9 months of raising Oscar

That’s right, our son is now 9 months old.

He is just the funniest, sweetest boy and has quite a cheeky side to him. At the moment he is sleeping and will hopefully stay that way until we go to bed in a couple of hours.

Speaking of sleep, that is still a problem area that we are working on. Candice puts him down around 6pm but has to resettle him several times before he will finally fall into a deep sleep. During the night he wakes anywhere from 2 – 6 times but usually it’s a fairly quick feed and he goes back to sleep. He wakes in the morning at around 5 – 5.30am and that is when our day begins.

He is a super fast crawler now and will follow me from room to room throughout our day. If he catches me, he will immediately climb my legs, pulling himself into a standing position. Once he is standing he reaches up for my hand and grips onto a finger with such strength. This is his way of telling me that he wants me to help him walk around. It is his absolute favourite thing to do at the moment. If he is upset, all we need to do is start walking him and he is instantly happy. He wants to walk so desperately but I feel that he is still a couple of months off mastering that skill. Then again, I’m continuously shocked at how quickly he changes.

He has 4 teeth now (2 on the bottom and 2 on the top) and for the moment he seems to be on a teething break. This is GREAT news, mostly for him but also a little for us. He can be quite miserable when he is teething, often refusing to eat or sleep. We are seeing a whole lot more of his gorgeous smile!

Last week I went to my mothers group meet up. One of the other mothers (who runs a family daycare) brought along 2 of the daycare kids, both of whom had green snot running out of their nose. They were toddlers so quite a bit older than all of the other babies and kept snatching toys away from Oscar and being a bit rough. I was pretty annoyed. Why bring sick kids to a meet up that has babies as young as 3 months old? I think the reason I’m so irritated is that the next day my throat started to feel sore and I got sick. I can’t take any cold and flu tablets as I’m still breastfeeding so I just have the air vaporiser steaming away. Miraculously, Oscar hasn’t caught it off me yet and neither has Candice. I have no idea how as we are in such close quarters all the time. Fingers crossed their immune system is better than mine!

Today I swear I heard Oscar say “Mum” or more accurately, “Mam”. Lately he has been making “Nunna” noises and when he does, we repeat back to him “Mumma”. He didn’t use the word in reference to me, it was just a sound he made but still – it’s exciting because we know he can now make that sound! It’s only a matter of time now until he starts using it in reference to both of us.

He really is growing so fast. This is a fun age and I know it’s only going to get better the more he learns to communicate with us. Last week we started playing ball with him and it’s so cute. He’s not very good at throwing because, you know, he’s 9 months old. But he tries and smiles happily when we praise his ‘amazing’ throws. He is more into reading books now too and spends a lot more time playing on his own.

I am due to start back at work in early September but he still doesn’t have a place in a childcare centre. I’ve been phoning, emailing and setting up centre tours/visits but no luck yet. Today I spoke to the director of the centre we have as our first choice. She said that she has a spot opening in October but my return to work date isn’t very flexible so I’m not sure what I’m going to do. I think ill call her again tomorrow and find out more about the October spot. If she can guarantee it, then I will call my employer and beg/plead/cry for an extra month of maternity leave. Failing that, we will need to put Oscar into one of the ‘dodgy’ daycare centres. Ugh, just typing that makes me want to cry. Hopefully it all works out… cross your fingers for us!

We have started thinking more about his first birthday and have decided that we’ll throw him a party. I never thought we would but I think I finally understand why people do it. The first year is so full on. It’s amazing but damn hard. So why wouldn’t we want to celebrate when our gorgeous boy turn one?! Party, party, party.

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5 thoughts on “9 months of raising Oscar

  1. I think you and Candice are doing an amazing job of raising Oscar. I am very proud of both of you. He is a happy well adjusted little boy thanks to your efforts

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  2. 9 months already! I hope the childcare stuff works itself out. Evie didn’t get a spot ’til a month before my maternity leave was over. It was super stressful, but in the end it all worked out. I bet it will for you, too. No dodgy daycare required!

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  3. He’s a beautiful boy! Love the photo. Your camera skills are on point. Try not to stress the sleep issue too much, you do want to minimize his waking up at night though. He should only be waking up maybe once at this age. Leo is just about 8 months, he can go 9-11 hours at night without waking up to eat. I have heard we got very lucky with this, I think I was better prepared the second time around for sleep training. Our oldest Shawn woke up numerous times in the night for his first two years. My biggest advice is correcting it right now while he’s only 9 months, sleep disturbances can carry on into toddler years and that’s when it’s not fun anymore. Shawn still has sleep issues and cannot soothe himself to sleep and he’s five!
    When I quit nursing leo at 6 months is when we sleep trained. I put him into his room, I would wait maybe ten minutes before going in to settle him if he woke up at night. Try not to give him a bottle, if they are waking up to eat in the middle of the night it’s because of comfort, not because they are hungry although the way they chug bottles down can make you thing otherwise, but in all honestly they Don’t need that mid night bottle. Try and passify if he take one. Each night for the middle of the night wake ups, before going into the room wait a good ten minutes. I bet you’ll find that he will start going back to sleep on his own. He just needs to learn how to self soothe. Gradually work up to not going in so often. It takes time, I think within two weeks Leo was sleep trained and goes down now at 5:30 and wakes up at 5:00am. He hardly wakes up, if he does it’s usually between 3am-4am to eat.

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