Life with a Baby: 9 months



Just popping in to say hello! I am due for our 9 month update and struggling to find time to write it. So I’m going to have to make this one much more brief than usual, but I guess it’s better than nothing!


Baby talk:


Baby talk is in full force. She says dada, mama, yaya, nana, baba, etc. on the regular. It’s super cute! She calls Eric, me, Sketchie all dada right now…haha…but occasionally she’ll say mama when looking at me (or when crying)!

She loves to scream at the top of her lungs when she’s tired. I call it a protest cry! It sounds like AHHHHHHHHHH, AHHHHH, AHHHH.

When she’s happy after a good sleep, she “sing-songs” her baby talk (see this video). Melts my heart every single time. I said to Eric it’ll be so sad when she doesn’t talk like this anymore! It’s such a cute stage. I’m glad we caught it on video.

She still loves to growl. She growls when she’s being a “stinker” and wants to play or be silly.

We just never know what sound is going to come out of her mouth! She is quite vocal!

She still likes making “poooooof” noises by blowing air through her lips.


Her personality is emerging more and more these days. She is very active, always wants to be moving, and dislikes being held more and more. She stopped going in carriers and wraps months ago because she just squirms and wants out. She is happiest when she is on the move and playing. Loves going out and seeing people so we try to do that lots! We’re also joining a baby activity class soon. She is also very curious, observant, playful, and easy going (with a fierce stubborn streak). When she wants something, she wants something. Sounds just like her mama!



She LOVES to wave. At us, the cat, strangers. It’s maybe the cutest thing I’ve ever seen!!! Melts my heart.



She has slept through the night about 4-5 times over the past 9 months (but who’s counting?? haha…ME!). However, she is only waking up to feed once a night now. It could be worse, but I’m ready to start sleeping again. I often struggle to get back to sleep after the overnight feed so I can be up over an hour before I’m finally back to sleep. My mind is on my work usually, so I need to find a way to turn off. I feel pretty burned out lately.

Before 8 months hit, Adriana used to go down to bed quite easily. The past couple months putting her down at night has been a struggle. She will often fuss or cry and refuse to go to sleep. Sometimes it’s a good 1-2 hours before she is finally asleep. She seems to be going through big developmental leaps right now so I’m sure those don’t help. We have never sleep trained and I hope things improve naturally.

Still taking 2 naps a day. Lately she has been refusing naps once in a while which she never did before. It’s still hard to read her sometimes. Is she sleepy or not? Overtired or not tired enough to nap? I would’ve thought we’d have it down by now, but every week it changes! We take it day by day. When she does nap they tend to be 1 hour each. Once in a while we’ll get 2 hours out of her, but 1 hour is the norm.



I’m still nursing on demand. I think she went through a growth spurt a few weeks ago and she was eating every hour or so. Very tiring on both of us!



No teeth yet. I can’t believe it. I think we have finally given up saying, “I think she is going to cut her first tooth any day now.” Maybe she will be one of those late bloomers that cuts a bunch of teeth at 11 months?



Solids have been very challenging. We are doing a mix of purees and baby led weaning. (I don’t think you have to choose between one or the other). She doesn’t seem to be super interested in eating yet though…it kind of breaks our heart because we put so much time and effort into making homemade purees and steaming finger foods, and most of it is thrown out or spit out.

We’re still working on the sippy cup. She loves to blow into it (to make a loud bubbling noise and then all the water shoots out) instead of sucking the water out. She is such a stinker, I tell you!!! I think she gets a real kick out of it.

We gave up on bottles. It just wasn’t happening after trying for 7+ months consistently. That’s why we moved on to the sippy cup. I’m hoping she will take to the sippy cup soon. I honestly can’t believe I have been exclusively breastfeeding for 9 months now! We have her 9 month check up next week and I’m going to talk to the doctor to see if she has any tips.

On the move:

As I mentioned in the 8 month update, she is crawling. She’s quite fast now and we have to watch her like a hawk! She’s into everythaaaaang!!! We did some baby-proofing last month, but there will be more to come.


I mentioned in a blog post that we celebrated my grandparents 50th anniversary last month. Over 100 guests came out…it was like a wedding! So awesome. It was such a great day. Anyway, at the end we had a huge family photo. Adriana was already over-tired and needing a nap badly, so she yelled AHHHHHHHHH AHHHHH through the entire photos. We got some pretty hilarious photos of my mom and I trying to soothe her (while avoiding a hot flash, no doubt). These are the photos you look back on and howl!

