SJ is now nine months old! In the last month, SJ has really blossomed from a baby into his own little person.
The biggest milestone in the last month for SJ is that he finally - mercifully - started sleeping through the night. At first, it was touch and go with him waking up a few nights a week, but now I can safely say that he's solidly sleeping through the night. He usually goes to bed around 7:30 pm and wakes up about 6:00 am. It is making life much easier for me that I'm finally getting a good night's sleep only nine months after giving birth to this crazy guy!
He has learned how to eat finger foods without choking - even though he still hasn't popped his first tooth yet. I've tried to broaden his eating horizons this month, and he's doing well with trying new foods and feeding himself. He loves eating Puffs, fruit, and veggies by himself - his favorite foods are green beans and watermelon! Unlike Katie Anne, he really doesn't like yogurt at all. He is still eating baby food right now, but I don't think it will be long until SJ decides he's done with that because he definitely enjoys feeding himself. He's still taking 4-5 six ounce bottles of formula each day in addition to his three meals. Here his is enjoying another favorite vegetable - lima beans!
SJ hasn't started crawling yet, but he's soooo close! He gets up on all fours and rocks, so we know it's just a matter of time until he takes off! SJ is also pulling up on the coffee table and chairs, but he hasn't really started cruising. He can stand up for awhile when he's holding onto something, but he can't stand up on his own just yet.
SJ loves to play with toys. Right now, his preferences are blocks, small stuffed animals, things that make noise, and anything that he can shake. He loves to bang toys together! He loves to play his baby piano and push buttons on his big baby telephone. Basically anything that lights up or makes noises makes him happy!