Mack had his nine month appointment today. "Big Mack", as his doctor calls him. He's a healthy, happy boy. Doctor Birk always comments on how great his skin is for some reason. I thought all babies had healthy, good skin. "He's got beautiful skin. Fair, so every bump or rub makes him turn red. He's got great hair, what little he has of it." Funny comments, but good to know I guess. Mack is doing everything he's supposed to be doing at this point - sitting up straight, making repetitive consonant-vowel sounds, picking up little things and getting them into his mouth...crawling. Dr. Birk noticed that he bears his own weight pretty easily when he stands up, and said he'll probably be waking around a year. Oh boy. And he didn't seem too worried that Mack appears to have forgotten how to roll from tummy to back. Dr. Birk thinks it's for show.
Here are Macks stats:
Weight: 21 lbs, 12 oz - 85%
Height: 29 inches - 80%
Head: 45 cm - 50%
Here are Rose's at the same age:
Weight: 16 lbs, 13 oz -- 19%
Length: 28 inches -- 70%
Circ: 42.5 cm -- 24%
After Mack's appointment today, I had some time to burn before getting Rose from daycare. We went to the grocery store to get a few things for dinner (and some frozen peaches, on Dr. Birk's recommendation - apparently they work better than prunes, if you know what I mean). It was the first time I put Mack into the child seat part of the grocery cart. He was so cute watching everything in awe. It struck me that he hasn't had the exposure to people and places the way Rose had at his age - mostly because we live in a neighborhood now and not in the Pearl. Rose and I walked everywhere. And she came with me on most of my errands.
Being in the grocery with Mack brought back strong memories of the first time Rose had sat in the grocery cart. It was such a big deal to me to be able to just plop her into the cart and not have to carry her, or her car seat or put her in the bjorn. I remembered putting pictures on the blog about it, so I could recall exactly what she was wearing and how I felt that day.
Just now, I looked back at my blog entry for Rose's nine month appointment to get her stats. I was surprised to find out it was the same post with the grocery store milestone for her.
Speaking of milestones, Rose shocked me twice today. I picked her up a little early from daycare today, so the Twos were still in the outside play area. As I drove by and peeked in, I saw Rose on a tricycle, pedaling - competently and fast! I know it's not shocking that an almost three year old can pedal, but I had no idea. And she was good at it. When I mentioned it to her teachers, they looked at me like I was crazy. Apparently, Rose has been pedaling for months. Tonight I asked her if she pedals the trike Grandma and Grandpa have when she goes for rides. "No, Grandma pushes me." Hmm....
After I parked the car, I left Mack in his car seat and ran into the play area to get Rose. When she saw me, she screamed in delight. Then quickly told me she couldn't leave yet, jumped off her trike, and ran to the play house. When I caught up with her, she told me she couldn't leave yet because she and Marie were meeting up to make cupcakes for a birthday party. When Marie arrived at the play house, she told me she and "Rosie" were going to go to the store to buy cupcakes. Rose corrected her - they were going to make cupcakes by adding flour and sugar and sprinkles. Marie laughed and said "Rosie got sprinkles all over my dress!" Again, I really had no idea Rose had reached the point of such interactive play - remembering play plans to "meet" her friend, having conversations about what they were going to do, and working out differences in their visions of the plan. It was so fun to watch.
During bath time today, I noticed how different the skin tone is between Rose and Mack. Her skin looks olive compared to his. I wonder if that's a result of age, or if Mack really is that fair. So far their eyes and hair are pretty similar. Mack may have lighter eyes and darker hair, but it's so hard to tell at this point.
Here are some pictures from our Christmas Tree adventure earlier this month. Merry Christmas to all!