9 Month Checkup

9 month checkupIt is hard to believe that in just 3 short months Monkey will be ONE! The time has seriously flown by. It seems like yesterday when I found out I was pregnant and now I have a 9 month old. When you are pregnant, fellow parents say how quickly the kids grow up, but gosh they weren’t kidding.

Monkey had his 9 month well visit with our nurse practitioner, Kendra. She has been seeing Monkey since he was 1 week old. She is absolutely amazing and works closely along the pediatrician, who saw Monkey in the hospital. Every appointment I go in with a list of questions, which she takes the time to answer all of them. I never feel rushed at his appointments, which is a great feeling, especially being a first time mom.

At the appointment, Monkey weighed 18 pounds 11.6 ounces and is 27 3/8 inches long. Like always, his head circumference is off the charts, which is nothing we didn’t already know. He is in the 33 percentile for weight and 15 percentile for height. His length slowed a little, but Kendra informed us he did this earlier, but by the next appointment he was on track.9 month Checkup - Growing up so fastDuring the appointment, I had to take a “quiz” to see how well Monkey is doing in regards to his development and gross motor skills. Some of the questions were “does he push his arms through a shirt hole”, “can he stand up holding onto furniture”, and “can he pass toys from one hand to another”. In one part of the quiz a passing score was 18 and Monkey scored 30! Kendra is very pleased with his growth and development.

Now comes to the question and answer portion of the appointment. My list of questions was mainly about food, in regards to what he can eat, how often, etc. We got the green light to start introducing meat into his daily diet. Kendra said we can either puree or shred the meat, as long as he is able to chew. In addition to meat, we were also giving the ok to allow him to start eating eggs and pasta, which means meal times will start to get extra messy around the house.

At 9 months old, Monkey is still not crawling and honestly has no interest in it. Kendra reassured us that not crawling is perfectly normal, as it is not a developmental milestone. She said some kids go straight from sitting to standing to walking, which looks like Monkey might do. He loves standing up holding onto the coffee table, which of course is baby proofed!

Kendra suggested that we invest in a push walker. After doing some research and asking fellow moms, I purchased the VTech Sit to Stand Learning Walker from Target. I love the fact that it has two speeds for the wheels, in addition to a detachable toy panel for kids who are too young to use the walker. I cannot wait for Monkey to start moving.9 month checkup - Best Walking toy- VTech Sit to Stand Learning WalkerSpeaking of love, Monkey loves watching Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, playing with the dog (Charley), standing, eating, and “talking”. He has also picked up on some noises that we make and he tries to imitate them, which is so cute. He has learned to make noise with his lips, which he got from his daddy.

I cannot believe that his first birthday is quickly approaching. If you know me, it should not come as a surprise that his birthday party is already planned! I am looking forward to sharing his birthday party with all of you.

The Rookie Mom

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