Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Nine Months

Leah is NINE months old!
Nine month stats
Height: 30 inches (>99%)
Weight: 20 pounds, 7.6 ounces (83%)
Head: 45.5 centimeters (89%)

So let's celebrate nine months with ANOTHER rocking chair picture.
Oh, you are too cute!
Well, little girl, you literally are quite the mover and shaker these days.  It's been a month filled with watching you figure out how to move and experiment with what your body is able to do.  You are an inchworm crawler.  It seems awfully inefficient, but it's terribly cute.  And you are still able to hold a high plank with ease.
You transition from crawling to sitting with ease and seem to like that your body is able to do so many things.  
All of this moving around has brought on some precarious events that involve getting stuck and being frustrated, but you're figuring it all out.
In just the past week you started pulling yourself up onto your knees. When I walked in one afternoon after your nap and found you proudly kneeling, we knew it was time for that crib to move down.
You love to play, but mostly you love to be wherever your brothers are.  
Baby toys are becoming less interesting each day, and your favorite place in the house seems to be in Noah and Luke's room. 
You are a talker and a screamer.  When Daddy walks in the room you want ALL of his attention.  Your eyes get big, your legs kick with excitement and your hands open and close as soon as you lay eyes on Dad.  We have been surprised to hear you say "I Da da," more than a few times.  Are you really saying hi to Dad already? 
You are also saying a lot of "Ma ma ma ma," which is great payback for some rough nights we've had together.  This month also brought on your first cold.  We were celebrating you sleeping all the way through the night, but then that nasty cold changed everything.  You are just about back on track, but wow, there were some wicked nights that involved very little sleep for your mama.

We love to hear you laugh!  You are ticklish, love to swing, and have just figured out clapping.  It's fun to roll a ball and crawl after it or just chew on it instead.   

We're all loving the routine of walking Noah to school. 
Sometimes you love it so much that before we're home you've gone to sleep.   
You are a noisy eater!  We hear grunting through almost all of your mealtime.  But you like to eat and don't seem to be too picky.  Right now you're particularly loving strawberries, eggs, avocado, cheese, pesto, and chicken.  The grilled nuggets from Chick-Fil-A are a favorite for both of us! 
You went the whole month without getting any new teeth, so there's still just three little ones on the bottom.

Having you as our sunshine girl has got to be one of the best things ever.  Your brothers are smitten.  They tell you every day how cute you are.  And they often run into your room right at nap time to give you one last hug and kiss.  You are their 'little girl' and they love it.  We love you and love the brightness that you've brought to our family!

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