Baby Boy: 9 months

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Dear Ain,

You are 9 months already – time is going by too fast!! Momma was excited for your doctor’s appointment – we wanted to see how much you have grown.

Weight: At the doctor’s appointment we found out you were almost 17 lbs. and 28 inches long! Still a tall, skinny (compared to other babies) baby – but look at those rolls!

Sleep: Sleep is still going well – we are so grateful for that! You consistently wake up only once a night for a feeding – it’s usually 8-10 hours after you fall asleep. Then after eating you go back to sleep for almost another 3 hours. You usually fall asleep between 7:30 and 8pm and wake up for the day about 12 hours later.

 

 

 

 

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Tips for soothing a teething baby

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My little one just had his bottom two teeth break through this week, when he was one week shy of 9 months. I know he’s been working on the teeth for awhile and he’s been “teething for about a month. These are the signs and symptoms you might see when your baby begins to teeth:

Drooling Chewing on solid objects Sticking fingers in mouth Irritability or crankiness Sore or tender gums Decreased appetite Difficulty sleeping Tips for soothing a teething baby:

If your teething baby seems uncomfortable, consider these simple tips:

Cold Teethers

Often chewing can help your little one’s teeth work their way through the gums, or it just helps to have a little counter pressure when the gums hurt. So, give them things to chew! If it’s cold, even better, since the cold will numb the pain.

Rub Ice on Gums - Rubbing ice on the

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Baby Boy: 8 months

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Dear Ain,

 

Another late post – next week you will be 9 months, but I wanted to record everything you’ve done by 8 months! Here are some milestones that you have reached:

you are sitting up on your own really well now!! you communicate frequently and have said “Da da, Daddy, Ain, and hi!” you definitely communicate your likes and dislikes and push something away from your face or bring it to your mouth you can select a toy to play with you use the “milk” sign frequently – seems like it’s more to communicate “I want”. For instance, you will use it to get our attention and for us to pick you up, not necessarily because you want milk.

Sleep: Sleep is still going well – we are so grateful for that! You

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Baby Boy: 7 months

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Dear Ain,

Wow – 7 months already (well, really 7 and a half months, since this post is late)!! Here are some milestones that you have reached:

you said your first word! you definitely communicate your likes and dislikes and push something away from your face or bring it to your mouth you can select a toy to play with make connections between actions and words: you understand the word and sign for “milk” exploring the sounds you can make – shrieking LOUDLY now! sitting up on your own for a little bit at a time bringing food and objects up to your mouth you are showing so much character!

 

 

Sleep: You do a great job falling asleep on your own –

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Mess-Free Christmas Handprint Ornament

Mess-free Handprint Ornament

The project was SO EASY to do! So easy that my mom did all the work while I held a slightly squirming 6-month old AND took the pictures!! I LOVE the fact that this project does NOT require getting an infant’s hand dirty with paint!

Mess-Free Christmas Handprint Ornament

Supplies needed:

a glass {or plastic} ornament ball clear embossing ink {such as Versa Mark} embossing powder {color of your choice} q-tip or pencil eraser {to clean it up a bit} embossing heat gun or hair dryer {just test the hair dryer on the embossing powder first}

Once you have all the supplies at the ready, then;

Step 1: Get the baby’s hand sticky

Step 2: Press baby’s hand onto ornament

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Easy DIY Baby Legs Tutorial ~ Mustache Edition

DIY Baby Legs

So, my husband got me THIS for Christmas!!

 

It didn’t arrive until Dec. 31st, BUT I didn’t waste any time. I knew exactly the first project I wanted to do. I grabbed the men’s mustache socks I had purchased at Target and made…

Easy DIY Baby Legs!

This is really only a four step process!

Step 1: Cut

Take your men’s socks and cut off the foot. With the bottom piece cut the toe and heel off and toss. You will use the middle section.

 

Step 2: Turn inside out and sew

Take the middle section an turn inside out. Sew a line down one of the long sides, about 1-inch from the edge.

 

Step 3: Fold

Fold half of the section over itself so that the unfinished side

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Baby Boy: 6 months

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WARNING!! Get ready for a WHOLE lot of cuteness!! Dear Ain,

Wow – it’s crazy how much you change in a month! You are now 6 months old and SUCH a joy!! We have definitely settled into a routine for nap times and bedtime. And there have been a LOT of fun firsts this month!

We can see that you keep growing and growing – every single day!  You have reached great milestones:

can perceive the distance between one thing and another can play with something using both hands, will transfer object from hand to hand you study objects/faces intently you can select a toy to play with make connections between actions and words: you understand the word and sign for “milk” playing peek-a-boo exploring the sounds you can make – shrieking LOUDLY now! sitting up pretty well while being supported and leaning against

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Baby Boy: 5 Months

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Dear Ain,

You seem like a little boy and no longer a baby! In your mannerism, looking around more, rolling over, etc. This is SUCH an exciting time for Daddy and Momma!

 

 

We can see that you keep growing and growing – every single day!  You have reached great milestones:

can smoothly draw circles in the air with your arm picking up objects, shaking them for awhile, and studying them intently you smile when someone is smiling and talking to you playing peek-a-boo exploring the sounds you can make – shrieking LOUDLY now! sitting up pretty well while being supported and leaning against Momma or Daddy rolling over from back to tummy opening your mouth and moving towards food and pushing away when you’ve had enough

 

 

Sleep: You are awake a lot more during the day now. You

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Baby Boy: Four Months

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Dear Ain,

You are becoming such a social little person!!

Ain laughing

We can see that you keep growing and growing – every single day!  You have reached great milestones:

can smoothly draw circles in the air with your arm picking up objects, shaking them a little, and studying them intently. You love your caterpillar! discovering your feet using your legs to push your butt up while on your back you smile when someone is smiling and talking to you laughing! exploring the sounds you can make carrying on “conversations” with others – these are more and more one sided as you are talking more sitting up pretty well while being supported and leaning against Momma or Daddy staring in fascination at repetitive activities opening your mouth and moving towards food and pushing away when you’ve had enough

Weight and Length:

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Fussy Baby Tips

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In the early weeks I certainly got frustrated, or ended up crying myself when Ain was crying and we didn’t know how to “fix it” or comfort him. It’s so hard when a baby can’t communicate what it needs, or what it is feeling. We ended up asking others and googling soothing techniques, and then used trial and error to find the source of his crying. Over time, we did get to know our baby more. We could tell whether he was tired, or hungry, or bored.

Secondly, I thought I would list off some things we have found to work (and also some cool soothing techniques we have not had a chance to try yet!). Remember, every baby is different. I have found that is really helps to study your baby, get to know their cues for tired, or hungry. And attend to their need BEFORE they get upset.

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