9 months!!

Dear Adeline Grace,

            Well baby girl...you are now 9 months old! You've now been in this world as long as you were in Mommy's tummy.  It just amazes me how time flies by each month.  You silly, spunky, full-of-joy girl, you.  We love you soooo much.  You have been such a sweet little busy body this month!

So what have we learned about you this month and what have you been up to in your ninth month of life?

Here are some of your firsts this month...
On 7.14.21 you went to St. Simons Island, Georgia for the first time for a family vacation! We also visited Savannah, Georgia.  Your Mommy, Daddy, Grandma, Grandpa, Uncle Matt and Amanda went.  We stayed in a cute little beach cottage close to the water.  You had an absolute blase and loved the water and sand! You would dig in the sand, put it all over you, and play like crazy.  You even tried to eat it quite a few time! You would crawl into the ocean and let the waves come over you--you so loved this! You also got into the ocean with us and enjoyed floating in the pool!

On 7.23.12 you started clapping! Your Daddy taught you.  You hold your left hand still and hit it with your right hand.  You often say "yaaaaay" as you do it because you have seen us do that so often.  It's so cute and you do it every time something excites you now!

On 7.26.12 you seemed to really get the whole pulling up and being crazy, mobile thing.  You've been pulling up on occasion but I marked this day as the day you really seemed to get it.  You pull up on the couch, end tables, dishwasher, door, windows, everything!! :)

On 7.27.12 you started dancing.  You bounce up and down when we clap or sing or you hear music.  You wiggle your little butt...so cute!

On 7.28.12 you stood up in the bathtub and your crib for the first times.

On 8.4.12 it was your first time taking a bath in the regular tub without your baby tub.  You loved it and crawled all around.

On 8.6.12 you stood by yourself for a few seconds without holding onto anything!

This month you also:

-perfected the crawling thing....you are fast!
-really perfected that pincer grasp and picking up little pieces of table food
-started pointing at people and things you want
-say "ba ba" for bye bye
-ate meat for the first time (pureed turkey and chicken...now we've moved on to small pieces of cooked meat)
-"cruise" as you hold onto things
-take steps when we hold your hands
-say "oooh ooooh oooh" when you like something and want something (this is accompanied with bouncing)
-found a love for stuffed animals (you even pat them and say "awwww")
-perfected waving
-seemed to switch from pureed baby food to prefer table food
-doing the milk sign but we think it means "mommy" instead of milk.  ha!
-throw your hands up and rub your ears when we say "all done" --this may be your "all done" sign?

So what do you like and dislike?

You love…
-playing in the floor with toys
-pulling up
-emptying anything you can get your hands on
-stuffed animals (including your huge bear)
You dislike…
-diaper and clothing changes
-when you are awake in your crib and Mommy or Daddy leave the room
-sitting still for any period of time

What are your sizes?

You are in 9 month sleepers.  You are also in 9 month clothing.  You are in size 3 diapers when in disposables and are in the largest snap setting in cloth! You still have lots of chunks and rolls....love it!

You weigh 17.5 pounds this month.  We will find out your percentiles at your upcoming 9 month appointment.

What are your eating habits like?

You nurse when you wake up (8ish), at lunch (12ish), before dinner (4ish) and at bedtime (7:30-8ish).  Your nursing always comes before you eat your three "meals".  You are also waking up during the night and nursing everywhere from 2 to 3 times.

As of today (it seems to change constantly), you are eating oatmeal or banana baby food for breakfast.  You eat a veggie and/or meat of some sort for lunch...really this varies.  If we're eating something you can, we also let you explore with table food.  You don't think twice about anything we put in front of you to eat off the table.  Seriously.  You also love to munch on puffs at lunch.  At dinner, it's the same as lunch...it changes every day.  You still love to drink water from your straw sippy! We haven't done juice at all.

How is your sleeping?

We really try to stick with a 7:30-8 bedtime and you prefer to sleep 12 hours total.  You wake up 2 and 3 times a night right now and nurse and go right back down with no fuss.

You nap in the morning a couple hours after you wake up four about 30 to 45 minutes and then you nap in the afternoon around 2 or 3 for about an hour.  (You still aren't a "napper". ;)

So what makes you, you this month?

I say it every month, but you are just so full of life.  You keep us on our toes and so busy, but we wouldn't want it any other way. You learn something new every day.  Sometimes it seems like every hour.  You are so sweet, cuddly and joyful.  You are slowly leaving baby and heading toward toddler.  I want to freeze time, but also adore seeing you grow and learn each day.  God made you so, so special and we love you more than we could ever tell you.  As the sweet quote says, "You have our whole heart for your whole life."


                                                                                                    Mommy and Daddy

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  1. I love how tan she is in these pictures. It's amazing how fast she is growing. I remember when you had her. I fee like she is growing up right in front of my eyes; I can't image how you feel!

  2. hehe you might want to check her weight...you said she's 7.5lbs ;-) typo?

    And happy nine months sweet girl! Oh how time is flying!

    I love how you have the dates that she did things. I really need to start doing that!

  3. She is adorable!!! I noticed the 7.5 lbs. like Mallory did, too. ;) Haha. I love the clapping picture!!! She sounds like such a fun baby! I can't imagine feeding two or three times a night still though- shew! I'm feeling for you on that one! ;)

  4. she is soo beautiful!! I'm not sure if its her hair or what but i feel like she looks so grown up compared to Raleigh Grace!! I refuse to believe our babies are getting so big!!

  5. Your daughter is adorable!!
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