At the start of July Toby turned 9 months old.
Like Jude he also had a fun filled month.
Before we left for the States, he did his first modeling shoot.
and spent a lot of time at the park.
He was pretty good with all the flying (thanks to breastfeeding) but refused to sleep in the bassinet.
Toby dug all the attention from Grandma and Grandpa.
He wasn’t at all shy about letting his true colors show and my parents quickly got sense of what a difficult, stubborn little guy he can be.
His wonderful sleep routine all went to custard in Ohio. He started waking 3 or 4 x a night and crying until he got fed. So most nights he would end up in my bed or with Grandma.
Naptimes were slightly better and improved once my Mom and I got into a routine of me feeding him and then her putting him down. But there were times where we had to use the Ergo method.
Toby’s ability to resist sleep despite being exhausted is impressive!
At the same time, it’s hard sometimes to imagine the little monster he can turn into. He is such a sweet, cuddly, happy guy when everything is going his way. He loves to play and be around everyone.
I decided the sleep regression was most certainly because of all the changes around him. Toby likes things very routine and comfortable. He has also been going through a lot of physical changes – like standing on his own and furniture walking.
His talking really started taking off in the States. He would mumble ‘Dadda, dada’ over and over. He has a very loud voice that bellows – he makes sure he is heard when he has something to say.
He loved all the treats at Grandma and Grandpa’s house – hotdogs, ice cream, cupcakes, and donuts were his favorites.
Like Jude, he was also crazy about Oz kitty.
Play dates with Cousin Robby were the best. So adorable seeing the three cousins together.
Toby also got to swim in Robby’s pool, although he seemed happier to sit on the side and watch everyone splash around then do so himself.
Aunty Natalie was such a big help with Toby.
She really knows how to handle him. She tirelessly helped with putting him to sleep as well as getting him used to the stroller, shopping carts and carseat. No matter how much he whined and cried, Nat would not pick him up! It was impressive!
Toby got to swing for the first time in Ohio and really enjoyed it.
Oh, Toby, you keep us on our toes – always growing and changing! We all love you so much.