Father’s Day was also awesome! I treated Eric to a huge pancake breakfast, and Adriana got him some nice sentimental gifts.


Well that’s all for now. My sister and her family are visiting the next couple weeks so we’re looking forward to having them here with Adriana! I’m feeling quite burned out with my recipe development for the second cookbook (I’m about 90% done…the last bit is always the most difficult), so I think it’s just the mini break I need.
Hope you are enjoying the start of summer! More soon.

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1 Melissa June 25, 2015

I haven’t had a baby for 14 years, but my sister just had my niece a week ago and props to breastfeeding moms who get ANYTHING done besides nursing and sleeping!


2 Kristien June 25, 2015

You should try to give her a cup with a straw. My two little ones never drank from a bottle and couldn’t figure out sippy cups, but they were able to drink with a straw which was a huge relief after exclusively breast feeding for 6 months.


3 Hmg August 4, 2015

I was going to suggest a straw too. You can find straw-topped zippy cups in stores. Straws are better for babies’ oral development than regular dippy cups anyway.


4 Svetlana June 25, 2015

I can totally understand your frustration with solids! I have been adding solids since my baby boy was four and a half months (he was eating a lot, every hour and a half and was never enough). Rescently he began to refuse a lot of the solid foods that he used to love, and everything goes in the garbadge, it can be very frustrating considering the amount of time I spend making him food!

Have you tried giving Adriana cereals? My little guy looooooves oatmeal the best, I add some breast milk after it’s done cooking.

Just two cents of mine about the sleeping problems…I herd that when babies crawl/try to walk too much close to bed time it can be hard for them to fall asleep. Have you tried maybe some activities before bed time (at least two hours prior) that limit her crawling? I am sure you guys have tried a lot, just an advice that I know helped my sister when her girl was in this phase.

Thank you for sharing these updates, I love reading them! :)


5 Allison June 26, 2015

My little girl (now 17 months) never took a bottle either! I went back to my full-time job as an attorney when she was 3 months old and she would go 10+ hour days without eating/drinking anything. Terrible for her caregivers, and terrible for me to see her so hungry at the end of the day. Not to mention watch all my pumped milk go down the drain. She made up for not eating during the day by eating lots in the evening and lots at night–never had an issue gaining weight. Eventually, her doctor told us to try a dixie cup. It worked, so we bought a few silicone measuring cups the size of shot glasses, and she drank out of those during the day. Messy, and odd, but it worked!! She started taking a sippy cup by 10 months or so and she weaned around 12 months. I am due with my second on Thanksgiving, and my husband is going to start feeding this baby a bottle of pumped milk on day #1 (and every day after) to try to avoid the same problem! But, if that doesn’t work, we always have our milk shot glasses :).


6 AGS June 26, 2015

I feel for you about the baby that loves breastfeeding – my son was like that. He finally slept through the night (7-8 hours) at 9 months. He did it once (!?!) by fluke, and at the 9 month check-up the pediatrician that we see (and love) said he could do it now consistently – so after a rough 3-4 nights of me working with him (I slept in his room during the transition), he just started sleeping on his own, and it basically stayed that way onward. My other two babies were completely different – Baby 2 slept through the night @ 4.5 months b/c Dad just slept in the other room when I was away on work travel, and Baby 3 just started sleeping through the night on her own at 5 months. And, with the other two, our life and work routines were different too. I breastfed all of them, and they all had different timing on how much they ate, who took a bottle, sipply cup, wanted solids.

You will have to figure it out for yourselves. Everyone’s family is different, and every baby is different. Don’t spend too much time analyzing it. You are doing a great job! You don’t see any 18 year olds who don’t have teeth, aren’t sleeping through the night, and still take a bottle. So, just do what you are doing. Adriana is lucky to have you both as parents.


