Wow, time is continuing to simply fly by. I can’t believe we are already cruising into the new year and I’m totally NOT READY for 2017 and all the adventure that the universe has in store for us. Reagan officially turned 10 months old on January 2nd and is the cutest little chunk on this side of the Cascades. In November she turned 9 months old and we filled the month with lots of fun, food, family, and a very THANKFUL Mommy! We celebrated Reagan’s first Thanksgiving with a small get-together at our house. Amidst all the confusion and chaos we managed to squeeze in a few family walks, lots of snuggles from grandparents, and I got to dress Reagan up in her first holiday outfit.
December was very jolly and brought with it all the traditional hustle and bustle of the holidays. I literally can’t remember most of the month due to shopping, wrapping, and baking with the exception of Reagan’s first Christmas Eve and morning. Those images and feelings will forever be imprinted in my brain and heart. Holidays with kids are infinitely more exciting. It was fun and festive and now Mommy has about 5lbs. to lose in the new year. We are so grateful for this little family of ours and are just so excited for everything the universe has in store for us as we welcome 2017.
Here is our sweet little sugar plum at 9 and 10 months old…
PEDIATRICIAN CHECK-UP & GROWTH: Reagan is officially 10 months old and will go in for her check-up later this month. We have the dreaded shots which are never fun. She is so smart and I think she is going to understand that we are poking her and making her hurt. This breaks my heart but its good for her to get vaccinated. Just our opinion as parents, to each their own when making decisions for their children. She feels so heavy when I pick her up. I know we are quickly getting to at least 20lbs. or more. She is such a little thing in terms of height and she has these teeny tiny little baby feet which I just love.
EYE COLOR, HAIR COLOR, & ONE CHUNKY BABY: Her hair is slowly filling in and is getting darker as the weeks go by. Her eyes remain blue and she has the most enviable eye lashes of all time. Whenever we go anywhere, people will comment on her lashes and how beautiful her eyes are. Its so sweet. But is usually followed up with how adorably fat and chunky she is. Still a compliment in my book. A fat, smiley, happy baby is just about the best thing in the entire world.
SLEEP: 9 Months was an absolutely glorious turning point for sleep!!!!! First off Reagan sleeps through the night. Like 12-13 hours of sleep EVERY… SINGLE… NIGHT!!! This of course means Mommy and Daddy are sleeping through the night as well. It is such a miracle to feel rested and relaxed again. In addition to a restful nights sleep, Daddy has figured out the perfect napping system. Miss Reagan now takes 3 naps a day, one of which is 3-4 hours midday. WOW WOW WOW!!!! She has been consistently taking a 45 minute morning nap, a 3-4 hour midday nap, and a 30 minute evening nap on top of sleeping 12-13 hours every night. Its like my life and schedule opened up and I forgot what it felt like to be an actual human!!! Suddenly I have time to do the things I enjoy again. My husband is an absolute lifesaver and I am so grateful for him and this amazing sleeping schedule.
We got a little off track around the holidays but are slowly getting back into our old routine. We had a few awesome 4am and 5am wakeup calls around Christmas and she has been demanding a bottle at 5am everyday. But then she goes right back to sleep and won’t wake up until 7:30am or 8am. Any progress we make, and that involves a little more sleeping and a lot more consistency, is a major WIN in my book.
FEEDINGS: We have had a major transition in the eating department and are almost completely OFF baby food. No more trips to Target to stock up on jars and punches of baby food for this mama! WOOHOO!!! A few months back we started transitioning to more solids foods like puffs and soft bananas. Now, even though she has zero teeth, she is eating like a champ. We watch her very careful and cut everything up really small. Now the trickiest part is providing her a completely balanced diet filled with all the nutritional requirements. Why can’t we all just eat cheerios with our fingers too? We are slowly introducing new foods and are keeping an eye out for any allergic reactions, but in reality we are totally winging it and just giving her anything that makes sense at the time.
For breakfast we started with basic baby oatmeal and introduced some soft fruits and apple sauce etc. Now we do eggs, oatmeal, cut-up fruit like strawberries, bananas, and blueberries, yogurt, small pieces of toast, apple sauce, or anything else that sounds good to me at the time. We’ve stayed away from citrus fruits, peanut butter, and honey and won’t give those a try until after she turns a year old.
For lunch we started with infant rice crackers (also good for teething, just watch out for them shoving the whole damn thing in their mouth), cottage cheese, soft fruits like the pre-made fruit cups that are basically just sugar but help them get used to different textures etc. Now we do small pieces of cheese, cut-up soft veggies like green beans or corn, mac n’cheese, tater tots, and bananas.
For dinner we originally kept it easy like infant oatmeal, bits of pasta and veggies. Lately we’ve been trying to incorporate more protein like small bits of chicken or fish. She did try steak which made me super nervous, because it is hard to chew when you have no freakin’ teeth, but she did GREAT!!!! She loved prime rib and mashed potatoes over Christmas and is obsessed with bread and cheese like her mama. She even enjoyed her first ever french fry over Christmas and then again on New Years Eve. And we rounded out the year with my 29th birthday on New Years Eve were she enjoyed her first ever piece of birthday cake!!! She was definitely a fan.
SCHEDULE: Our schedule over the holidays has really gotten off track. But we have high hopes for the new year!!! Enough said…
MILESTONES & PLAY: We have really plateaued in terms of milestones but are on the verge of several big breakthroughs. Reagan has been wanting to crawl and walk for months now. Over Thanksgiving she tried and tried but would always end up flat on her belly. She kicks her little legs and wants to move so badly, but no such luck. Then a few weeks into December on a random Sunday morning she just started crawling across the living room floor. I was literally shell shocked and couldn’t believe what I was seeing. She acted like it was no big deal and the belly dance she had been doing for months was in fact the same as the crawling she was now doing.
We officially took the “safety” plunge with her new mobile activity. Baby gates, locks, and electrical outlet covers have been ordered and installed. I am still amazed at how much crap we have that she finds to get into. She especially loves the dogs water bowl, any loose cords, the outlets (which are now covered), our household plants and the entertainment center. And yet she has no interest in the stairs, the bar cart which is still fully loaded with xmas crap and wine bottles, or the fire places. I know these things are coming and my new rule is “eyes on the baby 24/7.” If she isn’t in her high chair or playpen, I literally have to watch her like a hawk otherwise she is gone around a corner or has found something to get into. Its a learning process for both of us and each day we fix something that isn’t safe that she has found.
We have slowly been transitioning to more active playtime where we practice walking, crawling, and climbing on things. She can sit, stand, and is almost able to clap her chubby little hands. She says “Mamamamamama” and “Dadadadadadada” and the occasional “Babababababababa.” You know, the important stuff. She is learning that if she cries we come running, and then she busts up laughing and giggling. We are really going to have to start upping our parenting game. She loves the puppies and will roll around on the floor with them for hours. So cute. We give them extra kisses and love every night and thank them for being so awesome and patient with the baby.
She thinks we are her own personal jungle gym and loves to crawl all over us. Its just part of the parenting gig I suppose.
I can’t believe you are already so close to turning ONE baby girl! We love you endlessly!
P.S. This means I am officially caught up with “Reagan” posts. Hell to the YEA!!!!