Thursday, September 22, 2011

September 22, 2011 - Eight is Enough

Last night, Noah had his BEST NIGHT OF SLEEP in his entire life.  The previous three nights included about two hours of crying each because we are trying to teach him that when he wakes up at night he can put himself back to sleep without nursing.  Our struggle paid off last night when he slept for 9 straight hours, from 7 pm to 4 am.  I nursed him then and he slept two more hours.  A huge success for us and while I think it comes about 2 months late: better late than never.  We had had some success sleep-training Noah around 6 months old but when he got really sick his sleep patterns were disrupted, of course, and we have not had much success training him again before now (some of that due to our own inconsistency).  But for two nights in a row he put himself to sleep at bed time with no crying at all, and then last night he just slept and slept and slept!  

I wonder if it is because he is now eight months old?!  At Noah's check up this morning, Dr. Nesbitt was very pleased with his overall health and development.  

  • Weight: 8.26 kg/18.2 lb = 25th percentile
  • Height: 71 cm/27.9 in = just above 50th percentile
  • Head Circumference: 45.1 cm/17.75 in =  almost 75th percentile
While we thought he might weigh even more, the important thing is that he has been on the same weight curve for a few months and has gained back the weight he lost when he was sick (and then some).  If he turns out to be tall and slim, we'll know where he gets it!

Noah is crawling all over the place.  He can pull up to his knees and is trying to pull up to standing but doesn't quite have the strength yet.  He loves to hold our fingers and walk around.  Of great frustration to Grace is the fact that he wants to be near her and playing with her at all times.  He still loves things that make music or noise.  He seems more interested in reading books than he used to be (although can't sit still for long!).  He loves the song "If you're happy and you know it clap your hands..."  He is a bit shy with strangers, but continues to love his girlfriend Rose.  He is curious about what he sees and hears, and continues to experience the world by putting everything possible in his mouth.  He eats solid food 4-5 times a day - seems to love bananas right now, but new foods in the last few weeks have been white fish, spinach and prunes.  He makes a lot of noise, but nothing "official" like "mama" just yet (working on that!).  While he is usually happy sitting at the table with us, for the last two days he HATES being put into his chair.  He contorts his body in all kinds of ways to prevent us from sitting him down!  Kristoffer maintains that Noah is an old soul; he seems to pick up on our moods and adapt to us; he seems to be sweet and somehow "in the know" quite often.  He loves it when we are having a dance party :)

Did I mention that he slept for 9 hours straight last night?

Noah is at an age where he is growing so rapidly, expanding his skills and understanding everyday.  He is almost always happy or happy-ish.  It is pretty rare for him to be crying during the day, unless he is somehow injured (have you read about the bully in our house?).  He has the most charming belly laugh and still smiles with his whole face.  I think he is at a sweet, cute, fun age (although increasingly high maintenance because: WOW he can move fast now!) and I would be OK if we froze time a bit so we could enjoy it a little longer.  Let's hope nine months takes awhile to get here (because this past month went by way too fast)!


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