Sunday, March 9, 2008

Miss C is 9 months old today!

Wow. How amazing! Has it really been 9 months already?

Ok, I am busy as a one legged man in a butt kicking contest so here goes:
1. Miss C talks. Not all the time and not sentences but she says things like "kitty cat", "clock", "dada" etc. She also signs. The other day when I was at work, Miss C crawled over to DH, pulled on his pant leg and signed milk. Yep. She has been signing it to me and to her but this was really the first time DH realized she knew what it was.
2. Miss C is a speed crawler. She chases us around the house and laughs when we stop and give her a "boo" or a "peek a boo!"
3. Miss C practices standing up everywhere! Yep, her crib, the floor, holding on to the stairs, everywhere. She terrorizes the cat because she stands there at the bottom of the stairs hollering at the cat "hey!" "hey!" and that wonderful giggle while standing on the floor holding on to the second step. Eventually the cat gives up and hides up stairs!
4. Miss C loves mac and cheese. She is so her father's daughter. DH introduced her to mac and cheese for snack the other day since she was already good for pasta and cheese. Wow! She loves it! She gets such a cute yellow/orangey face when she eats it. She started out licking off the cheese and kind of spitting out the mac but then she realized that there is cheese on the inside and Woo hoo! She eats the whole thing now.
5. Miss C likes "baby food" much less than before. She puts up with us giving her cereal for about 1/2 of her meal then she fusses and demands finger foods. I guess this is the transition point, eh?
6. Miss C naps less now than before. Bummer. Actually, it’s not horrible. She tends to take one nap around 9 or 10 and one again in the afternoon around 2 or 3. Her naps are a little longer, between 40 and 60 minutes, than before. She basically combined the two am naps into one.
7. Miss C is testing us. She has started to "cry" for attention. I say "cry" because she is making the noise but there are no tears and nothing wrong. The problem is, she does this and we respond. Any ideas?
8. Miss C loves her swim class! Well, it’s our swim class but she has been hopping into the pool and just having a great time. We are scheduled to go on Tuesdays and Thursdays this month so hopefully we will be able to make most of the classes. They are offered here at the pool in town. I like the Mommy workout too! It’s so much fun to see her grow and develop.
Well, that's pretty much it. I am jammed with work and another project coming due so I have to be quick. If you have any suggestions or recommendations, we would greatly appreciate it. Even if the comment is only "yea, that's the normal transition."


Cat said...

Wow, time flies so fast. Doesn't it feel like yesterday she was just learning to focus her eyes? Hooray nine months! Thanks for the update.

Tell little miss c that e-baby and I love mac and cheese too.

LizardBreath said...

Hey, did the mac and cheese cause maybe some constipation, for e-baby I mean!

poobou said...

I think the attention cry is totally normal. They don't have any real words yet, so it's sort of their way of going "Hey! Pay attention to me!" I don't think that responding to her is the wrong thing to do, but maybe distracting her with something else (a different toy, change of scenery, a cartoon, whatever works) might help. That's why we use "My Friends Tigger & Pooh" so much at our house, it's like the magic mood-reset button. :-)

Btw, all solids make c-baby constipated, not just mac & cheese. A trick I learned from Patsy: pear juice. (Just a few ounces in a sippy cup, you can even dilute with water if you're worried about her getting too much sugar.) It doesn't make them as gassy as prune juice, it just helps everything balance out. Good luck!

LizardBreath said...

Glad to hear that Miss C is acting appropriately for her age. She is getting more words with sign language and is even saying more, but I think you must be right about the frustration factor. The other other day, at snack time, I was packing my lunch and Miss C cried. I told her that she was just fine then asked what she needed. She stopped crying as I went back to the area where I was and discovered that she simply wanted a banana, the very item I picked up and put into my lunch bag when she started crying.
She is doing better with her poops. She just went a couple of days with out more than toots so... I will keep an eye on for the pear juice. We haven't given her any juice yet due to the sugar content but if it helps her tummy, I am willing to try anything! Thanks again!

Cat said...

Whenever e has been constipated, I've waited it out and once The Big One (or two or three) hits, she's been fine again. However, e doesn't get constipated often. She's FAR more likely to have poops-a-plenty, and get the runs. Until she was about 15 months, when she'd try a new food, she'd often have runny poops for awhile afterwards.

I keep juice in the house so that if the constipation ever gets to the point where I worry about her, I can give a 1/2-and-1/2 juice-water mixture. But I'm way more likely to need the BRAT diet to slow down the poop. Which, BTW, works well for that.

LizardBreath said...

We haven't started Miss C on juice yet so I am hesitant to do that.
On a different note, we, that is I, are going to start to transition Miss C to formula because its so tough to keep pumping 4x a day at work. I am afraid of her response to the bottle from me so wish us luck!

Cat said...

UGH! Four pumpings a day! You can also transition her to more cereal in the daytime, along with formula. Pumping 4x a day at work at this point has to be really frustrating. I think a lot of breastfeeding moms I know were down to only one or maybe two daytime nursings or pumpings while at work, and started sending cereal, table food, and a bottle for lunch and snack each day. Nine months is a great time to hone those self-feeding skills.

Good luck with the weaning!

LizardBreath said...

She eats like a horse. Already on loads of cereal for all three meals as well as finger foods after cereal and veggies or fruits plus 2 to 3 snacks which include veggies, cherrios, mac and cheese, etc. In order to keep up with the number of bottles she eats during the day, its 4 pumpings. Thanks for the words of encouragement!

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