Psst – before I jump into the update…just wanted to let you all know that I’m now blogging as Mrs. Garland over on Hellobee! My posts may overlap occasionally, but for the most part what I post there will be totally separate from what I post here. I’d love for you to follow along!
Stats: At his 9-month appointment, Jackson weighed 19.1 pounds and was 28.5 inches long. This is a HUGE growth spurt – he jumped up into the 40th percentile for weight and the 59th for height! Good growing, buddy!
Clothing Size: Despite the crazy growth spurt, no change in clothing size here. Jackson is still in all 6-9 month clothing and size 3 diapers. I’m glad…I don’t think I’m ready to start buying 12 month clothing yet!
Sleep: We’re still incredibly grateful every day for Jackson’s awesome sleeping habits. He sleeps from 6:30 in the evening until about 6:30 in the morning, and on the weekends will usually go back down after eating for another hour or so. Still on two naps, about an hour or two each. The kid likes to sleep!
Eating: Eating is still definitely a favorite pastime. Jackson loves to eat anything and everything – we have yet to find a food he doesn’t like. Cheese and bread (or tortillas) are definitely the favorite, but he loves all veggies that he’s tried so far, and he’s started to get more fruit this month too. He’s officially bringing a “real” lunch to daycare now too, and he devours it every day! This month did mark a sad milestone – right before he turned 9 months old we had to start supplementing his bottles at daycare with formula. I’m not pumping enough at work to keep up with him anymore, so it was time. I’ll keep breastfeeding as long as I can, though!
Milestones: This month, Jackson started signing – he’s got “more,” “finished,” and “water” down. Still a ton of babbling and pulling up on everything – the doctor predicting that he’ll be walking pretty soon…he’s getting more and more confident walking when he’s holding our fingers! He’s gotten up on his hands and knees to crawl a few times, but usually gives up and drops to his stomach pretty quickly. I still think he’ll skip traditional crawling. He figured out how to play peek-a-boo and “so big” this month, and he started to wave hello and goodbye sometimes!
Things we want to remember: I love watching him crawl around and play in the kitchen, and I love (LOVE) seeing him sign now! He’s communicating! I never want to forget how sweet it is to watch him hang out at the front window with Ranger – they both love to watch everyone walking by, and Jackson loves to YELL out the window.
Special outings or adventures: We went to Jackson’s first family reunion this month, which was Jackson’s first overnight trip away from home. It was also our first time to all sleep in the same room, and we survived! We also visited a pumpkin patch this month and Jackson LOVED it.
Favorites: He’s starting to play with more “big kid” toys like balls and his standing toys. He even rolled a ball back and forth with me a few times recently! His favorite time of the day is mealtime, but naked time after bath follows shortly after! He loves watching the big kids play outside at daycare and loves to hang out at the front window and play with the curtains. We love to watch him figure new things out (I feel like he has a new trick every day!) and love when we come into his room and he’s standing up in his crib waiting for us – so cute!
What we’ve learned: We’ve learned that it pays off to spend a ton of time working on new skills (we signed to him for four months before he started signing back!) and we learned that Jackson is a FABULOUS traveler! We’ve also learned recently that it’s about time to get Jackson some new toys – most of the ones we have are intended for smaller babies and he’s definitely starting to get bored with them. It’s about time to enter the world of toys for more mobile babies – can’t believe our little guy is already so big!