|Your hair got longer and spiky!|
You're getting so big now that you can sit up to nurse. I don't think I have any photos of it, but it's pretty funny to look down and see you straddling my leg and having a snack while I type and such. You also have crawled over to me, pulled up to stand, and then asked to nurse a couple of times when I was sitting in the low futon chair. I've got a couple of photos of you nursing standing up like that. Fun times.
You gurgle and talk a lot, especially when we're trying to go to bed at night. You like to sing along with the food processor, the television, and the coffee grinder. You sing along with me if I'm in the shower and you can't see me, but if you can see me while I'm singing, you'll dance. The dancing started with you pulling on the frog on your bouncy chair (which plays music) repeatedly and bouncing up and down. Now whenever music plays or we sing, you bounce around and dance to the music.
|You do this with your mouth a lot now,|
especially when you're feeling shy
You've developed object permanence now, so when you drop an object or it is taken out of your sight, you go looking for it. Another thing you do a lot now is to play with an object for a while, then stick it in your mouth while you crawl somewhere else to play with it again. I often look over at you and you're crawling toward me with something hanging out of your mouth like a little puppy. Your favorite item to do this with is a baby medicine dropper that has never been used for its intended purpose. It has a rubbery cap hanging from the end that you like to chew on and carry it around by while you crawl. (But you also like to carry Sophie and other toys around in your mouth, too.)
|Taking Sophie for a stroll|
On a different note, you've had a couple of...incidents this month. Momma had to call Poison Control for the first time (yes I say it this way on purpose; I have no illusions that it was the last time you'll eat something dangerous). The folks on the phone there were incredibly nice and extremely thorough, and most importantly, you were totally fine. There was no vomiting and you just kept looking at me as if to say, "Why are you making such a fuss? I'm trying to play, here, Momma!"
|Cuddles with Papa|
You're (obviously, evidenced by the incidents) getting more adventurous as you get more mobile. Because of your sensory issues, you are particularly fearful of falling, so the increased mobility has come with increased fussiness at times (usually when you're standing and can't figure out how to sit down). Other times, like when you're crawling around, you can play by yourself contentedly for considerable stretches (this means about ten minutes).
|My two babies, "helping" with the dishes|
You had a bad GI virus this month that made you lose some weight. I was washing diapers almost every day and still using some disposables, so that will give you an idea of what kind of situation we were dealing with. You were vomiting and pooping quite often and your bum got really raw. In spite of the illness, you didn't have any lapse in energy, so it really only affected Momma and Papa. You had your nine month check-up last week, about a week after you got over the GI virus, and the pediatrician is worried [again] about your growth. You have grown, but once again, you haven't maintained the same percentile, this time for both weight and length. You are in the 17th percentile for length and the 5th percentile for weight now. I am not very concerned (because Papa is tall and thin and Momma was small at your age), but your doctor is a bit worried.
|You love to play with your books.|
I've been adding butter and coconut oil to all of your food to give you extra fats. The foods you've had so far (and roughly in the order you tried them) are: avocado, sweet potato/yam, white potato, bacon, carrot, chicken, peas, acorn squash, butternut squash, pumpkin, apricot, multi-grain cereal, broccoli, mango, banana, pear, rice cereal, cheddar cheese (and also butter and coconut oil, as previously mentioned, though those are more condiments than foods). I'm not sure how long I'll keep up with this foods list thing...but probably not for very much longer. In any case, now you know what your first twenty-or-so foods were!
You're very consistent with peeing in the potty after naps now. I'm starting to wonder if you're waking up because you have to pee and might want to go back to sleep again after pottying. I think I'll try offering sleep again this week after you've peed to see if you're interested in lengthening your nap times. Speaking of naps, this month you have established a fairly consistent nap and bed time schedule. You stopped taking the early morning nap and the late in the day nap, and now you take two naps in the middle of the day and go to bed around eight. You wake up once or twice during the night to nurse and cuddle back to sleep, and we're all feeling more rested lately.
As I read back over all of this, I'm realizing you've had a pretty big month (especially for it being the shortest month of the year)! I don't see you slowing down anytime soon, so I guess we'd better get on with the next one now.
I love you so much, sweet Daniel.