Dearest little bean,
You are 9 months and 3/4 of a year old!! Time is passing so quickly these days, I can’t believe it.
You’re saying ‘mama’ a lot, and in the right context. Sometimes it’s still ‘mamamama,’ but it’s definitely directed at me! I really do love it.
You went to a different babysitter for a week, while your normal babysitter was on vacation. Mama was really worried about it, just because of your allergies and having to explain everything to someone new. And my fears came to fruition, you had a really bad allergic reaction while there, but everything turned out fine. Mama just hates that you have to deal with any of this. You’ve had a few flare ups this month, including one at the usual sitter that caused your eyes to swell nearly shut. You poor thing, and you’re always calm through all of it. You really are a trooper. But your allergy issues with the kitties seem to be getting better, you are getting less and less hives because of them now, making mama rest easy about that part of the whole ordeal. You also had one day at the sitter when I dropped you off where you cried and reached for me, and it broke my heart…
Your daddy took you to your first book reading at Barnes & Noble. You got to hear “Oh, the place you’ll go…” by Dr. Seuss. Dad couldn’t leave without buying a copy of the book for you.
We celebrated our first ‘official’ Mother’s Day. I love being your mama and am happy to celebrate any moment of any day! We spent the day together and went out for dinner. The power went out at the restaurant so we had to go elsewhere! Not sure why that matters, but mama just likes to remember details. Being your mama is still the best thing ever. It’s hard work sometimes, but so beyond worth it to see your face every day.
We also celebrated Memorial Day weekend up north, of course. You got to hang out with your cousins and your cousin Lucas has surpassed you in weight! Almost 3 months younger, but he’s bigger than you! You loved swinging on the swingset with Audrey and Ayden. And mama asked Aunt Trista and your cousins to be in the wedding!
You’re not quite crawling yet, but you are trying…although hesitant at times. One of these days you’re going to take off and we won’t know what hit us! You’re cautious with everything, thinking it all through, taking it all in…doing things in your own time…
You’ve also been a bit fussier as of late, and are having some trouble going to bed at night. You want nothing to do with it AT ALL. You used to be the easiest kid when it came to sleep. We could lay you down and you’d go right to sleep. Nowadays, it’s a bit different. You throw fits and just fight sleep all together. Mama doesn’t know what to do sometimes. I sing about 157 renditions of ‘twinkle, twinkle little Lark’ every night, and let you cry a bit until you’ve exhausted yourself to the point of sleep. Lots of people suggest teething, but we’ve thought you were teething a hundred times before and you still have no sign of teeth. Mama also read about 9 month sleep regression, which is pretty common, and I think maybe you have a touch of that going on too…I hope we can iron out these kinks soon, you (and I) are tired. You’ve been waking up a bit during the night as well, which isn’t typical of you for some time.
You’re not into feeding yourself yet, but we are trying! We also started trying a sippy cup, but you aren’t very keen on it. You like to go shopping with mama and take walks with mama and daddy. You also love to hold our hands and ‘jump.’ It’s so precious!
We just love you so much!
Your biggest accomplishment this month is that at 9 months and 3 days, you FINALLY took off crawling! After months of being so hesitant about it and content to sit in one spot, you hauled off after one of the kitties one morning before work. You’d moved a little bit at times previously, but this was the first time you REALLY took off! The cats learned how to run pretty fast! Although, Albert has a bit of a rough time adjusting to you and has been a bit aggressive. You’ve had some scratches and it makes mama so sad!
You also went to the doctor for your 9 month check up and weighed 15lbs 15.9oz. Not quite 16 lbs! You’re still little and fit into 3/6 and 6 month clothes. Still trying to encourage self-feeding as well, but you’re still not quite into it. But you will feed us bites if we ask for one, so you definitely know how, you’re just taking full advantage of being fed…and you don’t quite understand taking bites off of larger things like animal crackers and you get so mad when a piece doesn’t automatically break off! But you still have no teeth, so that is part of the problem.
You can point out the kitty and the duck in your animal book. You’re so smart!
Sleep is still a problem lately. You’re sleeping through the night, have been for awhile now and have always been a good sleeper, but getting you to sleep has been the problem. You throw ‘fits of rage’ as mama likes to call them when going to bed. We’re not sure what’s happening, but we feel like maybe it’s a combination of teething (which we’ve said a million times before and no teeth!) or the 9 month sleep regression mama’s been hearing about. Either way, it’s frustrating for you and for me and I wish there was an easy fix. You used to lay down and fall asleep just fine. Mama still sings “Twinkle, twinkle little Lark” over and over again, which helps, but you’re a mess most nights and we’re exhausted! I end up falling asleep with you in your room most nights.
You also started swim school and you have absolutely hated it! Which surprised us, because you love baths! You cry the entire time you’re in the pool! You’re very unsure of the water. Mama and daddy takes turns with you in the water. Your classes are two days a week. You made a friend who’s only 5 days younger than you and I’m hoping her love of the water rubs off on you! We took you to the little splash pool to help get you used to the water and we think it’s helping! It’s a shallow pool and you can touch the bottom which makes you feel more secure. You went in your first lake this month too. You were fine with it until a tiny wave got you in the face!
We also celebrated Father’s Day and you really do have the best dad ever! We went to eat and went to the park to play. It was such a fun day and I hope your dad knows how much he’s loved by all of us!
You’re dancing constantly! And it’s absolutely hysterical! You love to chase and be chased and you laugh and squeal SO loud! It entertains us and cracks up up! You’ve been pulling yourself up on things since well before you crawled, but you’re starting to let go of things and trying to stand on your own. You’re the biggest little girl I know!
Your brother got his learner’s permit and it’s crazy how fast he is growing up too. Mama is nervous about him being on the road!! He also left this month to his mom’s house for the summer and I bet you’ll be missing him. He loves to make you laugh.
We also celebrated the fourth of July up north and mama was sad it was your last ‘first’ holiday. But we had a fun weekend and watched the parade and hung out with lots of cousins. You met another cousin for the first time, who’s 2 days younger than you. He is standing and trying to walk and we were just amazed by it because you are so very cautious about it! The fireworks didn’t bother you one bit!
You love this ball popper at your grandma and grandpa’s house and when it would finish you would say ‘da!’ You did it multiple times and mama discovered you were saying ‘all done!’ It was so funny and awesome! So you now you say mama, dada and all done! We think you’re sometimes trying to say kitty too, but it comes out as ‘tee’ or ‘teesh.’ You’re waving all the time and love waving ‘night, night’ when you go to bed.
You’re so sweet and perfect.