I can’t believe I have 9 month old. What makes it hard to believe is Marian is a preemie, in case you didn’t know. She was born when she was 27-weeks gestation which makes her 3 months premature. When I talk about her age, you may hear me say she is adjusted by so many months. Until she reaches 2 years of age, we have to adjust her age due to milestones to see how she is developing. Right now, she is 6 months adjusted so for her schedule she goes by the adjusted age.
What’s new this month?
So far, she has no teeth that I feel or see. She is rolling over from her stomach to her back and I’m pretty sure she can go from back to stomach but she hates being on her stomach. The moment I put her on her stomach she rolls right over. I’m really hoping she will want on her tummy soon so she can learn how to crawl. She isn’t sitting up just yet but I can see she wants to.
Her personality is really shining through now. Her smile and laugh just make my day, even in the morning when I’m more than just tired. I’m so excited to see in the next 3 months how much she changes and just becomes more active and animated.
Her typical day
I’m a huge believer in Baby Wise so my schedule and feedings are based on this book’s teachings. I’m so glad I read this book because it really helped me out those first few weeks understand her behavior and why an eat-play-sleep schedule is so important. If you are struggling with naps and sleeping, I suggest this book. It seriously was a lifesaver for me.
Speaking of naps, I wrote a guide to Put the baby down and getting shit done which may help you learn how to nap your baby. If you are on the struggle bus, make sure you get your copy like, yesterday. If you are interested, here is Marian current schedule for 6 months:
Marian’s Current Schedule
7:00am: She usually wakes up somewhere around this time. She gets her diaper changed and a bottle right away. She takes anywhere from 4-6 ounces of milk. After that, she plays for a bit.
8:00am: We give her the first solids of the day. She loves Oatmeal and she gets a bowl once a day.
8:30am: Time for a nap. This is her shortest of the day and goes from either 30mins to 1 hour.
10:00am: Milk time again! I make her 4 ounces but she usually only takes 3. After she drinks, it’s time for a bath and to get dressed for the day!
11:00am: Time for solids again. She usually eats a fruit or a veggie.
12:00pm: Around this time she’s ready for her long afternoon nap. Sometimes she can’t hang till noon so she’ll go down like at 11:30am. She lets me know if she is too tired to stay awake. Extreme fussiness, yawning or rubbing her eyes all tell me she’s ready. This nap can last anywhere from an hour and a half to 2 or more hours.
2:00pm: Diaper change and bottle time after the nap! Again, usually 3-4 ounces. She’s not much of a bottle drinker honestly. Playtime after her bottle or we go for a walk if weather permits. If I need to run to the store or go anywhere, it’s usually after this bottle.
4:00pm-5:00pm: Depending on how her schedule went, she will take another short nap around this time. It’s usually short, maybe an hour or so. I shoot for 5pm if I can because I take this hour to make dinner for Evan and me.
6:00pm: Diaper change and right after, it’s time for dinner for the family and Marian gets her last solids of the day! Veggies are usually on the menu. She will play right after this with her daddy while I clean up after dinner.
7:00pm: Bottle time and right after it’s time to get ready for bed. Again, sometimes she is telling us she wants to go to bed sooner so we listen to her cues for that. She gets a diaper change, lotion and jammies put on. We read her a book and sing her a song while we put her down for the night.
12-2am: She usually wakes for a bottle. I make her 6 ounces and she almost always finishes it. This could be her only wake-up but every now and then she wakes again maybe 3-4 hours later for yet another bottle.
7AM TIME TO DO IT AGAIN!
Things Marian is loving right now
- Marian has two play mats (we bought her one but her grandparents bought her one, too, that we took home) but her favorite on is Fisher-Price Deluxe Kick ‘n Play Piano Gym in pink. She may just love pianos as much as her daddy does.
- I’m definitely late to the bouncer game but after using one at Jenny’s house a few weeks ago, she loved being able to sit up a bit so I went and got her this Fisher-Price Comfort Curve Bouncer. She loves it and I love being able to get her off the floor every now and then.
- I don’t really think she’s teething just yet but she’s starting to show some signs for sure. Her favorite teething toy is Nuby Silicone Teethe-eez Teether with Bristles. I think she really loves the bristles on her gums. Looks super satisfying.
- We started with a different brand of spoons but we are both loving these Munchkin 12 Piece Soft-Tip Infant Spoons. They are great for wiping the food off her face and has a bit of a deeper curve that can hold more food.