This is coming in a few days late. Our little girl has been sick (fever, upset stomach) and not sleeping well the past few days. We're all tired and hoping Sprout is back to her usual sunshine self soon.
This has been a big month for Sprout! Lots of new things to report on, so I'll get right to it...
-At her 9 month well baby appointment yesterday she weighed in at a whopping 21.9 lbs and 28.9 in. The pediatrician said that's about the 90th percentile on both counts. Big girl! (But nicely balanced in terms of length and weight.)
-No big change in clothing sizes. Mostly 12m stuff, depending on the brand. I recently pulled out some fall clothes and even crocheted her a cute new toque. Yay for woolly baby goodness!
-Barring the past few days while she's been sick, we're into a pretty routine routine. Up between 6 and 7am, napping from about 8 or 9am until about 10 or 11am, awake for another three hours, and then another shorter nap, and awake until bedtime around 7 or 8pm. Still awake to nurse frequently overnight, though we have had a few longer stretches earlier in the night, which is wonderful when I actually make it to be early.
-She is consistently eating solids (pureed) every day at dinner. Meats seem to be her favourite, followed by vegetables and then fruits. Rice cereal is a no-go, which I'm fine with. I am trying to add lunch in there as a second meal, but it's been hit or miss so far.
-It seems she's decided that crawling is no longer good enough for her and that she must be standing all.the.time. She figured out how to pull herself up and within a matter of days started (unsteadily) cruising around. She also figured out how to crawl "properly," but still does the army crawl about 50% of the time.
-Jen thought I was crazy, but a few weeks ago I swear she said her first word: "Up." I will usually say "up" before picking her up, and she started repeating it back to me. I got her to do it for Jen, who at first thought it was a coincidence, but now agrees that she's repeating it back to us. I think she is also trying to say Mama (for real this time) and it's quite clear that she understand the sign for "milk" as when I'm getting her ready for a nap or bed and she's fussing, when I say and sign "milk" (as in, you'll be getting milk soon") she stops fussing and it often appears she tries to sign it back. She has also started waving hi and bye and will air kiss, if you air kiss her. (So cute!)
-She mimics a lot of behaviour --head shaking (especially when we say "no" or "silly", clapping (she waves her arms), bouncing (she will emphatically bounce in her Jolly Jumper if we jump up and down), smiling, etc.
-I've gotten a lot better about reading to her before naps and bedtime, and these days touch-and-feel books are her favourite. We have one called Farm and she really likes the faux-fur sheepdog page and when we "woof" at her.
-She doesn't seem to have a preference for any given toy right now, aside from things she can pull up on and things she can chew on.
-She loves music and dancing in Mama or Mommy's arms. Family dance parties have become a fairly regular occurrence.
-Ever the second child, she is usually content to be in the same room as the action, but lets her big brother demand most of the attention. And goodness does she love that boy. As he does her. (Though she also gets startled by him quite easily.)
-Still no teeth, though her hand is in her mouth all the time, as evidenced by her monthly photo.
So, a lot of changes this month, and surely a lot to come in the months ahead. Our love for her grows more quickly than she does.