We are nearly to 9 months. Almost outside as long as inside. As much as this time has just flown by, I actually feel like the 9 months with Mazen have been forever compared to the 9 months of pregnancy. I feel like I was pregnant a few weeks and he’s been in my life for years. So funny how time warps!
One good thing to note: my hair has FINALLY slowed down in its shedding. Not stopped. Just slowed. I’m afraid to stick a drain zipper in our tub drain. Maybe I should just call a plumber…
And also on the motherhood front: weight loss has been easier these past few weeks. Maybe something hormonally shifted in me? That or the warm weather shifted my appetite!
Life with a 9 month old is SO MUCH EASIER than life with a 3 month old. I don’t want these bullet points to come off as bragging because it’s all just luck of the draw and might change in a second. But right now, in this moment, we are in a good groove. Everyone told me when he was a little baby “It gets easier!” and they were right.
You know those other people who say “You’ll never sleep again mwahahahah?” Well they weren’t entirely correct. I’m actually sleeping fabulously at the moment. 9 hours last night. And if you count pregnancy insomnia, it’s the most I’ve slept in a realllllly long time.
The sleeping isn’t the only thing that has gotten easier. Mazen has learned to feed himself much better, which is so great, and he has gotten really predictable with his schedule (it’s about time – ha!).
We eat real food whenever we’re at home – either purees or finger foods and pouches if we’re out and about. (and I don’t have a finger food to bring with us). While remembering to pack food for him or have it prepared is an added step in life, it’s just really nice to have the variety from breast milk alone. I know, I know “under one is just for fun” but we really believe that his solid foods make a difference in his hunger and happiness. Clearly the little guy has quite the appetite, after all!
We have 2 naps at 9 and 2 and miraculously half the time they are 1.5 hours long. I remember people told me naps and nightime sleep would lengthen with time and finally they have – just a bit. I have only had to go in Mazen’s room at night once in the 3 months since sleep training and that was when his bottom teeth poked through – one night, one time. I’m actually kind of in shock about how well he’s sleeping now. Knocking on wood! Every night when we put him to bed I can’t believe he’s just going to go to sleep.
Poop is much easier now too. Maybe it will get worse when he weans, but for now, I much prefer solids to the blow outs of infant poop. So much less mess.
We have entered the world of mobility which so far I prefer to non-mobility. While I have to keep a closer eye, I love that he is so much more in control of his body and entertainment. He can crawl over to the toy he wants instead of just crying of boredom when the ones around him get old. It’s also more fun just to see him explore. I’m sure walking is a whole new ball game, but for now we’re good.
Part of it all getting easier too is just that he’s so fun to be with! Little babies are so serious, but this one is a smile machine. My friends say he is such a sweet boy, and of course I agree : )