Thursday, July 10, 2014

CJ is 10 Months Old!

CJ has officially turned 10 months old.  He is even more of a joy and blessing.


CJ has blossomed over the past month.  He enjoys playing with is toys and loves to be standing up.  His Exersaucer is one of his favorite toys and he can now move in circles around it.  

His walker is quickly becoming his second favorite toy as he is learning to scoot it around the house.  It's a good thing we put in new hardwood flooring to make it easier for him to scoot around.  Oh, this face!  He makes this face when I am doing something he thinks is slightly funny.  It is equivalent to saying, "Oh, Mom...you so crazy!" 


CJ is developing as a normal 7 month old....his adjusted age.  He is able to sit up independently, but is a little wobbly when looking around or reaching for toys.  Standing up is still his preferred position...he must be able to look around and see what is going on.  


Everything in his reaching distance and that he can get his hands on goes in his mouth.  He has one tooth on the bottom that is poking through...sharp little tooth too!


CJ is wearing 6-9 month clothing and is in size 3 diapers.  We have been doctor visit free for over a month so as for his weight and height I'm not really sure.  I am assuming he is around 20 pounds. 


He continues to be the happiest baby.  He is quick to smile and laugh.  He loves people...loves to interact with people. He is rarely fussy, only when he needs a diaper change, hungry, or is tired.  


As for food, his little boy can EAT!  It's hard to believe that he came home from the NICU with a feeding tube.  Below is a picture of the food he can eat at one time.  A hand full of puffs, a couple of rice husks, 2-3 containers of food, and drinks from his sippy cup. He still eats every 3-4 hours and has around 4 bowel movements a day.  He nurses 4-5 times a day.  CJ has never taken a bottle very well, but it hasn't effected his eating one bit!


Growing he is!  On the left is the diaper he currently wears.  On the right is the diaper he wore when he was first born and it was too big on him.  

CJ has loved swimming this summer! He splashes and kicks his legs like a little fish! 


CJ attended his first MLB baseball game at the Great American Ball Park  in Cincinnati, Ohio.  We were there to cheer on the Cubs as the played the Reds. The game started at 7:00pm and didn't get over until 10:30pm.  I was nervous that CJ would be fussy with it being way past his bedtime, but I couldn't have been more wrong!  He smiled the whole entire game, loved looking at the people, the lights, and EVERYTHING.  As soon as we got back into the car, he was out like a light.  He didn't need to be walked around, he ate his puffs and rice husks, drank from his sippy cup...such a happy baby! Even though Anthony Rizzo hit a homeroom, Cubs couldn't pull out a win.  We all felt like winners with this crew of  Cubs cousins! I like to think of them as Cubs Fans...the next generation! 

Photo: CJ first game! Go Cubs!  He's excited to see Alcantara's MLB debut.
CJ is learning to feed himself.  He can easily hold the rice husks and eat them.  He is working on being able to "pinch" the puffs with his fingers to put them in his mouth.  Of course, he loves to gather a hand full of them and shove them all in his mouth...good thing that they dissolve!  I tried to get a video of him doing this, but he decided to tell me a "story" instead.  He is quite the character this one!  Please excuse the messy face and food on his onesie.  Learning to feed yourself can be messy business! 

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With CJ's 1st birthday only 2 months away, I've already been planning and scheming.  Here is a little teaser into what his theme will be....

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