Nolan’s 9 through 12 Month Update

Ok, so I’m a little behind. Nolan is getting close to 18 months and I just never got around to posting this update and his last monthly photos that I took. Better late than never I guess.  I’ve waited too long to write this post so I’ve forgotten many of the milestones that he reached along the way but I’ve added in a few things that I’ve remembered. Otherwise there’s tons of photos of Nolan between 9 and 12 months old.

Nolans 9 Month Photo

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Nolans 11 Month Photo

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12 Month Stats: At his 12 month appointment he was 18lb 9oz and 30″ tall.

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Clothing Size: At 12 months old he was wearing mostly 12 month size clothes. Except for pants. 12 month were still a little too big around the waist even though the length was probably fine.

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12 Month Sleep: He was taking two pretty consistent naps a day. The first was about 2 hours after he woke up and it lasted about 2 hours. His second nap usually fell around 2.5 hours after waking up from his first nap and it usually lasted about 2 hours as well.

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9-12 Month Milestones: If I remember correctly Nolan started pulling up sometime between 9-10 Months. As of 12 months he was still just crawling around, pulling up on furniture but not yet walking around on his own. (He didn’t start walking until almost 15 months.)

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1st Birthday Party: Nolan has two cousins (on Chris’ side of the family) that were born within 6 weeks of him. We decided to make it easy and had one party together to celebrate all three babies 1st Birthday’s.

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It was so much fun watching all the babies with their cupcakes.

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Each had their own way of doing it but they all had fun.

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Nolan 6 to 8 Months

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Nolans 7 Month Photo 1

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I’ve been taking monthly photos of my son Nolan but I’ve gotten behind on putting together a monthly update post. I didn’t want to completely stop or skip them so I thought I would just try to start from where we are now and add in some of what’s happened since he turned 5 months old.

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Stats: The last Dr’s appointment we had was at 7 months. At that time he was 16 lbs and 6 oz. and I think he was 27″ long. So that put him at the 15% for weight and 67% for height. He’s just a tall skinny boy.

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Clothing Size: As of 8 months he’s still wearing mostly 6 month clothes.  Since it’s summer he’s mostly in onsies and shorts so the length isn’t really an issue. I’m not sure that he’d really fit into the 6 month sleepers anymore. He does have a few 9 month clothes and they fit fine as well.

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Sleep: We stopped using the swaddle around 5 and half months I think. It was pretty rough for a little over a week but it slowly got better. Now he just sleeps in some kind of sleep sack. At this point I’m not sure if he really “needs” the sleep sack to sleep but I don’t have a problem with it and I don’t see any reason to bother with something that’s working.

We got the ok from the Dr. to drop the morning feedings at 7 months and after that he started sleeping through the night with the exception of a dream feed that I did around 9:30. A couple of weeks ago I stopped doing the dream feed and now he’s sleeping completely the night. He usually goes down between 6:30-7:00 and wakes up anywhere from 6:00-7:30 in the morning.

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Eating: Just after 6 months we started adding solids. He’s currently eating solids 3 times a day which is usually a mix of baby puffs and some kind of baby puree. Other than that he’s still breastfeed but he’s cut back quite a bit. I usually offer to feed him about 6 times a day but he only breastfeeds 4-5 times a day.

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Schedule: His daytime schedule has been pretty steady for about 6 weeks now I think. The wake up time tends to vary but the hours between things is usually consistent. I’ll start with waking at 7:00 just for an example.

7:00 am: Wake/Breastfeed
8:00 am: Eat Solids
9:00 am: Offer to Breastfeed (usually doesn’t) / Down for Nap
11:00 am: Wake from Nap (2 hrs usually)/ Breastfeed
12:00 am: Eat Solids
1:30 pm: Breastfeed (sometimes)/ Down for Nap
3:30 pm: Wake from Nap (2 hrs usually) / Breastfeed
5:00 pm: Eat Solids
6:30 pm – 7:00 pm: Breastfeed / Down for Night (usually no later then 3 hrs after last nap)

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Milestones: He has been doing the army crawl for a few weeks now. He doesn’t seem to interested in crawling on his hands and knees right now. I think he figures he can get anywhere he wants to with the army crawl so why do anything else. Just in the past couple of days he’s been trying to pull himself up on things while he’s on his tummy. He still hasn’t figured out how sit up from laying down and he doesn’t seem to be showing any signs of trying to really.

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Favorites: He’s still playing in the exersaucer and with most of the toys he has. Although I think he would prefer to just crawl around and explore all the time. That about the only thing that keeps him from screaming and squealing.

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Memories: Now that he’s crawling we’ve been shutting doors and using baby gates all over the place. He can move really quickly and loves to explore all over the place. The moment I set him down on the ground he stretches out onto his tummy and starts to crawl.

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Along with that he has started screaming and screeching at the top of his lungs which he loves to do whenever he’s in the high chair or exersaucer. He does occasionally babble but he isn’t really saying any words yet.

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Chris taught him how to blow bubbles with his mouth and he loves to do that. Especially when he’s eating which means we end up with baby food all over the both of us.

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In the past month it’s been warm and I bought Nolan a little swimming pool. He enjoys splashing around in it. He also enjoys pushing his body over the side and letting all the water out of the pool.

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Now that he’s crawling anytime he sees the cats (usually Marshall, Lily tries to avoid him) he crawls right over. Marshall loves to bump up against him and Nolan just loves to look at him and laugh. Nolan is surprisingly good at not pulling at Marshall or grabbing chunks of fur or his tail. I keep a close eye of him but so far Marshall is really patient and I think he’s just so starved for attention he takes whatever he can get.

