Baby Joey – 9 months old

How is my baby growing up so quickly???  It is almost time for his first Christmas already!

All throughout Joey’s 8 month we’ve been weaning him off of Nutramigen to see if the lactose intolerance has been outgrown.  Guess what.  This time the weaning was a success!!! We’ve even integrated dairy items into his solid foods including yogurt puffs, string cheese, and he even had a few tastes of panna cotta without any major disasters.  He does reflux a little with the dairy since he’s adjusting but nowhere near the reaction we previously got when attempting to switch back to a gentler milk based formula.  I call that a win!  We’re keeping him on the Zantac for at least another month to let the adjustment to lactose sink in and then we’ll start that weaning process.  I think my baby is going to do just fine 🙂

His school put on a Christmas play on the 17th that was adorable, all the little babies and toddlers with their instruments and singing.  So cute.

He’s holding himself up on objects, trying to stand up from a crawling position with the butt alllll the way up in the air.  He can pull himself up from sitting in the pack and play.  He’s cruising around chasing the cats but gets excited and falls after a few steps.  I just stick close so I can catch him…I want him to explore all for himself so he can learn.  I like watching him try to figure things out for himself.

STILL NO TEETH…hopefully his Christmas wish for 2 front teeth comes true…still have a few days left!

He’s eating big people food like a champ…gumming everything lol.  String cheese is by far his favorite.

I can’t wait until he gets to open his Christmas presents – lots of items to help him develop his standing and walking skills, fine motor skills, and a lot of cause and effect play.  This is going to be the best Christmas ever!

   

  

    
    
    
    
    
    
    

37 weeks in vs 37 weeks out – last picture 2 days before he was born

    
    
 

   
    
    
    
    
    
 

What my 9 month old really wants for Christmas…

I was inspired by an article I read on huffington post to showcase what my 9 month old son really wants for Christmas.  

You can view this article Here

I stuck to a very small and simple list of gifts for my 9 month old because he is truly entertained by everything except what is purchased specifically for him, especially items that don’t cost anything at all.

If Joey were to write a Christmas list to Santa of the top 10 items he wishes for it would include:

1. This pack of tissues he has been playing with for the past 3 weeks.  

   
 
2.  This glittery ornament.

 
3.  The back of the dining room chairs.  

 
4.  The only spec on the table.

 
5. These boxes 

  
6. The vent in the hall (and of course the edge of the carpet too…let’s call this a combo gift)

  
7. The cats food and water bowls

  
8. Whatever is under the table (usually nothing, sometimes a cat)

  
9. Any kitchen drawer

  
10. This big shiny drawer of coldness

   
 
Now I challenge you, if your infant or toddler could write a letter to Santa of the top 10 items s/he wishes for Christmas, what would it include? 

Merry Christmas xoxo

Baby Joey – 6 months!

On September 21st at 7:22pm, our little rainbow baby will be 6 months old. One half of a year old.  Where did the time go?  My little baby is a little man.  I just can’t believe it.

This passed month has been crazy.  The house we were under contract for fell through, the sellers decided to pull out of the deal which was devastating.  That same week we were a part of my best friend’s wedding (Joey’s godmother) and that same weekend we went up north to house hunt again and found a new house that we are settling on in, hopefully, 9 days!  This house is perfect and I can’t wait to watch Joe and our little man transform this house into our home by putting our little touches on it.

Joey has been a blessing, as always.  Still no teeth but I can’t imagine we are going to wait much longer since his gums are so hard and he’s just been chewing on everything and there’s non stop drool.  He’s also been pulling at his ears and rubbing his face a lot so I think we are on the verge.  I also think he’s going to sprout a couple at once just based on how hard his gums are and how white they are.

We are great with sitting, the back is no longer arched and he sits straight up, just have to work on balance as he is not yet an independent sitter and we have to keep an eye on him.  He can do sit ups if we hold his legs so the upper body is definitely gaining a ton of strength.

Standing is another story, still great at that.  I can actually hold just his hips now and he has great balance with his upper body.  He’ll stand holding a couch, too, he just ends up eating the couch lol.

Thursday we have a doctor’s appointment where we will get his height, weight, and more shots.  He’s so tall…I can’t wait to hear what percentile he is now.  He’s a tall bean pole.

We had a fever scare last week when he woke up around midnight with a 102 fever and a few days later I had the equivalent of a 105 fever.  The fever broke in under 2 days but no other major symptoms.  He had hives on his legs a few weeks ago but it went away quickly while I was covered head to toe in hives for 2 weeks and it didn’t go away until I had a high fever.  I am unsure if the two are related…

He has been saying “dada” for over a month now and he said “mama” twice now.  He won’t repeat it, though.  He is good with his b’s, too and has said “baba” but we don’t call his bottle that so I think it was purely accidental.  

We are on the verge of crawling.  He is able to inch when he wants to but he ends up getting super frustrated because he is not getting where he wants to go quick enough.  He is great at push ups and has been starting to pull his legs under his body and putting his butt in the air so I think crawling is definitely really close.  

The little dude is really impressive to us just crushing all of his milestones well ahead of time so we are definitely extremely proud of this guy.  We push him and he loves it.  We want to see him use his brain to its fullest potential and starting young is key.  Although I am desperate to push the pause button on life, I am so excited to watch him learn and grow.  I just love watching his face as he discovers something new.  It makes my heart swell.

Happy half birthday, my little man.  Daddy and I love you so much.  I can’t wait to begin our new life up north ❤️

   
    
 

My boy has godparents 

I haven’t had much time to post with the move at work and Joey needing so much attention because of his reflux but I wanted to share a couple pictures of his baptism.  I am in the bath on my phone so this is a little jumbled, I promise to pretty it up at some point when I can hop on the computer for personal use but I don’t know when that will be!!  A full time working accountant momager makes finding personal time pretty difficult!  Adding school in the mix in 3 weeks is only going to make it more strenuous but a mom’s gotta do what a mom’s gotta do to make big strides in making a better life for this little family!! 

Much love to my mother for taking pictures and not being in a single one. We will have plenty of celebrations for her to be in them though…she is a HUGE part of Joey’s life and counts down the minutes until she can see her little man again!!
   
     

Preparing for the get together afterwards was a little difficult because Joseph (hubby!) was sick but this mama got it alllll done in time!  All with the help of the k’tan!

  

Finally…here’s some pictures of the many faces of Joey and the last weekend we spent just hanging at his very first attendance at a birthday party!

   
                                        
I am trying my hardest to keep this updated!!  We have a follow up reflux appointment in 2 weeks so we are hoping things will improve with him (comfort wise) soon…until then they don’t want to increase his medication until the follow up.
Xoxo