A few days later, another one of my co-workers brought her almost 9 week old black lab puppy in so that we could all meet him. I brought Nate in too, so that he could see the puppy. This meeting was less than successful. Nate was WAY more interested in the handle on the puppy's crate than the puppy himself. Although Nate did stick his finger in the puppy's crate and the puppy nibbled on him which Nate found thoroughly enjoyable!
These are all terrible pictures I apologize!
Nate sticking his fingers in the crate and being nibbled
One of my co-workers found this cute little Hallmark puppy for Nate. When you press the puppy's front paw, he barks Jingle Bells and wags his tail. I think it is hysterical... Nate was intrigued but unsure.
Nate had a checkup today. Apparently our little man has been busy because he grew 1.5" and gained 2 pounds (that makes 20 pounds and 27.5" long). All other fronts are A-Ok and he is developing right on schedule.
Can I have the camera? Please? Ok, take my picture then...
Nate is 9 months old today. Who can believe it, it has gone by so fast. Things are progressing nicely although it seems to me that they are picking up the pace a little bit.
Nate has not one, but two teeth on the bottom.
He is crawling, actually, really crawling now as evidenced by his following me from our bedroom down the hallway and into the bathroom yesterday.
He is pulling up on EVERYTHING! This has led to a couple of bumps and bruises when he pulls himself up on things that are hard and like to bite little boys (like the cast iron foot board on our bed).
He has started cruising, not just around pieces of furniture, but from one piece to the other. And being the very brave boy that he is, he is letting go more and more and standing supported!
The other day he went from sitting on the floor, to sticking his little butt up in the air (think downward facing dog) to standing unsupported... I was amazed at his strength.
His hand eye coordination has gotten much better thanks to Gerber puffs (AKA baby crack), Cheerios, and freeze dried apple pieces. If it is on the try of his high chair and it is little, he is going to pinch it and put it in my mouth.
Nate decided that it was time to get a different perspective on the world and pulled himself up to standing today. He had done that once or twice in the past but never consistently which is was doing today. Once he was standing he decided that one hand was good enough.
Nate had his 7 month check up yesterday with Dr. Bullock. He weighed in at a whopping 18 pounds and 26.5" long. I knew he had gained weight, but 2.5 pounds in a month was more than I expected.
He was otherwise in great condition both physically and developmentally, which did my heart good to hear.
This was a tough month for Nate. He was in the emergency room at A.I. Dupont twice for what turned out to be a nasty case of constipation (who knew? the kids poops four times a day!). To get that diagnosis however he was x-rayed and poked and prodded, and stuck 10 times trying to get an IV started (which they never did his veins kept blowing out). He had an NG tube put in, was given an enema... it was a very traumatic time.
After we got the constipation under control Nate got brochitis and was on antibiotics for a week.
Poor little guy!
So you can imagine how excited I was to hear that he had grown, gained weight, and was healthy!
We walk into Nate's room to find the crafty little tyke making a breakout when the guards aren't around. Just pulled himself up, and when we walked in, appeared to be waving to us. I ran to get my camera before he fell (Molly was there supervising).
Needless to say we lowered the crib mattress a notch. I'm thinking we'll be lowering it to the bottom tonight, just to be proactive.