We’ve got a wild, fun, and joyful ten month old on our hands! Here’s what’s going on with Sadie Mae this month.
Growth Sadie is now 18 pounds and 27 inches tall.
Wearing Six and nine month clothes and size four diapers.
Personality Silly, happy, and curious.
Eating I mentioned some swallowing issues Sadie was having in her nine month update and how we had an early intervention evaluation set up. We had her evaluation this week and found out she is a bit delayed in her oral motor skills. She is developmentally on track with everything else, though! Based on her evaluation, she did qualify for therapy with an occupational therapist.
The OT that met with us gave us a lot of tips and tricks for helping Sadie. Things like facial massage, chew tubes (an oral motor therapy toy), blowing through a straw, continuing to feed her different textured foods, and working on tongue lateralization should help her.
We actually decided not to pursue therapy at this point. We’re going to work on the strategies I mentioned above and then see how she’s doing at 12-13 months. If she’s still having trouble swallowing food, we’re going to set up bi-weekly therapy with an OT.
Food is supposed to be Sadie’s primary source of nutrition around 12 months (as opposed to breastmilk), which I feel like we’re nowhere close to. I keep thinking how can she transition to food if she can’t swallow?! I’m reminding myself of how much can change in a month or two, and that we’re practicing and doing all we can every day. I’ll keep updating here on the blog as we (prayerfully and hopefully!) see progress over the next couple of months 🙂
Nicknames All the same as last month with the addition of Tornader Sader, lol.
Sleeping Sadie is sleeping pretty well! She goes to bed around 7-8 pm and sometimes wakes up between 12-2 am to eat. If not, she eats between 4-5 am and goes back down until about 7 am. She is napping about twice a day for 40 minutes to an hour.
We find her in the craziest sleeping positions!
Looks Like Jimmy!
New Skills Sadie has started to clap and wave and it’s the cutest! She is also “surfing” or “cruising” a little bit now, which is basically holding onto something like a couch or chair to try and walk. She’s babbling up a storm, too.
Likes Swimming, being outside, our pets, her grandparents, watching other kids, going to the park, baths, lift-a-flap books, touch and feel books, chasing our vacuum, Baby Einstein videos, mom and dad, phones, dolls, hanging out in the garden, sticking anything and everything in her mouth, measuring cups, and opening and closing doors.
Dislikes Being put in her carseat, familiar people walking away from her, having her face wiped, being laid down to have her diaper changed, and putting her head and arms through her clothes.
Favorite Products Baby monitor, swim diapers, yogurt melts, teether, crumb-catcher bib, band-in-a-box, hide and squeak eggs, shake and sort cupcakes, Pampers Pure diapers, Huggies Natural Care wipes, Touch and Feel books, Where’s The Dog book, folding high chair, baby carrier, ball pit, tear-free bath rinser, and trainer cup.
Other Notes Sadie now has six teeth (four on top, two on the bottom), with another coming in on the bottom. It seems like she sprouts a new tooth every day, lol. Jimmy and I are getting better at knowing the signs of when her teeth hurt.
She got (and still has) a pretty bad diaper rash, so we got a prescription cream and switched to these diapers. I think it’s starting to clear up! Her hair is getting lighter and lighter, and I think her eyes are settling in to a hazel/brown color. She spent the longest time she’s ever spent away from me last week (my parents baby sat her for a few hours between church services) and did great!
That’s everything for Sadie’s ten month update. She is such a joy and Jimmy and I are so incredibly thankful to God for making her our daughter ❤
Oh goodness, the way she sleeps is so funny! That girl! 🙂 And I’m so glad you have so many new tools under your belt for helping Sadie with her oral development! I hope you see a huge difference soon. 🙂
I can’t believe the positions we find her sleeping in! It’s crazy! Thank you!! I just got the chew tube in the mail today, so hopefully that new tool will be beneficial! 🙂
She is doing so much better with her swallowing~ and eating solids. She’s adorable when she tries new foods- you can def tell if she likes or dislikes something pretty quickly!
She is such an amazing little lady that’s for sure —- just like her mama.
Love you all so much.
She really is too funny when she does/doesn’t like something! She seems like she’s doing a little better with her swallowing! Thanks, mom! Love you ❤
She’s so cute. That smile just lights up a room. Here’s hoping her oral motor development catches up quickly. Great job getting help and working with her every day on it!
Thank you so much, Amy!
Oh my goodness, she’s so adorable!! That’s too funny how she sleeps! It’s almost like she’s doing yoga, haha. 😉 I’m so glad you were able to get some suggestions for helping her development with eating and swallowing. So much can change in a month and I bet those techniques will help out a lot! In the end, though, it sounds like you have a great team there to help her even if she does need OT at 12 mos. ❤
Thank you, Courtney! I can’t believe the positions we find her sleeping it. It’s wild! Maybe she’s practicing all the poses I *tried* to do while I was pregnant with her, haha!
You’re so right about just how much can change in a month. We’ve been seeing some progress lately and it is so rewarding and comforting!
Oh good, I’m so glad you have already been seeing some progress! I’m sure that’s so exciting!
Gosh, her smile melts my heart. ♡ I’m so happy that you’ve found out the issues & have some exercises to practice that may help! I hope you’ve been seeing some progress so far. 🙂 Please, keep us updated!
I love the nicknames you guys come up with & that photo of her in her crib cracked me up. 😂
So sweet that she’s sprouting teeth!! Happy 10 months!! ♡
Ahh, me too!! The exercises for her oral motor skills were so useful to have as tools in helping her! She’s doing so much better these days!
We have sooo many nicknames! It’s bordering on cray cray, haha. And I truly have no idea how she sleeps in such crazy positions!