Sierra is 9 months old!

Filed under: baby's progress,doctor,photos,Sierra,video — by Lauren on September 15th, 2009 @ 8:22 pm

Sweet and mischievous Sierra turned 9 months old on September 6th!  She had her well check yesterday morning, and the doctor says everything looks and sounds great.  She got three shots, including her first flu shot, with no tears for the one in the arm, but some tears for the two in her legs.  She was measured at 18 lbs, 10 oz and 27 1/2 inches, which puts her in the 50th percentile for both weight and height.  Her head measured in the 90th percentile, which Lex and I both found amusing.  Maybe it’s all that hair:

She’s still wearing size 4 diapers and 9 months clothes.

I’ve got a bunch of videos to post so I’ll try to keep the narrative under control (but who am I kidding, right?).  Over this past month, Sierra completely mastered finger foods.  She likes fruit, carbs, and proteins; veggies, not so much.  She’ll try just about anything, but if she doesn’t like it, it gets spit out immediately and then protested quite loudly.  When she’s had enough or gets bored, she’ll start dropping food on the floor bit by bit, then looks up to see what I think about that.  Such an imp!  She does something similar with the foam mat we have in the playroom.  She inches over to the edge and pulls up a piece of the border, then turns around with this devilish little grin to show me exactly what she’s done, and if I catch her in the act and tell her to stop, she thinks it’s even funnier.

Over the last few days, Sierra’s finally made some progress towards crawling!  She’ll now take a couple of “steps” toward something that’s nearby if she wants it, but if what she wants is too far away, she gives up and looks for something closer or sits back up again.  My one question for her doctor today was whether we needed to be concerned that she doesn’t roll from her back to her belly (she did it twice around her 6 month birthday and then never did it again) and we were assured we do not.  The girl would love to be able to pull herself up to standing, but she’s not quite there yet.

Starting to crawl:

Trying to crawl to Daddy:

“Dada” is undoubtedly Sierra’s first real word, and yes, I am jealous.  The squeal of delight that accompanies “Dada!” when she sees Lex…sigh,  and then of course she only babbles “mamama” when she’s annoyed about something!  Eh, I shouldn’t complain, I suppose, since she generally wants me to hold her over anyone else, and will actually cling to my shirt if someone tries to take her out of my arms.  Sometimes it seems like she’s saying (or at least trying to say) some other words, including duck, quack quack, and others, including those mentioned last month.  Also, a new obsession for her is clicking her tongue.  She signs “all done” really well, and her other signs are coming along nicely.  She claps along to “If You’re Happy and You Know It” and raises her arms for “So big!” when we ask her “How big is Sierra?” (See the “Crawling to Daddy” video!)  I forgot to mention last month that she shakes her head “No” – especially when she wants to refuse food – and looks for Lex if you ask her, “Where’s Daddy?”

Shaking her head no:

Her sleeping sucks.  Period.  I’ve royally screwed it up and I don’t know to fix it.  Her naps are way too short, and she’s up several times a night.  The fact that she doesn’t sleep through the night doesn’t bother me so much.  There’s lots of disagreement about how often a breastfed baby her age should want to nurse at night, depending on who you ask.  What bugs me is that she can’t fall asleep unless nursed, the only exception being the times when she falls asleep in the car.  I know it’s my fault.  Early on I made a lot of mistakes by doing what was easy in the moment, and now she’s dependent on me to help her get to sleep.  I don’t want to let her cry.  Aside from my feeling that it is not a particularly compassionate way to teach a baby to sleep (and YES, I know we chose to let Anya cry and she turned out just fine, but I never felt good about it), I don’t think it’s fair to “punish” Sierra because I didn’t teach her how to go to sleep herself the right way when she was a younger baby.  If someone is going to have to do some work for her to learn how to soothe herself, it should be me and not her.  I hope we find a solution, I really do.  I am open to any and all suggestions.

Despite the lack of sleep, she’s still my little sweetie.  She leans in with her forehead if I ask for a kiss, cuddles up next to my shoulder when she needs some snuggles, and giggles plenty.  She loves to play, especially with Anya, and has figured out how to work some of her toys.

Exersaucing:

Figuring out her toy:

Giggling:

I think we’ll keep her.

5 Responses to “Sierra is 9 months old!”

  1. Eve Says:

    She’s so cute — and love all the videos!! Although I’m not a Mom and just a pediatrician (and thus know way less than many others), my general advice for the sleeping problem is that you have to put her into bed when she’s not quite asleep yet but is almost asleep. Then she can snuggle down in the bed (with a binkie or blankie or whatever you want to use), you can rub her back or sing to her, and she falls asleep on her own in the bed and not in your arms. Then when she wakes up (unless she’s hungry, which is different), she’ll remember the act of falling asleep happily in that place and she’ll do it again on her own. When babies fall asleep in your arms (in the rocking chair or the living room or your bed) and you put them into their crib fully asleep, they wake up in a new and scary place!! And then can’t fall back asleep.

    I hope that helps some!!

  2. Erika Says:

    What a doll! Thanks so much for sharing 🙂

  3. Grammy Says:

    I am so happy to see all the videos.

    I understand why you’ve decided to keep her!

  4. Lex Says:

    I just want to say that I disagree wholeheartedly with Lauren’s assertion that Sierra needs to be nursed to sleep. The problem right now, instead, is scheduling; Lauren’s been nursing her to sleep because she needs to nurse before bed, and it rolls right into bed time.

    If we can get back to the schedule we had before (when we lived at my in-laws for a month), where Lauren nurses Sierra before bedtime, and then *I* put Sierra to sleep, I think we’ll be golden.

  5. staci Says:

    i love being reassured that ours isn’t the only house that looks like a toy store threw up in it.

    Jane said about the crawling video “Her legs are nudies. lets watch it again.”