We have decided to combine Monkey’s 8 and 9 month posts. He’s developing at such a fast pace, it’s hard to keep up.
I’ve absolutely loved these past few months. I’ve seen my little baby who I cradled in my arms become mobile and even more independent. Monkey has always loved to be on feet holding his mummies hands, however, K noticed that if she let go of him he would stand on his own for a few seconds at a time.
In a matter of weeks Monkey has gone from standing unaided, to taking his first steps, which we luckily caught on camera. Every day he walks further and further and his balance is excellent. He can now walk from post to post, person to person unaided and is able to steady himself if he looses his balance.
I worried that he was learning how to walk a bit backward, as he was unable to sit himself up on his own or pull himself to standing. I swear my little man can read my mind. As soon as I voiced my concerns to K one evening, M sat himself up from laying down, pulled himself to standing and only this evening he learnt how to stand from sitting all by himself, this all happened in the last week. He’s such a clever boy!
I would be lying if I said I wasn’t feeling like the proudest mum in the whole world but a little part of me wants him to slow down, alas it is out of my hands and I just have to sit back and encourage him as much as I can.
I imagined all these milestones in my head before he was born and it’s a little ahead of schedule, my baby is growing up too fast. I refuse to call him a toddler yet.
Monkey’s eating has improved so much and is now at the table with us at mealtimes, eating the same food, not the horrid purée! Whoopee! He loves it when we put the food on his high chair so he can pick it up and feed himself. He has a problem with some textures so we still have to feed him some foods from a spoon. He’s loving all the new flavours and we were even able to enjoy our first meal at a restaurant together.
M is going through a bit of a clingy stage with me and K. He sometimes flits between us both, back and forth, back and forth. I’ve found myself using the sling a lot more than usual but I’m sure that’s completely normal so I’m not worried. When I am able to step away for a few minutes and leave him with his toys I constantly find myself smiling at how he interacts more with his toys. His favourite toy is an alien from Toy Story that lights up and speaks when you press his tummy. It’s quite heavy but M insists on picking it up and carrying it around with him. It’s very sweet.
I can’t wait to see what these next few months have in store. I’m sure by his 1st Birthday he’ll be running all over the place.