We had our big check-up appointment at the pediatrician yesterday and everything was AWESOME all around - though Case was NOT a fan of the toe-prick blood test to see if he was at all anemic (standard test for the 9 month visit) and good news he wasn't even close!!! Which was surprising and very pleasing news since the doc said that most of her breastfed babies that are still not eating a ton of food end up a little anemic by this point but he was super in the clear!! YAY healthy "milks"!! He also received his pneumococcal vaccine which he was also NOT a fan of - but we nursed during and after the injection and that helped to calm him quicker! Then we moved onto the other happy stats which are as follows:
weight - 18 lbs. 6 oz
height - 27.5" tall
head circum - 45 cm - she said his brain is growing big and strong and that was an impressive stat! (again - yay milks!)
We discussed all of his developmental milestones thus far and she was VERY pleased with all of his progress! She even did a few little "tests" to see his reactions to things and he scored an A+ !! Speaking of milestones - here is the update on that front: He is sitting up like a total champ and has been for quite a while now, he rolls in both directions like a PRO - i'm talking - fixes his eyes on something across the living room and will then proceed to roll 12 feet at the drop of a hat to get to it LOL! he is TRYING so hard to get the crawling thing totally down and getting pretty frustrated with our slippery floors - poor lil guy - but he has got scooting and army crawling licked! He also clapped perfectly for us 3 nights ago while in his highchair at the dinner table - it was PRECIOUS! He does a perfect pincher grasp and in general has being "adorable and flirty" down to an ART! ha! He talks up an absolute storm in his beautiful little language and it is total music to our ears!
On the food front - he is still not a HUGE fan but we are making strides and the doc was TOTALLY happy with our progress! He does all purees still - NOT a fan of "bits" ... though the dramatic faces and exaggerated gagging is hilarious evil fun to see LOL! So far he has tried sweet potatoes, squash, avocado, carrots, pears, apples, quinoa, bananas, peaches, and mangoes! We started all sitting together at the dinner table about two weeks ago and giving him dinner which usually consists of quinoa plus a veggie pureed together. Then this week I started also feeding him a fruit puree for breakfast! I am having lots of fun making all of his food!!
Let's see - well the question everyone asks all the time "how is he sleeping?" .... lol.... always a different answer but basically we have made TONS of progress from where we started and I am very pleased with that - as was the doc! I told her that I never really know what I am going to get from one night to the next - sometimes he goes for b/w 7 & 9 hours at one time which is rare but AMAZING and more often we will have lots of nights where we get at least one stint that lasts for between 3.5-5 hours which is also great! then we sometimes have nights where we are up every two hours or where he wakes in the middle of the night and won't go back to sleep for several hours.... Her response was and I quote "He is a baby NOT a puppy!" and went on to reassure me that those are completely normal and expected trends, which is what my instincts told me so it was GREAT to hear from her :)
OH and other excitement includes the fact that his sweet little face has two new additions to the heart breaking smile - his first two teeth!!!! The bottom teeth are fully exposed and making their way up to finished height and he is just about to start breaking skin on the two top ones as well!!!
Okay well that's the highlights I think!! From here on out I am going to focus on short and sweet and hopefully FREQUENT updates and pics to keep everyone up to date on Mr. Case!
Love to all! xoxo