oliver at 9 months

by Ally- Life as I know it, 8:22 PM



This picture makes me want to cry. He looks so grown up! I say it every single month but I really can't believe he's 9 months! They aren't joking when they say the first year is one big blur. This was a big month for Oliver. He started sitting up from lying down, scooting across the floor, pulling up, we had to lower his crib, then just recently started real crawling. It was like once he rolled over in his Magic Sleepsuit last month, he was ready to start moving, and he hasn't stopped since! He cut a tooth on top this month so now he has a total of 3. He was pretty fussy before the tooth popped through and would wake up early. But once that tooth came in and he got over his 6th Wonder Week, he's been very happy!


Clothes
He wears 6-12, 9 months, and can still kind of squeeze in his 6-9 month clothes. His pj's are 9 months and they still fit but I can tell the toes are getting tight! He's in size 4 diapers.


Eating
He drinks 4 bottles a day with 6-8 oz of formula, Baby's Only. His bottle intake his started to decrease and sometimes he leaves a few ounces but other days he sucks it all down. He eats purees 3 times a day. I still make the basic baby food like sweet potatoes, apples, mangoes, and butternut squash for him in the Baby Brezza. I also started feeding him jarred baby food so he can have more of a variety. I've been buying Beech-Nut Organic. I want to start giving him meat with his meals but not really sure how to begin, any tips?


Schedule
He wakes up anywhere between 6-7 am. He gets a bottle right after he wakes up then eats breakfast around 8 am. I follow the 2-3-4 nap schedule so he goes down for his first nap two hours after he woke up, sleeps 1.5 hours. He gets his second bottle around 11 am then lunch between 1130-12 pm. He goes down for his second nap three hours after he woke up from his first nap, he usually sleeps 1.5-2 hours. Third bottle around 3 pm. His gets dinner around 430-5 pm. Depending on what time he woke up from his second nap, I try to put him down for bed 4 hours after he woke up. Sometimes that means he needs to be in bed at 630 pm. So I start his bedtime routine (bath, bottle, book) 30-45 minutes before I want him to go to sleep. I like the 2-3-4 nap schedule for Oliver because it makes sure he's been awake long enough, but not too long, for him to be tired and take a long nap. And since he isn't always consistent with his nap lengths and wake up times, it works for us.



Sleep
Still sleeping great at night. Whenever people ask how he sleeps at night and I tell them "awesome!" they say "oh you're so lucky", I always mention how we got no sleep the first 6 months of his life! So we greatly appreciate these 11-12 hours of uninterrupted sleep at night! And honestly I finally feel like everything is back to normal in my life since having Oliver, well except that we have a baby now! And it's because we're all getting sleep! 


Likes
CUPS! This kid is obsessed with cups. If you're drinking something he'll reach his hands out and whine for you to give him whatever you're drinking. Then we give him a sip, and he spills it all down his clothes! Now when we go to restaurants we ask for a plastic cup to keep him busy, for like 2 seconds till he drops it on the ground, but it does keep him somewhat occupied! He has the Munchkin Miracle 360 Trainer Cup that he loves to drink from when he's eating meals. I usually just put a little bit of water in it, not that much actually gets in his mouth anyways, but I've also started adding a tiny bit of apple juice to the water and of course he loves it. 


Dislikes
Hats, sunglasses, when he fell off the bed, teething, when we don't give him what we're drinking. His likes and dislikes change so often though. Last month he hated getting out of the bath, and he now he gets so excited and laughs and screams! 



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  1. He is so precious Ally!! Before you know it he is going to be running around with R! I'm no help with how to start feeding him meat, I think we waited until R had more teeth and then only gave him slow cooked chicken so it was really tender.

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  2. We have a 4.5 month old, and she is going through a horrible sleep regression. She goes to sleep fine, but then wakes sometimes 2-3 times a night. And sometimes she's up every 1-2 hours. Just wondering what you did to get your son to start sleeping through the night? Did you let him cry it out? And how did you get him to start falling asleep on his own? We have the magic sleep suit, but it doesn't seem to make a difference in her sleeping.

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    1. You're a no reply blogger so email me (allysonaharding@gmail.com) and we'll talk!!

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  3. Mine is 6 months and doesn't sleep yet, so hopefully I'll be following your success soon-and I will DEFINITELY appreciate it! You don't know how wonderful sleep is until it's gone!

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