Mason turned 9 months old on August 13th, so it's weird to be updating his 9th month when in reality, we're going to have an 11 (ELEVEN!!) month old on our hands here in about a week and a half. Here's to hoping I can even remember what was going on during his 9th month... I'm terrible. Haha!
Our peanut is finally packing on the pounds! Since we've introduced "real food", Mason's weight is finally creeping up.
At his 9 month appointment, he weighed in at 17 pounds, 15 ounces! A healthy gain of alllmost 4 pounds since his 6 month appointment. And FINALLY hitting double digits for his weight percentile (18th percentile). So, he's packing on the pounds, but he didn't grow, length-wise, too much between his 6 and 9 month appointments. Only an inch difference over those 3 months. He was 26.5 inches at his 9 month appointment in August (2nd percentile). It's OK though, his doctor isn't concerned at all, as usual. He's happy and healthy!
And, of course, his noggin is still nice and big to fit all of his smarts! :) 18.31 inches (87th percentile) at his 9 month appointment.
At 9 months, Mason was wearing 6-9 month clothing. Lots of his 6 month onesies still fit him, but the 6 month pants are getting quite short!
He's still in size 3 diapers.
And Mason has 2 teeth - his bottom two! :)
Mason and I are still going strong with nursing. At this point, I'm extremely confident that we will make it to my goal of nursing him for a full year. At that point, I'll wean from pumping at work (hallelujah!!), but I'll continue to nurse him in the morning and the evening until he's ready to be done... within reason. Haha
Mason LOVES TO EAT!!!! His favorites at 9 months old are avocado, steamed veggies, Gerber puffs, and yogurt melts.
Mason is a pretty good sleeper. We've had some trying times with sleep, but we finally got to the point where it's the norm to get up only once during the night. I'll nurse him quick (for maybe like 5 minutes) and he's back to sleep.
It's pretty typical for him to go to bed between 7-7:30pm and get up once around 3am. During the work week, I get him up around 6am and on the weekends, he'll usually sleep in until 7:30ish.
He's a great napper at my mom's house during the week. It's common for him to sleep for 2+ hours, twice a day. He doesn't nap nearly as well at home for us. Wonder what Gramdma's doing to get him to sleep.. hmmm.... :)
-Food. A lot.
-Talking and giggling
-Being in the water. Bath time and swimming are big time favorites!
-Jumping in his jumper
-Throwing anything and everything and waiting for someone to pick it up and give it back to him... Then repeat. AKA "playing catch"
-Food being gone. He cries. Haha
-Green bean purees - the ONLY food we've found that he doesn't like
Again, a short list of "dislikes" - he's such a happy and content little babe!
We went on our first "vacation" as a family the weekend Mason turned 9 months old!
We went with Adam's family up to Grey Eagle, Minnesota for a little family vacation. Adam's mom and her boyfriend planned it for the whole family.
Unfortunately, shortly before our vacation is when EJ passed away due to a motorcycle accident, but as a family, we decided to still head up north to spend time with one another. It was really nice to be with everyone after such a devastating loss.
Mason did great on our vacation! We, of course, packed the pack n play and he did really well sleeping and had lots of fun hanging out with everyone - especially watching all of the kids run around and play.
|First family vacation|
|Kisses from Daddy!|
|"Hey, mom! Gimme those glasses!"|
|Found a cute boy in the mirror|
|First time swimming in the lake - he was unsure about it...|
|Ha! Super chill...|
|All smiles after swimming!|
|More kisses from dad!|
|Best buds! :)|
|"Napping" Hahahahah! This cracks me up!|
Mason has decided he's still not into crawling. He definitely doesn't mind being on his belly like he did when he was really little, but even on his belly - we haven't seen any forward motion. That's OK though, we're enjoying his immobility since we all know once he starts cruising, there will be no stopping him!
Mason did hit a MAJOR MAJOR milestone - HE SAID HIS FIRST WORD!!!!!!!
And it was the most sweetest sound I've ever heard: "MAMA"!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :D
He said it... and then my heart melted into a puddle. It was THE BEST! He technically said it at one day shy of 9 months old. :)
He followed it up with his second word just a few days later: "Dada!" It's the absolute best thing to hear him say mama and dada. He's also working on saying "bu-bye!" What a smart little dude we have! :)
He was getting so darn heavy in his infant seat that 9 times out of 10, if we went somewhere with him, we would just take him out of his car seat because it was getting too heavy to lug around, so we took the plunge and got him his convertible car seats. And oh my gosh - he looks like SUCH a big boy in his new seat(s)!
We got the Graco Extend2Fit for Adam's car and the Graco 4Ever for my car.
It was an adjustment to get used to having to put him in his seat in the car and get him all strapped in and secure, but after that initial adjustment, I LOVE the 4Ever. It's sturdy and he looks comfy in it! The Extend2Fit, on the other hand, has been kind of a pain. The straps are ridiculously hard to adjust! I love the look of the Extend2Fit.. but it's definitely not easy to tighten those straps! I'm grateful that Adam has that one in his car, because I would have given up on it by now.
In other news... I started a new job in mid-August! I'm still at General Mills, but just moved into a new role as the Learning & Development Coordinator for the finance function. Anyone who knows me is probably saying "Finance?!?" Yeah... I suck with numbers! Haha! Luckily, in this new role, I don't do anything with numbers, I support their L&D initiatives for the function. So far, I really, REALLY like it. It's an adjustment from where I came from, but I think the role suits me very well and I really like what I do, so that's awesome! Plus, it was a nice promotion. :)
I think that's just about everything from Mason's 9th month. We'll wrap this up with some cute random pictures taken of Mason at 9 months old....
|Hahahaha! Cry babies! :D lol|
|Ana and Mason|
|Snuggles with Auntie Katie|
|"They didn't even card me!"|
|Mason and Auntie Katie, two peas in a pod!|
|GG and Mason|
|Grandma and Mason|
|Auntie JJ and Mason|
|Going in for a kiss on the neighbor girl, Hailey! :)|
|Mason and Alli - we have the best neighbors!|
|All smiles with Hailey|
|Mason and Papa|
|Katie, Mason, and GG|
|Playing IN his toy box :)|
Being your mama is the best thing I've ever done. It's hard to remember what life was like before you joined us... and that's OK, because there's no way it was as good as this! THIS is what life is all about. Loving you.
It's crazy to me to see how big you've gotten. I look at old picture of you and simply cannot believe it! You've grown so much! You have such a sweet personality and the happiest demeanor. Daddy and I are SO lucky to have such a happy, sweet, cute little boy!
I love you so much, my darling. You're the best boy in the world for me!