You are NINE months old today! You have grown so much in these past 9 months that it is unbelievable! We were just scrapbooking pictures of your birth and we could hardly remember how small you really were. We love our "big boy" and you are the light of our lives!
At the beginning of this month, we took you on your first camping trip. Boy, oh, boy that was interesting! You were fantastic all day long and you loved swimming in the pond, wandering Provincetown, and just hanging out. When night came, it was another story! You didn't want to go to sleep, cried a lot, and were just miserable. We ended up leaving at 8 o'clock at night in the middle of a thunderstorm because we just needed to get home! Hopefully next year, camping will be a better adventure for all of us.
You can now crawl when you decide you want to, but you much prefer to continue using your little scoot across the floor. You use your right arm to pull your body along the floor as your toes help to propel you forward. You can get anywhere you want to using this method, so you don't really care if you crawl or not even though we have seen you do it!
This month you learned how to click your tongue against the roof of your mouth. You really enjoy hearing the sound it makes when you do it. You love to "dance" and you love music. You also figured out how to go from being on your belly up to sitting position when you are playing.
Perhaps the biggest motor skill you have learned this month is pulling up! You spent a night at your Nana and Opa's and your Nana showed you how to do it. Within two days you were a MASTER! Your crib has now been lowered and we have to watch you even more closely when you are playing. You love all of the new things you can reach and you spend a lot of time playing on your knees because you enjoy the extra height it gives you.
We have absolutely LOVED not working and spending every day with you. We have made quite a few trips to the lake and you love the water. You have also enjoyed the swing that your Opa hung in our backyard for you. Twice you have fallen asleep while swinging!
Olivia came and visited us for a week this month and you really liked having her around. You would follow her all around the floor and you loved playing with her. You both loved floating around the lake and you really loved her M & M pajamas! She didn't like the fact that you drool a lot, but it was nice to have her visit.
You have continued to be a superstar eater this month and you regularly eat three meals a day. You have really mastered your pincer grasp and you love to feed yourself puffs, cheerios, carrots, and anything else we can put on your tray. You have also developed a love for black olives which definitely comes from your Mom! You will eat and eat them!
We had your first injuries this month! We knew it would only be a matter of time now that you are so much more mobile. One gave you a nice bruise on the forehead when you lost a battle with the footstool in your bedroom, another bump on the head when you slammed into the window frame next to your changing table, and a fat lip from banging your mouth on a table.
You wore mostly 6 - 9 month clothes this month with a few 12 month things and you still wear Size 3 diapers. At your nine month pediatricians appointment, you weighed 18 pounds 4 ounces and were 29 inches long. You are in the 75th percentile for height and the 15th percentile for weight.
You keep us so very busy, Little Man! You are always on the go and always getting into something. You are so curious and we love seeing the world through your eyes. You give us the opportunity to stop and really appreciate what life is all about. You are amazing and we love you so very much!
With all our love,
Mom and Mama