This was the month of Trace pulling up and standing everywhere, and Charles and I gasping each time he stood hoping he wouldn’t fall. He had some falls and tears, but overall he is enjoying the freedom to move so much. He is becoming more brave and curious. Brave in the aspect of letting go when he stands not quite yet understanding balance. Curious in the aspect of finding any cabinet or door to move, open, shut, or play with. Earlier this month he loved closet doors. Then, he found bathroom cabinets. Last week he found the cabinet door to Charles’ computer desk. His favorite thing to do is open and shut a door, and then he will eventually move to pulling items out. It is so cute!
We also had Trace’s first haircut this month, and I definitely was not ready for that one! He handled his first haircut like a champ. No tears. No wiggles. Nothing. He sat in the firetruck seat, played with the steering wheel, and easily let the hairstylist trim his hair. I, other on the hand, just kept looking back at Charles and holding back tears as they trimmed his little baby locks. He looked so grown up afterwards, but I am thankful to say his hair has grown out again. He is back to having that cute little baby face!
Here are my favorite memories from this month!
- We had his 9-month check up on Thursday. He is now weighing 21 pounds and measuring 28 inches. Our little man is growing! He has a long upper body. This month I packed most of his 6-12 month clothes away and started using his 12-18 month outfits.
- He experienced his first swing and slide at the playground and LOVED it! As soon as the weather cools off, we will be at the playground more.
- Getting his first haircut! I wasn’t ready for this milestone at all. It made me so sad to schedule a haircut for him, but Trace’s hair was almost to the top of his lip. So, it was time. We went in on a Sunday, sat Trace in little red fire truck seat, and trimmed his hair. He was calm throughout the entire process and barely noticed his hair getting cut as he played in the fire truck. No tears at all. Me, on the other hand, I held back my tears. I was so sad to his little baby locks get cut. He looked… so grown up afterwards. I saved a few strands for his baby book.
- His second bottom tooth appeared this month, and he handled it like a champ. He looks even cuter now when he smiles!
- He HATES any food that is not pureed. We tried introducing him to bananas, strawberries, pineapples, carrots, green beans, peas, rice, mashed potatoes, baby puffs, teething crackers. He dislikes the texture of all of them. If it is not a pureed food, he has to feed himself (he hates when either of us try to feed him with a spoon or our hands). When he puts a food that is not pureed in his month, he makes the saddest face and spits it out. Our goal next month is to continue introducing more foods and hope he grows to like textures.
- It looks like Trace outgrew his dairy intolerance, but still has issues digesting large amounts of soy. At the beginning of this month, I introduced the frozen breastmilk we had stored in our freezer that had dairy in it. He was able to drink 1-2 bottles a day for two weeks and had no issues. Next, he tried yogurt and again had no issues. We are going to try a formula that has the milk protein in it to see if he can digest it next.
- We dropped a nap from his routine this month, and he is now napping twice a day. It is mostly one hour naps, but every once in a while the second nap of the day is over an hour…. Those are great days!
- Celebrating Abu’s 70th birthday with a family dinner and Michael’s 9th birthday at the D-Day Museum in New Orleans this month!
- He loves Baby Shark! On some mornings after he wakes up, I change his diaper and get his bottle ready. Then he lays on the living room floor with his stuffed puppy, drinks his bottle, and watches an episode of Baby Shark. After that, he is ready to play!
- I love the way he crawls. It is a mixture between an army crawl and a regular crawl.
- His favorite toys are a white baby rattle, a wooden kitchen spoon, and the belt to my robe. Those items with keep him entertained.