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Nolan’s 5 Month Update

We have made it to five months old. I took the photos just a few days after he turned 5 months, it’s just taken me a little longer to get up the blog post.

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Stats: He hasn’t been to the doctor this month but we have weighed him at home. According to our scale he’s 14lbs 10oz but I’ve always felt that our scale measures light so he’s probably a little bigger than this. I guess we’ll have to wait and see how big he is at his 6 month appointment.

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Clothing Size: He’s currently wearing only 6 month cloths. We switched over just before 4 months and it already feels like he’s almost growing out of them. I know that the cloth diapers do make his cloths fit a little tighter so we’ll see how long we can make them last.

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Sleep: I think one word sums it up: Inconsistent. Naps are pretty much all over the place and change from day to day. His wake time has been all over the place in the morning as well. It can be anywhere from 6:30 – 8:00 depending on how the night went or if he woke up in the early morning and I fed him and put him down again. He takes his first nap somewhere between 1-1.5 hours after we officially get up for the day. The rest of the day he’s usually up about 1.5 to 2 hours and then takes a nap. His naps last anywhere from 1/2 hour to 1 1/2 usually. When he goes down at night varies widely based on whether or not he just decides to “nap” after 6 pm or just keep sleeping. If he doesn’t wake up on his own I usually wake him up to eat one last time between 8:30 – 9:30 before I go to bed. From there he sleeps until anywhere from 4:00-7:30 am before waking up. So I guess you could consider that sleeping through the night. Although many nights lately he’s been waking up between 4 and 5:30 and I’ve been feeding him and putting him back down to sleep for a few more hours.

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Eating: He’s still exclusively breastfeeding. Since he’s sleeping longer at night we recently dropped another feeding. Right now he usually eats 6 times in a 24 hour period. Some days he ends up eating 7 times if he’s eating close together during the day or if for some reason the normal schedule gets thrown off like when we are traveling.

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Milestones: He is laughing and smiling a lot. His best laughs are when I’m genuinely laughing at him for some reason and he’s laughing back. I can usually get at least a little giggle out of him by smiling and touching my nose to his. Occasionally he’ll laugh if I try to tickle him in some way. He loves to look at us and smile, laugh and show off his dimples.

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He’s starting to grab things better and better every day. He still can’t quite figure out how to get the pacifier in his own mouth consistently but every once in a while he gets lucky. Then he usually pulls it out because he can’t figure out how to let go of it without pulling it out.

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He’s been rolling over from front to back since before he was 2 months old. Just in the past few weeks or so he’s been rolling over from back to front (although he seems to do it most frequently over one shoulder but not the other). He’s doing it multiple times a day. Usually once he’s on his tummy he has a really hard time rolling back over and frequently gets frustrated. It’s like he’s forgotten how while he was working on the other way. He is getting better and occasionally will roll from his tummy to his back.

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Things we want to remember: He’s adorable baby giggle. I never think to try and catch it on camera but I would love to have it to look back on. Since I know I’ll probably not get the chance with a second baby I’ve also been enjoying the occasional nap on my chest during the day.

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Things that were invaluable this month: I have a love hate relationship with the SwaddleMe swaddles. They are the only swaddles that out little Houdini doesn’t immediately get out of but he still can and frequently does. He has a really hard time falling asleep without being swaddled but on some days it’s almost impossible to swaddle him in the first place. We’re going through another one of those phases now. I attempted to wean him off the swaddle earlier this month and it didn’t go well so we’re still swaddling.

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Favorites: He loves just about anything he can grab. He loves the Sofie toy especially when I squeak it or whenever he can get it in his mouth. Other than that he’s been loving the Oball rattle and any of the teethers we have I think just because he can easily get them in his mouth. He spends quite a bit of time rolling around under the baby gym and grabbing at toys as he goes.

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It’s amazing how it feels like the time is dragging on and yet it’s flown by so quickly. Sometimes it feels like a phase is lasting forever but it really couldn’t have been going on too long since he’s only 5 months old.

Nolan’s Monthly Photos 1-4

Since I’m just now getting back into blogging I’ve got a few months of Nolan’s photos to catch up on posting. So much of the time has already started to blur together. In future months I’ll probably write a little more of a specific update on how the month has gone but in the mean time here’s Nolan up until now.

Looking at his one month photo I miss that tiny little body and all those warm, sleepy snuggles. However, I do not miss how little sleep I was getting.

1 Month

I think around the two month mark he started to roll over from front to back. He doesn’t always do it now but he still can.

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Around the three month mark I think he starting grabbing and batting at toys with a lot more precision. He still couldn’t always get what he wanted (and still can’t) but he was showing interest and getting better at it.

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At his four month well child visit he was 13lb 14oz and 25 inches long. He’s grabbing toys like crazy and trying to roll over from front to back. Right now he’s still getting “stuck” about halfway over.

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We are frequently able to get him to smile and laugh now. We just have a hard time capturing it on camera (without the blurry hands).

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Our little wiggle worm won’t stay anywhere for very long. He may not be rolling over but he’s still finding ways to wiggle around in circles. I occasionally find him turned 180 degrees in his crib by morning.

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We are pretty much past the stage of having him easily fall asleep on us. I loved being able to hold him for hours while he slept on me all warm and snugly.

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