Saturday, July 23, 2011

so what's roman up to?

well guys, glad you asked!

the little dizzle turned 9 months on july 13th.
of course, as i mentioned in an earlier post, he rang in that glorious 9 month bday with a whopping double ear infection......but.......moving on.

2 days prior to his glorious appointment revealing that both of his ears were, in fact, massively "infected" i brought my little dude down to a quaint little artsy fartsy neighborhood, westport.

despite the fact that it was 100 degrees outside, and he had ear infections that i didn't know about yet.......he was a trooper, and totally took on westport in total domination.

roman can SO work the camera.
watch out GQ.

but let me not keep blabbering on.
here's the deets on my romy rome dizzle dog:

9 months = 22.6 pounds / 28.5 inches, ringing in at the 75th and 50th percentiles respectively.
i suppose i can relax now.
he's........what they call in the hospital when they're referring to newborns, "thriving".
good. whew. roman, you have survived 9 months of being on this crazy planet. with your crazy momma :)

so, what are your new tricks?
well.......let me dive in.

you spent your 8th month crawling like a man on a mission.
your eye caught something? BAM! and you're off to attack it (attack=lick or bite it)

but crawling isn't the only thing you've got up your sleeve.
you've added pulling up to the mix.

you stand at the book shelf, you stand at the couch,
you stand at the chairs, and when you fall i say ouch!
you stand at the pantry, you stand at the window,
you stand in your crib, and in our bed on the pillow!

(i totally just busted out a song for you there folks)

food is going better, although most of your 8th month was a struggle.
what i've realized like me to change it up once in a while.
i mean, you actually didn't like spaghetti 5 meals in a row with the same veggies and fruit.
i mean, you actually want to try different things once in a while.......
who woulda thought????
so, now? you're into new foods.
you prefer something different at each meal.
i'm hoping to get into some sort of 7 or 8 day rotation, so there's a week in between eating the same thing again.......i'm hoping it seems "new" for you again :)
good news?
you loved broccoli today.
can i get a hip hip???

roman, you're totally scared of little toddlers.
especially if they get up in ur grill.
and especially if they want to hug and kiss you (ahemmmmm cousin charlotte)
you'd rather be left alone
you'd rather watch toddlers from a distance
you'd rather not have to interact.
if you do?
you scream the most "i'm so scared, i'm so scared, help, help, help" cry EVER.
it breaks my heart.

lately, i've been asking, "how did I, someone SO SOCIAL, end up with such a anxious kid when it comes to being with other children?!?!?!" it doesn't seem possible.
however, i'm embracing it.
i think it's just a phase.
but if not?
we'll raise little roman to be a strong, yet humble, quiet leader.
(who says he has to be the loudest one in the bunch, i mean, not all of my offspring have to resemble their mother.......a few of them CAN be like their father.......i guess.........hehe)

mr leif and i are already predicting our next child will be a boy, and will be the exact opposite. so basically, a little terror who isn't afraid of anything, thus we've already tentatively named him Rocco.
Roman, the humble, quiet, smart and strong one.......
Rocco, the crazy, wild, loud, and daring one......

wow, i just went off on an imaginary second child tangent.
where were we?
oh yes, roman, our only child, is 9 months.
9 months OLD!!!!!
which means his next milestone is 1 YEAR OLD!!!
mini seizure.

so roman is having some slight issues being around toddlers, unless they keep their distance or don't mess with him, but he seems to have no issues with big kids and babies, hmm?
oh well.
we love him like crazy.

our little dude pretty much always could use a haircut.
as soon as we cut it, it grows.
i sort of want the shag look, but it's awkward right now, so i am not sure i can wait it out.
we may hit up the barber again.

however, he still allows me to put hair products in it. amen.
but what he does NOT allow us to do is dress him.
he hates,
let me say it again, he HATES getting clothes on.
you might be in the other room and while he is getting dressed think that he just fell out of bed or something, yep, he screams that bad.
and he also strongly dislikes getting his diaper changed.

let's face it, romonster prefers to be completely nakey.

it seems as if he's pushed his bedtime back a bit, but we definitely don't have a night owl on our hands......
he's gone from the 7/7:30 bedtime, to now in the last couple weeks, more like 8/8:30
but don't fret.
roman is still rising regularly between 5-6am.

not only is he quite the sleep champ during the nights, but daily he prefers 3 naps.
i'm just waiting for him to drop a nap.........but the kid loves to sleep, and he loves his crib.
it's a win win.
and i know there will be days ahead where i'm fighting him so bad to get him to take a nap, so cherish these naps i will!

oh my, i'm going into major boring details, aren't i.
well, truth is, i'm using this blog as a rough draft to make his one year photo book on shutterfly, so i've got to document this silly stuff somewhere to remember it.

i've completely stopped nursing.
although it was weird to accept, i'm totally in a good place with it.
we made it 8 months.
and he's doing great on 5 bottles a day of enfamil gentlease :)

oh yah, puffs and yogurt melts?
devours them every time.

hmmm........anything else i'm missing???

oh yes, are now a pro patty-caker, so-bigger, and waver.
you're practically a magician with those three tricks.

and you love books.

that was long and random.

but all in all...........
i love this little guy like crazy.
and i know he loves me back because just this week he's reached stage 10 clinger.
we're talking, momma don't put me down, and momma don't you dare walk out of the room, and momma can't i just sit you you every 3 minutes between switching toys all day long?
yep, stage 10.
(but i don't mind)

if only i could get him to muster out a "maa-maa-maa", because ALL day long it's, "DAAA-DAAA-DAAAA" (to which i love to reply, daa-daa's at work, i'm momma!!!..........but he just snaps back with daa-daa........vicious cycle, folks.)

oh yeah.
one more thing.
he loves to stick his tongue out.
i proudly taught him that AND we practice it EVERY day.
because, i think it's cute.


  1. Your boy looks happy and content with life, way to go you! I absolutely love the cape!

  2. hi! i love that first picture of your little guy. :) miles was super anxious with other children. but once he started walking and could hold his own, he started loving it. now he screams and cries when it's time to leave. once he hit 11 months, he was so different. just thought i'd let you know it was the same for me at first!

  3. 1. these pictures are TO DIE FOR.
    2. after my blog break, i was exctied to come here MOST. i missed you, like, whoa.
    3. he's afraid of toddlers?! BAH!!!! a&e would scare the bajeebies out of him & that makes me almost pee my pantalones.
    4. he still takes 3 naps?!! holymoly. that's awesome.
    5. i kinda forget what it's like to have a baby in the house again? and you/he make me want this one out of my belly RIGHT NOW.
    6. i miss you.
    7. but i said that.
    8. the end.