Simon @ 9 Months

posted by Andrea | 12/4/2014

9 mo

Maybe it’s the fact that the holiday season is crazy busy, or that Simon is the 2nd child, or that the months are going by SOOO fast — but I honestly almost forgot about today’s 9 month post!

I had a bunch of posts drafted and kept thinking, “I’m forgetting about something on the 4th… what is it?” It wasn’t until just a couple days ago that I remembered (while in the shower, of course) that… DUH, my little boy is 9 months old on December 4th.

For some reason, the 9 month mark seems really important to me, because that means they’ve been “outside” for as long as they were “inside”. I know it’s probably weird, but I like the 9 month milestone for that reason — and yes, I’m glad he’s out here and not still inside!

mom and simon

If you’re wondering why he looks extra handsome in this month’s photos, it’s most likely because I gave him a little hair cut 🙂

That was an interesting experience. I’m used to Dave and Nora who (mostly) sit still and listen to my instructions. Simon was a wiggle britches — which doesn’t go well with a sharp scissors! It’s a little uneven in the back — but good enough for now.

Simon is a seriously happy and “chill” little boy.

He’s clapping, waving, laughing, picking up his own food, doing “So Big”… and climbing up our entire flight of stairs all on his own (seriously!)

He is constantly on-the-move, so if you come to our house, you will most likely see all the doors closed, all the toilet paper rolls sitting on the counter out of his reach, and random stools, ottomans and benches blocking his access to various areas.

Teething is still pretty hard on him (he now has 4 teeth) and basically the only time he’s really fussy. We ordered one of those Amber bracelets and it was working fabulous — until we lost it. Dave and I know exactly where we lost it, but we still can’t find it. Can you tell I’m frustrated!

Other than the teething, he’s doing great though.

He’s eating lots of foods. I actually feel like I’m holding him back because I’m still learning what is age-appropriate to eat (I never had to do this with Nora). I’ll think “he can’t do Cheerios yet” but then I’ll give him Cheerios and he’ll gobble them up.

I certainly don’t want to jinx anything — but this boy is sleeping a solid 12-13 hours straight at night. Can I get a hallelujah?

He often takes a 1-hourish morning nap and then a 2-hourish afternoon nap. They aren’t super regular (like not at the exact same time every day) but when I can tell he’s getting tired, I can literally lay him down in his crib when he’s still awake and he won’t cry! He’ll just move around for a bit, nuzzle into his blanket, and fall asleep. He doesn’t scream bloody murder when he wakes up either — just jabbers and plays in his crib until I go get him out!

I’m told this is relatively normal, but I still think my baby must have a special gift or miraculous powers 🙂

He’s been pulling himself up on everything for a while now… and even standing for a few seconds on his own. I’m just wishing and hoping that he walks super early like Nora did (she was walking at 9 months).

For me, it’s so much easier when they can walk around and get to what the want / need. I know it can make life busier when they are so mobile, but I’m a huge fan of more independence with babies because it means they don’t cry as much!

I’m excited for Simon to celebrate his first Christmas in a couple of weeks. 

Nora and I picked out a couple clearance toys for him at Kohl’s the other day. She was SO excited to “buy Simon something for Christmas” and I had a coupon to Kohl’s so I just couldn’t pass up the opportunity to let her shop (that girl loves to shop!)

You should have seen her carefully looking through all the toys. First, she got distracted by dolls she thought SHE should get; but soon enough, she proclaimed that she found the toys Simon would like. It didn’t take her long before she found 2 she wanted to give him.

She sure loves her brother!

Oh, and yes… he is HUGE! He only weighs about 8 pounds less than Nora and I have a feeling that once he starts walking, he won’t put up with her pestering (I mean loving) him as much!

Happy 9 Months Big Boy!

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21 comments

  1. Carle

    12/07/2014

    Hallelujah! Love those blue eyes! Have a happy Christmas with the two little ones!

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  2. Laurie

    12/05/2014

    You have a beautiful family! I love Simon’s Blue eyes…..Thank you for not being afraid to say what you feel! It has been nice to read when you say what works for one may/will not work for others. We were always different when raising our daughter(she is now 17). Nora is such a beauty and it has been very nice to read on the struggles and to know that parents and mothers do not have to feel like they are the only ones with issues! 🙂 Thank you for sharing your triumphs along with your struggles! Have a wonderful Holiday Season!

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  3. Laura

    12/05/2014

    Love the pictures of those two interacting! Reminds me so much of my two who are now 6 and 4. Soak of every minute of this time. It goes by so fast 🙂

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  4. Abbie

    12/04/2014

    Yes, you can have a hallelujah! So glad you got a “sleeper” this time. Keep the pictures of the children coming – I love to see how they are growing.

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    Andrea Reply:

    haha — thanks!

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  5. Lori

    12/04/2014

    Simon’s eyes are stunning. Your children are so beautiful! I really enjoy your blog. You are inspiring to this mom.

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    Andrea Reply:

    Thanks Lori — they BOTH get their eyes from Dave 🙂

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  6. Debbie

    12/04/2014

    Simon does look like a super chill baby boy! He’s so precious! I also enjoy reading how Nora has grown up into a loving, independent, and strong older sister for him. You can look back at the hard times when she was a baby and cherish the new memories much more now.

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  7. Rebecca G

    12/04/2014

    Cute cute cute!!!!

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  8. Cheryl

    12/04/2014

    He is adorbs!!!
    Tell us about the amber bracelet for teething…..

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    Andrea Reply:

    well, all I can say is that it worked… but now we lost it 🙁

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  9. SB

    12/04/2014

    Soo cute 🙂

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  10. Trudy

    12/04/2014

    Love the picture of her pushing him in her doll stroller…..both are so adorable….

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  11. Ashley

    12/04/2014

    Those blue eyes!! What a handsome little man 🙂

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  12. Siobhan

    12/04/2014

    Adorable!!

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  13. Joy J

    12/04/2014

    Thanks for sharing your pictures, love his pictures! Both of your children are absolutely adorable. Thanks for all your helpful recipes and all that you share. You are a blessing. Merry Christmas.

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  14. Paulette

    12/04/2014

    It’s crazy…I live so far away and I ‘ve never met you, but I still feel as if I know you and your adorable family. Simon is SOOO precious. I could kiss his little face off! 😉 thanks so much for the updates on his growth and changes!

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    Andrea Reply:

    Thanks Paulette — I always appreciate your kind comments and your loyal readership!

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  15. Amber

    12/04/2014

    What a cutie! I don’t have children and I love to see the updates. I learn so much about what babies do at different stages which is helpful now that I have a 3 month old nephew 🙂
    I have a question, do you always follow the age guidelines put on children’s toys? I am so nervous to buy a toy if it is even a few months out of the “age range.” I obviously know about no little parts for babies,but I’m just curious if a 6mos could play with a toy for a 1 year old for example?

    PS My husband always blames his knee problems on being an early walker ( I suspect his long athletic career might have more to do with it!) lol

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    Andrea Reply:

    Thanks Amber!
    No, I don’t always follow the age guideline — in fact, if I were buying toys brand new (which I rarely do) I would probably search for something that’s out of the age range so they can grow into it. You’re right about the no small parts or pieces (mom and dad will thank you for that too) but in general, I’d definitely say that a toy for 12 months would be fine for a 6 month old!

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  16. Julie H

    12/04/2014

    Simon is so darn cute! I think after the challenges you’ve had with Nora, you guys definitely deserve a really really “good” baby. And he certainly seems like an easy going guy! Happy 9 months!

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