Zachary: 9 Months

This was a month of milestones and new experiences for Zachary.

At the beginning of the month he extended his arms and started rocking on all fours. After that, he began to pull up on boxes.

That quickly changed to climbing up and down boxes of different heights, from shoe box all the way to diaper box. Now, Zachary is pulling himself into a standing position using his book crate.

With all of this physical development there have been a few tumbles and tears. So, we are teaching Zach to lean back and sit down if unbalanced. We are learning his “help I’m stuck” whine when he gets into a position he doesn’t know how to get out of.

With this new exercise Zach now favors finger foods and solids over puree. When he does eat puree, he insists on grabbing the spoon and feeding himself. Which of course is messy. It’s also much easier for Zachary to eat carbs and meat now that he has FOUR teeth on top! The first two cut through at the beginning of the month, the second two near the end. So, he now has 6 teeth total!

On our first snow day, Mom decided to build a fort. Zach loved exploring his tunnels and hiding with Mom and a few books. We went outside to explore the snow. But it was cold, Zachary had several jackets on, and it was almost nap time, so he didn’t think the outing was very fun.

A few weeks ago, we started attending Baby Books at the Library. Once a week a volunteer leads songs, structured play, and reads short books for babies and their caretakers. The first time, Zach was overwhelmed but by the end he was smiling and wiggling along with the rest. At Baby Books he saw bubbles for the first time, and got to crawl under a colorful parachute. Needless to say, he takes a nap on the way home, every time.

For Valentine’s Day Zach got a special treat: whipped cream and strawberries, strawberries are ok, but he really likes the cream. On President’s day weekend he spent the day with NaiNai and Papa so Mom and Dad could have a long needed day away. We had sushi, frozen yogurt, and saw not one by TWO movies.

At the end of the month we went to  Olympia”s Hands on Children’s Museum. There are lots of amazing interactive exhibits ready for Zach when he’s older. Fortunately they did have a special area called “Snug Harbor” designed for little ones. Zachary sat comfortably our laps while exploring puzzles, he slowly began to crawl around, but never too far from us. Zach’s not used that much stimulation or that many people. Even though it was a sunny day, the museum was very busy, it was great to see so many families taking time with their children.

The volunteers at MOPs say Zach has had a least one if not two growth spurts since Christmas.

There is proof they are right as he is now in the tallest slot for the infant car seat. He is already in 12 month PJs and his feet almost touch the foot rest of his highchair. Everyone says he will be crawling and cruising before we know it.

 

Zachary: 5 Months

Zach had one busy month. He spent one week with is grandmother, during which Mom and Dad got a night away for their Anniversary. Then he spent another full week with his NaiNai and was his Papa and Dad’s mascot for hunting season with an all camo outfit for the occasion; but he has a few years before he can join the fun.

Zach turned 5 months on Halloween and went to our church’s Fall Fest for thirty minutes before it was time for bed time routine. For fall fest he sported a coordinating star wars outfit with Dad. For more on our very busy October see (October Review 2017 ).

Although on the early side, the pediatrician noticed Zach’s interest in food and ability to sit well so she gave the thumbs up for solid food. His first food was avocado from his grandma and grandpa’s tree in California. He didn’t like it very much, but once banana was added, it has become one of his favorites.

Most of his food ends up in his mouth although plenty ends up on hands, feet, legs, face, and of courses the high chair. We decided, after a week of very dirty clothes, that for now, Zach eats in a diaper and bib only.

He is learning signs like “more” “food” and “all done”. If you say “all done” and he is still hungry, he will get angry and cry . If you say his name-he will look up at you too.

Zach will mimic our mouth movements while we eat. He now likes mum mum crackers-rice rusks that dissolve in baby’s mouths. He feels so independent being able to hold and “chew” on these teething crackers. They are a great appetizer so Mom can get Zach’s food ready or as a morning snack so Mom can get work done in the kitchen.

As mentioned earlier, Zach is sitting with assistance well. He can use the boppy pillow to sit up for a short while on his own and can even balance for a few seconds on a harder surface without help. He will also use his hands on the ground in the frog position to help him sit up.

A few weeks ago, Zach started babbling. It seemed sudden and happened briefly after Luke showed him how to open and close his mouth while still making vowel sounds-then the flood gates opened and talking hasn’t stopped since. He is so close to the right sound combination for “dada” and is working on his “mmmm” sound mimicking the “moo” of the cow from a toy at NaiNai and Papa’s house. It will be interesting to see which word comes first.

\Zach is currently rolling from stomach to back without a second thought-often log rolling right off his play blanket with a wide grin on his face. He can pivot himself on his stomach to face a different direction, and loves to scoot or rock on a leg. Zach has been working hard to get his legs under himself and push himself forward with a frog-like kick.

He so badly wants to crawl and gets frustrated that with all of that frog-kicking he still hasn’t gone anywhere. But Mom and Dad are in no hurry to see our very active boy that mobile.

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