Our not so little guy is already 9 months old! It never ceases to amaze me how quickly time goes by. We sure love Tyson and his sweet disposition. The difference between Kayla and Tyson is more and more evident and I love it! Kayla has always been spunky and bouncy, while Tyson is happy, but a little shy and definitely a momma's boy. I love that they can have things in common, but they are definitely each their own little person.
Tyson is also much more adventurous that Kayla ever was as an infant. He really wants to be walking. He prefers to be on his feet and walks along everything. He doesn't have his balance down but is trying, thus he falls a lot. He always gets right back up and goes again. He's a quick crawler and is all over the house. He walks along walls and loves seeing his reflection in the fridge and back door.
He's an amazing eater! He's still nursing four to five times a day, depending on when he wakes up. In addition, he's eating baby food for all three meals. There isn't anything he won't eat! He didn't like pears the first time he ate them, but when we combined it with raspberries, he was good to go. We've started giving him some table food, and he loves it all! His appetite is great. If we put him in the high chair but don't feed him right away, he let us know! He'll scream a very high pitched scream and its not my favorite thing. When I pull out the box of Cheerios, his little feet start kicking like crazy! He's loves his snacks. Even with all his eating, he hasn't grown much weight wise in the past three months, having just gained a few ounces. He's gotten a lot taller though. He's 22 pounds, 29.5 inches tall. He's already quite a bit bigger than Kayla was at 12 months old! He's probably going to be a tall guy.
I mentioned he was shy and its become more noticeable when we're out and about. His big smile and blonde hair gets lots of attention, but when people look at him, he buries his face in my chest and will just peek up with a little smile. He's much more friendly and open to other kids though. He loves playing with toys, but seems to gravitate to balls more than anything else. His other favorite activity is to pull all the kids books off the bookshelf.
He will walk along behind Kayla's little pink chair and get going pretty fast. He will also crawl along behind his highchair and push it all over the kitchen. He loves our bathroom scale with its bright blue light and will crawl up on it any chance he gets to be in the bathroom. He also LOVES the door stops and the loud springy noise they make. When we go to the park, he loves the swings and will laugh while he's in them.
Speaking of laughing, it took quite a bit to get a laugh from Tyson for a long time. You had to tickle him just right to get a real belly laugh. Now though, he laughs when I do something funny or pop out from behind a pillow, a wall, etc. I love his little laugh and love working to hear it. No courtesy laughs from that kid!
Tyson has a great smile and is quick to do it. He's a very content and happy baby most of the time. He really doesn't fuss much and is perfectly happy exploring on the floor, playing with toys, or walking along the walls. It makes my life really easy, though I feel like he doesn't get as much one on one interaction as Kayla did. This is probably normal for second children, but it still makes me a little sad. I'm just grateful he's so easy going.
We had youth conference this month, and so I spent the more time away from him than ever before. I was gone for a day and a half while Daddy was at home with the kids. Tyson is definitely used to having Mom around, but did pretty well. He doesn't do well taking a bottle, but finally took one. Speaking of mom, he's started saying Momma when he sees me and I LOVE it! Kayla said several other words before Mom, so I'm soaking this up. He also loves it when we pat his mouth while he makes a sound and it sounds like an old Native American chant.
He's going to need a haircut soon, but only on the back of his head, where he has what we lovingly refer to as his Joe Biden hair. His hair is very blonde and fine so he almost looks bald but he does have a little bit of hair. His eyes are still a very deep blue color, and we get complimented on his eyes constantly. Tyson has three bottom teeth and no top teeth, though I'm fine with that. He's actually gotten to wear he will bite me when he's done nursing and it's awful! It was very telling how much he does it when I heard Kayla playing with her dollies and yell out, "Hey baby! You don't bite me! You're done eating!" Haha!
Getting Tyson dressed or changing his diaper seems to get harder every day! I feel like I'm participating in a rodeo event the way he wiggles and flips around. He thinks its pretty funny too and laughs while he's doing it.
We sure love our healthy, happy, strong boy. I'm excited to see what changes will come over the next few months as he continues to grow and develop!
Fourth of July fun!
Here's a little comparison between Kayla and Tyson. He's a couple months older in this photo than she was but they definitley have a lot of resemblance! We sure love our kiddos!