Cole turned 9 months old on September 10th. Beware: there are lots of pictures in this post!
You can see he is sprouting curls like his big sister.
Cole had is 9 month well check and is still a long guy at 29 2/3″ or so…he wiggled so much, it was hard to get an accurate read on this. He weighs 20 lbs 4 oz. And, he is the proud owner of two, sharp, bottom teeth.
He had several shots, but handled them fairly well. It’s always so heartbreaking to hear that first cry. I really didn’t come in with many questions because he’s generally a very happy guy.
Do you have questions prepared in advance for appointments?
He’s pulling himself up on anything and everything. All the time.
It’s fun to see him explore and work on his gross motor skills. It’s equal parts exhausting!
In fact, Spencer came home from work one evening while I was playing defense with Cole and Jada and asked me if I was working out–I was breathing that hard!
He’s still his social, easy-going self which makes it so much easier to get out and about. My parents visited us last week (which is one reason it was so quiet over here) and Cole loved the extra attention.
Note my dad putting a Mega block on Cole’s head!
Eating & Nursing
He’s got the go ahead to eat everything but honey at this point. So, ice cream is a must, right?
He dove head first into the ice cream. Totally my child.
He’s got the pincer grasp down especially with Puffs, and enjoys mashing food with his hands. What baby doesn’t, right?
I read that you should let your kiddos play with their food, so the clean freak in me needs to remain calm and let him play. Meanwhile, Cooper consistently licks his hands and steals bites of food.
Favorites include yogurt, pouches (Plum & Happy Baby), sweet potatoes, peas, bananas, and beans. He doesn’t eat a ton of food relies primarily on breast milk for nutrition. Not sure when I’ll wean this one!
He is a consistent napper and part of that has to do with Jada’s school schedule and our daily routine. Once I drop her off in the morning, I hustle home and get him down for a morning nap.
He gets in a good hour or more before I need to wake him and pick her up. Then, he takes another nap in the afternoon around 1:30 when Jada sleeps as well.
I got him a sound machine just like Jada, he really digs it. In fact, turning it off is usually how I wake him (when I need to).
I was using a box fan, but with the weather turning cooler, I didn’t want him too cold at night.
Now, I put the box fan in our room, so I don’t listen for him. I think every mom must have a radar for baby stirring (my husband can sleep completely through it), so this helps block out the noise.
We usually put him to bed at 7/7:30, and he generally wakes before 7. He’s still up once a night, and I have to admit, it’s easier to just nurse him. He is actually quite hungry, so it’s not solely a comfort thing.
Jada isn’t overly maternal with Cole. She likes her independence and time with mom and dad.
But, she’s also more and more interested in helping with Cole, or showing him how to play (just not with Teddy).
And, there are times, she’s quite possessive of him when other kids want to see “the baby in the stroller.” I think she’ll have more fun when he’s more of a playmate than a crawling baby trying to keep up with big sis.
I have to remind myself that Jada is only 3. She’s very tall and pretty darn articulate, so it’s easy to assume she’s 4 going on 5. She needs to be reassured that she is important and deserving of attention, just like Cole. A fine balance, right parents?
You guys, this is the first month I felt like I can take a breath since he was born.
This past year has been an absolute whirlwind in ALL aspects of life. Spencer got his first head coaching position, we sold a house, moved (again), bought a house, welcomed baby number 2, and I started my online training.
I finally feel like I’m back to me and not just “mom” or “coach’s wife” even though I’m very proud of those two things.
Striking that balance between mom, wife, and trainer is tough, and I’m never juggling them all well. Recently, I made a conscious decision to step back from a few training projects because I just can’t make it work with my active kiddos. I don’t want my work stress to negatively impact them, and it totally was.
That said, I WILL knocking out more online workout programs similar to the 30 Day Training Plan.
What would you like to see more of on this blog? (A day in the life of…, home workouts, what I eat, my favorite non-fitness things, etc…)