9 Months as Mommy

Every month I swear is the most fun age yet, and this month has totally followed suit. My little 9-month old baby boy is such a sweet little snuggle monster. Among other things, he is really starting to reciprocate and seek out affection, as opposed to me just obnoxiously kissing his face while he tries to turn away from me (let's be real, he still does that).

Let's see, what else has been happening in our life?

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Work is work. Not to make it sound as though I don't appreciate my job, but I miss Charlie like crazy every single day. It's really sucky knowing that if not for all my student loans, I could totally be staying at home with him. But I know that I can't think like that. What's meant to be will be. I took out those student loans, and now I'm paying for it. I just wish it wasn't at the price of me missing what feels like his entire childhood. 

I've officially hit that point. The point where I'm done pumping. It has been such a struggle for me to keep my supply up and I feel like Charlie's appetite is only growing. I have enough milk stockpiled for...one day. That's nothing! A few days ago, I bit the bullet and bought some of those ready-made formula bottles made for supplementing moms to see how Charlie would respond. He's tried them twice so far and wants nothing to do with it. I don't know whether to keep forcing them on him and giving him no option but to get used to them, or if I should just suck it up and work my ass off to keep pumping for the next three months until he's old enough to start drinking real milk. A co-worker recommended fenugreek to up my supply, so I'm going to give it a go and see if it makes a difference. Any advice would be much appreciated!

I'm doing anything I can to start moving more. I'm trying to be more intentional about walking more and have been trying to do some push-ups, sit-ups and wall-sits every night at the very least. It's better than sitting around on my butt all day! I'm also trying to cut back on sugar. I eat wayyy too many sweets and with the holidays just around the corner, I want to have the actual strength to say "no" to holiday cookies and treats!

As for Charlie...

I think this is the first month he hasn't hit any big milestones. He is still soooo close to crawling (his Aunt Ashlee says he has, but since I'm the Mama Bear, it doesn't count until I get to see it first. Haha!). He has gotten really good at sitting himself up, but doesn't really know how to get himself back down one he's in that position. He's a full-fledged wiggle worm and wants to be go, go, going any chance he gets! 

Charlie got two whole days with his Grandma so that his Mommy and Daddy could attend a friend's wedding. He also spent a whole lot of time with his Nonnie and Aunt Joni while his uncles were helping his parents move into their new house! He also attended his first ever family reunion. The reunion was his Papaw's mother's side of the family. Poor kid was so tuckered out by the time it was done. Of course, as always, his days have been spent with his Aunt Ashlee and cousin, Lucie. Not a day goes by that I'm not thankful for the way his Aunt loves my baby boy.

Charlie had his 9-month appointment this morning and weighed in at 14 lbs 13 oz, 27 inches in length, with a head circumference of 45 cm. He's below the growth curve in terms of weight, but our pediatrician isn't concerned- she says he's eating normally and is just a little guy! This also puts him in the 5-10th percentile for height and the 50th for head circumference. Basically, my kid is a human lollipop. Haha!

He's wearing Size 3 diapers and I've given up on pants that fit for my skinny little lad. I've been dressing him in 9 month onesies and sleepers, and 9-12 month girls' leggings. Which may be why every stranger who sees him says, "SHE's so cute!" or "How old is SHE?" Sigh...
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Just for fun, I had to document the occasion: Nine months in versus nine months out!

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