Tuesday, January 27, 2009

9.5 months

Our little baby bug is adorable. He loves crawling, he loves pulling up to a stand on everything he can reach, he loves throwing his toys, he loves chasing balls, he loves chewing on his toothbrush and pacifiers and everything else. He still has four teeth, but I suspect the fifth one is pretty close now to coming in. He increasingly likes to have someone playing with him, even if they're just sitting on the floor watching him crawl around. He gets jealous of the attention we pay to our computers, or to my crochet projects, and is very good at vying for our attention, usually by crawling over and pulling himself up to a stand by holding onto our pantlegs, and then staring at us and making noises until we pick him up. He's quite vocal now, and likes to talk while he's playing. We're trying to teach him some sign language, and I think he's started signing food occasionally. He definitely recognizes that sign, and the sign for more, and the one for finished. He plays with his crib toys every morning before I get him.

He's quite happy usually, except for around 4pm to bedtime when he gets kind of tired and a little cranky and needs extra love and attention, which is hard to give to him then because I'm usually trying to fix dinner or finish up things before Dusey gets home. He really likes playing with his Daddy, but Mommy is still his favorite when he's sad or tired. He loves bread, and loves eating while we're eating, and is quite adventurous with trying new flavors and textures, though he still doesn't like green vegetables very much. Potato Bug still wakes up in the middle of the night sometimes, and despite the pediatrician's advice, I still get up and nurse him back to sleep every time he does. She said he doesn't need to eat in the middle of the night, but she also said he's in the fifth percentile for weight and 75th for height, so I don't really mind giving him a little extra nourishment in the middle of the night. He's been doing better lately about sleeping until at least 5:30 in the morning before he wakes up, wants to eat, play a little bit, and then go back to sleep, but that going back to sleep bit always messes up his later usual morning naptime.

He loves watching older kids, and is pretty resilient when he accidentally gets sat on or stepped on or toys get grabbed away from him when he plays with them. Then again, he's pretty good at clawing other kids faces when he feels like it. We're working on teaching him to be gentle when playing with others, and that people are not the same as toys and you can't just grab them and try to chew them. He really likes his toy that shoots balls out with music, and also loves knocking down small block towers that I build for him. We discovered yesterday that he really likes the park, particularly the spinny pirate wheel. He's still a bit unsure about both slides and grass.

He's started regularly imitating the noises I make, laughing when I laugh, growling when I growl at him, and blowing raspberries is one of his favorites. He really enjoys it when we make weird noises or sound effects for him, and he tries hard to make them back. He laughs every time I yawn.

He likes trying to climb over things, which results in a regularly bonked head when he loses his balance and slides to the floor unexpectedly fast. He doesn't like going to sleep, and still cries almost every time I put him down in his crib until he finally falls asleep. He's started to understand when I tell him not to play with certain things, and will often leave them alone for awhile after I tell him no, although sometimes he just grins mischeviously at me and crawls over to it as fast as he can and starts to play with it anyway. He likes trying to dance to music sometimes, and will bob his head around, nodding and bouncing and looking at me to see if I like his cool moves.

Picture to be added later.


Th. said...


He's been out as long as he's been in. That's as good a definition of adulthood as I've ever heard.

Scribbit said...

I bet he's just cute as anything!