Y’all, River is 9 going on 10 months . . . more like 2 years. He has grown up so much lately. Every month comes and goes and I feel like there’s been so many new discoveries and advancements but this month by far brought about the most milestones.
We have a REAL crawler! For so long I just assumed River would army-crawl until he learned to walk but he took us all by surprise and crawled up on his hands and knees. This was such an awesome moment because I never thought we’d see it! In fact, the doctor was sure that River would walk before he crawled because he’s so strong on his legs already.
Which brings us to the next milestone – River pulls himself up on everything and anything. The TV stand, coffee table, window sills, couch, bed, you name it! By far the best is when he pulls himself up on the window sill to look out at the traffic in the street because he has to stand on his little tippy-toes. It is seriously the cutest.
This past month we’ve also had to get rid of a lot of baby toys. Toys that River once loved to play with that are no longer interesting anymore to him. He grew out of his swings and got too mobile for his mamaRoo (which doesn’t have shoulder straps???) but I still swear by it and 100% recommend getting it if you’re going to have a baby. They sell different patterns and absolutely do not go with the grey!! That was our biggest mistake because it got so dirty so quickly (which is totally understandable with an infant but at least black could have gone a few more days without needing a very obvious washing). We have boxes and boxes of baby toys that I am way too sad to ever get rid of – maybe someday we’ll need them again. 😉
Last night was the first night that Cam and I put River to bed in his own crib. Until then, he’d been used to falling asleep in his mamaRoo or his swing but like I said, he’s getting much too big for that (about 22 pounds to be exact!). Transferring him from the swing to his crib was becoming almost impossible and we were having to start the bedtime routine all over again because he’d wake up during the process. We were so sure that putting River in bed would be a nightmare full of crying and screaming but much to our surprise, River played for 10 minutes and fell asleep. Granted, it was only one night so tonight could be much different but we’ll see. I think my biggest concern with this method is just how long to leave River in his crib if he is crying. There’s a lot of controversy behind the cry-it-out method. A lot of sources say it isn’t healthy for the baby and other’s say the baby needs to learn to self-sooth and fall asleep on his/her own. So just how long is too long to leave baby crying??? I have no idea. Personally, my heart breaks after River’s been crying for any longer than like 3 minutes so this method could prove to be real difficult.
Another thing I want to point out that goes along with past blog posts is the teething. We were using the amber teething necklace for a month or so and unfortunately, did NOT realize any changes so we’re back to square one with the teething remedies. I really wanted this product to work but sadly, it wasn’t for us. Though the necklace looks adorable on River, it clearly wasn’t doing what it was supposed to because there were many sleepless, tear-filled nights. The gels and pain relief meds are nearly impossible to get into River’s mouth because he now knows and associates it with the dropper. Any advice, feel free to comment!!
River has his 9 month doctor appointment on Monday and I can’t wait to see how much he’s grown since the last one. Time is truly flying by and I can’t believe that we’re starting to plan his ONE YEAR OLD birthday party. We are so excited to pick a fun theme and celebrate the past year with our biggest blessing. It has been a year of challenges and growing up but also a year of fun, new adventures and a whole lot of LOVE. We have a lot of party ideas already but I’d love to see what others have come up with so comment below with party themes you’ve done for your littles! ⬇️
And here’s some of the summer fun we’ve been having!