7 Mieke June 27, 2015

Hi Angela,
I love AGS’s comment: all 18 year olds are just fine ;)

I don’t have kids myself, but I know my mom breastfed me until I was 9 months and she only stopped because she had to due to mastitis. So many people around the world breastfeed kids longer than a year. I can imagine though that it is all very tiring, with writing your cookbook!
Could an afternoon or morning to yourself help? Can somebody watch Adriana in between breastfeedings, so you can do something that is purely for you, whatever refills your cup right now? Even if it’s just taking a few big breaths?
We all love another cookbook from you, but not at the cost of your health and sanity!


8 Svetlana June 27, 2015

Love your comment Mieke! Your health Angela is so much more important!


9 Jamie June 27, 2015

Hi Angela,

I have an 8 month old right now, and I feel you on the food situation… it is so tough! I’m also working a lot from home and it’s a struggle to find the motivation to make food for her when it just gets tossed on the floor. She is not interested in putting food in mouth – period! haha… I try to keep being easygoing about it, though. I think as a society, we tend to worry too much. If we didn’t have all the outside influences, we wouldn’t know any different :) We are EBFing and she loves it. Wouldn’t take a bottle, either! We gave up too.

I love reading your posts as I tend to see a lot of similarities ;) The joys and struggles are real!

And seriously, echoing what Mieke said above, no rush on the cookbook from our end! It’s not worth the burnout. We are patient :) and love the idea of a couple hours just to yourself. It doesn’t happen often for me, but when it does, so rejuvenating! (it’s hard to be away from our little one because she is seriously into her mama right now and no one else!)


10 Kim June 28, 2015

I have read that at around 9 months babies often have seperation anxiety. Maybe that is why Adriana does not want to go to sleep so easily now. I had trouble falling asleep after feedings in the beginning. Now I think I sometimes nurse whilst still sleeping and I hardly ever have trouble falling back to sleep again. My son is almost 5 months and we still co-sleep. He will need a crib soon instead of his co-sleeper bed. We are going to buy a simple Ikea one that opens up at one side, so we can put that against our bed and still sleep together. I often fall asleep with my son in my arm during a feed, which means he can feed on demand without waking me up. I can only fall asleep like that accidentally otherwise it would be an ideal sleeping situation.

If you can’t fall asleep because your mind has to settle down, maybe you could try a meditation app like Buddify. I find this works when I have to settle down before going to bed.


11 Katalijn June 28, 2015

Hi Angela,
Some things sound very familiar! We have a 22 month old girl, who cut her first tooth on the day before her first birthday :) She’s slowly getting more.
She also used to sleep through the night between 3-6 months, then did it only a handful of time between 6-12 months, also to feed once quickly. Luckily she now sleeps through most nights. And I can also relate to having a hard time falling asleep again. That hasn’t changed yet. Let me know if you find something that helps!


12 Milissa June 28, 2015

Hi, Angela! Boy, I can so commiserate with you on the sleep deprivation. My younger child, now almost three was waking up to nurse once through the night most nights until just under a year ago. I have since day weaned her. I totally believe in child-led weaning and had that approach until about three months ago when I realized she might still be nursing at five years old if I didn’t encourage it a little. So I did and she fussed a bit but we basically did it cold turkey with minimal drama and so far no lasting trauma! And damn it, now I miss those special times! Solids were easy for us and she loved everything but is more picky as a toddler. I have a few friends whose children didn’t eat solids until well past a year old and it seems like it was a texture thing. If she takes to the silly cup, then thank the Lord for smoothies. That’s one way I know I can always get some good extra nutrition to my girls. Here’s a tip that worked for us with the soppy cup for my younger daughter: I bought one with a “straw”, then took a regular plastic straw cut in half, drew liquid into it and covered one end with my finger, out the other end in her mouth. She sucked the breast milk out of it and we repeated a few times then went back and forth with the cup. She caught on very quickly and we never used another bottle. That was around 10 months old. Anyway, as always, good luck with everything. I always had trouble getting back to sleep after middle of night feelings, too. Are you type A like me? It’s a burden, but we’re the people who get shit done, right?:) Looking forward to the next cookbook and love these baby updates!


13 Milissa June 28, 2015

PS…My older daughter started teething at four months and first tooth appeared at six months. The younger started teething at three months and first tooth appeared at thirteen months. Oh, and above, she’s not day weaned but totally weaned.


