9 months update

Filed under: baby's progress,photos — by Lauren on July 19th, 2007 @ 5:27 pm
9 months bear picture
And she's off!

Anya is 9 months old today, can you believe it? She’s been out as long as she had been in! She doesn’t go to the pediatrician this month, but I tried measuring her myself yesterday. I have no idea if I was accurate or not, but I got 28 inches for her length. I used the “weigh us together, weigh just myself, subtract” method to get her weight and got 19.5 lbs, but our scale rounds to the nearest half pound, so again, the accuracy is questionable. I checked an online growth chart, and if I measured right, she would be somewhere between the 60th and 65th percentile for both height and weight, so I was probably pretty close if you compare her to last month.

It’s been a very busy month for Anya. Sitting herself up and learning to crawl were two very big accomplishments. She’s got 3 main modes of crawling: worming on her stomach, the traditional hands and knees, and what I like to call the Quasimodo – hands, knee, and foot. That one is my favorite, though it gives her a funny loping kind of gait. She’s getting faster and more in control each day, and nothing motivates her more than something she’s not supposed to have (Charlie’s toys and chewies are a BIG attraction). Sometimes she slows her progress down by sitting up in the middle of crawling, not always intentionally – that happens a lot when she’s Quasimodo-ing across the floor. Other fun things she’s been doing are spinning around in a circle on her tush while playing on the floor and pushing up on hands and feet with her tush straight up in the air. She’s trying very hard to pull up and has done it a bunch of times, but she can’t figure out how to get good traction on our slippery microfiber couch. Even when she gets up, she’s still very wobbly and falls easily when she loses her footing or because she let’s go. Her most preferred thing to pull up on is her mom. I keep telling her I’m not a jungle gym, but she doesn’t seem to care.

We’re pretty much done with baby food; I’m just trying to use up what we have in the house, and really I’m ready to give away what we’ve got instead of continuing the exercise in futility that is trying to spoon feed Anya. Even the applesauce (the one thing she willingly eats from a spoon) we give her now is regular “grownup” applesauce instead of baby food apples. She’s got a pretty big repertoire of table foods though, and she still loves to feed herself. Cheerios have replaced puffed rice cereal as her favorite food. If I put both cereals on her tray, she picks out all of the Cheerios. We’ve also started giving her some foods in one of those mesh feeders, and she loves it. It’s very messy, but it’s a good way to give her things that would otherwise be difficult, like blueberries.

I’m still struggling to get past this colitis flare up, but she nurses at least twice on the post-medication days and for all feedings when I have in-between days. She’s been very helpful when her dad is out of town – she holds her own bottle while I pump. Anya’s not as violent as she used to be when nursing; now she just has wandering hands. When she’s awake, she has to touch something the whole time, whether it’s my arm, my mouth, her hair – whatever she can get. She doesn’t just touch, though. She pulls, pokes, and pinches as well. One thing she does occasionally that I love is she’ll look up at me and wave while nursing – it’s so sweet!

Speaking of waving, it has definitely replaced clapping as Anya’s favorite pastime. She loves to wave at people, at her reflection, at the dog, sometimes even at inanimate objects. She knows if I tell her to say “hi” or “bye-bye” it means she should wave. Her language skills are really starting to develop – we hear “Uh oh” all day long. She repeats a lot of words and sounds we say to her, including dog, bye-bye, and ball. My mom and Lex said she said “Hooray” at the airport on the way back from our Florida trip, and I could swear she said “Chicken” last night when I was giving her dinner. She’s a very good parrot 🙂 I wouldn’t say that any of these are her first real word yet, since I’m not sure she understands what they mean, although on Tuesday she was playing next to Charlie, then she put her hand on him and started saying what sounded like dog. Could have been a coincidence, though. Signing has taken a bit of a leave of absence since crawling became her main focus, but we’re seeing it return again – I got a really good “milk” last night, and “finished” is starting to come up more frequently, especially during diaper changes. She’ll try to sign “play” when I change her diaper to remind me that she wants a toy or her nose drops to hold, and every now and then she attempts to sign “more” while eating, but it really looks like clapping so it’s hard to tell.

Anya and I have been trying to make the most of these summer days while Lex is working. Aside from playdates with her friends, we’ve been spending a lot of time at the pool, and Anya just loves the water. Being outside in the heat gives her a lot of opportunities to practice using her sippy cups. She’s very good at getting the water out of the cup; now she needs to work a little more on swallowing instead of letting it dribble out. We sing lots of songs together, and she’s starting to use hand motions for a few songs, including “Open, Shut Them.” She doesn’t do it every time, but when she does, it’s very cute. Not surprisingly, she loves the “Give a little clap, clap, clap” part the best. This morning she surprised me by lifting her hands way up over her head when I asked her “How big is Anya?” Of course, I was very excited and made a big deal, so now she’s done it a bunch of times and laughs like crazy each time. We love her so much, and it’s hard to I remember what life was like before her. This month (see photos from the end of June and the beginning of July) was great. Looking forward to what the next month brings!

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