Weight: He was 21.5lbs and 33 in long at his 9 month check up – so perhaps a little over that? He’s wearing 18 – 24 month clothing, and will probably move into toddler clothes soon :) That big cloth diaper-bum only makes him bigger!
What Riley is up to: He started to babble this month! Last weekend at a BBQ he became so chatty and started “ba-ba-bas” and loves to “ba” at Buddy and Betsy. I’m also teaching him “uh-oh” and “up” which he’s starting to get. We’re working on waving “hi” and “bye-bye” and just recently started to practice clapping. Swimming is his favorite and we’ve spent a lot of time in our little pool at home. We got a bike-trailer that he’s warming up to and started doing family bike rides around the neighborhood. Trips to the park are a weekly adventure, and he’s a sand eater for sure. Ew.
PostPartum: Working on really trying to balance work and life. Finding that my priorities are making it clear where I want to invest myself. I’ve been seeing Riley’s Chiropractor and that’s helping with so much of my stress. Physical and emotional. I had no idea that I was carrying around so much emotional stress until we started working on it. I’ve noticed a huge improvement in the 3 sessions we’ve had. I’m still working out with my trainer 2 times a week – and I’m starting to notice a difference in my strength. That combined with my adjustments I’ve seen a major improvement in my posture!!
Baby Gear: We got a little wooden activity center for him – sort of like the ones with the wooden beads they have at the doctors office. He likes that. And any little kitchen gadget. He also loves to carry around a baby spoon and bang it on anything to make a new sounds. The dogs are fun entertainment, and he’s pulling up and crawling on them. They tolerate it well :)
Thoughts: Getting close to a year! We’re starting to think about a small birthday party and maybe getting him a backyard play set with a swing :) I love this little kid. We’re great buddies and I love spending my days with him. I’m so thankful I’ve had these months working from home with him. We have a little routine and love it when Daddy is home for dinner at night :) Recently someone asked me what surprised me most about having Riley – and I said I didn’t think it would change me in such a huge way. Yes, life changes. But I’ve changed in so many ways. I’m so much softer and more emotional that I ever was. Like – feel my feelings now. Yea…never thought I’d be that girl. I love being a Mama, and I’m so thankful for this little dude that makes me smile every day.