14 Milissa June 28, 2015

Please ignore my typos. I know all who are reading are smart enough to auto-correct it as they read:)


15 Kelly P June 29, 2015

Thanks for the update! I also love some of the comments.
Every baby is so different. My 19 month-old had 8 teeth by 8 months, but had very similar sleep issues. The worst was right around 9-10 months, when she was still nursing to sleep (and very difficult to detach and get into bed without waking her…I’d spend an hour, every night, nursing and re-nursing her to sleep, only to then night-feed her 3 times a night!). By 10 1/2 months I was totally burned out. But I also realized that it was entirely comfort nursing and not hunger nursing, so I decided that she was ready (and I was in desperate need) to sleep all night long. I hated the idea of “sleep training” and leaving her to “cry it out,” so our compromise was to put an air mattress next to her bed, NOT nurse her to sleep anymore (nurse her just before bedtime), put her down awake in her crib and stay with her/hold her hand, stroke her and comfort her through the bars while she cried, until she fell asleep. It took about an hour. I’ll admit I couldn’t do it – my husband had to – but after 3-4 nights she got used to it and stopped crying and started sleeping through the night (almost – there are always regressions, but we almost never went back to night feedings).
Now she’s 19 months, just recently weaned since I’m pregnant, and sleeps “like a baby” (ha, whoever invented that expression clearly never had a baby) 10 hours a night (we still have to lie down on the air mattress with her until she falls asleep, but at least there is ZERO drama…she’s happy to go to sleep in her bed). Those “old days” seem long gone, but I remember all too-clearly how hard it was! Hang in there, and follow your gut as to what is best for both of you. :-)


16 Amanda June 29, 2015

Thanks for the update! It is always fun to read and I see so many similarities with our 9-month old girl (such a mover, too!). Have you tried a straw cup? We also have a bottle-refuser and with the sippy she only wanted to chew on the spout. She took to the straw cup right away (Zoli-Bot) and now also likes a Camelbak bottle. I haven’t tried giving her a full BM feed out of it, but hopefully one of these days we will get there. She does take a BM “snack” from it in the afternoon instead of nursing on some days. As far as the napping goes, have you seen the 2-3-4 schedule? I know it doesn’t work for everyone, but it has worked really well for us and naps are longer and more consistent and she is really tired by bedtime and falls asleep quickly (usually, haha). For night nursing, if you think she doesn’t really need the feed at night, what I did is very slowly lessen the amount she was nursing each night. I just counted in my head so I didn’t have to have a timer with me, but reduce by 1 minute (or 30 seconds) each side for three days, then 1 minute less for three more nights and so on. We got down to her only nursing 1 minute each side and then she started sleeping through consistently. As she ate slightly less at night, she increased what she ate during the day to make up for it. You are juggling so many things, I hope you can get a little break this summer!


17 Amanda June 29, 2015

Sorry to be so long-winded, I just thought of a couple of other things: 1) We also had pretty decent luck with the Munchkin 360 cup for water, it mimics drinking out of a regular cup 2) along with baby movement class, swimming “lessons” or time in the pool always makes for a tired baby in this house 3) if she can stand being held for even 5 minutes before nap, we have found that a walk around the house (looking out windows, at art, etc.) while singing some soft lullabies has helped as a good pre-nap wind down …


18 Linda June 29, 2015

Hang in there, momma! You are in the home stretch, and sleep, brain functioning, and energy will be back before you know it. You are a great mom!


19 Lindsay June 29, 2015

I love your baby updates Angela!
Have you tried a straw cup? Our little one is almost 11 months old and was able to drink from a straw much earlier than the sippy cup. If he doesn’t want to nurse or drink from a bottle he will often drink milk from a straw. He particularlly loves “to go” type restaurant cups with a lid and regular tall straw. Not sure if it makes him feel grown up or what but it works!

We also struggled with solids at first until I gave him one of those food pouches. It seemed to help him get adjusted to new flavors and he still loves the food pouches plus green smoothies which he must drink from a straw of course. I’m learning I just have to keep trying new things, it sure can be exhausting though!


20 Karen June 29, 2015

Hi Angela! Always a pleasure to read your baby updates. Glad things are going well, enjoy every minute!


21 Shea June 29, 2015

I realize you may be totally over suggestions at the moment… but I have to give serious props to the COMO TOMO bottles. They mimic the breast in feel and function (well besides the ability to actually make milk). MY EBF baby loves these bottles and they allow me to work fulltime and EBF. My son is just a week younger than your little one.
I cannot wait for her to love food so I can learn some yummy recipes.


