Sidney Loyd - 9 months

Wow! What a month it has been! Our little bit is nine months old now! We've had so much fun, even though there have been quite a few challenges we've had to face. Nothing major, just changes and things to figure out in order to understand our favorite fella a little better. 

First things first. No - Sid is not crawling and - no - Sid has no teeth! But the boy can roll and scoot like it's his job! And he can drool and smack his gums together so much so that you shove your finger in his mouth because you are just SURE there must be some swelling or something going on in there. Nope. Notta. I am just taking comfort in knowing that each baby develops on their time. And like his Grammy says, he will do it when he's ready :) 

We decided to go ahead and lower Sid's mattress in his crib. He isn't pulling up yet, but when he would pop his head up, or turtle head as we like to call it, he was way too high for my comfort level! He loves his bed. Sometimes, in the morning especially, if he gets super fussy, I will put him in his crib like I would for a nap, and he will just play around in there for 30 minutes or so until he feels better and then I will go get him. We call it his quiet time, but really he's babbling in there the entire time. It's just a nice way to reset him, and he enjoys it I think. If he doesn't calm down after this, I will put him in the wrap and walk around with him to calm him down. Then he goes right down and takes a good morning nap. It's our thing, and I think it's safe to say we both enjoy it.

Sid loves his toys that play music! When the music plays, he will start dancing. It's so cute! He definitely comes by it naturally! His mama sure loves to dance :) He still loves playing with his books. He doesn't let us get much reading done. He much prefers to bang on them, pull them off the shelf, and turn his own pages as quickly as he can. 

My little stinker is LOUD. Do you hear me? LOUD I tell ya! I'm talking run out of the restaurant loud because he's so excited he squeals with all his might! AND - I might have found myself literally covering his mouth while having lunch with daddy out one day. AND - I might have wanted to crawl under the table, because he wanted to let his presence known to all around. AND - I might have scarfed my food and scooped him up to walk around in the lobby. I might have done that. 

Sid has learned how to get our attention. Half of the time I can't tell if he's really upset, or just wanting one of us to turn around and look at him. He will squeaaaaaaal (very loudly, in case you were wondering), then we will turn around, and he will grin from ear to ear and jerk his body with excitement. It's stinkin' cute, but, ummm, LOUD! So the moral of the story is, Sid is loud. And I think this mama and papa better get used to it - for now. My mom says it's payback (I don't know what she's talking about :/).

I am 99% positive he was squealing during this picture!

We took Sidney for his first swinging experience. He wasn't too sure about it, but I think in the end he liked it. For a few minutes anyway. He was still a little too small and the swing swallowed him so he wasn't really able to sit back and enjoy it. But he had fun and so did we!

We bought Sid his first cap! How adorable is he? I can't handle this picture...

We have noticed Sid is not a huge fan of texture when it comes to his food. He likes his purees smooth. Which is fine, but a little texture is good for him. I am trying to get him used to it a little bit at a time. He has started gagging on certain things. This scares us half to death because he turns bright red and basically stops breathing for a second. His favorite things to gag on are avocado and chunky green veggies. Grammy was here once when it happened and all of a sudden she grabbed his arm and started yanking it above his head! He pretty much quit gagging instantly. Sean and I weren't quite sure what happened, but whatever it was, we liked it! She said that's what they used to do to help us.

We started giving Sid a big boy cup instead of a sippy cup. After much research, we decided against the sippy cup and so far so good. He loves his new little yellow cup :) Sometimes he gets way too much water and chokes, and sometimes he splashes his hands in it, and other times he tries to dump it all over himself. But it's fun and he loves it!

Can we just take a moment to talk about his leg rolls...

I just love them!!! I can't wait for the weather to warm up so I can see them more often, ha!

We are still having some trouble with his night time sleep. After almost a month of getting in a bad habit of nursing him at night (I honestly don't even know how we got in this habit - I think once I thought he really was hungry and next thing I know, we had a bad habit going). We finally convinced ourselves that we indeed had a problem and that we needed to let him cry. Well, it took one night of serious crying for about 30 minutes and that was it. Yes, he's woken up in the middle of the night since then, but quickly able to get himself back to sleep. For the most part though, he goes down around 6:30 or 7 and sleeps until 5 or 5:30. I get up, nurse him, then we all go back to bed until 7:30 or 8. I want to try to start pushing him to 6 instead of 5, but we will get there again.

Sid got to experience his first snow!!!! I can't say he was thrilled about it, but we had to document it none the less. He is such a cutie!

Daddy thought he needed to have a hands on experience and let him touch it. A few seconds later he started screaming his head off because his hand was so cold! It was so funny, but sort of sad!

I can't wait to see what this next month will bring. I am just in shock that we have a nine month old. I know I'm not the first to say this, but I really do feel like it was yesterday when we brought him home from the hospital. I guess time flies when you're having fun :)

Weight: 18.5 pounds (24th%)
Height: 29" (71st%)
Medical Issues: He no longer needs prune juice! Yay! Still has eczema. Boo :(
Naps: 2 a day. I can't say what time because it just depends on what he did the night before. But usually 2.5 - 3 hours of awake time and then he's ready for a nap.
Night Sleep: Bedtime is between 6:30 and 7. We hold our breaths lately that he will sleep until 5:30. Night time has been a little shaky.
Clothing Size: 9m & 12m.
Diapers: BG 4.0 w/ cotton or bamboo inserts during the day / nighttime BG 4.0 w/ 3 bamboo inserts.
Diet: Mama's milk!, sweet potatoes, pear, butternut squash, green beans, carrots, zucchini, nectarines, some avocado, but he doesn't like it, broccoli (gives him stinky breath), asparagus, water in his new cup
Favorite Baby Gear: Pat the Bunny is his new favorite book because he loves to play Peek-a-Boo!, and his 10 Busy Whizzy Bugs book that Grammy gave him for Valentine's day, jumparoo, his bath seat that he is too big for!, maya wrap
Personality: He is loud and silly. He loves to get your attention and then smile really big! 
Milestones/Firsts: I am not sure much new has happened. He does like to dance to music now! He is able to communicate what he wants more with certain gestures. Definitely started saying dada and mama (the mama as of just a few days before 9m birthday, and still a little questionable), waving
Likes: his books!, being tickled, growling (yes, he growls!), rolling all around, drumming on the big metal bowl I use to make his wipes, strolling, Louis!, and FaceTiming with his Grammy! He squeals with pure joy when he hears that high pitch ring coming., playing patty-cake 
Dislikes: when his food is all gone!, getting ready for bed because he's ready to nurse, not getting what he wants (I know, trouble already!)
NicknamesSid-Sid has definitely stuck, for both daddy and I.


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