About the same time that Lincoln learned to pull up, he discovered doors and cabinets--ugh! Luckily, we've only had a couple finger smashes thus far, but the boy likes to explore! I added a lock to our DVD cabinet, but he has access to every other drawer in the house as of now; we'll see how long that lasts.
Then came crawling. He began by kind of dragging one leg bent behind him while the other moved forward, but now he's got the full on crawl down pat. He moves quick! Gone are the days when I can (safely) leave the room for a couple moments. If I leave without him in tow, it's anyone's guess where I'll find him and what he'll be doing, or more appropriately, eating. Last night I left him in the living room for a couple seconds to answer the door and when I walked back he was nowhere in sight, but I did hear a tink-tink sound. I found him behind the couch dancing on our floor lamp. Here's a clip of Lincoln's pre-perfected crawl.
Adeline has a truly competitive nature, a double dose she's received from her father and me, that I have to learn how to guide, redirect, and curb. The last few nights I've literally prayed over her while she sleeps, asking God to break her strong will, but not her strong spirit. I pray she can learn to honor and obey her parents and that she learns to be more loving towards and understanding of Lincoln. And yet, she's only two; I have to remember this fact. I'm SO open to hearing any advice you may have on teaching a toddler to be sweet to his or her younger sibling! Send it my way!!!
Back to Lincoln, he finally had a G.I. appointment in August. The doctor and nutritionist both agree that he suffers from food allergies and that is very likely the primary cause for his chronic constipation, just like Adeline. The G.I. prescribed Lactulose to help him have consistent, soft bowel movements. Prior to the medication, Lincoln would go two weeks without pooping and then endure anal fissures when he did finally go--poor guy! After one month on the medication, his tummy issues have improved and he will continue with follow up appointments in the future. Hopefully his food allergies will resolve themselves around one year.
As for his schedule, Lincoln wakes up in the morning around 5 or 6, nurses, and then falls back to sleep for another hour or two. He typically naps twice a day and his naps last anywhere from 30 minutes to two hours. I nurse him every four hours and then he has breakfast, lunch, and dinner at the table with the rest of us. We give him a bath each evening, followed by books with Adeline, and then he's down for the night between 6:30 and 7:30. He typically sleeps through the night, but sometimes wakes once to nurse. Overall, he's doing well and is an exceptionally happy baby. We're so thankful to God for the blessing that Lincoln has brought to our family.
Here are some more images documenting his adorable expressions at nine months.