22 Amanda June 30, 2015

Dear Angela,
Good to hear from your two, girls! She sounds amazing! Isn’t the best to see their evolution? I think i will miss this phase so much
Our little girl (each is a week younger than your Adriana) are going very well in both puree and baby led weaning (we have the same impression that we can have both together). She is now starting not needing the grains to be purred any longer. She is becoming able to chew grains well-cooked and soaked nuts and seed (smashed) now.
May I ask what are the recipes you are doing for her? I love to get new ideas (by the way, i have beeing doing several of your recipes to her)


23 Julie June 30, 2015

Love the update! My baby is 7 months, and still wakes twice for feeding, but compared to before, that’s great. We split these wakings, so in reality it’s only one wakeup per night for me. But definitely with you on having a HARD time falling asleep after that, ugh.

I’m hoping to introduce a sippy soon. He currently takes both boob and bottle (we went through a nursing strike recently and I thought that was the end, but now we’re good).


24 Danielle June 30, 2015

My son didn’t like the sippy cup but loved using a straw cup at about 10.5 or 11 months… you’ll be able to try that soon, she might like a straw. :)


25 Jessica Champion June 30, 2015

Yes a sippy cup with a straw is much easier. Babies can use a straw early as they learn the sucking motion no problem. I nursed my son 1 year, he never took a bottle either, and was able to use cups with a straw quite young. Good luck with this and the book can’t wait to get a copy! :)


26 Aimee July 1, 2015

I taught my bottle-averse babies to drink from a straw too by squeezing a juice box. The juice squirting into their mouths would make them start sucking on the straw. Then I could use straw sippy cups.


27 Lauren July 1, 2015

Make that food but freeze some of it! She may love it in a month!


28 yogamom13 July 1, 2015

Love the updates and so happy you all are doing well. I have a recipe request for your new cookbook….
Could you include a recipe for a Carrot Cake and maybe a German Chocolate Cake as well? Those are our family’s favorite cakes and I would love a good veganized version of both but especially the carrot cake.


29 Lori July 2, 2015

Hang in their mama! I know it can be rough! Thanks for taking the time to share an update. My two cents regarding solids – do not fret. I had (what I thought was) the worst time with my first baby. He wasn’t interested, I hated wasting food, worried he had a serious “texture issue” (laughable now), probably gave myself a ton of gray hair. With my second baby, now 10 mths, he is just now starting to show more interest. I decided to take it easy and go more slowly this time and REALLY remember that Under One, Just For Fun. There is plenty of time after age 1 for texture and flavor. I did really easy stuff like boil sweet potato wedges and broccoli, peel and roast zucchini wedges. That’s about it. If it’s gonna get thrown out, don’t bother with all kinds of awesome stuff that takes more work to prepare. Some sips of smoothie, tiny amounts of baby oatmeal. She will come around, and then you can put more thought into what to feed and have more fun with it.
I let the food stress me out as much as the sleep which was just silly looking back. The sleep is the REAL struggle. No tips on that. I SUCK at baby sleep :(


30 Katie July 2, 2015


I’m writing this becasue I feel for you and your situation. I am much older, close to 50, and have been through the baby stage a while ago. I’m old school and chose a scheduling method that had room in it, wasn’t rigid, versus demand which was just starting to get popular when my kids were babies. It really helped me and both my kids slept through the night at 8 – 10 weeks and my sister’s kids were the same. They followed what I did. It’s not too late, I would focus on food versus breast feeding at this point. She will sleep longer with solid food in her tummy and she will then be happier. My kids definitely slept less when they got overtired and when they refused to go down for naps was usually when they needed one the most. Have you read the book Happy Sleep Habits, Healthy Child? It’s scheduling to an extent (not like Babywise) but leaves room for the fact that each child is different. That book was my go-to during my first child’s baby years. Another problem with them not eating as they approach a year old is that they start to get very particular about what they will eat and that tends to stick with them until they are older. It becomes a texture thing. I highly recommend that you try to stick to the food and don;t let her just fill up on milk. I know it’s frustrating but with all parenting issues (as you will later learn) sticking it out and being persistent pays off in the end. Nip it early, in other words. Put her down early if she is getting crabby, my kids went down at around 5 – 5:30pm, my husband and I could have a nice dinner together and they would typically sleep till 5-5:530 the next morning. I am an early riser, so it didn’t matter to me. If that is not for you, put her to bed a little later, but typically the later they stay up, the harder it is to get them to sleep because they get overtired. And let her fuss in her crib, it’s good for them to be ok with being alone in their bed, otherwise they will end up in your bed later and you and your husband will have no time together. Maybe you already do some of these things, so just ignore me if you do (I haven’t read all your posts), just wanted to pass down some advice, hope that was ok with you.


