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Chocobo’s Ninth Month!

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Our son is wild, and I love it.

He is super strong and always pulling, banging, or (purposely) dropping things. He is a very determined boy, going after what he wants and it can be hard to distract him once he has his mind set on something. We have noticed that he has quite a strong will, and we are going to have to come up with ways to channel his energy into constructive things as he gets older.

He’s been experimenting with a lot of different foods, lately. As a teacher, I once had to save a one year old who was choking on his breakfast. The experience showed me just how easy it is for a child to begin choking, and I have been nervous about letting Chocobo try new foods. At the same time, he is definitely ready for more than breastmilk and purees.

I’ve let him have little bits of carrots, polenta, chicken, waffles, and various fruits. I was really surprised to learn, recently, that he loves cantaloupe! I hate cantaloupe. I’ve also bought him some cereal puffs, to which he is addicted! Over the last few days, I have been trying to teach him to drink from a sippy cup. He’s not totally there, yet – but he’s working on it. I don’t think it will be long.

Another exciting thing we are working on is baby sign! I am starting with the sign for “more,” and will move on to others as he grows. Right now he thinks that I am clapping my hands when I say “more,
(the sign requires you to bring your two hands together), so when he wants to ask for more he starts clapping. It’s pretty cute.

Chocobo and his daddy have been bonding a lot, lately. They have special games that they play together and even though our baby is only nine months, that doesn’t stop my husband from rough housing with him. We definitely have a rough and tumble little boy. We love to hear him squeal with laughter when my husband “attacks” him.

I can’t believe that my son has now spent more time outside of the womb than in it! And I also can’t believe that in three months, we will have a toddler. I am loving our son’s personality and all of the craziness and fun he brings into our lives, but I also miss the days when he was a tiny baby!

Sometimes I listen to the music we used to play for him when he was first born, while staring at his newborn clothes that don’t fit him anymore.

I guess it’s time to start planning some kind of party for his upcoming first birthday!

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Chocobo’s Eighth Month!

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Chocobo’s eighth month has been pretty exciting. He started walking (using a walker) and he said his first word, which was “baby!” but he hasn’t said it since. He also got his first tooth! He started waving, blowing kisses, and clapping his hands, as well. The boy is literally all over the place and I’m wondering how we are going to keep up with him when he is up and walking around on his own! He terrorizes the cat – chasing him and grabbing his tail or his ears – and we’re always careful to keep them away from each other out of fear that kitty might get fed up and scratch him one day.

Chocobo consistently says “mama” and “dada” but we aren’t sure if he knows what it means, yet. He also enjoys saying “baba,” “nana,” “yaya,” and just generally yelling out into the atmosphere whenever he gets a chance. He started playing with little balls in his eighth month, picking them up and holding them over his head, sometimes throwing them, and chasing after them as they roll. He’s also started playing with little cars and he loves to play with anything that isn’t actually a toy – water bottles, shoeboxes, earphones, cell phones, and his wipes and diapers.

Speaking of diapers – I don’t know if it’s the more advanced foods he’s been eating or what, but he’s had more blowout diapers this month than I have ever seen him have. In fact, he had one just before I sat down to write this. I ended up just putting him in the bath.

He loves baths, reading, being tickled, and he taught his entire class how to growl.

The kid is a mess. We love him.

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Chocobo’s Seventh Month!

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I’m so bad at keeping up with updating each time that Gideon grows a month older. So you’ll have to forgive the spam of “updates,” as I have this 7 month update and an 8 month update to post! At 7 months, Gideon got to visit the beach for the very first time! He had a great time sitting in the sand, but he didn’t like the waves so much. We’ll be taking him to the beach again next week (he’ll be almost 9 months) and the water will be warmer – so perhaps he’ll have a better time with the waves there! Regardless, he loves the water. He’s been to the pool a bunch of times and he always enjoys splashing and playing in there.

I returned to work in Gideon’s seventh month as well, which means he went to school! This was extremely hard on him, in the beginning. He cried every single time I put him down and it was hard to walk out on my crying baby. Over the course of a few weeks, he started to get used to his teachers and the environment, and he’s doing much better.

His language and gross motor skills have grown as well. He was already babbling and pulling up on things, but he began to really master the ability to get around a room by holding onto furniture and walking – instead of only crawling. He began really responding to his name and responding to other things that we do or say by imitating us. I started feeding him more foods – bananas, carrots, applesauce, pears, sweet potatoes, and squash – with the help of his teachers who feed him those items during the school day. He still nurses 4-6 times a day, but it’s fun to let him eat dinner with us when we get home in the evening.

He’s a very inquisitive baby, always wanting to know what’s going on and always watching intently. He is also a very active baby, put him on the floor and turn away for a few seconds and you’ll think you’ve lost him. He crawls quickly and gets into things pretty fast, as well. We’ve had to start using the word “No!” when he is getting into something that he shouldn’t. And I am convinced that he understands when we say no – although he doesn’t always choose to listen!

I’m so in love with this stage of his life, it’s hard to see it going by so quickly!