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Baby Update {9 months}

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blake 9 mo 2 copyJust a few days ago, my Blakeman turned 9 months old! This happy little baby is turning into quite the little mama’s boy and quite the charmer! Here’s the latest and greatest:

I took him to the doctor yesterday and he’s not gaining a ton of weight. Since his 6 month check-up, he only gained a few ounces and grew an inch. His head is still in the 95th percentile. Lol! The doctor was a little concerned because she seems to think I don’t feed him, but he’s like a bottomless pit. I feed him like there’s no tomorrow. I nurse him and supplement with formula 4-5 times a day. PLUS, I give him rice cereal and at least 4 oz. of pureed fruits and veggies at every meal. Not to mention the small pieces of bread, chicken, cheerios and yogurt he loves too! Seriously. BOTTOMLESS. PIT. My husband was a pretty skinny boy up until age 6 or 7, so I assume Blake will be the same way. Plus he’s so active, I just thought it sort of evened itself out. We’ll see what the scale says next appointment. Womp womp.Blake 9 mo 1 copyBesides the doctor making me feel like a bad mom, I feel like I’m starting to get this whole 2 kids thing down. We have our routines down pat and we have bedtimes established. Blake will go down between 7-7:30 and be down until 7-7:30 the next morning. 12 hour stretch baby cakes!

I feel like a normal human again. Hallelujah.

He will wake up once, maybe twice a night whining for his pacifier, but if I pop that sucker back in, he goes right back to sleep. What a champ ๐Ÿ™‚

blake 9 mo 3 copyBlake has the army crawl down but won’t move unless you have something he REALLY wants. Sometimes I can lure him down the hall with some pieces of bread but half way through he’s over it and turns around and scoots away. When I put a toy out of reach to make him scoot over to get it, he just looks at it like he’s thinking whether it’s worth the hassle to actually move. It’s pretty hilarious to watch. Brooke crawled at 9 1/2 months, so within the next two weeks or so, we should be hopefully seeing some progress.

He will say “mama” or “dada” and particularly loves his “dada”.

He can clap his hands and thinks peek-a-boo is the ultimate game of hilarity. When we clap our hands to say “yay Blake you’re clapping!” he immediately stops and looks at us seriously.
blake 9 mo 4 copyOverall, he’s a very very happy baby. It takes a lot to get him bent out of shape and cranky. He will currently take 1-2 naps every day. His morning nap will be on the shorter side and the afternoon nap is longer. If he only has one nap, he will sleep 2+ hours. It’s glorious and he wakes up in a great mood!

Blake is in size 4 diapers. Even though he didn’t grow a whole lot these last three months, he somehow managed to need larger diapers.

I don’t get it either.

Oh, I almost forgot: He’s supposed to be pulling himself up on all sorts of furniture and “cruising” by now too. I really don’t remember my daughter doing this at 9 months but apparently it’s a milestone he’s missing! Whatever. I’m not worried and I’m sure he will eventually get to this point. Every kid is different and their own kind of normal.

blake 9 mo 7 copyI do know that he loves me like crazy and always wants to be with me, sit with me and cuddle with me. And to be honest, his cuteness is seriously off the charts in my book. So my doctor can take a chill pill.


Were your babies ahead/behind of the doctors’ developmental schedule?

How old were your babies when they crawled?

Were your sons more mischievous than daughters?


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22 Responses
  1. ShaNae

    My son was almost 10 months before he crawled. He didn’t take his first steps until 15 months. My doc made me feel bad too, but my son is now 8 and he is at the top of his class and wants to be a scientist. He was doing all the other things, babbling and stuff and he didn’t even start pulling himself up until 12 months. My son was in 5T pants and tops until last August when he turned 8. He was a stump and then one day he shot up and is skinny and tall, but still in the 0 percentile. He does come from a short family. My son still eats baby food veggies because he won’t touch grown up veggies, yes I tried to puree the ones we have, but no way no how no siree. If he will eat it, I will buy it. Each kiddo is different and Blakeman is super adorable. Blake has a bigger head because he has a lot of brains in there and is going to be one smart little guy just like my son. ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Lauren

      THANK YOU for posting your comment! It is total reassurance for me! I know every child is different and develops at their own pace, but it’s much more comforting to read about specifics. Thanks ShaNae!

  2. Brianna

    Sounds just like my baby! From 6 to 9 months, he only gained about a pound, and only grew an inch. He also eats plenty and is active, so I don’t worry. He pulls up on the couch, but not a ton. He’s starting to cruise, but his older brother who is now 2 was almost walking at this age! They’re all so different, and develop at different rates. I’d say you have absolutely nothing to worry about!

