We tried to figure out what it was… It was definitely more than just teething. He had just gotten over a cold, but he was better. Could it have been the 8, 9 or 10th month sleep regression? It seemed that the moaning, crying, and sleeplessness MUST be due to that. Our only peace was found in the fact that other parents had said 9-10 months was the hardest for them too. That also helped us remember that this stage would be short, and it would pass soon. Thankfully, it did! Now that we look back, we think that it might just have been a combination of all the above things AND the fact that little Elijah had flown across the world, established a new routine, in a new house, around lots of people, and then we had retuned and he had to figure out why everything had changed so drastically. Six weeks in South Africa was a long time for him. It take us quite a while to adjust when we get back, so it is probably even harder for him!
|Bedtime stories with daddy|
|Not so happy a few times this month|
|Sliding down in his high chair|
One afternoon, while we were out with some friends, we gave Elijah a yogurt with a straw. We had read that at around 9 months they know how to drink with a straw, so we thought that we would try it out. Evidently, it worked and he loves drinking like that now. He also loves to bite the straw and pull it out of the yogurt, so we have to hold it in place or he makes a big mess.
Speaking of a “big mess”, we let Elijah feed himself and this obviously results in food everywhere. In his ears, all over his body, and on the floor. The funniest part is that he is such a little guy that he can’t stay upright in his high chair. Sometimes, he slides down until just his head and his forearms are sticking up above the tray. We have tried placing a big book under his butt, but he still slides right off it. He needs a smaller chair. Our friend, McKenzie, has one that she said we can have. Oh Elijah, you’ll grow big, like your daddy, soon my boy!