This is late, but happy nine (and a half!) months, baby! I totally skipped your eight month post, and by the time I remembered it was halfway through the month. You began crawling around eight months! About a week before the official date we noticed you were getting a bit more mobile and pushing yourself up on all fours. We worked with you a ton and you eventually learned to crawl, even though it's a goofy, one leg walking type of crawl. You also started pulling up on things around you and being able to walk if we're holding your arms. Since then, you've been ON THE GO. You're constantly on the move, crawling around the entire living room, in and out of the kitchen, and even under the piano bench. You pull up on us, the couches and chairs, and even the cabinets, which means we have to keep an extra eye out near the oven!
You're eating like a champ and will eat anything we are eating. You've learned to regulate your appetite a bit more and stop when you're full, telling us this by slapping your high chair tray, playing with your food, and babbling. You still sleep with us and usually only wake up about 2-3 times a night to eat, something I quickly take care of before you have a chance to fully wake up. You're usually out in less than a minute. Getting to sleep has been another story, for both bedtime and naps. Some days it takes you a good 30 minutes to an hour to go to sleep, and others you're out in five. I'm trying to pick up on your "tired signals" a bit better, but I think you're just like Mommy- you don't want to miss out on anything!
We're still traveling quite a bit! We've been to Chattanooga and Alabama a few times and you still are great at traveling. Every once in awhile you get tired of being in your car seat, but with enough small breaks you're usually good to go. Your sleep doesn't change at the hotels, usually, which is a huge blessing.
We're starting to see your personality more and more and it is so fun to see your different traits start to come out. And the faces you can make are priceless. Every little thing you accomplish brings us so much joy. You wake up smiling at us and love to smack our heads to wake us up. You love to escape your diaper changes and we usually have to chase after your naked little butt. You're such a blessing in our lives and we love watching you grow. I cherish every moment I have with you.
Love you to the ends of the earth,