monday, April 9, 2012

9 Months

Stats: 17 lb 15 oz as of today. They tried to measure him but think it was incorrect today or the last visit. Very hard to measure a squirming 9 month old! His pants are shorter so I now he got longer again this month.

Diapers: Still size 3 and holding and still using Luvs.

Sleeping: Usually sleeping 12 hours at night. The last couple of weeks he has been waking up wanting to eat one time a night. We tried to reason with him to ask him to stop but he doesn't seem interested. Last night he slept through the night. Hoping he gets back in that habit quickly! I don't know how we went as long as we did with him getting up 3-4 times every night!

Clothes: Still wearing 9-12 month things. Moved up to 12 month Carter's pjs last week.

Eating: SHOOT ME NOW!! Boy does not want his bottle!!! Im talking wrestling, spitting, screaming, sweating, fit throwing every time. It is an all day battle to get fluids in him. He will eat solids, puffs, yogurt melts until you stop giving them to him. But bottles, no! We have tried different sippy cups, bottles, rooms, person feeding him, everything! Dr. Carroll says its a phase and he may just be getting ready for more table food and less baby food. He did have his first lunch date with Auntie Mo to El Chico. He squealed at everyone that walked by.

Is that guacamole for me!?!

Toys you love: We got out some hand me down toys out this month. More interactive. He seems to like them. This month he is loving plastic easter eggs and books alot. Also loves our bath mat. If our bathroom door is open he makes a bee line in there to sit and just pet the bath mat.

Milestones this month: Second tooth came through this week. And it was much less traumatic for all those involved. He didn't even show any symptoms until 24 hours before. Much easier. This month he has started crawling-ALL OVER THE PLACE! If he is awake, he is moving. He is also standing. It is so weird to walk into his room and he's standing up in his bed. He is pulling up on anything furniture, walls, people. He's just starting to cruise (walk while holding to furniture). Dr Carroll said he is right on track physically. Everyone seems to continue to be surprised by how well he is doing. Also, this month he started calling us "mama" and "dada" and meaning it not just mimicking or babbling it randomly. Love it. Love when he crawls toward me calling "mamamama". He had his first church and nursery visit this month. He did great. He seems to be adjusting easily to not being in isolation anymore. He was ready for the socialization.

Activities: Talking- he has gotten alot louder this month, moving, moving, moving, going outside, meeting new people.

Medical: Saw the new cardiologist this month. We were very impressed and loved only having a 10 minute drive instead of 3 hours. Aaron did great with the echo and got a great report. We go back when he's a year old. We saw Dr. Carroll today for his 9 month check up. She said he is doing great. He is now 12% on the growth chart for his weight, 25% for his length and 50% for his head (of course). We go in two weeks for his last dose of Synagist and then go for a check up once he is a year old.

Visitors: Nonna came for a week to keep Aaron while we worked. They had a blast. He was spoiled rotten! Sassy, Poppa, G, Pops and Uncle Chase were all in town for his dedication the first weekend of April.


Easter was a little different this year. I had to work the night before and went back in early that morning. Once I got home we gave Aaron his Easter basket. He wasn't too excited. I thought he might try to eat the grass but he really was indifferent. His favorite part was the empty cheap plastic eggs. He could have done without the rest. Live and learn.

We got him plastic eggs, a duck puppet (they had on at the last cardiology visit and he LOVED it), two rubber duckies for the tub. Then I put some of his other Easter goodies in there that he got from G'momma and Nonna.
Hmmm what do I want to put in my mouth first....

Yea for plastic eggs!!!

Mommy- look we got you other things too
Aaron- but there are plastic eggs in here!

After we put Aaron down for a nap, we watched the late service on tv. So weird to not be in church on Easter morning. After "church" we loaded up and and went to our adoptive Easter family, the Matlocks. They have been gracious enough to invite my family for Easter for over 10 years now. After we finished eating we tried to get an official family photo. Not much luck but here is what we got.

After lunch we came home and all took at 3 hour nap. It was heaven!

Breaking Out!

Aaron has broken out of jail! Isolation is officially over!!!! I cannot believe this day has finally arrived. We are excited and scared to death. We only know how to parent Aaron in isolation and be germ freaks. We are learning to relax. It helps that Aaron is doing really well going places and loves to see new people. He was ready for the socialization.

First stop was breakfast at Southfield Grill. He spent the entire time ease dropping on the table beside us and flirting with the waitresses. The waitresses fell in love and even gave him a free biscuit for being so cute.
Second stop was the boardwalk for some shopping. He wasn't a huge fan, mainly because I made him try on clothes.
Nonna came for the week and got lots of Aaron kisses. They had a great time together. Aaron says come back soon, Nonna!

Wagon ride with Pops

Aaron's Dedication

We finally got to have Aaron's dedication at church on 4/1/12. It was so nice to be able to walk though the church doors with my son in my arms. We were so excited to get to share him with so many people that have loved and prayed for him over the last 9 months. Aaron could not stop staring at everyone. He even went to the nursery and did great. They said he crawled over to every baby and just patted their hair as long as they would let him. Poor boy just wants a head of hair! After the service we had lunch at Cap and T's and just enjoyed the time together celebrating our healthy baby boy.

He's on the Move

So a couple of weeks ago Aaron decided that he was frustrated enough with not being able to move that he would start to crawl. At first it was a weird very stiff crawl and he would only crawl on carpet. If he had to crawl on the hard wood floors, he tried not to let his knees touch the floor which made for a very funny crawl. But after a few days he had it down. And he is fast!!! He can be out the door and into something before you even realize he's not in the room with you anymore.

Aaron- I think he's asleep. He won't be able to catch me when I go!
Loves to crawl to his changing table and pull everything off of it- diapers, pjs, blankets. They then get spread all over his room.
Yes, we are tired! Aaron doesn't seem to be as tired as Mommy and Daddy.

Are they watching?
Nope! Bye bye!


Spring is here. We try to get Aaron outside as much as possible since he loves it. We call it his reset button. One day we were all home on a weekday and decided to head to Norton Art Gallery to walk around the gardens. Love that that place is so pretty and its free. Cant beat that.