Life has been pretty busy since I last wrote. Nothing major happening – just Kyan growing and changing every day. He is now 9½ months old, has his first tooth and can sit for about 30 seconds! How things have changed…
Once we showed our physio how well Kyan could roll, she of course moved us on to learning how to sit. Lauren has been working hard with Kyan on this one and he can now sit – sort of leaning over – all by himself for about 30 seconds, then he falls to the side. He can lift himself up though if he is holding on to something. If he sits between our legs and we support his hips (sitting) then he can sit for awhile. His core strength is definitely getting better.
Kyan has been getting Early Years support (portage) for a couple of months now. She comes round every week or so and assesses him through doing different activities. A few weeks ago she brought him a large silver blanket type thing for him to roll around on. He loves it! It’s very noisy but he rolls back and forth and grabs at it with his hands. She has said that he is a smart boy who knows what he wants! Haha don’t we know it! She noted that he is trying to communicate in three different ways and was quite pleased with how he is responding to everything.
Not long after Easter we took Kyan to see a chiropractor (“finally!” I hear my sister say…). My sister, Laura, works for a chiropractor in Sydney (Australia) and has been bugging us to take him to see one since she heard about his reflux. We were only at a point after Easter when he could lay flat long enough to see one! Laura hunted a paediatric chiropractor down for us (all the way from Oz!) and we went to see her in April. She was fantastic! Once you hear all the problems that can be associated from the actual birth – you would be taking every baby you had to
She took down all of Kyan’s history (45 minutes later….) and then did a quick assessment. She did some minor adjustments (not like adult adjustments!) and we could see results instantly! She said there was something with his neck and did something (don’t know medical terms!) and his neck just seem to grow right in front of us! We had to note any changes over the week and couldn’t believe it when the next day he started making ‘nananana’ sounds. As you can probably tell – we were quite impressed. On our second visit she did something with his foot and instantly he brought his legs up under him like he was ready to crawl. Again we were impressed. We have continued to see her (although not too often) as we feel it has benefit Kyan.
Kyan is really loving his baths, and I love bathing him. I only really get to do it on weekends so when half term comes around I take the opportunity to bath him everyday. I love the water and I’m hoping Kyan will be the same. Last week I taught him to roll in the bath as I thought he would like laying on his stomach and playing – he did. Unfortunately, now he keeps rolling back and forth the whole time – especially when I’m trying to wash his hair! I’m almost certain he shouted ‘no’ when I put the shampoo on his hair the other day and he rolled over so I couldn’t wash it! (Ok so he isn’t talking yet, but it sounded like a ‘no’ to me!) I think it’s cute, but Mummy Lauren is not impressed that she is the one who is now going to have to battle with him everyday now that half term is over…
On the 18th May Kyan cut his first tooth! He was really moody all day and when I got home from work I could tell Lauren had not been able to put him down. When we had dinner he ended up on Laurens lap and grabbed at her pint glass. We let him have a sip from it (water!) and heard a clunking noise! We were very excited to see that his tooth had finally come through! It is now showing up nicely and is quite sharp. Looks like the one next to it won’t be far off breaking through as well.
Kyan is eating really well these days – having his 3 meals a day plus snacks and bottles. We love that he is eating food as he is not as sicky when he doesn’t have as many bottles. He is still having puree (but lumpy puree) and we were really brave this week and tried him with some pita bread and hummus (which he loved) and toast with a little butter and also a rusk! He handled it all fine. He didn’t eat much of the rusk and when little chunks came off he spat them out, but he enjoyed using his tooth! He hasn’t eaten much the last couple of days but we think it’s because he is teething. We aren’t worried though as he still takes his bottles and we know he hasn’t turned off food for good!