9.5 Months

Hi there!  I’m baaaa-aaack!  And, you will never believe it (I sure can’t)… Ashton is 9.5 months old.  He’s been out in this world as long as he was in my belly.  I feel like the time goes so fast now, but it seemed like a snail’s pace when I was pregnant.  I know everyone says that, but it is so true.  So, I am trying to enjoy each day since it seems like the next day everything changes.IMG_4395

Right now, Ashton is moving constantly.  And he’s FAST!  He did the “army” crawl for a long time but now he is up on his hands and knees.  This mobility and exploring gets him in a pickle sometimes:IMG_4412  He sits up by himself, and pulls up on anything so he can stand.  He loves standing.  I had to lower the crib mattress a month or so ago because one day he just all of a sudden figured out how to pull himself up. IMG_4336

At his 9 month appointment, he weighed in at almost 23 pounds and almost 32 inches long.  He’s BIG!  He’s wearing size 18 month in all of his clothes.  He’s had two bottom teeth for a while now, but the top two are just starting to poke through.  He is eating a mix of formula and baby food, but is getting less interested in formula.  I have been giving him the “level 3” food, which is chunkier baby food.  He is just starting to figure out the chewing motion, so I am going to start giving him more table food.  He will eat pretty much any food I give him right now, other than the plain rice cereal.  I have to mix that with other food if I want him to eat any of it.

Sleep is still fantastic.  He goes to bed by 7:30 every evening and wakes around 7:30am.  He will typically play in his crib for a half hour before I bring him downstairs.  He takes two naps during the day.  Usually a longer one in the morning.  Luckily, his teething has not disrupted his sleep.  That is good for both of us! 😉

Just this week he started saying “mamamamama.”  He doesn’t associate it with me, but it’s still really cute.  This morning he was saying it in his crib when he woke up.  He’s pretty proud of himself. 🙂

Other odds and ends:  His hair is growing fast and getting lighter.  I think it will get really blonde this summer.  He loves the swings at the park and I stop there on the way home from walking to let him have some fun.  He loves elmo’s voice on Sesame Street, Thomas the Train and Jeopardy.  Yes, we watch Jeopardy every evening right before he goes to bed and he’s enthralled with it. Haha!  Possibly the next Ken Jennings?

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