Geez, where does the time go?
A lot has been going on with our little Mac attack. He’s had 3 haircuts and just cut 4 new teeth for a total of 12 chompers. He is crawling on all fours and cruising along the back of the couch and coffee table like a pro. He’s still a little freaked out to stand on his own without the assistance of our hands, but we’re hoping he’ll gain a little more confidence in the next couple of months. I’m still getting used to him being so mobile on hands and knees!
He’s made the transition to big people food. Rice, noodles, ground meats, eggs, avocados and mashed potatoes are his favorites so far. He still has trouble with firmer vegetables and fruits but he loves his bananas and greek yogurt pouches. And he goes bonkers for his cheese puffs. He does get 3 oz of formula before every meal and snack (4 total). He has started drinking some whole milk during the day as well as diluted juice and water.
Mac now weighs 19 lbs. I just measured his height about a week ago on his growth chart but can’t recall the exact inches. And since his growth chart is in his room and he’s napping right now, there’s no way I’m going to disturb that adorable beast. As far as sleeping ~ this kid is a maniac in his crib. He thinks it’s pretty funny after I put him down for a nap or bedtime to roll around like a possessed monkey, pounding on his crib rails, sitting up and clapping and laughing his head off. He has started to prefer falling asleep on his tummy and rubbing his face in his blanket. We have good and bad nights but for the most part, he goes to bed at 8:30pm and wakes up about 7am.
His 1 year follow up appointment with neurosurgery is coming up in a couple of weeks. I can’t believe it’s already that time. We haven’t had any issues with his shunt so fingers crossed everything still looks good on his MRI. He also has an eye appt in July as well and we’re hoping we can get a new prescription for his glasses. He’s been doing pretty good with keeping them on until he accidentally touches them, then it’s game over. We’re still patching his right eye 1-2 hours a day so his left eye gets stronger and doesn’t cross. He has been going to physical therapy twice a month and occupational therapy at our house twice a month. We just finished up our first semester of music class and he loved it.
He really has been working so hard and learning new things at a rapid pace. Oh, he says “mama” now! He doesn’t quite associate it with me yet, but I think he’s starting to get it. Grandma taught him how to point to his forehead when you ask, “where’s your head?”. We also touch foreheads when I ask him for a “popo” (which means “kiss” in Korean).
I think that’s it so far. I will try to update more frequently, but no promises. We’re going to be busy packing up and moving to our new house!
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.