Should I be concerned that my LO, who turned 9 months two days ago , exhibits the following?:
1) Still wakes up every 2 hours, at which time I either nurse him or give him a bottle. I am no longer exclusively breastfeeding. I did for 7 1/2 months but just couldn't keep up with his supply needs. I've managined to build some supply back up and I am able to pump enough for 3 4-oz. bottles per day while I work and one 4 oz. bottle at bedtime. At night, he won't nurse for long and wiggles or pops off constantly because he's easily distractable so I supplement by giving him formula when he wakes in the middle of the night. (I would love to give him breastmilk in a bottle but have exhausted my breastmilk supply with the bottle I give him at bedtime.) I'm stumped as to why he is still up every 2 hours if he's being formula fed during the night once he wakes after he's been put down for bed. Last night went like this:
9:00PM (late..it's usually 8-830PM) - Put to bed with 4 oz. bottle of breastmilk; Screamed for more, gave him 2 oz. of formula before he finally fell asleep
11:00PM - Nursed and then 4 oz. bottle of formula (I pump at midnight for supply)
1:30AM - 4 oz. bottle of formula; Wide awake for 1 hour
3:30AM - Awoke several times and nursed side-laying numerous times
5:30AM - Wakes; 4 oz. formula (I pump at 6AM to fulfill daytime supply needs)
2) At 9 months, he's not fully crawling yet. Has been getting up on hands and knees for nearly 2 months and is able to push himself backwards, but cannot move forwards and often just rolls over onto his back and rolls his way to where he wants to go or lays down on his stomach and squirms his way there (he's very frustrated while doing it). I can tell his arms are getting stronger and I've tried putting my knees against his feet to give him something to push off of, but have not made any progress in moving forward on all fours. He occassionally lifts his butt up so he's on his hands and toes and makes some progress, but only inches and then drops.
3) Refuses nearly all purees/solids and what I can get in his mouth, I get in against great resistance. Fights me tooth and nail. He will eat Gerber Graduate veggie stix and bitterroot cookies like there's no tomorrow though, but I don't want him eating cookies all day long and, yet, it's the only thing I can get him to eat! I felt awful last night when I got frustrated trying to feed him (my original goal was to get him to feed himself) some softened carrot squares. When he wouldn't eat it himself, I tried pushing a little piece in his mouth and he got pissed, leaving me feeling like a pushy mom- like I'm tormenting him and I don't want him to have a negative association between me and his eating. Does that make sense?
I know that some babies take a LONG time to start solids, but I'm concerned that his inability to crawl yet and his continued sleep issues has to do with a lack of nutrition or that he has development issues. He's extremely happy otherwise...very interactive with people. Is trying to talk. Plays well with his toys. Very attentive.
Any thoughts or suggestions?