baby family Justus

9 Months! {Justus}

February 27, 2013

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Hitting nine months of babyhood is kind of cool, because now baby has spent nine months in, and nine months out, give or take a little (a little more on the “inside” end with my babies :)). This past week, Justus turned 9 months! Hard to believe!

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At the time he turned 9 months, Justus:

  • is 20lbs., 10oz., and 30 inches long.
  • grew 2 new teeth: his top two teeth. It was hardly noticeable this time around–could it be that his amber teething necklace really did help? He did nurse a little more frequently a couple of nights, but nothing kept him awake or fussy. The teeth are still making their way down a little more ever day.
  • had his first fever when the whole family got sick; he was pretty miserable with the sickness (respiratory), but thankfully is all back to his happy self!
  • can stand by himself for a few seconds at a time.
  • loves cruising around the living room using the couch and tables to get around.
  • says “Mama, “Dada,” “Bee-ba-boo,” and I think I caught him saying “Na-na” for Hana Kate. πŸ™‚ Mostly “Mama” and “Dada” get said at random, though. “Bee-ba-boo” is said when he wants to play Peekaboo! πŸ™‚
  • Can play the toy drum.
  • Loves following his sisters around, but can also play by himself for a good while.
  • Seems to sometimes understand the meaning of “no,” or at least is starting to get a vague idea of the concept in specific concepts.
  • Gives kisses (I think we have his friend Evangelyn to thank for this–at least, her kisses and her mommy have reminded me to say “kiss” when we give them, and now Justus often gives kisses when we ask for one, and sometimes even when we don’t.)
  • Is showing an affectionate side: besides giving kisses, he will sometimes crawl over and lay his head on one of us. He even did this to Hana Kate the other day, and they both loved it.
  • Sometimes will wave for “goodbye.”
  • takes two naps: around 10a.m. and 2:30p.m.
  • If for some reason he has missed his afternoon nap, or he has a short one, he gets really hyper and it’s quite funny! (Though it’s tempting, we don’t keep him up just for the fun of it! :))
  • Can drink from a sippy cup, and some from an open lid cup.
  • Has been trying lots of new foods, though breastfeeding is definitely still his primary source of nutrition.
  • I’m pretty much of a “food before one is just for fun” style of baby feeding, but I can definitely tell that he is having fun! (And making a huge mess.)Β This month, he’s tried: avocado, quinoa, pear, apple, banana, black beans, carrot, home-juiced veggies in liquid form (usually a base of kale, apple, carrots + other fruits and veggies). He is obsessed with the juice–if he sees me having a juice (which I usually have at supper time), he goes crazy trying to get some. A little sadly, this means that his diapers aren’t…well, the same lovely, easy consistency as breastmilk only diapers.
  • got his first diaper rash (see above).
  • enjoys people. When my mom and sister visited the previous weekend, he crawled right toward my mom the moment he saw her, and then also happily leaned for my sister to hold him.
  • is still happily co-sleeping. Most nights I change his diaper before I go to bed, and he sometimes nurses then. Other times he’ll nurse later in the night, too. Since I don’t get up or out, I’m not always aware how many times it occurs. πŸ˜‰ He had a phase where he was soaking through several diapers each night. I thought maybe I needed to strip the diapers, but just as suddenly as it started, it stopped. I guess he must have been either nursing more during a growth phase or going more at night.
  • does not like loud scary noises, such as Daddy and sisters wrestling or growling at each other.
  • tries to fake laugh if he hears other laughing. Of course, this is funny, so he does end up being the source of more laughter! Such a fun phase!
  • loves to empty the laundry basket of his diapers and the bookshelves of their books!
  • applied for his first passport!
  • experienced his first “big snow.” He was quite curious about it all, too, and prefered to poke at it with one finger.
  • is growing lots of new hair. It’s almost an inch long.
  • He loves to dance…to anything, including hymns like “Holy, Holy, Holy!” and classical music, too!
  • Although we don’t leave him anywhere apart from us, he doesn’t seem to experience separation anxiety yet.


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