Nine months. 39 weeks. 273 days.
Today is a bittersweet day – today you have been outside of my body for as long as you were inside. Thirty nine weeks ago, you entered this world (the outside world) for the first time, and exited the world my body had built for you. What we had known for nine months ended, and we were both abruptly changed – thrown into this new world, this new life. A new life as a mom for me, and your new life out of the warm, secure safety of the home my body had created for you. Today, nine months after that day, I could not be more thankful. That day transformed me into a mother – your mother – and I’m forever grateful for that.
At nine months old, you are busy busy busy. You are so active and love to move. You are army crawling everywhere and you also know how to crawl for real, but you choose not to do it. You must have some strong arm muscles! You use anything you can find to pull yourself up and are just beginning to cruise along furniture. You have figured out how to get both on and off the bed safely, and do it as many times as possible. You are the noisiest baby I have ever met. You love to yell and talk. If people stop paying attention to you in public, you will give them a reason to look at you. You are always babbling, but now you can also repeat “ba ba” for bye and you sometimes say hi. You can say “mmm ma” and “da da” too! You’re starting to use sign language as well – you can sign more and all done, and you will sign milk for anybody who is not your mommy! You can wave hello and goodbye, and you love to practice your waving skills all day, over and over. You do this really silly scrunchy face grin lately that is absolutely hilarious.
You have started having crazy giggle fits over silly things like being tickled, shoving your hands in peoples mouths, and playing peek-a-boo. You played peek-a-boo this morning with daddy in bed by hiding behind the curtain and then looking out at him, which you thought was so much fun! You still love animals and will shriek with excitement when you see a cat or dog. We have some bright colored shape magnets on the fridge and you love to take them off, we’re still working on how to put them back though. You love to leave messes for mommy to clean up. You will pull things off the coffee table, out of baskets, and out of the bookcase. You love reading books and your favorite toys are your soft IKEA food, boxes, any small toys that you can throw, and anything stick-shaped you can chew on. You learned how to tear napkins and that’s one of your new favorite activities. You love water and have spent quite a bit of time lately splashing in a small tub of water with some toys. You’ve also started taking showers with mama and think it is so much fun! We are still going to concerts, we went to see the Okee Dokee Brothers perform with the MN Orchestra in April with your nana and some of our baby friends. It was very cool to see them and visit Orchestra Hall, even though you slept through half of the performance.
You still have two teeth, just the two front teeth on the bottom. But that doesn’t stop you from eating everything! You love bread, blueberries, cheese, apple slices, and eggs currently. You also love anything that can be in a pouch or cup, like smoothies, yogurt, and applesauce. You will eat anything that is put in front of you, even if you sometimes steal it and then don’t like it (like jalapenos!!) which leads to some funny faces. We try to let you eat anything we are eating, unless it’s unhealthy, so you get to try lots of interesting foods! You’ve tried Vietnamese, Middle Eastern, Mexican, and Thai food recently. You loved all of it! You still love water and love drinking from cups and glasses. We are still nursing and love it. It finally seems like we are over the “nurse all the time every day” stage and you can go a while in between nursing sessions, which allows me time to get more things done. Or just cuddle with you! You are still using the potty and we now have a toilet seat reducer for you, so you can use the big toilet when we’re out of the house. You were a little scared of it at first but act like it’s no big deal now! It’s so cool that you know how to use the potty and don’t have to go in your diaper and be uncomfortable as many times each day. And you look so relieved and proud every time you use the potty!
We took our first family bike ride recently, which was a ton of fun. I just learned how to ride a bike after falling a few times, so you ride on your daddy’s bike. You love your little bike seat and squeal with excitement and laugh whenever we go biking. Last weekend I took you hiking and wore you on my back, you slept for a good portion of the hike but loved it when you were awake! We are hoping to go hiking, biking and camping quite a bit and you seem to love the outdoors, so I’m sure you will have a ton of fun! We have been spending a lot of time at the park lately, you love to swing and are starting to go through tunnels and down the slide with help. You mostly like to crawl around and watch other people play. Your grandma and grandpa came to visit and stay with us for a few days and you loved having them here. They were so amazed at how big you are and how many new skills you’ve learned. You learned new things just in the few days they were here! Next month, in June, we’re taking our first road trip to Canada to visit some of your daddy’s family and we can’t wait to see everyone and have our first summer vacation together!
This last month, and especially these past two weeks, have been amazing. You have learned so much and developed such a personality. It’s been incredible and so much fun to watch you learn new skills, gain new traits, and start to become your own little person. I love you and am so very glad to be your mommy. Thank you for being my sweet girl, my little love, and my baby bird forever.