Sunday, December 29, 2013

9 and 10 months!

Mr. Fynn turned 9 months old at the beginning of December and will be 10 months old on Friday this week! Between the holidays and the end of my first semester as a professor, there hasn't been any free time to blog. As I'm currently on my last day of my self-inflicted week long break, I figured I'd better catch everyone up before I start diving back in to class prep tomorrow.

Fynn is still army crawling, and occasionally regular crawling, all over the place. His doctor is actually happier that he's primarily army crawling as it helps to develop his core muscles more than the normal crawl. He's FAST. He's also climbing all over anything that is in his way (my legs, boxes, big toys) and crawling up everything he can (shelves, chairs, etc.). He was initially climbing onto the bottom step at home and while we were at our parents' places over Christmas he decided it was time to start crawling all the way upstairs (of course he had to do it on my parents' open stairs at the lake house - requiring that at least two people be with him - one behind and one on the side of the open staircase!). Now we're living with our ottoman blocking the bottom of our staircase (which is also open on the bottom half and therefore can't be blocked with a simple baby gate). His biggest thing lately is that he's pulling all the way up to a standing position, but he gets stuck there and hasn't figured out how to sit himself back down yet, so he starts hollering for help.

On the food front, he hadn't been into anything more than cereal and mashed fruits/veggies - we'd tried puffs a few times before, but he'd always get them into his mouth and then gag (not necessarily for real, he just didn't seem to like it in his mouth). On his 9 month birthday, we tried puffs again and he LOVED them. Now he can't get enough of them (he'd just eat puffs, if we let him), and he recently had the soft Gerber crunchies (think cheetos, but much more soft and small), which he also loves. He seems to enjoy bananas and sweet potatoes the best, along with the oatmeal cereal.

On the sleeping front, he's still getting up every few hours, nursing a bit, and usually going back down fairly easily. The doctor said we could try to let him cry it out in an attempt to change his routine, but every time we've tried that he just gets increasingly more upset (which I realize is the idea, but he's stubborn enough at this point and I'm exhausted enough that I'm giving in after 10-15 minutes of screaming). The sleeping thing leads into the teething thing. The top teeth that we were sure were coming in at the beginning of fall still have not arrived. The top 4 (and possibly the canines, so actually 6) are all visible under his swollen, red gums, so we have basically been dealing with intense teething for the entire fall. I think, no sincerely HOPE, that the main ones may finally be breaking through as of today. Finally. Last night was brutal, so I'm hoping that it was at least due to something useful.

Size wise, at his 9 month appointment, he was almost 30 inches long (95-98th percentile) and almost 21 lbs (75th percentile)! He's a monster.

Besides the teething and sleeping thing, he's still such an awesome baby. He's a little sweetheart, smiling and giggling all of the time. He's kind of saying "mama" now, which is exciting (I still haven't decided if it's actually real or not). He loves being tickled and doing "blast off" with daddy.

He loves playing with big sister Mia and is constantly into her stuff and trying to get into her bedroom. If I try to grab him on his way in, he starts giggling and crawling away faster. He went sledding for the first time yesterday and loved it. Such a sweetie.

9 month photos:
 He was not very excited about his fedora.


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