Happy first Easter! You have gotten some very nice Easter presents, including a race car that works just like your monster truck. You have played with it almost non-stop this weekend, wheeling it around the floor.
I absolutely cannot believe that you are already 9 months old. You have spent just as much time out in the world as you did inside my womb. I astounds me day after day at how much you grow and learn–it truly is a miracle and fills my heart with everlasting pride and joy that you are my son. And, Daddy and I cannot even begin to fathom that 3 months from now, you will be ONE! It seems like just a few weeks ago we brought you home for the first time!
Weight: 17.8 lbs , 19th percentile (8 months: 17.2 lbs, 18th percentile)
Height: 28 inches, 36th percentile (Between 27.5-28 inches…too squirmy, 38-48th percentile)
Nicknames: Bucky, Rhysie, Buddy, Rhysie Piece
Eating and Teething
You are drinking less and less bottles. It worries Momma a little. Your fontanel isn’t sinking, however, you aren’t getting the recommended amount of formula. You have 4 bottles of anywhere between 3-5 ounces. Once in a blue moon, you’ll finish a full 6 ounce bottle. But, you love other food–baby food and especially grown-up food. Whenever Momma and Daddy bring a snack or dinner to the couch, you immediately crawl over, pull up, and demand bites. You are also starting to try to use your forefinger and thumb to pick food up, but you don’t quite have the hang of it yet.
Food you’ve tried: …..holy cow… so many. So, I’ll just put the big, important ones
– Pho broth
– curry (you didn’t really like it)
– rice with soy sauce
– chips and salsa (you love licking the salsa off before gnawing on the tortilla chip)
– cheese (cheddar, swiss, gouda, harvati)
– Krafts Mac & Cheese (you really liked that)
– Texas Roadhouse BBQ Chicken
We always swear that you are teething. This past week, you’ve had no fever, but you’ve had a runny nose, your chin and cheeks are reddish, and you don’t want us going anywhere near your gums. Hopefully, that means you’ll get your first teeth soon. We are praying for it!
Daytime: You seem to be waking up at 6:30 AM on the dot! Momma gives thanks whenever you wake up later than that. take two solid naps, one at around 9:30 and the other at around 1:30 and these last for about an hour. However, the past two weeks, you haven’t napped longer than an hour and you typically only sleep for 30-40 minutes. Because of that, sometimes, we’ve had to let you have a short cat nap in the late afternoon so you can make it until bed time.
Nighttime: You are consistently sleeping through the night. We rock you to sleep with a bottle and you are in your crib around 7:30-8:00. You sleep solidly until 6:30 the next morning. When we are heading to bed, we make sure to check on you and we love seeing your silly positions that you sleep in.
Relationships and Socializing
You recognize all four grandparents and are very loving. When you hang out with Grandma and Grandpa, you love cuddling with the and giving lots of kisses. When you Facetime with Grams and Poppa, you smile for them and give them kisses through the iPhone. You are such a flirt–any girl you see, no matter what age (but especially toddler girls), you smile, wave, and start flirting with. You have started “waving”. You’ll reach your hand out towards someone, smile, and say “hi”. Yes, you can say “hi” and mean it. But, you’ve also gotten separation anxiety, even when you are with your Daddy, if Momma leaves, you start to get nervous.
Milestones hit at 8 months:
– cruising along furniture, climbing up stairs
– purposefully make toys move or shake or make noise
Talking and Commands:
You talk almost nonstop, a mix of “lala”, “mama”, “dada”, “blah blah”, “aaah”, and raspberries. You’ve also realized how to smack your lips and make kissing noises.
You are starting to understand, “Come here”, “Bye bye”, “Look what Momma has”, and “No” and “Let go.” However, the amount you actually follow those commands isn’t at a high percentile.
You can cruise along furniture and even walls like a pro! You can hold onto a string or fabric with one and lean out, balancing on both feet. Sometimes, you’ll be able to balance all by yourself for a few seconds. We believe you have the ability to stand on your own, you just don’t think you can. You absolutely love walking up and down the hall with your walker, and we’ve even taken it outside with you. You have started to get back down on your stomach and lower your head to look through lower holes and areas. You’ve tried to climb into the tub a few times and have actually lifted your leg over your car play area, but lost balance and fell the rest of the way.
Playing and Problem Solving:
You understand how the stacking rings work, but you can’t quite get the ring from your hand onto the pole just yet. You kind of just toss it over to the pole. You can put toys in the bathtub with promptings from Momma and Daddy. You will try to find a loophole to disobey with your toys–you aren’t allowed to touch the fireplace, so you drive your cars on it….you aren’t allowed in the corner with the side table , laptop, and TV tray, so you throw or push a toy over there to “go get it”
Sometimes, Momma will hold you and give you choices for what to wear. You love choosing and grabbing that item of clothing. Momma will then prompt you to put it on the floor, and you’ll drop it. You have even figured out how to use the shower curtain (and are starting to use a blanket) to play peek-a-boo.
You definitely are turning into a curious trouble maker. You play with the toilet paper, try to reach into the toilet, open all the cupboards and drawers and start taking things out, climb onto the dishwasher, try to climb into the fridge, and have fallen off Momma and Daddy’s bed for a second time. We have to be very careful, especially with anything that has a door. We have to be stealthy and quick, because as soon as you see a cupboard open, you drop anything you have in your hands, and rush to crawl as quick as you can.
– cars that roll
– eating Momma and Daddy’s food
– being outside, going on walks
– playing chase (you will even “tackle” Momma now)
– watching Curious George, Team Umizoomi, Word Girl, Paw Patrol, and Family Feud (it’s also the only way we can get you distracted and calm enough to drink your bottle!)
– exploring the house
– wiping your nose
– staying still
– drinking your bottle
Rhys, you are an astounding boy. You are more than we could’ve hoped for. And, although Momma sometimes gets worried and frustrated about you not drinking your bottle enough or your short naps, she is still so very proud of you. You are a good, good, brave, smart, kind, happy boy. Momma cannot put into words how much you mean to me and Daddy. I cry just even thinking about the depth to which we love you.
Momma and Daddy