As of today, I have a 9 month old. Seriously, time has never flown so fast as these past 9 months. Don’t get me wrong, some days are longggg and bedtime feels like it’s never going to come, but the weeks and months seem to be flying by at a scary fast pace and now I’m already making plans for Cohen’s one year birthday (which happens to be on Thanksgiving). Last time I wrote about Cohen he was 4 months old and just learning to roll and belly laugh – looking at him now is like looking at a whole different baby!
Let me tell you about my sweet boy…
He is HAPPY. Like seriously, he will just sit and laugh and giggle for no reason at all. My favorite is when he just starts hysterically laughing in his carseat. It is so contagious! Peek-a-boo is his favorite and the more ridiculously you say the word, the bigger belly laugh you will get. And when he sees his dad walk in after getting home from work, he crawls at super speed over to greet him, laughing and giggling the whole way. And that brings me to my next point…
He is FAST! Cohen did the worm crawl for months and we started to wonder if he would ever figure out to use his arms, but boy did he learn. He just woke up one day about 2 weeks ago and knew how to crawl. Not only that but overnight he also learned to pull himself up, climb stairs, and open cabinets. I kid you not – OVERNIGHT! And now, Cohen could be a competitive crawler, I swear. He doesn’t just meander anywhere; everything has to be super speed! With that said, his dad and I keep telling him to take his time learning to walk because we can barely keep up with him at a crawling pace, lol!
He is HANGRY. Hungry + Angry. No joke. This kid could eat and eat and eat. He’s always been a big eater but now that he realizes what food is and can recognize it, the hangriness has reached an all time high. His average bottle is 8oz which he downs several times a day, on top of 2-3 big jars of solids, and handfuls of puffs (his most recent major obsession). When his bottle or food jar is empty, you literally have to hide it as fast as possible because he goes into meltdown mode when he realizes it’s gone. And recently, if he sees anyone eating ANYthing, he drops whatever he is doing and tries to go take their food. If he’s not eating, nobody’s eating…
He’s also an amazing sleeper (which is in large part due to the fact that he NEVER stops moving when he’s awake, lol!). He goes to bed at 6:30pm and sleeps until 6:45am. EVERY. SINGLE. NIGHT! He went from only sleeping (on me) for 1-2 hrs at a time, to sleeping 12 hrs in his crib with no fuss going down, thanks to some very diligent sleep training. Naps are hit or miss but nighttime sleep is totally wonderful! His sleep wasn’t even disrupted by his first round of teething – Hallelujah!
Which brings me to teeth… he has TWO! He’s a little late to the teething party but a few weeks ago he finally got his two bottom teeth and, oh my, they look so cute. He had some really rough days when those teeth popped through so that’s got me dreading the future rounds of new teeth coming our way.
Hmm, what else can I tell you?
He LOVES dogs and enjoys chasing ours around the house (much to their dismay). He’s not really into reading, unless you count viciously chewing on books, but absolutely loves music! When he hears a song he likes, his entire face lights up and he will start to shake his body and dance along. That MELTS me! He loves bath time and anything involving water. He’s become quite the escape artist during diaper changes and you can often find his naked butt cruising down the hallway while we chase after him, lol! He loves being outside and especially loves grass, dirt, and swinging in his porch swing.
To conclude, I will continue to say what I’ve said since the day he was born – this mom business is HARD work! But it’s so rewarding and so fun to watch him grow. We really love this phase he’s in right now because you can see the wheels turning constantly in his head as he figures out new things each day.
Happy 9 month birthday, baby boy. You are curious, and brave, and you bring joy to everyone you see. I love you more than I ever dreamed possible and I am so proud of everything you do!