Sunday, February 19, 2017

Lucas William {Nine Months}

Dear Lucas,

How is it that I am writing another one of these monthly updates?! Didn't I just write one like 2 weeks ago?! The past month has flown by and now you are 3/4 of a year old! HOW?!?! It seems like the more I want time to slow down, the faster it goes!

Height: 27.72 inches (23 percentile)
Weight: 19 pounds, 12 ounces (52 percentile)
Head circumference: 44 centimeters

Clothes: Well, we finally got some 12 month white onesies. 😊 You are still fitting in 9 month pajamas and pants, but the majority of your clothes are now pretty much size 12 months. A few 6 month longalls still fit (thanks, Shrimp and Grits for running HUGE), but other than that, it's all 9-12 month clothes over here. Still in size 3 diapers. 

Nicknames: Lou-Lou/Lulu, Lou-Ba-Lou, Baby brother, LUUUUU-cus, Joy Boy, Hiiiiiiii guy/little guy, crazy crazy, crawly crawler...Ella still calls you "Baby Woo-cus," although the W is slowly starting to sound more like an L. 

Milestones: You are officially crawling as of a few days ago! You had absolutely NO interest in army crawling and skipped that altogether. You would get up on all fours and rock back and forth for the longest'd get really frustrated and even move backwards (how many times did you get stuck under a bed or couch this month?!). But then, you figured out how to move your hands and legs, and now you are on the move! You are so proud of yourself, too; it's like you were the first person to ever crawl. πŸ˜‰ You still enjoy a little rolling now and then to get to something, though! Basically, you are all over the place, all the time. (Please note the mark under your's like you get a new boo-boo every day from one adventure or another!) You enjoy pulling yourself out of that chair, too. Keeps me on my toes! You've also mastered going from a crawling/laying position to sitting up, and you've started attempting to pull up on things. We had to lower the crib a few weeks ago because you were about to pull yourself out of it! You really want to stand up. You try SO hard to stand from a crawling position. You have the ab muscles of a body builder, I swear. You can hold a plank like nobody's business and get yourself in a push-up position constantly. You can sometimes wave, but it's more like your entire arm is just swaying in the breeze, so I'm not sure if I should count it yet? You are super close to clapping your hands, and you love when we clap your hands for you! You haven't said any words yet, but when ask you to say "Ella," you say, "Ehhhhh." I think maybe her name will be your first word?!

Sleep: This is a big one this month! We finally broke down and called a sleep consultant when you decided you no longer wanted to go back to sleep, even when we put you in our bed in the middle of the night. She prescribed a 6:00 PM bedtime for you, and it has worked wonders! We have also been a lot stricter with your morning nap. I try to put you down 2 hours after you wake up for the day (so, between 8 and 9 AM, instead of between 9:30 and 10:30 like I used to) and you will sleep for about 2 hours! You nap in the afternoons from about 1:30 until 4...but I occasionally have to wake you up around 4:30 or 5! So, with this new regimen, you have slept a few nights for 11 or 12 hours straight! We still have a few night wakings, but most of the time you go right back to sleep after fussing for 10-20 minutes. I hate crying it out, but I can handle it for less than half an hour! 

Best Moment: When you slept all the way through the night without waking up!!! I swear I heard angels singing the next morning!!!

Worst Moment: You had some major diaper explosions going on last week and it made quite a mess and a lot of laundry. And, anytime you are getting tired and get really fussy.

Likes: Your hands and feet, putting all. of. the. things. in your mouth (especially shoes), being on your tummy, the Baby Shark song, playing Peek-a-boo, when we clap your hands for you, when we wave to you, your sister (you light up when she is around; she actually stood behind me and got you to smile for all of these pictures), jumping in your jumperoo, bath time, eating.

Dislikes: Being tired, cold or hungry. If you're fussy, its guaranteed one of those 3 things.

Health: Just a little runny nose from time to time, and then whatever was going on with your massive poop explosions...not sure if it was something you ate, or you had a little bug or what...but it cleared up within 24 hours with no other symptoms, so I'm not too worried.

Eating: You could eat all day long! We are still feeding you fruit and veggie purees, but I've also given you some non-pureed stuff like black beans. Your new favorite thing this month: PUFFS. You freaking love the puffs, just like your sister! And you do really well with getting them in your mouth! You still are nursing 5 times a day, but the time you are on the boob is getting shorter and shorter. You get really distracted and/or start biting me! We haven't tried any more bottles...I am throwing in the towel on that one. 

Lucas, you are such a fun guy!!! You are such a boy and constantly on the move. You have to be where the action is! You love to smile at random people in stores and it makes their day! Everyone comments on how cute you are and your big, bright smile! You are such a blessing to us (especially now that you are sleeping a little better πŸ˜‰) and we couldn't imagine life without you! 

{And, just for fun...Ella at 9 months}

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