Hi friends! Happy Thursday.
Hope you are having such a great week.
We had Maxwell’s 9 month appointment yesterday.
It’s funny because I left feeling like I learned SO much. Being first time parents, every stage that Max goes through is our first time we’re going through it. We certainly do not have all the answers (nor do we read parenting books…eek!), so it is nice to be able to talk through some of our questions and concerns with his nurse and pediatrician. They have seen it all, so we’re happy to glean all the information in that 1/2 hour that we can.
I thought it would be fun to give ya’ll some Max updates since it has been a long time since I’ve done that 🙂
If you follow me on Instagram and I’ve been mentioning it here that Maxwell has recently come out of a fussiness period. For about a month our sweet little boy was rather discontent most of the time. He had fevers, followed by a bout of vomiting/diarrhea, followed by a cold, followed by teeth.
Praise the Lord because about 3 weeks ago now and all of the sudden he was happy again. Content way more often than not.I wanted to add this part in just to encourage other parents that might be going through a fussy period of their own. I know I’ve heard other mamas talking about the back to back illnesses of the winter months and how when the baby is sick, it is tough on everyone. On the really hard days, I would remind myself that it wasn’t going to last forever and that crying/being fussy was really the only Max had to relay his discomfort. If you are going through it, I hope you come out the other side very soon! Keep loving on those little ones until then.
I know I have a tendency to not sugarcoat things. I think it is important/okay for parents to say: this is hard sometimes and not just show/share all the highlight reels of parenting. There are PLENTY of those too!
This crawling, babbling, happy stage is a highlight! Drew, Max, and I spend the evenings endlessly playing, laughing, and enjoying our time as a family of 3. We focus on our little love and experience so much joy in that time we get together during the weeknights before Max goes to bed. We have already deeply appreciated our new no work weekends!
Max at 9 Months
Crazy man: Maxwell is on.the.move. It is incredible how fast he can perfect a new skill. His crawling went from just getting himself in the right position and kind of humping the air, to slow crawling, to today: he is able to get anywhere he wants to and “turn on the jets” as we like to call it when he starts crawling really fast. He has been walking with his walker and can pull himself up onto anything. Our little risk taker has been trying his hand at letting go and free standing, although he usually lands on his cute little diapered butt about 2 seconds after letting go. His baths have become quite the adventure and he is fearless in the tub too. He’ll put his head under the faucet, stand at the edge of the tub only to splash down, and crawl all around in the tub…sometimes submerging himself for a second. Drew and I both know that we can expect to get a little wet when giving him a bath.
Breastfeeding/eating: Max and I are still going strong with our breastfeeding! It has been a journey, but now that we’re getting closer to the end I’m really soaking it in. My personal goal has always been to make it to a year. If I can be so honest, for some reason I thought breastfeeding was going to be easier. My sister Krystle had gotten off to such a good start, so I expected we would have a similar experience. I’m an optimist and sometimes I let myself think things aren’t going to be as hard as they actually are. Anyway, as my sister told me everyone has their own struggle. She didn’t experience the grueling nipple pain, but she did have supply issues. Meanwhile, my supply has been so abundant that I’ve had the honor of helping 3 babies besides Maxwell get breastmilk. Along our journey we’ve had bottle rejection, boob rejection, nipple biting, trouble finding enough time to pump at work, etc. Even when you think your done with all the challenges of breastfeeding, one might show up again. Maxwell has been refusing to drink expressed breastmilk at daycare for a week! The little stinker! The good news is that it doesn’t feel as stressful as it did the first time we experienced bottle rejection. Just because I know that I’m able to still get him a good amount of milk even on my workdays AND I realize that these phases happen! Again, just sharing some of the messy stuff to say that breastfeeding isn’t all beautiful and bonding…it can be tough! I’m SO happy that it ended up working out for Maxwell and I, and it sure as heck has gotten a lot easier!
Sidenote: I did write blogs about milk supply and pumping! I wish I had magic tricks or could vouch for a tea or cookie that would help you, but I didn’t do anything besides make sure that I was getting enough calories and drinking enough water myself.
Sleeping: 2 naps a day and bedtime around 7pm. Maxwell has still been waking up once a night to breastfeed at about 1:30am. His room is so close to ours, that I can easily hear him. I just pop over, feed him, and put him back down in about 10 minutes. WELL, the nurse and doctor told us that I could keep doing that, but Max is certainly old enough to make it through the night. The doctor really got me when he said, “you are creating habits. So if you are okay with doing this 6 months from now….”. Uhhh, no. So, last night we closed his door all the way and planned we would only go in if he cried for 15 minutes. He slept through the whole night and I fed him at 5:30am! We’re hoping this continues!
Mama attachment: We have a little bit of a mama’s boy right now. I told my mother-in-law that I’m just going to soak it in hard while it lasts because I’m sure someday he might think his daddy is cooler than me 😉 I love my cuddly little guy and will take all the snuggles I can.
Me at 9 Months Postpartum
I’m happy to report that I feel SO good! Like my pre-baby self. As I’ve been mentioning a lot, my key has been to commit to lifting weights. Other than that, I make sure to drink a lot of water every single day and eating sensibly.
It does take patience. The first month of Max’s life I just focused on him and LISTENING to my body. Eating and drinking enough. I would be starving in the middle of the night (of course newborns love to party all night), so I would head to the kitchen and grab a peanut butter ball. The “rules” about not eating too late went out the window because I knew it was more important to make sure Max and I had enough energy.
Anyway, nowadays I’m back to my pre-pregnancy habits when it comes to eating and working out. I try to eat sensibly as often as possible and I’m still making sure I eat “more” so I can supply Max with the nutrients he needs.
Believe it or not, I’m stronger than ever when it comes to the weight I can lift. In very large part this is due to finally being very consistent with weights. After Max, I really wanted to regain my strength and I really loved seeing the amount of weight I was able to lift continue to increase. It has been motivating! Along with that, I’ve seen the benefit in my body composition. I reached out to Nick because I want to come back and get my body fat tested right now to see where I am.
I do a lot of postpartum encouragement on Instagram, so follow me there to read more!
Hope you have a great weekend!