July 2017

Right on the heels of the 7 and 8 month updates, Sloan is magically now 9 months 😉 He was a champ at his 9 month check up, and I really feel like this has been one of my favorite stages – he’s mobile, interactive and just learning so darn much everyday.

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I have a feeling this is how our monthly pictures are going to go from here on out…

  • Stats: At his 9 month check up, Sloan weighed 22lbs, 8oz (74th percentile) and was 28 inches long (42nd percentile). Squatty and healthy haha! No ear infections and was a champ through the 1 shot he needed this appointment. He’s finally sprouting some blondish hair, but were still waiting on chompers! He’s wearing 12-18 month clothes and size 4 diapers.
  • Likes: Dash, crawling, light up toys (especially his new drum!), afternoon walks, his dada, the pool (my little fish!) and of course…all food.
My happy boy chowing down on some raspberries

My happy boy chowing down on some raspberries

  • Dislikes: New faces (he’s finally achieved stranger danger status), falling as he tries to stand (duh), and that’s about it
  • Eats: ALL THE FOODS. He shivered when my sister tried to feed him a pickle, but that’s been the closest I’ve seen to disdain towards an item of food! He really enjoys fish (salmon and shrimp especially), Puffs, berries, yogurt, and little sneaks of ice cream that I’ll give him a lick of every once in awhile 😉 We’ve cut back to 2 bottles a day, with 6 ounces each of formula. The doctor advised that since he was eating so well (and a large variety), he probably didnt need the bottles, and you know what? I cut out his 11AM and 3PM bottles and he hasn’t skipped a beat! Ive also been trying more sippy cup with formula, and he’s adapted really well to that too.
"Let's pick out some food, Mom!"

“Let’s pick out some food, Mom!”

  • Health: He’s battled a cold off and on for about a month, but it hasn’t kept him down thankfully! And per his pediatrician, his lungs and ears were clear, which is all a mom can hope for!
  • Sleep: I always say this during this section, but knock on wood, the sleep is still going pretty well. He’s doing 2 naps a day (around 9-1030/11 and then 1-3ish), alongside sleeping from about 645PM to 7AM.  Perhaps it’s all that food he’s downing that helps his sleep 😉
  • Milestones:
    • CRAWLING! I feel like we waited on this one forever, but when it came, he was on the go! And now when he transitions from sitting to crawling, it’s almost like he wants to try to stand. Along the same lines…
    • …pulling up. He likes to look at out the windows at the dogs and birds, as well as pulling up and sitting up in his crib more and more
    • Waving – I love this one…so sweet
    • 1st 4th of July! While we didnt watch any fireworks, he did enjoy some good old North Carolina BBQ on his first fourth.
Peek a boo!

Peek a boo!

Sloany Bear: we love watching you learn and grow. It’s such a treat watching you grow into such a fun, happy, handsome, loving boy.

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Ive wanted to do one of these posts for so long – I personally love reading other people’s blogs where they write about something similar, particularly if were in similar stages of life (and even if not, I seem to always remember them and go back through the archives – yes, I am that person).

So what do Sloan and I do during the day? Well, a lot of it is the same from day to day – he is scheduled after all – but I try to mix things up for both of our sakes; heaven forbid anyone get bored! So without further ado…

640AM: My alarm goes off (unless it’s Monday or Friday, in which case I try to run with two neighbors early, early!) and check the monitor. Half the time Sloan is up already just babbling to himself, and the other half of the time he’s still snoozing away. I quickly get ready and have breakfast, make his bottle and feed the dog.

7AM: So long as Sloan is up, I go into his room to start his day. He’s so happy first thing in the morning! Quick diaper change (which is becoming increasingly challenging) and off for his morning bottle (6oz – 3oz or formula and 3oz of whole milk).

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715AM: We got for a walk or run with the dog – and so I can get in a podcast listen! Sloan loves to watch Dash prance around on his walk and will just chat with himself during this time. 🙂

8AM: We get home for Sloan’s breakfast – and for my Today Show watching. I usually give him some baby yogurt, fruit and toast with peanut butter.

815-915AM: Sloan and I play and play. His morning nap is getting more unpredictable so Im trying to push it a bit later. Lately, he’s really loving his toy golf set, the Melissa and Doug tools, and any apparatus he can pull up and cruise along.

Playtime with Dash

Playtime with Dash

915-1030/11AM: Like I said this nap is getting more unpredictable but I try to keep him in his crib until at least 1030. During this time, I have my coffee, shower, finish getting ready for the day, do some blogging/freelance work, and tackle my to do list.

11AM: Sloan has a quick snack, but then I like to fill the times in between naps with activities – like I said, for both of our sakes/sanities! Mondays we go to the baby library story time, Tuesdays we had music class, and if we dont have a set activity I try to set up a fun lunch, play date, walk or just general errands.

A lovely selfie during library story time

A lovely selfie during library story time

1215ish PM: Lunch time! During lunch, Sloan has a cup of whole milk, some turkey/chicken/meat, beans, cut up fruit, etc. He’s a veritable bottomless pit, that’s for sure. He’s great when we eat out for lunch too – Ill bring a few things like crackers or a pouch with me in the diaper bag, but typically, Ill order something off the kid’s menu – just easier, in my opinion!

Enjoying a PB and J with his great grandmother, Mema

Enjoying a PB and J with his great grandmother, Mema

115-3PM: Afternoon nap time. This is a little bit better of a nap for Sloan, more predictable. Again, Ive been pushing it later – trying to get to 130 in preparation for him starting mother’s morning out in September. This nap time, I have lunch and then I try to use for more to do list items (bills, freelance work, cleaning, stuff outside), but I also like to use this nap to have a little bit of me time – catching up with a friend on the phone, reading a book, catching up on the DVR, etc.

3PM: Snack for Sloan! Then, like I said, another activity – whether it be a play date, going to the pool, or Ive really enjoyed Burn Boot Camp workouts, where they have a 4PM class as well as childcare – everyone wins! I love this workout and Sloan enjoys the stimulation. Again, I think it’s a good thing for him to get used to seeing me leave, playing with other children, etc.

A playdate with friends

A playdate with friends

5PM: Sloan has dinner – this is usually his biggest meal. More or less the same as what he had at lunch, since Ill make a lot of something and save it, but he never complains 😉

530-615PM: We have one final playtime. Before it got too hot, we played outside a lot, but recently we’ve had to stay indoors with the hot hot days we’ve been having in Charlotte. I try to prep the nighttime bottle as well as my dinner stuff ready, but it’s getting tougher because if Im out of his eyeshot, lately Sloan just melts down.

Wrapping up dinnertime

Wrapping up dinnertime

615PM: Bathtime. I love this time of day and so does my little guy. So does Dash, because he likes to drink bath water 🙂

630PM: Evening bottle – 3oz formula and 3oz whole milk. Afterwards, he’s drowsy but still awake so Ill try to get in a story and then pop him straight into the crib. He’ll usually roll around for about 10 minutes before settling into sleep, but rarely (knock on wood) do I have to go back in there before 7AM. Sweet dreams, Sloan!

After Sloan goes down, I try to make dinner, but most nights since it’s just me, Ill do a bowl of cereal and an apple or a sandwich, but Im trying to get better! By the end of the day, Im pooped, as any mom is – whether she stays at home or works full time out of the house. Being Sloan’s mom is the best job and I love him with all my heart – seeing him learn so much makes my heart burst.

So there you have it! A typical day for us. Things will change up once the “school year” starts, but I cant wait to see what the new routine brings us.

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