My baby is 9 months old. She is so full of spunk and determination! She has learned to crawl faster, scale the stairs, cruise all around from one piece of furniture to the next and pull up quickly and effortlessly. She still loves to clap and wave and has recently started pointing. She also gives kisses sometimes, especially to her rainbow bear. She has started bouncing to music and loves to hear us sing. Her eating habits have changed. She stills loves nursing most, but otherwise prefers table food. She likes green beans, peas, carrots, corn, beans, bananas, watermelon, cantelope, yogurt, nutrigrain bars, pasta, and chicken. She really loves to try anything that I will let her eat. Her Daddy taught her to sword fight with her little spoons. He will feed her cereal with one spoon and she will have her own in her hand. After each bite, he holds up his spoon and she swats at it, giggling, with her own spoon. Thanks a lot, honey, for introducing swords to my one and only girl!
She is back in the habit of getting up between 4:30 and 5:30 for a ten minute quick feeding. I really need to try to break her of that habit! But we have both learned to succumb to the ten minutes and go right back to sleep. So it's okay for now. She still has 9 teeth, but seems to always want to knaw or bite something. One year molars are on their way!
This has been a big month cognitively. Mainly it seems that she has built on previous skills, but still I can see that she understands so much more. She babbles many sounds back and forth with us, trying to converse. She mimics "ni-ni" for night night, "da-da" for Daddy and "na-na" for mama. She will be talking soon, I think. If we ask where her family members are she will turn toward them and look.
I am so humbled and very, very thankful for a healthy baby. I praise God for how He has graciously and generously blessed us!