|9 months old and NOT wanting to cooperate for this photo.|
|10 months old...not looking like a baby anymore|
Since I skipped a month of updates, I may miss some...sorry about that! This last month and a half has just been crazy. Rowan got to drive across the state of South Dakota 4 times in 10 days. Once for a vacation out to Gillette, WY to see his grandma, grandpa, uncle, and cousin. The second time was out to Rapid City for my uncle's funeral. He traveled like a champ. The trip to Rapid City went quickly for Rowan because he had his cousin Derick in the car to keep him entertained. On top of travels, we were finishing up derby season and found out we need to do some major home repairs (bathroom, roof, and basement). So all in all, it's been one busy summer so far and we're just about half way through! But...enough of my excuses, here are some 'stats' on our no-so little man.
-At his 9 month check, Rowan weight 17lbs and measured 28.15 inches. His doctor wasn't concerned about his growth, but she wasn't happy with it either. She asked up to step up the breast feeding. We had been giving him milk 3 times a day and solids 3 times a day. She asked us to start doing milk at least 4 times a day. We have been trying...but frankly Rowan's just not that interested any more. We can get 3 good feedings in no problem. Getting a 4th good feeding in is hit or miss. Not sure where he's at weight wise now, but I certainly feel like he's gotten bigger! He's still in 9 month clothes.
-We've added sooooo many new foods into his diet! He's now eating squash, sweet potatoes, peas, green beans, carrots, spinach (new), strawberries, blueberries (new), white potatoes (new), mangoes (new), huckleberries, apples, grapes, bananas (he'll eat a WHOLE banana in one sitting if we let him!), pears, peaches, nectarines, yogurt (new), egg yolk (new), chicken (new), hamburger (new), and cheese (new). I'm sure there are some foods I'm forgetting, but there's so much he's eating now. He still LOVES to eat everything we put in front of him. He's a little hit and miss with meat. He'll happily put it in his mouth. Sometimes he eats it right away; other times he just lets it sit in his mouth and sucks out the flavor.
-Sleep is still good. Nights are amazing...now sleeping 11-12 hours a night. Naps are getting better. He's starting to take a good afternoon nap. Still super sleepy in the morning.
-We have six teeth. Three on top and three on bottom. A fourth one on top has looked like it's been wanting to come in for a while, but no luck yet. With the six teeth in there I'm kind of glad that he's starting to self ween from the breast a little bit =)
-Rowan crawls really well and in starting to pull him self up to standing pretty steadily. When he stands up he sometimes gets a look like "now what?" and then plops back down. I'm sure it won't be too long before he's walking around though.
-Rowan's starting to babble with some more sounds. He's not very conversational though he does talk a lot...it's just that most of his sounds are just loud vowel sounds. Lately though we've started to hear more 'babababa' and 'dadadada' on top of 'nananana' and 'mamamamamama'. We will hear a distinct "mom" every now and then that just makes me so very happy. (Ian is anxiously waiting to hear "dad") His hearing is fine and according to the audiologist we saw at our ENT appointment (had a meet and greet after our 3rd ear infection just in case we need to talk tubes down the road...nothing yet though!) said he didn't have much fluid there and his ear drums were vibrating. Guess he's being an average boy and a little slower on the language development than his female counter parts.
-Rowan is definitely showing preferences. When he's playing, he definitely has certain books/toys he wants to play with at certain times-and he can get mad when he doesn't get what he wants. His new favorite book is "Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do You See?" We have a version that is a 'slide and find' and he's now able to slide the tab over to see the next animal. He loves that book. I kind of hate reading it to him because it never fails...we take it away to put it back on the shelf when it's time to be done and he SCREAMS because he wants to read it one more time. He also loves musical toys, Ian's computer, and our cell phones. (Un)Fortunately Rowan is a smart boy and knows when Ian locks his phone-and he does not like that either.
-Rowan still loves his puppies and really wants to play ball with Bishop. Bishop has yet to realize that when Rowan gets a little older he will play ball for hours on end. I think once Bishop realizes that he will be the happiest dog in the world.
That's all the words! A mass uploading of pictures to follow in the next post!