Ellis: Nine Months Old

Ellis James, Baby Update - Nine Months | My Darling Days

Dare I say it, but could this be the most fun age yet?!  Ellis is so entertaining right now, I just love hanging out with him.  He is learning new things every day & amazes me at how quickly he can get himself into trouble!

We've got a mover and a shaker on our hands... this kid is NEVER still.  Getting monthly photos is proving to be quite the challenge... 99.9% of them turn out blurry because Ellis is a busy busy baby!

Ellis James, Baby Update - Nine Months | My Darling Days
Ellis James, Baby Update - Nine Months | My Darling Days

Ellis James, Baby Update - Nine Months | My Darling Days

Ellis James, Baby Update - Nine Months | My Darling Days

Ellis James, Baby Update - Nine Months | My Darling Days

Ellis James, Baby Update - Nine Months | My Darling Days

He goes to the doctor for his 9 month well-check in 2 weeks, but I'm fairly certain he hasn't surpassed the 17 lb. mark yet.  Though he be but little, he is fierce!  Don't let his size fool you -- he will get around and do all the things, just like the big kids.  He can still wear some 6 month clothing, but for the most part is in 9 month clothing and still in size 3 diapers.

Ellis James, Baby Update - Nine Months | My Darling Days

Ellis James, Baby Update - Nine Months | My Darling Days

Ellis James, Baby Update - Nine Months | My Darling Days

Ellis James, Baby Update - Nine Months | My Darling Days

Ellis boy is getting braver and braver by the day -- pulling himself up on everything, climbing, standing independently for a few seconds at a time.  He's crawling everywhere -- not a traditional crawl, but either an army crawl or like a 3 legged crab crawl type thing.  It's so cute, but now that he is fully mobile, he's into everyyyyything.  He has learned the word "no" but it doesn't mean he listens. :)  

Question parents:  What word do you use instead of "no"?  I feel like I'm saying "no no" all.the.time.  I sometime use "ouch!" or "yucky" but mostly just say no. And I don't like.  It's so negative, and I feel like a broken record.

Ellis James, Baby Update - Nine Months | My Darling Days

Ellis James, Baby Update - Nine Months | My Darling Days

Ellis James, Baby Update - Nine Months | My Darling Days

Ellis James, Baby Update - Nine Months | My Darling Days

Ellis is enjoying more regular meals mashed up or in tiny pieces vs. just pureed veggies and fruits.  This month he's tried and loved chicken noodle soup, spaghetti, tenderloin with mashed potatoes, pork roast & brown rice with broccoli, pancakes, hash browns, chicken, and turkey -- to name a few of his favorites.  He sometimes hoards food in his cheeks, which I did as a child too, so that's kinda funny.  We're still nursing while at home, otherwise he still taking 5 oz of breastmilk at daycare every 3 hours.

Ellis James, Baby Update - Nine Months | My Darling Days

Ellis James, Baby Update - Nine Months | My Darling Days

Ellis James, Baby Update - Nine Months | My Darling Days

We've had to do some sleep training this month because he wasn't going down at night, and waking up frequently out of the blue.  We did the dreaded "cry it out" method (which I didn't believe in) after a very frustrating night of frequent wake ups and not wanting to leave momma's arms. But I told myself he was safe, he had a full belly and clean diaper -- he was just playing me.  He just wanted to be held.  He cried for an hour straight.  It was equal parts heartbreaking and like nails on a chalk board.  We nearly caved multiple times but held firm, and he did eventually fall asleep.  He's had a couple other instances where he cried/whined for 20-25 minutes after I put him down for a nap or for the night, but does eventually get himself to sleep, so I'd say it's working!

Ellis James, Baby Update - Nine Months | My Darling Days

Ellis James, Baby Update - Nine Months | My Darling Days

He still just has the two bottom teeth, but I think the top ones will be in soon.  I't's kinda hard to picture him without his gummy smile.

We are currently teaching him to wave "hi" and "bye" and clap his hands.  Slowly, he's learning!

Things I love about Ellis this month:
- The way he sticks his tongue out and up over his upper lip when he's really concentrating.
- His giggle.  I think I say this every month, but man -- I realllly love it.
- His eyes & eye lashes.
- The way he flaps his arms like a bird when he's excited.
- His endless expressions.
- That he is generally always happy!

Ellis James, Baby Update - Nine Months | My Darling Days

We're so looking forward to Christmas with this little one... he's going to be such a ball!


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2 comments:

  1. Those eyes...he is darling!
    We try our best to save "no" for safety infractions and instead to tell our babies/kiddos what they should be doing instead. For example: "we sit in the bathtub" "hand's off" "give nice touches, pulling hair is owie". We aren't perfect and bring out the "no" often enough, but this is a helpful habit to start young because even at my big girls ages they respond so much better when given the tools to know what behavior is expected rather than just hearing what we don't want them to do. Hope that's helpful :)

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  2. This is SO helpful, thank you Tara! It kills me when I see parents scolding children, using the same technique that got the child in trouble in the first place (example: "no hit," and the parent give the child's hand a love tap -- how confusing for the child!). Now I just have to remember to put your method into practice in the heat of the moment! :)

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