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Nearly half a million babies (1 in 10) are born premature in the US each year which is higher than that of most other developed nations. This is the journeys of our first born son, Finnegan, who was born 14 weeks early and weighed only 1 pound 15 ounces at birth. Of our daugher, Korrigan, who was born a healthy 7 pounds, 7 ounces at 37 weeks. And of our second son, MacKeegan, who was also born at 37 weeks at a whopping 8 pounds, 13 ounces. Our continued adventures reminds us daily how good God is.

Friday, April 17

Cloud Nine

Mac is nine months old today. I feel like nine months is the start of not being a baby any more! Boo. Below are some "normal" baby milestones most babies do by the end of nine months and my comments on how Mac measures up.

Also, I haven't talked about it much on here yet because we don't have the final results, but over the last three weeks, Mac has been evaluated for development delays. I have a meeting next week to go over the results and find out what the best course of action will be. More on that after my meeting.

What most babies do at this age:

Social and Emotional
  • May be afraid of strangers (yes, this started a few weeks ago. It isn't super strong yet, but just adds to his preference for momma)
  • May be clingy with familiar adults (I think so. Once he is familiar with somebody, he has no problem sticking by them)
  • Has favorite toys (Um, I'm not sure. He LOVES his jumper, is that a toy?)

Language/Communication
  • Understands “no” (I don't think so but we also chose as a parenting method not to use the word "no" with our babies, so that makes it tough to assess this one)
  • Makes a lot of different sounds like “mamamama” and “bababababa” (yes! And you can tell he has started to think he is "talking" to us)
  • Copies sounds and gestures of others (yes. He just learned how to wave and sign "more." We also play the copy game, which he likes.)
  • Uses fingers to point at things (nope. the only thing he does like this is lift his arms to be picked up)

Cognitive (learning, thinking, problem-solving)
  • Watches the path of something as it falls (Yes, he watches everything)
  • Looks for things he sees you hide (yes, especially if it is my phone!)
  • Plays peek-a-boo (he does if we play with him but he doesn't initiate it)
  • Puts things in her mouth (Not really, sometimes he gets his pacifier on there, but not snacks yet and so far, not other things!)
  • Moves things smoothly from one hand to the other (yes, his fine motor skills are pretty good, thankfully)
  • Picks up things like cereal o’s between thumb and index finger (not quite but he is super close. Sometimes he does but I think it is by accident. Once he figures this out, I think he'll be able to self-feed his puffs, which will be AWESOME!)

Movement/Physical Development
  • Stands, holding on (yes, no problem)
  • Can get into sitting position (no)
  • Sits without support (yes, like a champ)
  • Pulls to stand (no, but once standing, can stand for a while)
  • Crawls (no)
Mac is a very opinionated little boy. He's figured out that if he screeches, he gets our attention much faster. He nurses 5-6 times a day and usually eats food twice a day, but only likes sweet things! Argh. Thankfully, he will usually eat veggies, if I mix with fruit, so he is still getting a balance of both. He also wants to be in the center of the action. When he is happy and content, he is VERY happy and content. But when he is upset about anything, he is VERY upset. He LOVES being outside, as most babies do. Our stroller broke, so as soon as we get a new one, I think we'll be out even more (the cheap umbrella stroller just doesn't cut it). Oh, and he has two teeth!

Here are his progression pictures month-to-month (he looks so much more upright this month and thinner! His well-child visit is next Friday.):

  

  

  

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