  3. Katie @ The Surly Housewife

    What a cutie!! My oldest has always been a little peanut. They weren’t worried about it until my second daughter was born and she was more on the average side. They made a big fuss and had us see an endocronologist. My cousins’ little one is about the same size so I wasn’t worried. We are small people (my husband was under 5 feet tall until he was 14). But her pediatrician thought I should take her to see a specialist. It was horrible. She was barely 2 years old and they drew her blood (without so much as a warning) and talked with a dietician about her diet. Long story short (too late) she has no problems health wise. She is just petite. I wish I hadn’t caved to the doc’s advice because I knew nothing was wrong. Every kid is different ๐Ÿ™‚ Don’t worry about the norm. He will crawl when he is ready ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Nikki @Seeded at the Table

    It sounds like Blake is completely fine and normal to me! You’re right, all babies are different, so tell that doc of yours to simmer down! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Simon is ahead of schedule, Judah was about on time, and my niece was way behind (didn’t walk until 18 months…and never crawled) and she is totally fine and active now at almost 4 years old.

    If all babies were the same, wouldn’t life be so boring? haha! Plus, Blake is still killing us all with cuteness!

  5. Bridget

    Both my kids took forever to walk. You are completely right that at this age they all have their own normal. My kids are skinny and tall and so people are often worried that I don’t feed them enough. Um, three meals, three snacks, and they are still on whole milk. Lucky for me, my doctor has always been great about this and doesn’t give me any lectures. She knows me and that I will talk to her if something isn’t right. Trust your intuition. You are doing great and Blake is beautiful.

  6. Tracey

    My son started army crawling around 8 months, crawledat 10 months and walked at 13 months. My daughter, crawled at 8 months so I thought she would be like her brother. This little girl did not pullup until she was over a year old and did not walk until 16 months. She is perfectly fine and is now 6 years old and loves to run, run, run.

  7. Suzanne

    Pediatricians seriously drive me bonkers. All three of my children have been skinny minnies and that’s with breastfeeding and supplementing with formula. None of them got chubby. My husband’s family was all the same as babes so I knew it was genetic. My kids definitely ate plenty. They’re now 8, 6, and 3 and they’re still skinny (and like 5th percentile for weight…I wish I was the same way ha!) even though most days they eat incessantly. My fourth (due in May) will likely be the same way. With my first, I let the doctor freak me out about it and do all sorts of tests (which all came back normal). Then, my mom told me to nod and smile and go with my gut. So, that’s what I do now. If I’m worried then I’ll bring it up with the doctor. Otherwise, I let them say their peace and then ignore them once I leave their office. ๐Ÿ™‚

    I honestly don’t remember when any of mine crawled. I just know that they all did. As you said, every child has their own personal timeline. Most of them eventually get to where they need to be, one way or another. Some babies completely skip the crawling and move right to walking. Some babies don’t walk until their like 18 months old. They’re all different.

    Your children are adorable!

  8. Lauren J.

    Your little Blake is SO cute! Love all the pictures you posted of him!

    My son is now 20 months old. He wasn’t really a happy, content baby but we think it’s because he always wanted to do more. He crawled at 5 1/2 months & walked at 8 1/2 but we think it’s because of his personality. He was NEVER content just sitting there and needed to hit milestones as fast as he could. Blake sounds like he is a very pleasant, happy boy. You are blessed!

    Our doctor always made me feel like I wasn’t feeding him enough either – we don’t take those charts too seriously as they all grow at their own pace. You sound like you are doing a wonderful job with your son.

    I am expecting number 2 in August and hope the transition to 2 children is easy : ) Terrified!

  9. LaDonna

    Believe me every child is different. My daughter walked at 9 months, but my son at 12 months. Before my son was born I was told that he only had one kidney. Of course I was scared to death. Thank God that was not the case. Before my daughter was born we were told that she was a he. I say all this to say that doctors don’t always know what they are talking about. If you child is eating and is happy that’s all that matters.

  10. Annamaria @ Bakewell Junction

    I don’t have kids but you’re not the only one who thinks Blake is off the chart cute – I do too. What I’ve seen and heard about boys is that they take longer to do a lot of things than girls like talking and potty training. Some boys are a lot harder to handle too but I think each has their own individual nuances. It looks like mom and baby are happy and healthy – you can’t ask for more.

  11. Caroline @ chocolate & carrots

    He is so stinking cute! Liam was behind all of the developmental stages according to the doctor, but completely normal and healthy. They had me worried for a bit after taking a routine autism test, but we gave him a few months to catch up and he’s perfect. Oh, and I have all sisters and Liam is the first boy in our family…and the most energetic and crazy thing we’ve ever seen. Oh, boy!

  12. Cherie

    So adorable

    Time for a new pediatrician – seriously – you need one that will be a partner to you – not make you feel guilty!

    grrr [on your behalf dear]

    That said – I have three, two girls and a boy – and as has been said above – one was always early, one on time and one always a tiny bit delayed – but she always got there with or without my intervention – pay attention – you’ll know when it’s time to get help – there were times I did [delay-ish one needed a little OT at one point – but you know what? Karate fixed all the problems that OT never did – in school OT did help with writing etc and she was soon booted] She had half a year of speech . . . a few months of reading help . . . but now that she’s older I see that the truth is she was just a tad slow – by the time they got around to working with her it was practically resolved on its own

    For EVERYTHING – they do have their own pace and I worry less each year when I see more evidence of things just getting better a little later than I thought they ‘should’ – don’t make yourself crazy

    Hugs for the stress

    As for boys? Totally different ball game LOL – my girls are as different as can be from each other but the boy? WOWZA! Fun though without doubt!

