I can't believe you are 9 months old today! You have almost been in the outside world for as long as I carried you! It's amazing how quickly things change and how much you grow. You weigh about 19 pounds now, and we will know for sure your measurements when you have your check up next week. You are still in size 2 diapers, and are wearing mostly 6-9 month clothes, but have recently started fitting into some of your 9-12 month clothes as well! It seems like you are starting to grow out of your clothing faster and faster.
You are definitely pulling up on EVERYTHING and starting to take a stab at walking while holding on for balance. Your balance is improving, but you haven't quite mastered standing independently. I suspect you will be walking before your first birthday, but probably just before. You aren't lacking in your mobility though, because you are an extremely fast crawler and can leave the room and get into just about anything at the drop of a pin. You have your days where you really test my patience with the things you know you aren't supposed to get into. You absolutely know what the word "No" means, but you often push the limit and try anyway. I can tell your toddler years are going to be very interesting to say the least.
You still only have two teeth, and we sure wish those top two that are giving you so much trouble would come on through! Hopefully in the next couple of days they will break through and stop causing you so much pain.
You LOVE being outside, and get really excited when we take you to the park. You really love the swing, and the slide doesn't impress you at all. In fact, you yawned the last time we attempted to take you down a slide. So much for that!
You are starting to look more and more like your Daddy. The only part of me that you are hanging onto is that tiny nose.
You aren't a fan of the grass, and fuss pretty quickly after exploring in it for a few minutes. It's a texture that we are working toward, because we can't wait for you to want to play in the backyard.
You are such a SILLY little boy, and are still extremely laid back. You managed to be silly and then fall asleep during your first big tornado warning, even though Mommy was a total mess.
You've taken a new interest in laundry, and find it hysterical to pull dirty clothes out of the basket, clean clothes off of the couch, and drag them with you on your journey around the house.
You are starting to show love and affection a lot more now. You have a handful of stuffed animals that you adore, and hug them often. Two of them (a star from Granny and an Easter bunny from your Grandma) that sing to you that are your favorites. You snuggle them up as soon as they start to sing.
You are a HUGE giggle box, and nothing makes you laugh harder than playing chase with Daddy.
One of the really exciting things you have done this month is start to say"Bye-bye!" You've been waving for a while now, but the words that come along with it are so cute now.
It seems though, that you often only practice your "tricks" during meal times. We seem to work the most on waving, clapping (which you refuse to do, but LOVE when we clap for you), and a few signs during mealtimes. You certainly don't wave when we ask you to in public, but have no problem waving and showing off on your own terms. You are definitely an independent spirit.
You definitely spread your love around to so many people that are in your daily life and routine, but let's be honest-you are partial to your Momma. I can't say that I hate it. I hate to see you fall and get hurt, but I love that you look for me to comfort you and tell you that you're going to be ok.
I can't believe it is time to start planning your birthday party! To be honest, Mommy has been planning it for several months now, but now I actually have to start putting some of these Pinterest ideas into action!
Love you always,