Our littlest man turned nine-months-old on the 18th of this month! We can't get enough of this wonderful, giggly, fun stage...
Height: 29 inches (76th percentile)
Weight: 18 lbs. (21st percentile)
Hair: Sporting more of a comb-over look now, opposed to his customary Mohawk.
Diapers: Huggies Little Movers Size 3
Clothes: Size 12 months
Health: Being hit hard by the teething monster! We are now sporting four teeth! The top two have officially come in as of Parker’s nine month birthday!
Sleep: Parker, on a normal night, is still a great sleeper! He typically goes down around 7:30pm and wakes up between 7:00am and 7:30am. However, we’ve had a number of atypical nights this month thanks to the teething monster. Our sweet little guy has been a fuss bug at times, getting up several times a night (and only being calmed by nursing). Parker continues to take a morning nap each day (one to two hours), one afternoon nap (one to two hours) and occasionally a pre-dinner catnap (twenty-ish minutes).
Diet: I’m still making all of Parker’s food and couldn’t be happier about it! Little man does breakfast, lunch, and dinner now. We do dinner as a family (with Parker in his high chair at the table), mostly with daddy feeding Parker and eating bites of dinner in between. Parker is also sometimes content playing with a toy or sampling finger foods while mommy and daddy eat. I just love this time our family of three has all together! New foods this month were: acorn squash, asparagus, broccoli, bread, turkey, brown rice cereal, yogurt (organic plain whole milk), kiwi, fish (Alaskan cod), Yukon gold potatoes, lentils, watermelon and cheese (organic mild cheddar). We have also ventured into the world of herbs and spices! Parker has sampled cinnamon, cumin, dill, sage, and ginger. Yogurt was a big, big hit and he especially loves when I cook and puree apples with cinnamon! Parker is eating more finger foods now! Cubes of potato are easy for him to pick up, and he’s also munched on broccoli, banana, watermelon, and kiwi this way.
Likes: Music and singing (favorite songs include The ABC’s, A You’re Adorable and I Love You), ceiling fans, lights, running water, books (Little Blue Truck and Goodnight Moon are most loved), drinking water from straws (especially from mommy or daddy’s cups), riding on daddy’s shoulders, watching the aquarium in the den, knocking down blocks, and “walking” while someone guides him by holding onto his hands. Parker is also quite the observer. He likes to just take everything in. If we go out to eat and put him in a highchair, he spends a good portion of time just looking around at the ceiling, windows, other tables, etc.
Social: Parker scrunches up his face when he likes something; we totally melt when we see him do it.
Milestones: Parker can now “play ball” (roll the ball back and forth with an adult) and turn pages in his board books on cue! We’ll read a page and then tell Parker that it’s time to turn the page and he’ll do it! Parker’s fine motor skills are becoming more and more precise. Earlier in the month, I would catch him watching his hand intently as he touched his pointer finger to his thumb, over and over (practicing! Go, Parker!). Now, he’ll carefully use his pointer finger to touch things. He especially loves moving buttons on shirts, and flicking the straw on his drinking cup. Max thinks it’s especially amazing to watch him because it’s so clear what little man is thinking, and evident that he’s concentrating really hard and being very precise and specific. They even have their own little game: Parker will flick his straw and Max will say “boing” as it springs back, and Parker just laughs and laughs!
You celebrated your first Thanksgiving here in Scottsdale! You tried your Grammy’s Sweet Potato Casserole and loved it, especially the melted marshmallow topping! Christmastime with you has been so much fun! From picking out our family tree, to meeting Santa, to watching your face scrunch with delight when you look at the twinkly lights, you have made the holiday season magical for us. We love making you giggle, watching you sleep, playing with you on the rug, going for walks, and feeding you new things! Daddy and I talk all the time about how you couldn’t be a sweeter! You have a mellow and calm personality, but can also get giddy with excitement (which is tons of fun for us)! We say over and over again that you are such a good baby! We love you so much, little man!
Love, Mom and Dad