Saturday, March 7, 2009

Haley at Nine Months

Warning: this post is basically an entry in Haley's baby book (this may be the closest we get to filling one for her). Therefore, to the general public, the content may be considered tedious.

Okay, let's see. . . last time I gave full specs on Haley was when she was six months. Not sure I can list all the new things she is doing since then, but I'll try, for posterity (and grandmas!). This may be the only "baby book" Haley has, so bear with me as I share the details.

Around six months, Haley greatly scaled back on something I had all-but forgotten that she had done to such a large extent, until I was reminded by a friend's post (sorry you're on that end of it, Ann!). I don't know when the complete cessation happened, but I am grateful when I look back and realize that she hardly ever spits up now (or, more accurately, spills up--it rarely had time to turn to true spit-up--pretty much just milk flowed out as soon as a feeding was over--or before). Now at nine months, it is very rare for her to spit up at all, which is really quite a difference when I think back to how much more work she was back then because of it. How quickly I adjust to an easier situation without stopping to be thankful that she is no longer a spewing machine. (Though I have to admit, she's still a drooler--see above photo. Not too bad nowadays--about what I see other babies drool when they're teething. But the drool has greatly tapered off as well. It's a constant drip, instead of an incessant flow now.)

In January, at almost 8 months, Haley had a rash of new developments: she cut two new teeth (making a total of four), began eating solid foods regularly, crawling, sitting without support and . . .(drum roll, please). . . throwing tantrums. I don't mean little sounds and faces to convey she's not happy. I mean chin-to-chest (or sometimes head-thrown-back), back-arching, arm-flailing (in the direction of my face) body-shaking (or stiff-body), howling and screaming tantrums. My other two did not do anything like this at that age. In fact, I have never seen a baby of not even eight months throw a tantrum like Haley could/can. I have no tantrum video to show you, but here's one of Haley sitting--err--getting around and keeping busy. She doesn't like to sit still much.

So, while we're on the subject of tantrums, I'm remembering a few opportunities for training we have with Haley nowadays. Haley clearly understands the word "no," (as evidenced by a pause, a thoughtful moment, followed by, "it's worth it" complete disregard) so we are off into a new phase with her. We are working on training her not to touch cords or the space heater in our bathroom. We're also teaching her not to grab my glasses or jewelry. (No, I don't usually wear jewelry, but I plan to wear it often nowadays, until we get Haley used to not touching it; it's all about functionality, and jewelry sometimes has a very practical function in motherhood, I've found!) As you'll see below, we also need some traning on feeding issues (yelling/demanding food, spitting, playing with food in her mouth, taking off her bib, hitting, biting and overall abusing me while nursing), as well as the stairs. Goodbye, infancy. Hello, training phase. I'm tired just thinking of it!

For a few weeks, Haley often "helped" me feed her by pushing food into her mouth immediately after I spooned it in. This resulted in food pretty much everywhere. Some days, she had it so widely spread, you'd think she was feeding herself. We've been working on this, and she is getting better about leaving the food alone. Besides breastfeeding 5-6 times a day, she currently eats the equivalent of 2-3 jars of baby food per day. A far cry from where Claire was at around the same age. (At eight months, I switched her completely to table food because she was eating 8 jars a day and I just couldn't bear to buy that much baby food.) About 1/3 of the solids Haley eats right now are table food. Unlike a couple months ago, she's now a big fan of solids, and will often smack her lips in anticipation. So cute.

Here's a new thing for us: stairs and crawling babies. As she has become interested in pulling up on anything and everything, the stairs have become a place Haley loves to hang out. We're not big into baby-proofing our house. I don't see us using a gate much, if at all, but am not sure how to go about training Haley to not climb the stairs, which I imagine is only a short time away.

Unchartered waters. Suggestions, please!

She's so proud of herself! Sandy moved the rug there. Hard tile is not the place to practice pulling up to wobbly feet, especially in footed pjs.
Haley can stand with support for 10-15 minutes before getting tired and whining about it. She's not into cruising yet.

When Sandy was here, to her Lita's delight, Haley waved for the first time. It was totally out of the blue, and since then, she pretty much hasn't stopped waving. She does it constantly now, through meal time, in her car seat or while being held. I don't think she is always aware she is doing it. Sorry about the video being sideways. Not sure if/how I can make it upright.

Now that she's waving, we are also introducing Haley to a *few* signs, mostly having to do with manners ("Please," "Thank you," "more," "eat"). It seems as though she may be catching on, but since Ruby and Claire didn't start using signs until around a year, we don't have any high hopes for the next few months. Just getting her used to the idea.

In conclusion, I'll leave you with Haley's 9 month well-check stats: 17 pounds, 3 ounces and 28 3/4 inches long. Will we make it past 20 pounds at a year in order to turn her car seat around? I'm thinking that isn't likely.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

As far a stairs, with Caiden we say no and remove him from the staircase. If he persists, we thunk his hand and remove him. So far it's worked. Granted he is older than Haley.
Looking forward to seeing those sweet girls!!