july 3, 2013
18" head circumference
nine months old! the time is flying by. this month ian has been doing really well and continuing to develop and grow like a champ. so many changes so fast!
this past month started out with another international trip for this baby boy. we spent a weekend in montreal, canada with my parents and baby sister. hubby, my dad and sister had three day grandstand passes to the canadian grand prix, which left my mum, ian and i time to peruse the city. the first day we took the subway into montreal and just walked around. not knowing a stitch of french made it a little difficult to get about, but we made do with an old fashioned map and my mum's iphone :) the second day we discovered the underground city and spent time looking around all these cool shops and stores. on our last day the weather perked up and we were able to go above ground to walk around old montreal. we found this dynamite maple syrup store which had samples galore! ian may or may not have sampled some organic maple syrup ;) the weekend was really fun, especially getting to spend it with grandma, grandpa and aunt olivia.
we also celebrated hubby's first father's day this month. it was a fun day spent in boston with our good friends, sarah and nathan. hubby was doubly excited getting to spend the day with his son and his goddaughter :) ian gave daddy a framed picture with him spelling out d-a-d-d-y in different poses. this kid is such a ham for the camera! definitely made it easy to get the shots i needed though.
this month ian got his first real fever. it was quite unfortunate timing, as he woke up from his afternoon nap on hubby's 30th birthday with a fever of 104.1. his temperature has never been that high, so i was slightly worried. we had to cancel the surprise dinner for the evening and we spent the night keeping his temp down and helping him sleep. it took two more days for the temperature to disappear, which also meant he had to miss daddy's 30th birthday party later that weekend. fortunately nana was around and she stayed home with ian, so that i could host the party. we did go for a doctor's visit, but nothing terribly conclusive other than it wasn't an ear infection. he woke up on monday morning with a new bottom tooth, so i have a feeling some of the illness was teething related, although the fever was quite high, so possibly something viral in there too. we were just glad he was over the temp and back to normal!
ian continues to move just about anywhere and everywhere! he's pulling up on all the furniture and cruising around. it's amazing to see all the movement on the outside, as he was my wiggly little one in utero. i first felt him at twelve weeks and as you may remember from my "dear baby" posts, every nurse commented on how much he moved in all my prenatal appointments. it definitely has translated to the outside. he's a mover and a shaker, for sure! these pictures are also geting hard to take as the months progress. here's a couple outtakes from this month...haha!
"let me see that camera...can i have a turn?"
food development is also going well. ian has developed his pincer grasp and feeds himself most meals. he's definitely got an independent streak (wonder where he gets that from...) and is currently refusing a spoon, unless it's a pouch puree (happy baby, ella's kitchen, etc.). it's slightly disappointing as i can't give him yoghurt right now, which he was enjoying, however he's become more adventurous with the finger foods and is eating many new things. it's also a small blessing as i am now able to eat my dinner at the same time instead of feeding him first ;)
finally, this month ian learned how to play peek-a-boo. it was amazing the first day he did it himself. we've played a lot together with me covering his face with a washcloth, towel or blanket and then pulling it away for him. he thinks it's hilarious. one night he was on the change mat after a bath and pulled his bath towel over his head. i responded with "where's ian?" he pulled the towel down and gave me a cheesy grin. up went the towel and we played a few more times, each with successive smiles. since then he likes to play all the time. he puts the backs of his hands over his eyes and giggles. i'm highly biased, but it's basically the cutest thing you've ever seen! ian's also working on waving. it's not quite there yet, but close :)
love you, baby boy.