Posts Tagged ‘teething’

Month 9 Well Check

Om nom nom

Our chunk is getting leaner. After his 9 month check up, we found he’s dropped into the 90th percentile for weight! He remains in the 50th for height. And his poor little head, it’s only in the 10th. However, I found several sites that bring his head circumference into the 25th, so I’m going with that. Why am I suddenly sad to know that he’s not bigger than nearly every other kid his age? Did I really find THAT much pride in his thick thighs? (Oh, and don’t worry – they’re still there.)

He’s getting more independent. And he seems to know what he wants and when. If whatever it is I bring him isn’t IT, he sure lets us know. One of these days he’s going to finally master crawling to ease his frustration with us! The past month, we’ve made a conscious effort to keep him on his stomach up to 10 minutes every 2 hours. Hard at first, but he can now tolerate being on his belly for much longer periods of time, which finally gives him the chance to work on those muscles. I was pleased to report to the doc that he can rock on his knees… it’s amazing what little joys I have in my life now!

We discovered yet ANOTHER tooth poked through his gums recently, and there’s another one just on the brink of appearing. Our neighbors have a rambunctious and highly entertainingly wild 3-year-old girl who, at a year old, had a full set of teeth. I always found this amusing. Perhaps there’s something in our drinking water that creates mutant tooth growth.

Wes refuses to be spoon-fed these days, hence the independence. He insists on feeding himself, except: 1) new textures disturb him (so goodbye bananas for a few months), 2) green foods are only for swiping to the floor and 3) 20% of food actually lands in his mouth. All my fun evenings of pureeing and storing massive amounts of food are at a standstill. Humph. Buuuuut, the good news: he’s able to feed himself formula through his sippy cup! Yessss. I can actually have my arms free during this “activity” again.

Aside from all the above challenges, Wes is a super duper baby. He is chill to the max. He sleeps great – even during the day. He gives amazing morning hugs. His handsome brown eyes smile more than his mouth. He loves to be out and about, so shopping is a pleasant surprise. He loves being outside, taking walks and going on bike rides. He thinks Jake & Lucy are the best things since sliced bread, and they love him back to a million pieces. Jake stands still as Wes “gently” pats and hugs him; Lucy allows him to tug her ears and examine her tail. They are rewarded with those awesome baby giggles that make you cry – I mean, it’s commercial material!

Month 9 photos are up. Enjoy!

Posted: April 30th, 2012
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8 months

8.5 months

Nearly 3 weeks late, I finally took photos of Wes at 8 months old. It’s probably because Months 7-8 have been my favorite thus far and I’ve been too busy playing with the cute little guy. Wes is sleeping really well – both at night and at nap times – and it makes a world of difference in his mood. He has been happy, playful and super entertaining the last 6 weeks. He loves his parents, his dogs and his grandparents. He recognizes people he sees on a regular basis, and he greets almost everyone with an adorable, toothy grin.

This weekend has been Drool City because the top front teeth have begun their emergence. I can already glimpse what cute smiles await in the very near future!

We’re still battling Operations Rollover and Crawl. Tummy time is pretty much Wes’ least favorite thing in the whole world. The good news is that he will slooooowly inch backwards with his arms, and he will tolerate – and even rock slightly – when helped onto his knees. I told a friend recently that I can’t even fathom dealing with the really difficult issues of Wes’ childhood & adolescence… this is hard enough!

Several other pieces of news to share from the Shattuck household in a later post, but until then, enjoy Photo Shoot 8!

Posted: April 1st, 2012
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5 Months (A Letter)

Dear Wes,

Happy 5 months! You certainly are a happy child – as long as you don’t have teething pain and aren’t suffering from a fever like the last few days. Somehow, even in your confused state of what-is-wrong-with-me, Daddy can make you smile from ear to ear. And your giggles are just too much. They continually make Mommy’s heart melt. All those hours of consoling you when I have no idea what to do are totally worth just one of those gorgeous laughs.

Within the next few weeks, that beaming face will show off two little bottom front teeth. The caps have finally peeked out over your gums, and soon they will grow into sparkly, white, adorable baby teeth. Will we keep them when they fall out in a few years? It’s unfortunate for you that they decided to make an appearance so early on because you’re JUST now starting to hang on to toys. Keeping a teether in your mouth is next to impossible – you’d much rather chomp on your bib or thumb. But, it’s rather fortunate for you that they decided to make an appearance so early on because you’ll be over Mouth: Stage 1 before your 6 month birthday!

As I write this, you finally clonked off to sleep. Tylenol certainly helps dull the pain and your pitiful whimpers. This stage of your life may just be about the hardest for Mommy thus far. Daddy is a champ and takes everything in stride, but I worry endlessly about how to comfort you. I’m still learning how to fully trust the Lord, so when you cry, I cry, too. It will get easier – or, different, I guess – as we learn each others’ signals over time. And most importantly, how Mommy relies on God to get over the current bump in the road.

You’ve become such a natural part of our days and lives. Mom & Dad enjoyed our 4 married years as just the two of us, but you have brought us into a family. Jake & Lucy will always be our “kids,” too, but your flesh & blood is pretty remarkable. You have changed the relationships we have with others and how we interact with our parents, friends and neighbors. We love you tons – like, it’s hard to describe. And how fun is it to see bits and pieces of relatives and genetics with each expression you make?

I am so thankful for you. You’ve made me a softer, less selfish, more understanding person. I thank you for being the reason I complain less. (Or, rather, my complaints are now in a different category!) We are proud of your rapid growth and development. And those lovely thighs. I could eat them!

I’m looking forward to spending a special moment with you, Daddy and the dogs on Christmas morning this week. Let us remember to be grateful for everything given to us from our Father, to celebrate our friends and family and give to those in need this season and always.

You da man!

Love, Mom

Posted: December 19th, 2011
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