Now that we’re officially closer to your 10 month birthday, I thought I’d finally get around to writing your 9 month post.
There have been a few periods where Ashley and I look at each other and marvel at the fact that we have a completely different baby from just a few weeks before. Three months was a HUGE jump, and 5 months was pretty crazy too. And now we’re finding ourselves in the midst of another huge developmental leap.
At the begining of the December, you started doing planks that would make any yoga instructor proud. That quickly progressed to getting up on all 4s and rocking. And in turn, that allowed you to easily learn how to get yourself in a seated position on your own. We were so focused on “when will she crawl?” that we very nearly almost missed this milestone! The week before Christmas you finally started moving – but backwards. I just knew you wanted to be a show off and were saving crawling for our New Orleans trip. Those instincts were right, because on Christmas Day (the day you turned 9 months old) you started moving forward for 3-4 “steps” before dropping to your belly to army crawl.
There weren’t any new purees for this month, because you started showing a preference for feeding yourself – so we tried some kiwi chunks (you made a face), banana (couldn’t quite get over the texture), cheese, and egg yolk – which you loved. You also signed “eat” pretty consistently and correctly for a few days, but true to form, you stopped doing it once you mastered it. I guess we can expect to see this “trick” again in about 3 months.
And speaking of tricks, you have 2 new things: you started clapping on December 18 and haven’t stopped since. You applaud yourself for EVERYTHING now – you’re clearly quite pleased with just about everything you do. You also gave Mommy a slow Rudy-clap from your exersaucer while I was doing some pushups. Just the motivation I needed to keep going, sweet pea! The other fun development is that you bounce/dance to music, or noise of any kind, really.
You’ve also started blowing raspberries all the time. The first time you did this was at your Mema’s funeral. We were graveside and your Uncle Kinney had just started his eulogy. You were in my arms, taking everything in, when suddenly you bent over backwards and started blowing raspberries at everyone in attendance. It was equally hilarious and inappropriate for the situation. But we were trapped, because the gravesite was raised and I couldn’t hop down with you in my arms in heels. So I identified a friendly looking guy on the ground level, passed you to him before he even knew what was happening, jumped down myself, grabbed you back, and made a bee line for the back of the cemetery.
As for the official stats, you were 19 lbs, 5 oz and 28.75″ at your 9 month appointment. The changes and developments continue, but we’re going to have to save those for the 10 month update!