So, Mason is 9 months. Next Sunday, he will officially be an outside baby longer than he was an inside baby. That seems crazy to me, too. I sent my dad a picture text of Mason wearing some overalls this weekend and he said that Mason looked like a little boy and I cried a little because he was right. He still looks like a baby, but I am starting to see more glimpses of the little boy he will become and it is so bittersweet.
This month's milestones:
*He is down to 25 ounces of milk a day and even that is a challenge to get in him somedays. He is much more interested in playing than drinking.
*He is Mr. Independent about his bottle and really wants to hold it himself.
*He's up to about 5-6 tbsp of solid food per meal and still wants more sometimes. The boy loves to eat (he gets that honest!). He also prefers to feed himself and has a 50% success rate of actually getting the food in his mouth.
*He is trying his hardest to pull up to standing from sitting and just laughs and grins when you help him stand up. Proceeded by a tantrum when you sit him back down.
*His main method of transportation still seems to be the crazy worm/lurching motion. He can get up on all 4s but he is still not sure about what to do next so he just lurches out of it. But, he has gotten super fast with it and even more sneaky about moving quietly so I really have to keep an eye on him.
*He can get from the sitting position to his belly pretty gracefully now. He is close to getting up from his belly to sitting, but he'd rather be on his belly so he can move when he chooses.
*He can army crawl over obstacles to get where he wants to go
*He started clapping and loves when you cheer for him
*His curiosity has really started showing and he loves to explore, feel, and put everything in his mouth he can
*Both upper lateral incisors are on the verge of breaking the skin causing buckets of drool and snot to be ever present on his face. The central incisors are showing no signs of joining the party anytime soon so he could have some funny teeth patterns for a while.
*First visit to the pumpkin patch
He went to the doctor for his check-up this week and I tried to keep an open mind. I knew he's grown a lot since his visit, I just hoped his growth was still on target. After a minor diaper incident where I forgot to bring an extra diaper (looking like an A+ mom) we put him on the scale and found out he weighs 17 lbs, 6 oz, which put him in the 15th percentile. He is 27.25" long (25th) and his head is 43.5 cm (25th). So, he is just going to be short and skinny, poor kid. Dr. Honeycutt said he looks perfectly healthy, other than the faucet his nose has become, and to keep doing what we were doing. He did have to get his flu shot (part 1) this time but a big snuggle afterwards made it all better.