So much is going on with these little 9 month olds. They will be going to the doctor next week and I am looking forward to finding out just how big they have grown. Sean is wearing 6-9 months clothes and Aaron soon will (finally) be out of the 3-6 month stuff. Both little guys are still a bit behind developmentally on account of being premature, but they do therapy and are making huge strides. They are sitting up. They have even hung out in the big double seat in the Sam's Club shopping carts. Sean and Aaron have certainly become aware of each other. We have now reached the point where if one cries, so does the other. Gotta admit I liked it better with only one baby crying at a time around here.
Sean is my mover. He isn't crawling yet but will be any minute. I am kinda panicking, but mostly pretending that I don't know that crawling means he will be into everything. He started sitting unassisted around 7.5 months. He moves from sitting to laying down, rolls around, and moves in circles while he is on his belly. He can get up on all fours but hasn't figured out how to move in that position. He tries to pull up on things but isn't there yet either. Everyone we meet notices what a social and smiley guy he is. He's rather laid back, but also makes sure he doesn't miss a thing. Still no teeth for this guy but I am hoping they show up soon because the excessive drooling is gross. He loves to eat and I haven't found anything that he doesn't really like. Sleep isn't horrid. He has slept through the night several times recently but usually still gets up at least once to eat. Up until about a week ago I have been letting little people nap during the day as they see fit. Then I got really frazzled when I wasn't getting anything done. Been working towards a loose nap schedule now and for the most part, it is going well (two naps a day for Sean). Although today Sean was determined to nap on his own schedule.
Aaron likes to work on his fine motor skills. He figured out the sitting independently thing about 2 weeks ago. He is happy to sit and play with his toys. His favorite toys are books. He has a pretty good pincher grip going on. He still detests being on his tummy. Aaron is the thinker. When he meets new people he is very serious and checks them out. (If he is tired he cries when he sees new people.) He is usually happy with Greg, but certainly has quite a preference to me over anyone else. He will play for a little bit alone, but then he is ready for me to hold him and reassure him again. He now has his two front, bottom teeth. His top front teeth are getting ready to poke through. He is cranky and miserable and has a runny nose and is really clingy so they better show up soon. He is a decent eater, which is more than I can ask for considering his early troubles with eating. That boy has got a temper. Since the time he was 4 months old, he has been throwing quite a temper tantrum anytime you take something from him or try to get him to do anything he doesn't want to do (like get buckled into his car seat). Aaron is our little talker too. No words yet, but he is saying several consonants like /d/, /t/, /g/, and sometimes even /th/. He is a good napper and usually still naps 3 times a day, his last nap being a short one that always seem to take place when we would rather be feeding him dinner. There has been some sleeping through the night, but then the teeth thing started happening so he is usually up at least once.
And of course, both these little guys are loved a lot!