31 Tiffany27 July 5, 2015

I have no children or even a husband for that matter, but hang in there Angela. Everything comes around in due time. I know you’re exhausted, but I think it’s kinda cool Adrianna seems to be doing her own thang! She sounds like a fun and independent and awesome little girl. Just remember she’s the exact child you’re suppose to have. Good luck with your upcoming family visits and the cookbook!


32 Elissa July 8, 2015

Here I am, nursing. One week before nine months and still not eating foods. She sleeps next to me and refuses, no matter how tired, to sleep in her own bed. The upside is that my little one is my fifth and I am ok with this. Each of my children have grown into sweeties that eat healthy foods, eventually sleep on their own, and love life. Enjoy every moment. Then have more.


33 Michele July 8, 2015

Have you tried infusing essential oils like lavender to relax her at bedtime?


34 Jasmine July 9, 2015

Our babies are the same age, haha. There is some crazy sleep challenges since my daughter hit 8 months and started crawling, etc. I think this past week was the worst. She’ll still reluctantly tolerate carriers and wraps thankfully. Sometimes the only way we can get her to sleep is bouncing in the carrier.

I don’t know if you will see this but get a sippy cup with a straw. My daughter refuses bottles but she’s loving the weighted straw cup we bought her.

Anyway, it’s so tough just waiting it out and letting them learn. Don’t be discouraged, we usually just give her a bit of what we’re eating.

best wishes!


35 Tammy July 10, 2015

Hi Angela! My 8-1/2-month-old LOVES her Zoli drinking cup with the weighted straw! ( Maybe Adrianna would like it too?
Thanks for your openness about all things related to bringing a baby into your world! It’s been great to read about someone else’s experiences!
Best wishes,


36 Katie July 19, 2015

I absolutely love these updates of yours! I have a baby boy who is 10 months and I can relate to so much of what you are going through. He seems to have a very similar personality to Adriana: “very curious, observant, playful, and easy going (with a fierce stubborn streak)”. I can also relate to the food issues you’ve had… my boy wouldn’t eat pureed food until about a week ago. It was like a switch went off and now he loves it. I’ve also been trying solid finger-food and he chews and spits most of it out just like your daughter (even with his four teeth). Props to you for continuing to breastfeed…I am too. I love it at times but have moments where I can’t wait for it to be over. Thank you for sharing these updates! Take care :)


37 Shauna July 19, 2015

My baby girl just turned 10 months old and after exclusively breastfeeding for 9 months, feeding on demand and not being interested in baby food, my DR suggested giving her solids – I started with brown rice puffs and avocado and now she’s eating small pieces of whatever we’re eating – toast, chickpeas, peas, rice, pasta, etc. She now is just starting to have pureed food that she feeds herself with reusable squishy bags (I bought sqooshie brand, but there are tons out there!).
I love reading your baby updates, keep sharing!


38 Barby Ohara July 20, 2015

Hi Angela,
I just found your website but I think I am following you in instagram. Thank you very much for posting recipes and about your baby. I am transitioning to become a vegetarian and I have a nine month old baby as well. I hope you can share some of your recipes for your baby as I am struggling with what to feed her. Best Wishes!
P.S. How can I order your book? I am from thePhilippines.


39 Angela (Oh She Glows) July 21, 2015

Hi Barby,

Thank you so much. Your best bet is to try, as I believe they ship world wide.


