My sweet little lady is nine months old! She’s actually almost ten months, but it’s Summer and she’s the third and I’m really behind at life. How is that for a bunch of unnecessary excuses? I have been surprisingly good at keeping up with her monthly photos, but the updates and baby book, not so much. Total mom guilt sidebar: monthly baby pictures weren’t a thing yet when Avery was a baby. And doing them each month gives me so much guilt over the fact that I don’t have them with her. Why is mom guilt so hard?!
What’s New At Nine Months
Riley is busy changing like crazy. Every day is something new, from waving to giving kisses to playing peekaboo. She’s standing and cruising like crazy now and gives the sweet kisses. There are still no teeth, even though it feels like she has been teething forever. Riley’s personality is really shining through now, and I love learning about who she is. She’s a people person and just wants to interact with people nonstop, unless she is sleepy. Then she wants to be left alone. She has a tiny bit of a temper if she is told no and can be extremely sensitive and emotional. Tagging along with Avery and Greyson is what makes her happiest, and she is fully obsessed with Josh.
Mickey Mouse is the only TV show she enjoys, she loves all music, and a good dance party. She loves dogs, not so much cats, and snuggles anything she can find when she is sleepy. There are lots of mama’s, dada’s and baba’s being said. Favorite foods and dislikes are starting to appear
I’m focusing on getting Riley on a schedule right now, and it is not easy. We have struggled with this her whole life so far, but we have a loose one that I try to follow most days as much as possible with her right now. This doesn’t happen every day though. She will fight and skip naps and refuse to eat at feeding times more frequently than not. If you have any tips or tricks for getting a schedule going with a baby who fights it, please share!
7:00ish : Riley is up for the day. This can vary 15 to 30 minutes on either end. We bring her downstairs and feed her a bottle.
8:30: Breakfast. This is not easy to get her to eat! I usually feed her finger foods while she plays and crawls around and I try to at least get some baby cereal down her.
9-9:30: Nap. Her first nap is always long, about one hour to an hour and fifteen minutes.
11:30-12: Depending on her wake up, I try to get another bottle feeding in.
12:30 – Lunch. It’s a mix of finger foods and purees. Fruits and veggies are favorites!
2-2:30- Nap. This is usually shorter, around 35-45 minutes.
5:30-6: Dinner. This depends on our activities for the day, and almost always on Riley’s mood. When I can get to cooking revolves around when the kids will help entertain her or she sill let me put her down.
6:45: Bath and ready for bed. We play upstairs after bath time and read books.
7:15- Bottle and bed. This usually takes a solid half hour, but it’s the sweetest time of day and Josh and I both savor it.
I should note that we are up every night in the middle of the night at some point feeding Riley and sometimes holding her for a few hours to get her to sleep. Fingers crossed that her love of sleep starts to develop soon!
Thank you so much for reading! I’m so happy to have this space to document everything Riley so I can one day get to her baby book. 😂 I hope you have a great week!