Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Jude, Nine Months

Jude is 9 months old!

Halloween edition -- Jude the Dalek, an evil alien robot from Doctor Who!

In fact, it was a family costume kinda year. The Doctor, his companion: Amy Pond, the TARDIS, and a Dalek . . . 

Yes, we are nerdy.

Now on to the more important stuff . . . 

Alright, so official weigh-in at his 9-month appointment was 18.5 pounds, which means little bub is not keeping up with his growth curve. He dropped from the 50th percentile to the 30th. Womp womp. I blame his busy-ness (climbing and crawling and just never stopping), my progesterone shots dropping my supply a little, and his distractedness during eating. So the plan: we're going to monitor weight a little more closely the next few months and hopefully bulk him up with things like coconut milk, avocado, peanut butter . . . all the fatty foods. We shall see.

30 inches, which puts him in the 97th percentile for height. Wowsa!

^^The boys and their cousin, Rosie.

Sleeps keeps on getting better and better. *hearts for eyes*

Jude usually naps 2 times a day now. In general, morning nap is 2 hours long and afternoon nap is 1 hour. This means that the boys are on opposite nap schedules: Jude naps 10am-12pm, John Paul naps 1pm-3pm, Jude naps 3pm-4pm. Whew. So basically we just stay put in the house all day and the boys get awesome naps and life is good. I bet Jude will go down to one nap here in the next few months, and then they'll be back on the same schedule and we'll stop being hermits so much. In the meantime, I really can't complain. 

Overnight, Jude is sleeping like a champ. He goes down around 8pm or 8:30pm and sleeps through until 6:30am or 7:30am. It's wonnnnnderfulllll. He does have the occasional night waking, usually about once a week. But other than that, we're sleeping through the night again, baby. *happy momma dance*

Firsts this month
-Standing without holding on to anything for like 2 seconds.
-Waving! He perfected this skill early in the month, then forgot it and will only do it on occasion now.
-Cruising along furniture fast!
-Better aim when eating with a spoon.
-Picks up a cup with no lid and drinks from it (with much spillage, but he's so proud). 

Juji <3

Other things to note
-Things Jude likes to get into: all of them. All the things. But especially the dishwasher (see above), trash, shoes (he likes to lick the bottom of them . . . ?), any little speck he finds on the floor (this month he's tried to eat mud, a rock, and a fuzz ball, among other actual edible floor things), your face, your glasses, your hair. Anything is fair game.

-Current favorite foods are applesauce, oranges, and all the carbs. He's still trying to figure out the chewing and swallowing thing, but he's figuring out how to eat more solid foods each day. Slow and steady.

-He loves following John Paul around and doing whatever he's doing. For example . . .

-He loves to play with anything that he comes in contact with. Broom, dish towels, the window, vases, pillows, diapers, the clothes I just folded, the occasional toy. Jude is so interacty with his world right now and I love it. He can keep himself distracted and happy for an hour or more, so long as he's well slept and well fed and there are plenty of fun things around to get in to. Mama loves it.

-Jude is probably half fish. This kid LOVES water, but most especially bath time. Just last night, John said he was shivering through the bath, but still wanted to stay in and play foreverrrr. Obvi we didn't let the shivering continue and pulled him out, but he was miserable being taken away from his favorite playtime of the day. That's dedication, baby.

Happy 9 months, little dude. You're definitely the coolest. :)


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