He continues to be constantly on the move. He took his first independent steps this month, which started with two little steps, and then days later walked across a room. He mostly wants to still hold our finger and walk, and I spend most of the day walking around the house like that. But on occasion we can get him to walk by himself, and I think in some ways it will be nice when he can walk just so he can be a little more independent.
Height and Weight: Sitting him on our scale at home, he was about 18 pounds 3 ounces. Noelle was 18 pounds 1 ounce at a year old, so we'll see how much he weighs by then even though he's in a smaller percentile than her as of his 9 month appointment.
Sleep: Just this past week things seem to be getting better for night time sleep. He and Noelle have been sick, and he's been teething so we had a bunch of nights where he was waking up twice a night. But in the last week he's been waking up between 11 p.m. and 12 a.m. for a feed, and then seems to have mostly eliminated the 3 a.m. to 4 a.m. feed. And he even had another night of completely sleeping through the night! I will take it!
Naps are still a longer one in the morning about 2 to 3 hours after he wakes up, and a shorter one in the afternoon. He definitely needs those two naps, but on occasion refuses the second one. Silly Jonah.
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Diapers/Clothing: He's wearing size 3 diapers, and is mostly wearing his 6-9 month and 9 month clothes. He can still fit 6 month clothing length-wise, but the sleeves are short, so those have all been put away. Grow, baby, grow.
Social/Milestones: This is the same as last month, and he is on the move! He had his first steps, and he also discovered the fun of climbing up the stairs! I ran upstairs for a few minutes and told Luke to keep an eye on him, and when I came back down, Jonah was halfway up the stairs. Needless to say, we have invested in baby gates.
He still mostly prefers being with me, but he did fine when my mom was over here watching him. She is starting to watch the kids once a week for me for a few hours so I can run out and do errands kid free or have some time to myself. Amazing! We usually time it around Jonah's nap so he's asleep for part of it, but he was fine with her being there when he woke up.
He's working on two more teeth coming in, which brings his total to six! It seems like three of the top ones popped through all at once. Poor guy, but overall he seems to be handling it well.
Likes and Dislikes: He still loves bath time- thank goodness! If he's getting super fussy, I can put him in the bath and he gets happy as a clam. It's so fun watching him interact with Noelle. He thinks she's hilarious, and we hear a lot of "No, Jonah" and "Get away, Jonah". Ah, the beginning of a wonderful relationship! He definitely does better if we leave the house at some point in the day- I think he likes the change of scenery and people watching.
He still does not like being left in the nursery at church, but he did make it through one whole sermon by crying himself to sleep. He doesn't like being contained to his high chair for too long, and if I leave him to play on the floor while I'm getting dinner together, he fusses until I pick him up or walk around with him. He's definitely NOT Mr. Independent.
Fun things we did: We've had quite a few snow days in the last month, which Jonah doesn't seem too impressed by. We celebrated his Grandpa W's birthday with yummy Texas Roadhouse food, and he "watched" his first Superbowl (Seahawks vs. the Patriots). He celebrated his first Valentine's Day with pizza and a drive around Carroll County. There was a lots of time spent at Chick Fil A, and a few play dates sprinkled in there as well.
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