Category Archives: month by month

8 months & 9 months

At the beginning of 7 months, Joey was rolling and spinning, and still tipping when he sat.

NOW, just two short months later, as we close out on being 8 months – he is EVERYWHERE. He crawls (fast), pulls himself to standing, likes to play while sitting on his knees, will take a few steps along furniture, loves playing – he is busy, busy, busy!

The night before Halloween (7 months and a week and a half) I thought he scooted himself forward across the bathroom floor. I wasn’t sure, and didn’t really believe it since he never went backwards and so many babies I’ve known have gone backwards before forwards, but Halloween night while we were waiting for trick-or-treaters he followed me (and my newspaper, which is what he really wanted) all around the living room! And he hasn’t stopped since! Just after he turned 8 months he figured out how to pull himself up and now he doesn’t want to do anything but stand. He’s getting more and more steady, and is very comfortable letting go with one hand. He is persistent and determined – if there’s something he wants, he will find a way to get it. He doesn’t often get frustrated, just keeps working at it. I know this is all very developmentally normal, but I am just so proud of him. He is so big.

(8 months on the left, 9 months on the right)

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Oh, and ps: the dogs are going on a diet. It’s called “you have 10 seconds to eat before mom takes your bowl away because Joey is playing in your food.” πŸ˜‰

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7 months

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We’ll call this the month of the roll. Because this boy rolls everywhere! Β He’s not crawling or even really scooting, but he can get where he wants to go by rolling and spinning!

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He loves his toes! They are his teething toy of choice.
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He’s sitting up so much stronger now, doesn’t even need to have his hands down (but of course wouldn’t pick them up when I wanted to take a picture!). He still forgets to balance sometimes and tips over, but he doesn’t mind too much because then he can continue rolling all around.

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I feel like he’s grown up a lot this month. Maybe it’s the jeans, or maybe just because he’s in the second half of his first year, but he seems so big now!

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He is still chewing/sucking on anything and everything he can get in his mouth. We are loving our Chewbeads! And he totally crossed his fingers like that all on his own and then shot me that look. Love his expressive eyebrows.

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6 months

Happy half birthday, buddy!

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Joey is now about 13.6 pounds and 25 inches long. Most doctors want breastfed babies to double their birth weight by 6 months – Joey is over 3.5 times his birth weight! He’s an overachiever. πŸ™‚

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What life is like now:
– He has learned a pterodactyl scream when he’s not happy with what you’re doing. Or sometimes just because he’s wants to hear his voice.
– But he also has BIG laughs when he’s happy.
– He loves reading books.
– Loves jumping in his jumper.
– Has decided he HATES taking a bath (after that being his favorite thing in the world until now!).
– Loves watching the puppies, petting them, pulling their fur, and sticking his tongue out to kiss them back.

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– He thinks snorting is the funniest noise he’s ever heard. He tries to imitate it but can’t quite figure it out yet.
– He FINALLY found his toes!

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– He loves scooting and rolling all around in his crib.

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– But still has no desire to roll from back to belly. He’s totally capable, just decides he’s content once he’s on his back.
– He still sucks his thumb, but only when he’s sleeping or going to sleep. Never in the car when he’s screaming. πŸ˜‰
– He grabs ev.er.y.thing. If it’s in his reach, it’s in his hand. And then in his mouth.
– He can sit on his own, but forgets he’s supposed to balance himself so topples over easily.

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He got sick for the first time this month and was just not himself at all for a couple weeks. A sure sign: he fell asleep in the car, let my carry him in in his seat, and continued to sleep in there in his bed for another hour. That is all unheard of in the world of Joey!

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He had his ophthalmology appointment this month and did great. Currently he’s about 4 points farsighted, which is on the high end of normal for his age. He’ll go back in a year and see how much he’s changed!

Joey got invited to his first birthday party this month! His little friend Paxton turned two and invited us to his party at Gymboree. It was fun!

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We also took our first trip to MN this month and Joey got to meet his BFFs!

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Cool dudes.

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Hanging out in the Tula!

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The first half of year one:

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5 months

This big boy is 5 months! He is around 12.5 pounds, 22.5 inches long.

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He has changed so much in the past month. He now laughs, rolls from belly to back, “talks” non-stop – he is so fun!