40 Viji July 21, 2015

If it helps – here’s something that I feel worked with our kids when they were babies. We always served them the same food exactly the way it is served for everyone else in the house; also at the same time on the same table (we did adjust the taste and spice and the food itself to suit the babies’). You can only imagine – the table and the floor around them was way beyond just messy. But they watched us and wanted to imitate and enjoyed their meals and we thoroughly enjoyed watching them making all those messes. In between, we fed them too. The whole face, hair, hands… all covered with whatever they were ‘eating’. But they never were fussy instead always were excited about eating and even today, they say, dinner time when everyone is together at the table is their most favorite time of all!


41 Michelle Clark July 22, 2015

Unsolicited advice warning- feel free to skip!

Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child is tried and true for our family so far- I have the kindle version. Basically- more sleep begets more sleep. Not sleep training per say but tips to do to get her to sleep better. You might get her to drop that middle of the night feed but I suspect she may be hanging onto it because you’re breastfeeding and she isn’t eating much in the way of solids yet.

I would try not to worry about the solids so much. Eating food in the first year is more about learning how to eat than nutrition.

My mother said I went straight from the boob to the sippy cup at like 7-8 months- apparently I hated the bottle too!


42 KW July 25, 2015

Agree with the straw idea. But also instead of trying to give her smoothies and things, start out with a little apple juice. Breast milk isn’t thick and it’s sweeter than formulas. So to get my daughter weaned I started with plain apple juice in a bottle and then gradually added a little formula at a time to get her used to the taste. You could start her off with a cup (straw is a good idea) and just put some apple juice in it. Then try a different juice. Just once a day and then gradually add different things – probably I’d try fruits first or other sweet things to get her used to the new flavors. Then you can gradually add other things mixed in with the fruit and/or juice. Maybe grind up some oatmeal and mix it with the fruit juice – like a baby food muesli but finely ground and just a bit at a time and then gradually add more and more so it starts out very thin like the juice and then gradually add more so it gets a little thicker as she gets used to it – need to do it gradually so she doesn’t balk at the strange new flavors and textures. Make it enjoyable and sweet to start so she looks forward to her glass of juice every day. Then try adding more fun things a bit at a time. Try carrot apple juice or some other sweet juices and then gradually mix in other things. The solid food will help her sleep – she is hungry and ready for something heavier in her stomach that’s why she’s having trouble staying asleep.

I’m 60 now and after I figured it out with my first daughter, it was a breeze with my 2nd. Also, a note. Oats may give her some gas. My daughters got gas even when I ate oats when I was nursing – a little bit of a tummy cramp that passed quickly. The key is to do just a little at a time.


43 Sarah August 30, 2015

Honestly, I feel like we have the exact same baby!
Nursing on demand, not interested in solids, won’t take bottles, won’t take sippy cup, engaged and active, won’t be “tied down” in slings or wraps…oh, and mine haaaaates hats, anything too constricting, etc.
And I get the solids thing. It hurt my feelings when she wouldn’t eat my lovingly prepared dishes. And ditto on the gag reflex. So frightening.
Sadly, my daughter is still waking multiple times a night to feed. She’s hitting milestones like crazy, but still very much a mama’s girl.
Oh well. Lucky they’re wondrous beings.


44 Mary September 1, 2015

Hiya! I chanced upon your blog looking up something else and just thought this post was so sweet. Also very reminiscent of our 9 month old at the moment! We gave up on bottles around 7mths and thankfully the growth spurts are farther apart these days otherwise I’d not leave the house! Wishing you and your family all the good health and happiness the years may bring
Mary x


45 Kat January 23, 2016

I have an almost 9 month old. He refused bottles and sippy cups did not work. He tried to steal my water glass one day and tried to drink from it like me. I let him try and it worked although a bunch spilled out. He will drink breast milk from a tiny medicine cup!!!!!!


46 christina jacobson March 6, 2016

Hi there. I just recently found your website and I am enjoying reading your monthly posts about your life with your baby. I was wondering if you could give me some tips or tell me how you got your little one to sleep through the night. We are breast feeding and she’s been on solids for 2 months now. She is still waking 2 X a night to feed and some times more fussing. Please help! I’ve tried reading about the Ferber method and I’m in a few groups on facebook. Any advice would be appreciated.
Thank you,


47 Angela Liddon March 23, 2016

Hi Christina, I’m so happy you’ve found Oh She Glows. Unfortunately my 18 month old stills wakes in the night, so I’m probably not the best person to give advice! I hope your little one starts sleeping for you better real soon.


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