It’s hard to believe that these boys are nine months old. Everything about this past year has gone so fast! Around 6 months, we introduced the wonderful world of purees to the boys. From the beginning, Jack has absolutely loved eating. Myles and Colton took a little while to warm up to the idea.
Their next achievement was learning to sit up on their own.
This was the month that we were finally able to clear the rock n plays out from our living room and get everyone napping in their cribs upstairs. It felt good to get a little bit of our living space back to “normal.” It was exhausting hauling everyone upstairs for naps though because they were still taking four naps a day. That’s over 30 trips up and down the steps a day at a minimum! It was around this time that I started wondering why we didn’t build a ranch style home. The days continued to fly by and before we knew it, we had seven month old boys!
We were finally able to drop down to three naps a day. I can’t say they napped well, usually everyone was waking after 30 minutes. They all slept great at night though so I wasn’t about to push my luck. Our other excitement this month was taking them on our first road trip as a family of six. We drove across Iowa to visit John’s grandparents and even spent a night in a hotel. The boys didn’t like being in their car seats so much and there was a fair amount of crying involved. All in all, we survived and even returned home with this odd feeling of achievement that we really could continue to do “normal” things…if we tried really, really hard. There was certainly a fair amount of stress involved with trying to live life outside our home so it’s not too much of a surprise that my favorite place to be with everyone was, indeed, home. We had a routine. And it was fun to watch everyone learn how to play together. The boys fit right in with Kylie’s dolls and Kylie had endless amounts of things that she needed to teach them.
I’m not really sure why, but apparently we had a short period of time there where we felt we were really gaining control. We took it a little bit farther and went on a 12 hour road trip to North Dakota for a family wedding in October. Our confidence took a hit about two hours into that little adventure- about the time we stopped for our first round of bottles. Somewhere around this time Colton and Myles decided to make taking a bottle a tedious event that requires 12 rounds of burping and about 45 minutes. I keep blaming it on teething but not one tooth has popped up yet. Thank goodness for Jack, who still eats like a champ. Once again, though, we survived and have the pictures to prove it.
Our routine is ever changing as the boys grow. Jack and Myles started crawling this month with Colton not far behind them. They are all jabbering, clapping, and waving. We are down to four bottles a day, a mix of milk and formula. Everyone is still sleeping well at night. Some things get easier as they play more with each other and other things get harder as they can move around almost faster than we can keep up with them now. It really is so fun to watch them grow. I find myself constantly snapping pictures because there are so many heartwarming moments living with four children and I want to remember every one of them. Of course, I won’t remember them all, but I sure hope those memories outweigh the times I feel like I’m living in a circus tent that’s on the verge of collapsing. Ha! Myles weighs 17 lbs 13 ounces and is 27 inches long. Jack weighs 19 lbs and is 27 inches long. Colton weighs 17 lbs 5 ounces and is 26 3/4 inches long. They are right on track with their milestones developmentally and we are so thankful for that. We are again heading into the holiday season and I can’t stop feeling so incredibly grateful to be able to celebrate it with John and these children. Last year, this was a time filled with hope but also so much uncertainty. I’m beyond excited for this year! Happy nine months, boys!