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Joey got to go for his first plane ride(s) this month when the two of us traveled to Chicago! We met up with 6 other girls I met through an infertility group about a year and a half ago. We’ve chatted almost daily for so long, gone through lots together, and it was so great to meet them in person! We enjoyed a day exploring around Navy Pier.

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We also started a fitness class called Burn Baby Burn this month. It is awesome! Joey stays with me in the class and the instructor utilizes the babies as weights for us! It’s a great chance to get out of the house, meet fun friends, and get some exercise!

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Happy 5 months, sweet boy!

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4 months!

I can’t quite believe that here I am writing a 4 month post already (and a few days late at that – ha!). I feel like Joey has changed so much over the last month – and in the last couple weeks specifically.

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A month ago he could barely lift his head off the ground when he was on his tummy – now he pushes himself all the way up! (Although, his face will tell you it’s still a lot of work! And he still needs breaks as you can see…)

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This month he went from sleeping a 4-6 hour stretch at night to sleeping 7-8 which is awe-some!!

He is very aware of people he doesn’t now. He often sticks his lip out or even cries when first meeting someone, but does usually eventually warm up.

He has lots of awake time and is loving his play mat. Uncle James got him a little monkey that he is in LOVE with! He finally figured out on Monday how to grab it and he held on to that monkey tail with all his might πŸ™‚

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He just can’t get enough bath time. It never fails – if he’s cranky and nothing’s working – bath is always the answer. He screams when you take him out now! He even has started playing with his duckie when I put it in there – it takes a lot of coordination and concentration, but he can usually get it!

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He has started sucking his thumb pretty consistently! He was sucking on his fists for a while, and it almost seemed like an accident one day that his thumb popped in his mouth. Now he tries to get it all the time – but still lacks great coordination so he struggles sometimes.

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He is obsessed with his tongue – and anyone else’s! He loves if you stick your tongue out at him. He will stick his out too, and also tries to mimic any noise you make with your mouth.

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He is getting so good at his smiling πŸ™‚

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He loves looking at himself in the mirror – and is getting close to rolling from tummy to back!

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Monday night Joey got to go to his first Royals game (thanks to MHC Kenworth)! He slept through the whole thing (despite taking a 3.5 hour nap before we went!), but got his official Royals fan certificate for his first game.

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First Steps will be coming out every 6 weeks to check up on him and do some therapy with him. I can’t wait for her to see how much he’s changed and all the things he can do now that he couldn’t a month ago!

Sunday night we all went out in the pool – the puppies weren’t being so cooperative, but you can at least see a part of each of the 5 of us all in the pool that night! Joey loved it of course πŸ™‚

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Just one more – our little (big!) answer to prayer.

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3 Months

This big boy is three whole months today! I can’t believe it. He has changed and grown so much over the last month. We had his two month well baby check and he was 9lb 2oz, 21.5 inches long. His head was 15 1/8 inches. He’s under the second percentile for height and weight on the regular chart, but adjusted for the fact he was two months early he’s almost right on 50th percentile. His head is in the 10th percentile on the regular chart! ha! We saw a new pediatrician (who was awesome!!) and she was very impressed with his development. She said he was doing almost everything she’d expect a 2 month old to do!DSC_0046 DSC_0131 DSC_0152

He’s learning to pick his head up during tummy time. Making progress! That thing is heavy, though! πŸ™‚DSC_0161Love those little toes! (I got my big camera out for the first time since he was born today. And had way too much fun. I know how we’ll be spending lots of days!)
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I did finally take his 2 month picture with his tie, at 2 1/2 months. πŸ™‚IMG_7550

He is just in love with his Wubbanub. It’s never far away!IMG_7729IMG_7424 IMG_7738

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He is SO full of smiles now! Definitely his most fun new development. Well, cooing and little giggles too, but I can’t capture those in a photo! I’ll need to get a video.
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The bath is still his favorite thing!

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2 months

2 months old! {2 days adjusted}

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Joey is now 7.1lb! I do have some monthly ties I got as a gift, but of course couldn’t find them today. Here’s his one month picture (that was a bad night in the NICU, so it’s a terrible picture) and one from tonight. I will take more for his two month when I find the ties so we can compare. He’s definitely changed a lot!

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