He has officially been out longer than he was in. And I still can't believe it.
I'd like to say that time has flown by, but looking back it really hasn't. I definitely feel like my pregnancy was a lot shorter than his time here on Earth. I feel like so much has happened since he arrived and I cannot believe that all of that fit into a timer period of just 9 months.
He's starting to walk. I thought crawling was bad enough, but walking? Kill me now! I'm exhausted trying to keep up with him! I miss the days when I could just put him on the ground someplace and he'd stay there. I could go do the laundry or send an email and not really worry that much.
Now? Now I can't even look away for a minute because he'll find some strange obscure item on the floor that wasn't there the minute before and put it in his mouth. It's exhausting.
But so worth it.
We're still breastfeeding, and hope to continue for a long time. Breastfeeding is a struggle in itself, but the rewards make it so worth it. And around 5 months old it just stopped being a big deal at all. I've learned to feed him anywhere, anytime he wants and not care. Nursing in public is not the big to-do I thought it was when he was first born. And he eats faster now, so that helps.
I've stopped pumping for the most part. I really only pump now when I'm at work and on a break. Otherwise I'm really not away from him long enough to require pumping or for him to need to drink pumped milk. Although I didn't find pumping to be a hassle or a big deal at all, I like not having to do it anymore.
He finally got hair! Took him, what, 6 months to finally get a little whisp of something on that bald head of his. It was really orange, too. Now it's getting longer, a little fully, and has little curls above his ears. And it's blond. Every day I feel like he wakes up and he has a little more.
Still no teeth. Still no signs of teeth. Although he started drooling a bit more... maybe that's right around the corner?
We started on solids at around 6 months. I wanted to wait longer, but he didn't. He'd literally rip food out of our hands starting around 4 months and it was pretty hard to wait those extra two months as it was. He loves most foods, and still eats it even if he doesn't like it. He just gets this funny look on his face and looks at you like you're trying to kill him if you serve him a food he doesn't like, but yet he keeps on eating it.
He is 21 pounds and 28.5" long. He's almost tripled his birth weight and went from the 25th percentile at 5 months old to the 75th percentile now. My kid is a little bowling ball. With a ton of energy. Seriously, we're in for a loooong ride with this one!
He is still very loved. We feel very blessed that he chose us to be his parents. These 9 months have been fun and challenging at the same time, and I wouldn't have it any other way.
That is my son. In a nutshell.