Just a few days ago, my Ava turned 9 months old! Here is an update on the latest and greatest!
Ava has six teeth now…yes six. I know I’m a little slow to incorporate more solid foods, but the gagging scares me! She still loves these puffs, Stage 3 purees, and eggs. We tried this yogurt for the first time and she loved it! We are eating meals 2-3 times a day. When Ava is awake, she is busy. Like, she wakes up and doesn’t stop until nap time. I love her energy and seeing her excitement for all things. Gone are the days where she would be content just sitting. This girl is crawling, pulling up on everything, and “cruising” while holding onto the couch or table.
We had another double ear infection this month, but the pediatrician stated it was common of daycare babies. During that appointment, we found out she was 16 lbs! She’s still in size 3 diapers, and 6-9 month clothes.
She still loves shaking her head no, saying DADADADADADA, and baba. We’re still working on mama. I think she’s playing with me because every time I ask her to say mama, she smiles and shakes her head no. She is seriously the happiest baby ever. Sean and I joke (kind of) that she might be an only child because we don’t want to test it with another baby. We say if we have another, they will be an absolute terror.
Sleeping is still the same from our 8 month update. A few things she has really loved this month are petting Wayne, splashing in the pool/bath tub, and having her wubbanub in her mouth at all times. I know we need to switch this out for another pacifier, but I’m dreading the tantrum that will come from it.
Ok, total mom fail getting this up almost a week late, but hey, it’s here! I continue to be surprised at how much joy this little girl truly brings into our lives. Sean and I are always talking about how we are seriously so lucky and that she is so perfect.
This biggest change over the past month is she is crawling, pulling herself up on items, and loves to eat solids. We’re still doing purees, but incorporating a little BLW (baby led weaning) into her routine as well. She enjoys picking up foods herself, and so far, we’ve tried these cereals, avocado, tomato, eggs, and bananas. She has 4 teeth and is starting to wear mostly 6-9 month clothes, some 9 month exclusively. Her giggles still make me melt, and she LOVES staring at herself in the mirror and “playing” with the other baby.
Now…. don’t get me wrong… we are fully starting to see the sassy side of her (indeed, my child) and she is starting to be very assertive. She has learned to shake her head no (uh oh). She’s at the stage where we have to ninja when move putting her in her car seat and changing her diaper. If we don’t do it fast enough, she rolls over and has a fit when we try to buckle her in or put her pants on. Any tips on this?
Regarding her sleep and naps, naps are sporadic, some days she has 2-3, others she only has one. We aren’t really on a schedule with them, so they sort of happen when they do. Her bedtime is pretty consist; she’ll fall asleep between 8-9 and sleep through the night. We don’t use her owlet or noise machine anymore, and the transition has been pretty seamless.
That’s all for this month! Below are some more pictures 🙂
I feel like I just wrote her last update, yet, now I sit here again writing about her fifth month. It’s CRAZY to think she will be 6 months old next month….cue all the feels.
I This has been a month full of changes, so I figured I’d share the Top 5 things from her fifth month.
- She started daycare. I discussed our reasons for starting daycare here. She seems to LOVE it. My favorite part is picking her up. When I walk in the room, she is always playing in something, and I come up to her and say “hi, princess” and she looks up and gives me THE BIGGEST smile. Y’all, it melts my heart every. single. time. I’ll do an update on daycare some time in February on the do’s and don’ts we learned from our first month.
- She started solids. At our last Pediatrician appointment, she said she could start whenever she showed interest in food. She wasn’t really showing interest until about 2 weeks ago. We started with avocado, which has still been the only food shes tried, and she LOVES it. This girl loves food. I learned day 1 that this girl is just going to eat all her meals in the nude. SO messy and SO fun! I have this coming in to help me make her food and she uses these bibs. These bibs are so easy to clean and help catch any food that falls down.
- She has TWO teeth coming in. I thought it was super early, but her Pedi said it can start as early as 4 months, which it definitely did. One thing I learned is that if your babies cheeks are flushed, and she’s not running a temperature, it could be the first signs of teething. On, and ALL THE DROOL. Literally, for a couple weeks, this girl was going through 3-4 shirts a day if I didn’t put a bib on her. This teether is still her favorite.
- Her hair is starting to grow back. She didn’t full lose her hair, but it was shedding for a while. I think she’s going to have dark hair like her daddy. 🙂
- Last major highlight of Month 5, which is by far the biggest, is that she is sitting up! She gets super smiley when she does it. She’s had great support of her head for a while, so we just tried sitting her up one day by herself, and she sat there. We were in total shock, so tried it again, and sure enough, she did it again.
All these milestones are such big achievements and I’ll be so happy to look back one day that I documented this. I’ve heard a few people talk about this recently, and figured I’d put my two cents in. I feel this generation [and especially me] can really over think parenting. We have so much information at our fingertips [and ways to compare ourselves #hellosocialmedia] that it’s easy to second-guess every little move as a mom or comparing yourself to other women. But at the end of the day, if our baby is happy, healthy and fed…what on earth matters?! I think it’s wonderful that we are always evolving and educating, but at the point it interferes with our confidence as moms it must stop. So if you are a mama, I’m here to remind you that you are a great mama. You carried a little one (or ones), gave them life, and they love you more than you can imagine. They don’t care if you’re not at your pre-pregnancy weight, or if you have stretch marks, or if you feed them formula over breast milk. YOU ALL ARE INCREDIBLE. Thank you for reading along through her milestone. If you don’t have kids, but you’re just a sweet person that read this entire post, thank you for listening to me babble!
I feel like I say this every month, but another month has flown by and it’s been the best month yet! I’m a little late because we all had the flu, and her 4 month check-up was Wednesday, so I wanted to wait and get her stats before posting the update. Her personality is the best and she’s becoming more independent, yet still loves to be snuggled. Instead of answering questions for this monthly update I thought I’d talk about some of the highs & lows.
- She had her 4-month check up on Wednesday and is a perfectly healthy and thriving little girl! So praise God for that! She is still 60th percentile for height (like what?!) and 17% on weight.
- Our Pediatrician said that Maxi can start on solids whenever we feel comfortable. She did an assessment of her and recommended we start between 4 and 6 months. I know each mama does things differently, so I won’t go into too much detail on that. Ava isn’t 100% curious about food just yet, so I’m going to wait until that curiosity spikes a bit more.
- She has also started cooing (vowel sounds) which is really neat to hear her mimic. She also makes THE CUTEST bear sound. I don’t know how to describe it but watch my instastories because I record her doing it all the time.
- Ava loves this. She has really been wanting to stand (early walker maybe?), so it’s been perfect. She’s not quite tall enough to play with the toys, so we’ve put this and this on top and she really enjoys it.
- Ava got sick for the first time. We started noticing it Christmas Eve Eve, and it was full blown by Christmas. Seeing your child sick is by far the saddest thing ever. We were able to see the Pediatrician the day after Christmas, and she told us it would take about a 10-14 days to go away. Luckily, at our appointment Wednesday, our Pedi said her lungs sounded really good and she should be back to normal in the next day or so. I used this, this, this and this while she was sick for any mamas needing advice.
- At her check-up, on top of her shots, she had to get her blood drawn to see if she has an allergy. Did you know they draw blood on babies through their arm vein like an adult?! I didn’t know that and was shocked to see them trying to find her vein.
- This last one isn’t really a low, but it just shows how fast time goes by. Ava is now in Size 2 diapers and wearing some 0-3 month clothes still, but we’re transitioning more to 3-6 month.
We have some major things happening during Month 5, so be sure to check back. Also, thank you so much for caring about Ava!