9 Months Looks Like This

I’m 100% positive that upon turning 9 months old today, he is no longer a baby, but a KID.  Is it me, or did he grow overnight???

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Notes from 8 1/2 Months

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I’m drinking a very strong cup of coffee this morning, hoping it will give me a much-needed energy boost.  Our Lachness is still teething like a madman, with still not a single tooth showing.  Not even the tip of one.  How much longer can this go on??? I’ve never felt more exhausted.  Last night may have been the toughest night since his birth.  We’ve gone the homeopathic route.  H.ylands teething tablets before bed.  Amber teething necklace.  H.ylands teething gel.  Nothing is working.  He doesn’t like to chew on cold stuff.  He doesn’t like to chew on hot stuff.  Teething rings, toys, etc aren’t his thing, apparently.  During the day he will only be seen with his Tooth Tunes Musical Toothbrush ( Now “The Bear Necessities” is very hard to get out of my head….).  The bristles vibrate when the music is playing, and this seems to help him.  Oh, and his toes.  He’s back on that kick now.  Last evening he went down early (7:30) with some t.ylenol.  Cut to 2 hours later…..he’s now in bed with us….waking crying every 20 minutes or so.  I’m nursing like crazy (at least I’ve finally perfected the art of nursing laying down…thank goodness).  The crying got worse and worse and the nursing didn’t seem to be helping him at this point.  I got up with him and gave him a dose of m.otrin (ugh…i hate giving him all this stuff!) and 3 more of his teething tablets.  He felt rotten and just wanted to be held for awhile.  I was rocking him back and forth in the bathroom as he was laying his head on my chest.  No fever or anything – but he obviously feels the majority of the pain in his ears.  I guess that is pretty common for teething babes.  He keeps putting his fingers in his ears, or pulling at them.  Sometimes he will even pick in his ear till he scratches it…..he has little scabs in there….poor thing.  I had the lights dim and occasionally he would lift up his head and look at himself in the mirror.  After 15 minutes or so of this, he saw himself in the mirror (I still think he may think it’s another baby) and giggled.  I was overcome with how much I love this little boy and how big he has gotten (seeing the reflection of me holding him).  He is so long now!  We went on to play with his truck for a little while….just to get his mind off the pain.  Normally, I don’t like to get him up and play….I feel like that could get him mixed up…I want him to know that nighttime is for sleeping, not playing.  But I just really felt like he needed a distraction.  After a little while of that, I put him back in bed with me and nursed him some more.  He finally drifted off and stayed asleep for a little while.  It didn’t last long though, with the waking and crying and falling back asleep routine lasting all through the night.  Sometimes I would be so close to falling back asleep, when he would wake up again.  It’s exhausting.  I’m hoping these nights will get better soon.  We’re worn out…..so I know he must be too.  I long for quality sleep again – for my whole family.

During the day his teething doesn’t seem to be as big of an issue.  I think he has so many things to do with toys, and people to see (up at work) that he doesn’t focus on the pain as much.  I never need to give him any pain medication during the day.  It’s strange! Another thing that has been difficult – the past 2 days or so, I’m noticing that breastfeeding is becoming painful near the end of nursing.  Any thoughts?? I wondered if it was because teeth were close to the surface….but I don’t know.  It’s not an infection or anything….the pain is just in my nipple!  Maybe from nursing so often at night?? Thoughts are appreciated!!

On a positive note, he is really learning so much and growing like crazy.  He can now sign “more”.  Everything is “more”! MORE books! MORE fan! MORE birds! It’s too cute.  He is really communicating with us…even though he can’t verbally.  He is babbling more too….and has started to scream (verrrry loud) when he gets excited about something (much to the disappointment of folks around us I’m sure).  We were in a store the other night, and they had a HUGE oversized vent (vents are one of his favourite things) on the ceiling.  He saw it and screeched so loudly I thought I might just be deaf in my right ear.  It’s hard to tell your child “no!” for something like that….I just look at people and say “it’s a happy scream”.  They must think I’m one of those moms who can’t control their child.  But, he’s 8 months old you know?? How can I justify telling him “no” when he is expressing himself?  I usually say “shhh” or “gentle”, so he will try to learn to be a little quieter…..not sure that’s worked at all!  Another thing he’s starting doing (sadly for our knees) is climbing the stairs repeatedly.  He is SO proud of himself too.  He can climb them all by himself (with us following behind him in case he fell of course).  When he gets to the top he has a big smile on his face, and then has his routine of crawling into the bathroom, standing up on the toilet, the tub, then going in the closet to get into everything.  He keeps us on our toes, that’s for sure.

Oh….got my hair cut yesterday.  Needed something low-maintenance (I really, seriously, didn’t have the time to blowdry my hair for that long) and I was able to donate it to L.ocks of Love. Yay! I felt really good about that.  Went from this (Lach was a wee 3 mos!):

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To this:

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TTC update……today is CD35.  Ovulation didn’t happen this month.  I was sort of disappointed….but have gotten over it now.  I peed on a few sticks too – always negative.  My chart is a mess of solid and open dots, dashes and disregarded temps.  My sleep is too funky to make the chart accurate right now.  I’m not sure if it is normal or not to have an anovulatory cycle for your first postpartum cycle….is it?  Either way, we have time.  I have Sept, Oct and Nov to chart and see if my body gets back to ovulating.  We’re not in a rush, as the little man is keeping us busy (and sleep deprived)……….video below of his love affair with his beloved “mocha” blankie (he’s had since he was born).  The child goes nuts over it…..it’s dangerous.  And also a HUGE congrats to the Reproducing Genius gals on the arrival of their beautiful big boy!!! So happy for you ladies!

Playroom

K spends a lot of time up at work and we are with her 99.9% of the time (all this Labour Day weekend for example).  A few days ago we decided Lach’s playroom needed a little bit of sprucing up.  Soooo, we got him a little play house and a l.ittle t.ikes swing (not pictured). He adores the swing…… We packed up toys he’s “outgrown” too. We actually just put away his jumperoo (sadly, for me), as he has become bored with it. I think he feels restrained and just itches to be free to stand where he wants to, crawl to, etc. Here are photos as of last week:

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