Monday, October 18, 2010

Nine Months!

As I mentioned week before last, Brendan turned 9 months old on October 6th! We had his doctor's appointment that day. Here are his stats:

Height: 31 1/4 inches (off the charts!)
Weight: 23 pds 12.5 ou (90th percentile)
Head: 18 3/4 inches (97th percentile)

He's still a giant boy! He actually grew just about 4 inches from his 6 month appointment. The nurse thought she had measured wrong because it was such a huge jump but she measured again and, sure enough, it was right. He had to get his 3rd Hepatitis B shot and the first flu shot (he has to go back for a booster next month) - he got really upset with the shots. The day before his appointment, he pulled himself up for the first time :) I told the doctor how he wasn't crawling at all and had just recently started getting up on his knees but, as soon as he gets on his knees, he looks for a way to stand up. The doctor said he probably won't crawl, in his opinion, but he doesn't expect he will walk before his first birthday. I think he doesn't think he will walk before he turns one because he isn't yet able to stand on his own (like, without holding onto anything). He is, however, obsessed with holding onto our hands and walking around. He doesn't like to hold onto his walkers yet (we have two) and seems kind of scared to try, but wants to walk around with us He doesn't even like his toys anymore because all he wants to do is walk around! It's pretty exhausting and I'm anxious for him to walk on his own!

He still loves food and is starting to eat more and more "table" foods like we eat. Whenever we go to restaurants, we always give him tastes of what we eat. This week, I'm going to try to save a little bit of our dinner everynight for him to try the next day. He loves all kinds of fruit except mangos but still mostly only likes butternut squash, carrots, peas, and potato as far as vegetables go. I used to give him sweet potatoes a lot but when I mentioned to the doctor about him grunting when he poops (when we were having all those stomach issues with him) he said that sweet potatoes can cause constipation. So, I quit giving them to him and he barely grunts at all when he poops now! Like he might give a tiny grunt but no red face, no tons of grunting. It's crazy.

Speaking of the stomach issues, I can't remember if I mentioned it on here, I think I did, but our pediatrician told us to try going from the Nutramigen to Soy and then back to the sensitive. Basically, I did 4 days of soy formula while he was still on Prevacid 2x per day. Then, 4 days of soy formula with Prevacid 1x per day. Then, try the sensitive. He did fine all the way through and is now on sensitive formula with no problems! He is also eating yogurt and cheese again without any problems. The doctor said he could still have trouble when we switch to whole milk but we will just have to see when we get there.

Here's a couple pictures from his 9 month birthday...

I am going to post two more times this week. Once to tell about the past week and weekend and once to post pictures from our trip to the Pumpkin Patch weekend before last. And, I actually will do it. It's my goal for the week :)
Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend! I don't think I left anything out about his 9 months - let me know if I did!