Brantley Carter: 9 Months Old

Today marks your big 9-month birthday, which means you've officially been on the outside world for as long as you were on the inside!  Likewise, yesterday was your 39-week birthday.  I just can't believe we've come this far!

I say it every month; you get just keep getting more and more fun!  You are growing from a baby to a little boy before our eyes and it's incredible to watch.  You are so very happy most of the time.  We've been lucky enough to hear a few of your belly laughs (easily the cutest thing in the world) over the course of this month, but the giggles are still few and far between.  Such a serious boy, you are.  You love exploring and I swear, I can see your brain just soaking up information by the minute.  You became quite the mama's boy over Spring Break, but you love your Daddy, too.  And Kinnick.  He doesn't like you quite as much, but hopefully that changes with time.  You really don't have much stranger danger...and I can't decide if that's good or bad!  I hope that means you're going to grow into an outgoing young man!

9-Month Update

Size - Not exactly sure.  Around 20 pounds according to our bathroom scale.

Update: At your 9-month appointment on April 11, you were 20 pounds 6 ounces (47th percentile), 28.0 inches long (39th percentile), and had a head circumference of 45.0 cm (40th percentile).  The nurse practitioner told us that typically babies lose percentile ranking between six and nine months, but not you!  

Words - Though you've technically said the word 'mama', we haven't heard it in awhile.  Probably since closer to your 8-month birthday.  No new words this month (just lots of babbling and baby talk), but you do know what both 'doggy' and 'fan' mean.  When we ask you where the fan is, you always look up at it!  Same with the word 'doggy'! 

Activity - You are still very good at playing independently.  You crawl around from toy to toy and non-toy to non-toy, getting into everything you possibly can.  You are still standing with the help of objects and have taken a few steps with the help of a your walker toys.  Speaking of, just yesterday you climbed on to your motorcycle all by yourself!  These days, you are speed crawler and often get into things you shouldn't (dirt in plant, dog bowl, dishwasher) before Mommy and Daddy can catch you.  Still clapping a lot.  We've tried teaching you to wave, but it just hasn't happened yet.  You feed yourself your snacks and independently drink your bottles.

Food - We're down to 3 bottles per day (8oz or less each) - one when you wake up, one around lunchtime, and the final right before bed.  You're eating solids 3 times per day - breakfast, lunch, and dinner - just like a big kid!  Your solids now include: avocado, sweet potatoes, butternut squash, peas, pears, apples, prunes, bananas, mango, broccoli, green beans, peaches, blueberries, asparagus, chicken, turkey, ham, and beef.  You still eat a bowl of oatmeal and/or rice with each meal, as well.  Your favorite snacks include baby puffs, cheerios, baby mum mums, yogurt bites, and Gerber baby cookies. 

Sleep - Around 10 hours per night plus two naps ranging from 30 minutes to 2 hours (in your crib) per day.  Your evenings sometimes consist of a third nap - a short 20-30 minute power nap.

Bedtime/Waketime - Bedtime is anywhere between 7:30 and 9, after your last bottle.  Wake time is still between 6:00 and 7:00, typically.  7:30 on a good day.

Hair - Very blond

Eyes - Blue

Teeth - Same bottom two plus two half teeth on top!  You've been extra fussy over the past few weeks and we're chalking it up to your two front top teeth that are pushing through.  It looks very painful.  Your gums are white and swollen and we've given you Tylenol more than a couple of times.  Just this morning, I noticed that one tooth is about 10% through. 

Likes - Eating, Kinnick, and bathtime are your favorites!  You also enjoy taking all of your diapers out of the diaper caddy, ceiling fans, Kinnick's dog bowl, the dog bowl placemat, books, toys that light up, toys that play music, climbing through the coffee table, most things in the kitchen, being told how much of a big boy you are, Mommy, Daddy, bottles, eating, and exploring the world around you.

Dislikes - Waking up from naps, being hungry, being tired.

Wardrobe - Mostly 6-9 months.  Size 2 shoes.

Diapers - Size 3

Mommy's Fave - I'm not sure there's anything better than your sweet little giggles.

1 comment:

  1. loving that first expression on his face!! Matthew took a step today, so cute!! I love seeing what this little one is up too, matthew is a month behind!!