Liam is rounding out his first year on the move! Check out what our little guy is up to at 9 months old.
This post is made possible with support from the Association of University Centers on Disabilities through a cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s “Learn the Signs. Act Early.” program. All opinions are my own.
Liam is officially 9 months old! I honestly don’t know where these months have gone. When I look at him, he’s such a little boy now…not my baby! This stage is a major adjustment for both of us. He wants more independence and I want more snuggles, especially since he’s my last baby.
Practically overnight, Liam went from rolling around his crib to pulling himself up. Now he walks along the furniture and pulls himself up on everything, even making attempts on his table mid-diaper change (always fun!). We always have the camera ready, just in case he takes those first steps. My other three didn’t start walking until after 13 months, so I’m hoping he holds off a little bit!
We’ve been doing a combination of homemade and store-bought foods, yet Liam wants to be very independent when we’re feeding him. He prefers finger foods over being spoon fed, so I’ve started trying new textures. I’ll boil baby carrots or give him some Cheerios before his oatmeal. YoBaby yogurt has been a favorite, also!
Since he’s on the larger size, before our vacation to Myrtle Beach in April, we transitioned him to the convertible car seat. While it’s great he has more space, we no longer have the convenience of having him in a seat for shopping. Some days he LOVES the shopping cart, yet others he wants me to hold him. I’ve actually been using the carrier much more often now!
Every night, Ricky gives Liam a bath, which is their special time together. He cannot get enough of bath time, splashing and making a mess. He honestly needs a bath every day, too–I feel like his is SO much messier than the girls ever were. We dealt with cradle cap for a few months, but now it’s finally cleared up and his hair is growing so fast (and crazy!) now. I think he’ll have Ricky’s cowlicks.
As the warmer season rolls in, I’m excited to see him explore outside more. He loves to look out our window and point at the trees and birds. When we were on vacation, he saw the ocean for the first time and loved digging his toes into the sand.
These stages are so fun to see as his personality is developing. As much as he smiles, he also is quick to get upset when he doesn’t get his way. I can definitely see a little attitude developing, which will be interesting to see!
If you’re ever wondering what milestones your infant or child should be reaching, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has so many resources available for parents through their Learn the Signs. Act Early. campaign. I love any information I can get my hands on, especially from a reliable source!
- There is a NEW Milestone Tracker App available on both iOS and Android.
- Order a FREE “Parent Kit”, which includes a Milestone Moments booklet with checklists for ages 2 months to 5 years and a growth chart
Also, on the website there is a great tip sheet for speaking with your doctor and also how to help your child. Remember: you know your child best and the doctor is there to help you, plus give you resources if you need them. If you ever have any concerns, I always believe that open conversations with your doctor are vital.