Nine months. NINE MONTHS?!!?! Time is moving so fast.
You are an amazing kid. I don’t just say that because you’re mine, I say that because I believe it. You are awesome. I feel so proud of you. Watching you learn and grow and reach and giggle is the best gift I’ve ever been given. Your happiness is completely contagious and once we do something that makes you laugh we do it over and over and over again…because that sound? That sound is PERFECTION.
Life seems less hard than it did a few months ago. You are mostly smiling and happy and you have a routine that’s been going for several months now. I think, like your parents, you like schedules and planning. Do you know what you don’t like? The car. Or your changing table (unless you have your music box).
Lately you have been holding on tight to clothes (eh hem, or hair) when we hold you. You’re the perfect size to place on the hip and you seem to be completely comfortable there. In the last couple of weeks you’ve started to rub my arm when I hold you and it’s the best thing ever. Well, almost the best thing. I think that the real best thing is when we ask for a kiss and you lean over and give us one. That will never ever get old.
You know your name and turn whenever someone says it. You also know when you’re doing something that you’re not supposed to and you give us a very sad face if we tell you that you shouldn’t do something. We are fully “baby proofing” the house this weekend because you are on the move! I keep wondering why things that are not good for you (like my iPhone charger) are the thing that you find most appealing.
I am convinced that you are going to skip crawling and go right to walking. You still have little interest in crawling and would much rather roll until you get what you need. You do some army crawl or worm-like moves, but mainly you roll and roll and roll. You’re pulling yourself up on anything that is the right height – tentative at first and then once you know you can do it it’s all you want to do. You are definitely on the go, less happy to sit still than you once were.
Our nursing sessions have turned a little more acrobatic these days – you trying to reach for anything that you believe to be in reach and me trying to ensure that you do not end up on your head.
You LOVE food and you’ve been really interested in feeding yourself these days. It’s been really fun to let you feed yourself except when it’s a food that you really shouldn’t feed yourself, like mashed blueberries that end up all over the high chair and your face. Your favorite foods this month have been peanut butter, shrimp, and anything mixed with a green vegetable. You are still less interested in fruit than veggies, but you’re coming around a bit. We’ve gone from 2 meals to 2 meals and a snack and you seem pretty happy about that.
Thanks for keeping me on my toes, Simon. I love you more each day. I don’t know how it’s possible, but I just do.
Keep growing, bug.