It’s been months since I’ve updated, each week telling myself I would post on Malachi’s progress and then completely forgetting. A recent visit to my old workplace reminded me that not everyone uses Facebook (where I usually post pictures) and there are more people who would like to know the latest on our Malachi baby.
Mal has come such a long way from when we brought him home in May. He laughs and giggles at fart noises, funny faces and when I cough (weird, I know, but it’s hilarious to him). He recognizes our voices and faces and returns smiles all the time. He has started to get shy when meeting new people and hiding in the armpit of whoever is holding him. He loves spending time with grandma and grandpa (and the feeling is mutual).
He weighs 15 lbs and is a little over 2 feet tall. He doesn’t have any teeth yet, but he’s drooling like crazy and trying to put everything he can get his fat little fingers on so it can’t be too long now. We started him on solids about a month ago, just 1 oz in the morning. He still doing the tongue thrust sometimes but is getting better at chewing every day. He loves bananas and an apple/pear mixture with his oatmeal and is not so crazy about peas or broccoli. He just recently tried turkey and vegetables and I let him suck on a t-bone steak. It looks like we have a meat eater on our hands. He likes to “help” when we’re feeding him his bottle by getting both hands on it.
Lately he’s been doing sit-ups when he is in a semi-upright position and has really warmed up to his jumper. He loves standing on his feet and he is really really close to sitting on his own without face planting. Not crawling yet although he’s pretty good at keeping himself up on his arms. The best we’ve gotten is some swimming in place, which is a far cry from when we started tummy time and he would scream his head off. He has just discovered his feet but isn’t quite flexible enough to get them in his mouth yet. His little pot belly isn’t helping things either :)
We have an occupational therapist coming to our house once a month to work on Mal’s fine motor skills. Our 9 month well child check with our pediatrician went very well. Malachi’s at about a 6 month developmental stage, which is on par with his adjusted age.
His sleeping habits, though phenomenally better than a couple of months ago, are still a bit hit and miss. He doesn’t nap for more than 30 minutes at a time during the day unless I’m laying with him. He does sleep for about a 6 or 7 hour stretch at night, but he tends to fall asleep about 7pm so he wakes up between 1am and 3am, at which point I go into his room and lay with him on the couch until about 7am when he wakes up for breakfast. Lately though, he’s been really congested so we both don’t get much sleep from about 3am until breakfast time.
Overall, he is a very happy baby and we are so proud of his milestones he’s reached thus far.