  13. Karen

    First, every child is different and your baby seems and looks happy and healthy. He is a GREAT sleeper. Trust yourself! Every child has their own time frame for doing things within the guidelines. That said, both of mine were early movers much to my dismay…the sooner you have movers, the sooner you have to put up the gates, etc. Mine were walking by 9.5 months…both of them…and I mean, walking! My daughter sat up, and pulled to standing at 6 months. I put bells on their shoes so I would KNOW where they were….that is how fast they moved. Count yourself lucky that you have a content little boy who has the world right where he wants it. Also that he sleeps so well. PAT YOURSELF ON THE BACK!!! Stop doubting yourself. You are a wonderful mother and person!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    I love your blog! You are so honest and fresh. Keep it up.

  14. Stacey

    He is so precious!! I only have one little girl, who turned 4 in November. Lots of friends and family said DO NOT RUSH the crawling and walking – so we just let her take her time. She was a bit late with crawling and walking – so all I can say is enjoy the ‘immobile’ part for a while ๐Ÿ™‚ He will do it when he darn well pleases!

  15. Katie D

    I have 2 daughters and a son, and my son, the baby, took his sweet time! At his 18 month checkup he still wasn’t walking, wasn’t saying many words, and did not impress the doctor. The next week he was off and running! The doctor said we might need to see a specialist, so I guess our Wyatt didn’t want to do that and he hit major milestones in like 2 days time! They all move and develop at their own pace. I think a parent knows if something is truly wrong with their child developmentally, so just keep doing your thing and he’ll figure out all the things he’s supposed to, and get into things he’s not supposed to! ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. Jen

    I have 3 boys, all 2yrs apart. One is steady as they go. One is above average in intelligence. One has a speech language delay (due to numerous ear infections that weren’t b/c of something “I” did or didn’t do) One walked at 9 months. One walked at 12 months. One walked at 14 months. One boy loves music & acting. The other is a soccer fanatic. And another who is a fish with the water.

    All were breastfeed. Two napped great, one not so great.

    Point is, they are all different. I never compared one to the other b/c they are not the same!

    Mother’s intuition is a.m.a.z.i.n.g. and NO ONE knows your child like you do. If there is a reason for concern about your child, you’ll know.

    Until then, love ’em up. Homework starts, issues with playground friends start, wanting to be on the iPad or Xbox of hours on end starts….and sometimes that is better than worrying about the baby years LOL! But point is,

    Parenting has it’s moments at every season, so enjoy the beauty you have now. If you see life, love, happiness in your child’s eyes….all is all right in your world ๐Ÿ™‚

  17. Blessed Mama

    My youngest boy almost fell off the growth charts between 9-12 months… he was also a bottomless pit ๐Ÿ™‚
    It wasn’t until we pulled gluten from his diet that he started growing & putting on weight again… no blood tests revealed anything wrong, but gluten has a bad effect on him… we later pulled dairy… Might be worth thinking about…
    Your family sounds so precious! ๐Ÿ˜€

  18. Natalie @ Paper & Birch

    Lauren, he’s gorgeous! what a charmer ๐Ÿ™‚ Glad you’re getting into a normal routine. The husband and I are trying to get pregnant right now, so I love reading all of your updates!

  19. Summer

    Blake is quite the busy little guy!!! He sounds like so much fun!!! How do you stand it? Don’t freak out about the crawling and cruising. It sounds like he is focused on other milestones like clapping, talking, and playing! My son didn’t clap and say words until closer to a year. All kids are different – things will come in time.

    As for the weight gain, try giving him some more meat! Growing boys need protein to built muscle. My son LOVED the chicken and turkey dinners (stage 2 and 3) from Earth’s Best. He would eat at least 2 oz of it a day in addition to the chicken and fish pieces I would give him. Oh yeah – try fish too.

    One more thing and then I am done: did you mention your new diet and exercise routine to the doctor? Your trainer sounds great, but maybe discuss the diet with a dietician or lactation consultant who knows more about breastfeeding.

  20. Karen Lynch

    Some don’t crawl, mine scooted, when she could stand, she took one step one day, the next day two, doubled for a few days, then she was off and running. The only crawling she really ever did was stairs.

    Cute pics,

    I remember around 18 mos. she went through a picky stage where she really didn’t want to eat much, when we were at a doctor appointment for something I asked the doctor (not her regular one) about it, his response was eventually they all they would eat was McDonald’s. I always requested not to be seen by that doctor again.